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"A Fistful of Bitcoins" examines, in the context of Bitcoin, what we could learn by studying the patterns encoded in a complete record of every single financial transaction that took place worldwide over a span of five years.
"Secure Multiparty Computations on Bitcoin" introduces an exciting new idea for how to provide fairness: leverage Bitcoin’s existing infrastructure for distributed consensus.
Bitcoin has the unintuitive property that while the ownership of money is implicitly anonymous, its flow is globally visible. In this paper we explore this unique characteristic further, and consider the challenges for those…
In this work, we propose to use Bitcoin to design fully decentralized protocols that are secure even if no trusted third party is available.