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Whitepaper

Links to the best whitepapers from the cryptocurrency space.

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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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Digging into Browser-based Crypto Mining

The whitepaper. "In this work, we study the prevalence of this new phenomenon. We identify and classify mining websites in 138M domains and present a new fingerprinting method which finds up to a factor of 5.7"

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Counterfactual: Generalized State Channels

"State channels are an important technique for reducing fees for blockchain users. Within their scope of applicability, they allow users to transact with each other without paying blockchain transaction fees and with instant finality, and are the only technique that securely realises the latter property."

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Efficient Zero-Knowledge Range Proofs in Ethereum

Whitepaper.

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The Byzantine Generals Problem

The whitepaper on the byzantyne generals problem.

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Towards a Design Philosophy for Interoperable Blockchain Systems

"In this paper we discuss a design philosophy for interoperable blockchain systems, using the design philosophy of the Internet architecture as the basis to identify key design principles. Several interoperability challenges are discussed in the context of cross-domain transactions. We illustrate how these principles are informing the interoperability architecture of the MIT Tradecoin system."

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Counterfactual: Generalized State Channels

"State channels are an important technique for reducing fees for blockchain users. Within their scope of applicability, they allow users to transact with each other without paying blockchain transaction fees and with instant finality, and are the only technique that securely realises the latter property."

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Is Bitcoin Really Un-Tethered?

"This paper investigates whether Tether, a digital currency pegged to U.S. dollars, influences Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency prices during the recent boom. Using algorithms to analyze the blockchain data, we find that purchases with Tether are timed following market downturns and result in sizable increases in Bitcoin prices."

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Some Simple Economics of the Blockchain

The whitepaper focuses on the economics of the blockchain.

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The Agoric papers series (1988)

The white paper from 1988. "Like all systems involving goals, resources, and actions, computation can be viewed in economic terms. This paper examines markets as a model for computation and proposes a framework--agoric systems--for applying the power of market mechanisms to the software domain. It then explores the consequences of this model and outlines initial market strategies."

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Smart Media Tokens (SMTs)

"Steem’s Smart Media Tokens (SMTs) give anyone the power to launch and sell Proof-of-Brain tokens, which are tokens distributed by “upvote” and “like”-based algorithms and can be integrated with websites to align incentives and spur growth, while websites are empowered to adopt sustainable, currency-centric revenue models. This model has been tested and continues to be proven by steemit.com, busy.org, chainbb.com, dsound.audio, dtube.video and other Steem interfaces, which are monetizing content, tokens and media in a way never before seen."

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Town Crier: An Authenticated Data Feed for Smart Contracts

The white-paper. “We present an authenticated data feed system called Town Crier (TC). TC acts as a bridge between smart contracts and existing web sites, which are already commonly trusted for non-blockchain applications. It combines a blockchain front end with a trusted hardware back end to scrape HTTPSenabled websites and serve source-authenticated data to relying smart contracts.”

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Scalable, transparent, and post-quantum secure computational integrity

The lengthy (83 pages) white-paper on a privacy in the age of quantum computing.

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Tezos: A Self-Amending Crypto-Ledger Position Paper

This whitepaper is worth reading as it explains a lot of broad topics in a clear way.

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