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Links to the best whitepapers from the cryptocurrency space.

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Blockchain and Public Companies: A Revolution in Share Ownership Transparency, Proxy-Voting and Corporate Governance?

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Eclipse Attacks on Bitcoin’s Peer-to-Peer Network

"We present eclipse attacks on bitcoin’s peer-to-peer net-work. Our attack allows an adversary controlling a suffi-cient number of IP addresses to monopolize all connec-tions to and from a victim bitcoin node. The attacker canthen exploit the victim for attacks on bitcoin’s miningand consensus system, includingN-confirmation doublespending, selfish mining, and adversarial forks in theblockchain."

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Economic and Non-Economic Trading In Bitcoin:Exploring the Real Spot Market For The World’s FirstDigital Commodity

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Economic and Non-Economic Trading In Bitcoin:Exploring the Real Spot Market For The World’s FirstDigital Commodity

"This paper will show that public perception is wrong, anchored in a bygone era and built on a foundation of bad data and false assumptions"

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Basic Attention Token (BAT)

"Digital advertising is broken. The marketplace for online advertising, once domi-nated by advertisers, publishers and users, has become overrun by “middleman” adexchanges, audience segmentation, complicated behavioral and cross-device usertracking, and opaque cross-party sharing through data management platforms.Users face unprecedented levels of malvertisements and privacy violations."

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Liberal Radicalism: A Flexible Design For Philanthropic Matching Funds

"We propose a design for philanthropic or publicly-funded seeding to allow (near) optimal provision of a decentralized, self-organizing ecosystem of public goods."

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The Rainbow Network: An Off-ChainDecentralized Synthetics Exchange

"This paper presents the Rainbow Network, a design for an off-chainnon-custodial exchange and payment network supporting any liquid asset.The Rainbow Network allows a user to trade, lend, borrow, send, andreceive any liquid asset, entirely off-chain, while having only one on-chainpayment channel collateralized by a single asset."

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From Commodity to Fiat and Now to Crypto: What Does History Tell Us?

"Over time, there has been a tendency for political jurisdictions and residents to converge on a singlecurrency. Monopoly over seigniorage is a source of political power and a valuable lifeline when sovereigntyis threatened. Moreover a uniform currency, insofar as it is free of counterparty and liquidity risk,facilitates economic activity. But will digital currencies now reverse this trend toward uniformity,given the apparent ease with which they can be created?"

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Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing measures

"This report summarises the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT)measures in place in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK)as at the date of the on-site visit from5 to23 March 2018."

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Beyond the doomsday economics of “proof-of-work” in cryptocurrencies

"This paper discusses the economics of how Bitcoin achieves data immutability, and thus payment finality, via costly computations, ie “proof-of-work”. Further, it explores what the future might hold for cryptocurrencies modelled on this type of consensus algorithm."

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The Case for Electronic Cash

"Why Private Peer-to-Peer Payments are Essential to an Open Society"

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MimbleWimble

"MimbleWimble is a privacy-enhancing and scalable blockchain protocol. It verifies that all transactions are valid without storing the blockchain’s entire history."

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Circle Research - Prediction markets

"Prediction markets facilitate the trading of event derivatives. They have been around since the 1990s. They are sometimes also referred to as information markets, idea futures, and decision markets. Participants use prediction markets to speculate on outcomes of events. Many believe that decentralizing prediction markets will allow us to harness their full potential by lowering the cost of participating, bypassing strict regulation and increasing adoption by making the platforms more accessible across geographies."

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Gluton Plasma - A Plasma Variant for Non-custodial Exchanges

The whitepaper. "We introduce a plasma sidechain designed specifically for non-custodial, high-speed, low-latency trading. We explore extending the value proposition of plasma to a financial institution using comprehensive set of fraud-proofs to enforce correctness and voting to handle data unavailability."

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What's Really Driving the Cryptocurrency Phenomenon?

"we ask: what is the larger socio-economic impact of systems like Bitcoin, and who benefits?"

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Bitcoin & Energy

"It’s become popular today to dismiss Bitcoin’s Proof-of-Work as wasteful and bad for the environment. We believe this is a narrow view that misses the forest for the trees. We wrote this paper with the intention to illustrate the other side of the story and what we believe to be the positive externalities of Proof-of-Work mining."

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An Empirical Analysis of Anonymity in Zcash

"In this paper, we examine the extent to which anonymity is achieved in the deployed version of Zcash."

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Payment Systems and Privacy

The whitepaper. "Privacy in payments is desired not just for illegal transactions, but also for protection from malfeasance or negligence by counterparties or by the payments system provider itself. Proposals to abolish cash take inadequate account of these legitimate demands for privacy. While central banks can play a useful role in setting standards for payments privacy, they are unlikely to have a comparative advantage at providing privacy. Therefore the replacement of cash by central bank electronic money is likely to spur demand for alternative means of payments to solve specific privacy problems."

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