Unpacking Blockchains

Prpić, J. (2017). Unpacking Blockchains. Collective Intelligence 2017. NYU, Tandon School of Engineering. June 15-16, 2017.

7 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2017  

John Prpić

Lulea University of Technology

Date Written: June 15, 2017

Abstract

The Bitcoin digital currency appeared in 2009. Since this time, researchers and practitioners have looked “under the hood” of the open source Bitcoin currency, and discovered that Bitcoin’s “Blockchain” software architecture is useful for non-monetary purposes too. By coalescing the research and practice on Blockchains, this work begins to unpack Blockchains as a general phenomenon, therein, arguing that all Blockchain phenomena can be conceived as being comprised of transaction platforms and digital ledgers, and illustrating where public key encryption plays a differential role in facilitating these features of Blockchains.

Keywords: Blockchains, Bitcoin, Cryptography, Public Key Encryption, Cryptocurrency, Smart Contracts, Digital Ledgers, Digital Signatures, Cryptographic Privacy, Cryptographic Authentication,

Suggested Citation

Prpić, John, Unpacking Blockchains (June 15, 2017). Prpić, J. (2017). Unpacking Blockchains. Collective Intelligence 2017. NYU, Tandon School of Engineering. June 15-16, 2017. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2932485

John Prpić (Contact Author)

Lulea University of Technology ( email )

Sweden

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