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Links to the best whitepapers from the cryptocurrency space.

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The Yield Protocol: On-Chain Lending With Interest Rate Discovery

"This paper presents a sketch of a new building block for decentralized finance: yTokens. yTokens are like zero-coupon bonds: on-chain obligations that settle on a specific future date based on the price of some target asset, and are secured by collateral in another asset."

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tBTC

"A Decentralized Redeemable BTC-backed ERC-20 Token"

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Quantum Attacks on Bitcoin, and How to Protect Against Them

"The key cryptographic protocols used to secure the internet and financial transactions of today are all susceptible to attack by the development of a sufficiently large quantum computer."

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Wavelet: A decentralized, asynchronous, general-purpose proof-of-stakeledger that scales against powerful, adaptive adversaries

"Wavelet introduces a novel family of directed-acyclic-graph (DAG)-based consensus protocols. It is designed to alleviate the numerous scalability dilemmas predicated in decentralized ledgers, such as those that utilize either the longest chain rule, or some variant of stake delegation or committee election scheme."

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Manias and Mimesis: Applying René Girard to Financial Bubbles

"René Girard was a literary theorist, philosopher, and sociologist, who wrote about the nature of desire—among many other topics. His model of borrowed desire applies exceptionally well to financial bubbles. This paper explores the theory, with examples from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries."

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Global Blockchain in Healthcare Market: Focus on Industry Analysis and Opportunity Matrix - Analysis and Forecast, 2018-2025

Whitepaper. "The global blockchain in the healthcare market is expected grow at a CAGR of 63.85% from 2018 to 2025, to reach a value of $5.61 billion by 2025. The use of blockchain for healthcare data exchange will contribute the largest market share throughout the forecast period, reaching a value of $1.89 billion by 2025."

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The Rise of Digital Money

"This paper identifies the benefits and risks and highlights regulatory issues that are likely to emerge with a broader adoption of stablecoins. The paper also highlights the risks associated with e-money: potential creation of new monopolies; threats to weaker currencies; concerns about consumer protection and financial stability; and the risk of fostering illegal activities, among others."

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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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