How Zcoin's Privacy Technology Compares to the Competition
An extensive comparison of different privacy mechanisms on the blockchain used by different Cryptocurrencies
Why Bitcoin's Lightning Network is Ingenious
A short history of accounting and why Bitcoin can be understood as the first occasion of Triple-Entry Bookkeeping. Brilliant take on the value of distributed ledgers for financial transactions.
The State of Cryptocurrency Mining
Valuable insights into the mining industry and mining hardware business provided by the lead developer of Sia, a blockchain based cloud storage platform.
PoW is Efficient
A very nuanced take on the energy consumption of Proof-of-Work blockchains and why this energy consumption is what gives Bitcoin and other PoW based cryptocurrencies value.
A brilliant article examining the different factors that contributed to Bitcoins success. Dan Held is one of the best writers in the blockchain space and compares the evolutionary steps of the Bitcoin protocol to the different phases of planting a tree.
How Does Distributed Consensus Work?
What is so special about distributed systems and why do they need a consensus mechanism? An extensive article covering the intricacies of distributed systems.
How to create a Bitcoin wallet address from a private key
An article outlining the different steps from private key to wallet address including the corresponding code in python.
What is the math behind elliptic curve cryptography?
Hans does a brilliant job at explaining the connection between private key, public key, address and digital signature in this article.
Elliptic Curve Cryptography: a gentle introduction
Also Andrea calls it a gentle introduction this is an article for those of you that really care about the math behind ECC.
Hash functions explained with Emojis
A playful approach at explaining hash functions and their importance for blockchains.
The Impact of Digital Identity
An article on how blockchain can help enforce Article 8 of the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child - the human right to Identity.
Bitcoin is a Decentralized Organism
The author of this article creates a robust analogy between fungi and Bitcoin. A brilliant take on the topic and a great way to refresh your knowledge of mushrooms.
Why design is the killer app for crypto
Connie Yang compares the evolution of traffic signs to the evolution crypto user interfaces will have to undergo to be usable for the broad public.
Blockchain Governance 101
An introduction by one of Ethereums core developers on blockchain governance.
Blockchain Governance 102
A well-spoken reply to Vlad Zamfir's Blockchain Governance 101. A call to developers to work on governance systems.
A Modest Privacy Protection Proposal
An article describing in detail which methods can be used to protect one's online privacy in the surveillance age.
Why it's hard to "Get" Bitcoin
An article on the interdisciplinary character of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
The Many Faces of Bitcoin
The authors compare the dominant narratives of bitcoins future: being digital gold, a peer-to-peer cash system, being John Nash's ideal money and a new paradigm in information theory.
Bitcoin: Past and Future
This is a follow-up to The Many Faces of Bitcoin, which discussed four schools of thought of Bitcoin. This article discusses trade-offs, philosophical divides within the community, and expected behaviors of the proposed systems.