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Decentralization

Links to the best articles, videos and podcasts about Decentralization in cryptocurrency space.

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Decentralized identity and reputation

"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"

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VPN⁰: A Privacy-Preserving Distributed Virtual Private Network

"This research presents VPN⁰, the first distributed virtual private network offering a privacy preserving traffic authorization and validation mechanism."

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Cells As Firms

"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."

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Last Night A Distributed Cooperative Organization Saved My Life: A brief introduction to DisCOs

"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?"

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Computer-Aided Governance (CAG) — A Revolution in Automated Decision-Support Systems

"The Future of DAO Governance via the Commons Stack"

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Halo: Recursive Proof Composition without a Trusted Setup

"Halo achieves practical zero-knowledge recursive proof composition without the need for a trusted setup."

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Decentralized identity and reputation

"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."

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Becoming Decentralized Enough: The Case For DAOs

"In this article, I discuss why DeFi protocols will eventually need to decide between delegating control to a DAO to become truly decentralized or clearly forming into a centralized business that facilitates non-custodial financial services on public blockchains. Each of the two options could be a valid and sustainable model with different trade-offs and goals."

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Unbundling Vectors of Centralization in Web3

"In this essay, I’ll explain the specific problems inherent in this unbundling, and how we’ve been thinking about making investments in the Web3 stack."

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What is a DAO?

"DAO stands for “Decentralized Autonomous Organization”. Each of these words can be interpreted in many ways, spawning different definitions of DAOs with emphasis on one aspect or another. In order to clarify the concept, let’s analyze each term."

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Decentralizing Bitcoin’s Last Mile With Mobile Mesh Networks

"How you can use Bitcoin without relying on centralized Internet Service Providers"

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Electronic Cash, Decentralized Exchange, and the Constitution

"Peter Van ValkenburghMarch 2019"

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An Overview of Relevant Metrics in Web 3.0

"A high level overview of the Metrics we are tracking in Web 3.0 Networks from Bitcoin & Ethereum to MakerDAO and Beyond."

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Degrees of architectural (de)centralization: To Infura and beyond

"We spend a lot of time discussing barriers to entry as it relates to user experience in crypto. We do not spend enough time discussing barriers to entry around developer experiences in crypto, so we’d like to take this opportunity to do just that."

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Dynamic Governance: Where Cybernetics Meets Sociology

"Imagine a governance system where everyone’s individual voice is considered and decisions are determined by consent. Sound like a utopian fantasy? It’s not. Dynamic governance, also known as sociocracy, has a track record of real world implementation and has proved effective in organizations of up to 1,800 people."

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Can DAOs compete with platforms?

"Last week, I came across an interesting article from the Harvard Business Review called “A Study of More Than 250 Platforms Reveals Why Most Fail”. My first thought when finding out about the study was a question: “Would decentralized platforms be better suited to address the issues that lead to platform failures?”

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Here’s why decentralization is inevitable…

"In this blog post, without going too much into the philosophical ideas about governments, intermediaries, or trust, I’ll try to bring out the reasons why decentralization is an inevitable milestone in the way of always-improving technology."

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On The Value of Decentralized Querying

"In this article, we take a closer look into the reasons behind building the new protocol, its design, and its progressive approach towards decentralization."

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