Sunday, August 27, 2017

Link Pool #5

Bitcoin and Blockchain


Segwit becomes real
https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/long-road-segwit-how-bitcoins-biggest-protocol-upgrade-became-reality/

Proof of work vs proof of stake
http://www.lindau-nobel.org/blog-blockchain-technology-proof-of-work-versus-proof-of-stake/

Bitcoin as a Transaction Ledger: A Composable Treatment?
https://eprint.iacr.org/2017/149.pdf

The Bitcoin Backbone Protocol: Analysis and Applications
https://eprint.iacr.org/2014/765.pdf

When the cookie meets the blockchain: Privacy risks of web payments via cryptocurrencies
1. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1708.04748.pdf

2. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608716/bitcoin-transactions-arent-as-anonymous-as-everyone-hoped/

Blockstack: A New Decentralized Internet  (from May 2017)
https://blockstack.org/whitepaper.pdf


PKI


I'm giving up on HTTP Public Key Pinning - Scott Helme (Revocation still broken.)
https://scotthelme.co.uk/im-giving-up-on-hpkp/
https://scotthelme.co.uk/revocation-is-broken/


Decentralization is hard, but important


Defending​ ​Internet​ ​Freedom​ ​through​ ​Decentralization: Back​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Future?
http://dci.mit.edu/assets/papers/decentralized_web.pdf

Quantifying Decentralization
https://news.21.co/quantifying-decentralization-e39db233c28e


Zeitgeist


The middle class globally is discontent.
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/08/global-middle-class-discontent/535581/

(Important observation from the article - worldwide social media visibility into other people's lives sets expectations)

A microeconomist looks at productivity - Hal Varian (Google)
https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/varian.pdf

Unpopular economic and political ideas.
https://juliagalef.com/2017/08/23/unpopular-ideas-about-political-and-economic-systems/

Looking towards a future genome hacking dystopia.
https://theoutline.com/post/2018/worse-than-death-br-the-far-future-dystopia-of-genome-hacking

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Link Pooll #3 - Bitcoin, Tokens, Bots

Bitcoin


Quantifying decentralization:
https://news.21.co/quantifying-decentralization-e39db233c28e

There are many cryptocurrencies:
https://ontheflyingbridge.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/crazy-crypto-times/

We mean it, many cryptocurrencies:
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/607947/the-cryptocurrency-market-is-growing-exponentially/

Want to "invest" in one or more?
https://futurism.com/want-to-invest-in-crypto-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

Angela has been consistent in wanting to help regulators understand Blockchain
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2940335

Tokens / ICOs


SEC on the DAO - lots of implications for ICOs:
https://www.sec.gov/litigation/investreport/34-81207.pdf

and some Arstechnica commentary on the SEC's view:
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/07/using-a-blockchain-doesnt-exempt-you-from-securities-regulations/

Other thoughts on tokens:
https://medium.com/@balajis/thoughts-on-tokens-436109aabcbe

and...
https://medium.com/@cdixon/crypto-tokens-a-breakthrough-in-open-network-design-e600975be2ef

Token Canvas:
https://media.comakery.com/introducing-the-token-canvas-beta-51389a9b82dd

Computational Propaganda & Bots


Trolls and Troublemakers via Computational Propaganda Research Project:




Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How do I secure my bitcoin?

Thanks to Andreas, here is how to think about the problem of securing your bitcoin.