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2018-09-06

The Blockchain Journey

A Guide to Practical Business Applications


Pages: 144

Trade Paper: ISBN 9788885486652; $29,95

Epub: ISBN 9788885486669; $19,95

Mobypocket: ISBN ; $19,95

Authors: Gianluca Salviotti, Leonardo Maria De Rossi, Nico Abbatemarco

 

Table of Contents

 

Blockchain: a Janus Bifrons Looking at the Past and the Future


Introduction


1 What is the Blockchain?
1. Blockchain: the background history
1982: Ecash (David Chaum)
1997: Hashcash (Adam Back)
1998: B-money (Wei Dai)
1998: Bit Gold (Nick Szabo)
1999: Auditable, anonymous Ecash (Tomas Sander, Amnon Ta-Shma)
2008: Bitcoin (Satoshi Nakamoto)
2. The Blockchain: definition and technical pillars
Distributed network
Advanced cryptography
Data architecture
Decentralized consensus
3. The blockchain tools
Digital tokens
Smart contracts

 

2 Blockchain Dimension Analysis
1. Approach
2. Governance aspects: types of blockchain from the ownership perspective
3. Technical aspects: protocol independence
4. Technical aspects: decentralized consensus
Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance (PBFT)
Proof-of-Work algorithm (PoW)
Proof-of-Stake algorithm (PoS)
Federated Byzantine Agreement (FBA)
Proof of Elapsed Time (PoET)
An analytical comparison of the main consensus algorithms
5. Blockchain – applications

 

3 Blockchain Applications
1 Cryptocurrency
2. Data certification
3. Digital advertisement
4. Digital identity
5. Digital voting and governance
6. Energy management and distribution
7. Financial payments platform
8. Gaming
9. IoT platform
10. P2P content distribution
11. P2P resource distribution
12. Prediction markets
13. Smart contract platform

 

4 Market Overview
1. Background
2. Cryptocurrency – permissionless use cases
Focus: bitcoin protocol
Other permissionless use cases
3. Data certification – permissionless use cases
4. Digital advertisement – permissionless use cases
5. Digital identity – permissionless use cases
6. Digital voting & governance – permissionless use cases
7. Energy management & distribution – permissionless use cases
8. Financial payments platform – permissionless use cases
9. Gaming – permissionless use cases
10. IoT platform – permissionless use cases
11. P2P content distribution – permissionless use cases
12. P2P resource distribution – permissionless use cases
13. Prediction markets – permissionless use cases
14. Smart contract platform – permissionless use cases
Focus: the Ethereum protocol
Other permissionless use cases

 

5. Blockchain Business Implications
1. Blockchain as a new IT architecture: description
and business implications
Blockchain business model continuum
2. Decision making framework
6. Conclusions

 

Acknowledgments


Bibliography

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