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Part I first introduces the Bitcoin protocol in non-technical terms, it then presents how the different economic schools interpret Bitcoin. It concludes with an introduction to several of the business m ...
Part I first introduces the Bitcoin protocol in non-technical terms, it then presents how the different economic schools interpret Bitcoin. It concludes with an introduction to several of the business models in the Bitcoin ecosystem.
Part II explains the technology behind Bitcoin. The treatment is thorough although no prior knowledge of cryptography is assumed and all cryptographic primitives are properly introduced. This part concludes with a review of the wallet and mining technologies.
Part III covers Bitcoin from the broader perspective of digital currencies. It presents previous attempts at cryptographic currencies, other cryptocurrencies (alt-coins, meta-coins) and innovative applications of cryptocurrencies such as autonomous agents. The tension between those who want to break Bitcoin's privacy (using big-data techniques) and those creating technologies to increase it is also covered, including cutting edge proposals to create fully anonymous decentralized cryptocurrencies based on cryptographic zero-knowledge proofs. This part concludes by discussing miscellaneous topics from quantum computing
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Publication date: 2014-10
Number of pages: 280
Subjects: Non-fiction, Business / Law, Accounting / Finance, Finance, Economics, Economics, Property And Investment, Online Finance & Investing