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Links to the best articles, videos and podcasts about Decentralization in cryptocurrency space.
"Steps towards complete decentralization"
"A multibillion-dollar, privately-owned infrastructure is now essential to the modern internet economy. That should freak you out."
"Urbit is a challenging project to fully describe because, rather than a single product, it’s an entire system. Often when I talk about one of the individual elements of the system, someone will tell me that another company is already building that — and they’re usually right. What sets Urbit apart is that we’re building all these elements at once to work together seamlessly."
"Comparing federated and peer-to-peer protocols"
"Decentralized finance, also referred to as “DeFi” or open finance, aims to recreate traditional financial systems (such as lending, borrowing, derivatives, and exchange) with automation in place of middlemen. Once fully automated, the financial building blocks of DeFi can be composed to produce more complex capabilities. Today, the primary venue for decentralized finance is Ethereum, but in principle these ideas can be implemented on any smart contract platform."
"Tough times Web3 has been under fire by skeptics who think decentralized applications (dApps) will never be made compelling enough for widespread adoption. Could it be that the only value of crypto is censorship resistance? Might it be impossible to build a dApp with mainstream appeal?"
"Decentralisation is not a binary construct, it is a constellation of components each with varying degrees. There are few examples of projects outside of Bitcoin and Ethereum that began centralised and became sufficiently decentralised to resist capture. We believe Synthetix is well positioned to become a case study for token projects transitioning project control from a core team to token holders."
"I have been wondering whether DApps are dying a slow but definitive death much like other trends like ICOs. As the token ecosystem transitions focus to new trends like DeFi, staking and DAOs, it may be worth looking at where the previous "hot thing" in town has been trending towards."
"In this post, we analyze Wikipedia -- a site that has achieved tremendous success and scale through crowd-sourcing human input to create one of the Internet’s greatest public goods. Wikipedia’s success is particularly impressive considering that the site is owned and operated by a non-profit organization, and that almost all of its content is contributed by unpaid volunteers."
"We introduce the concept of headless brands to explain the community-driven brand dynamics of projects which have no centralized managerial body. We describe some elements of a headless brand's lifecycle, from formation to adoption, and suggest strategies to maintain a brand's coherence."
"One of the topics that I’m most excited about in crypto is identity and reputation systems. This would allow people to verify their identity and reputation and use that within decentralized applications (dapps). This is a complicated problem so this post covers a few thoughts on challenges and useful applications in crypto"
"This research presents VPN⁰, the first distributed virtual private network offering a privacy preserving traffic authorization and validation mechanism."
"In imagining & visualising economic systems, especially the firm, there’s a lot of metaphors that have been used in the past. For example, firms as culture, or firms as machine. One that I particularly enjoy that I haven’t seen mentioned in depth at all, is seeing the firm like biological cells."
"When we were writing up our organisational model for cooperative groups, we thought about how to name it. Acronyms or initials are popular for models with multi-word titles, and can sometimes also hint at some characteristic of the ideas behind the name. So, what do we mean by a DisCO?"
"The Future of DAO Governance via the Commons Stack"
"Halo achieves practical zero-knowledge recursive proof composition without the need for a trusted setup."
"One of the topics that I’m most excited about in crypto is identity and reputation systems. This would allow people to verify their identity and reputation and use that within decentralized applications (dapps). This is a complicated problem so this post covers a few thoughts on challenges and useful applications in crypto."