Bitcoin and Beyond: A Technical Survey on Decentralized Digital Currencies.

Author: Tschorsch, F., & Scheuermann, B.
Published in: IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, 18(3), 2084-2123
Year: 2016
Type: Academic articles

Besides attracting a billion dollar economy, Bitcoin revolutionized the field of digital currencies and influenced many adjacent areas. This also induced significant scientific interest. In this survey, we unroll and structure the manyfold results and research directions. We start by introducing the Bitcoin protocol and its building blocks. From there we continue to explore the design space by discussing existing contributions and results. In the process, we deduce the fundamental structures and insights at the core of the Bitcoin protocol and its applications. As we show and discuss, many key ideas are likewise applicable in various other fields, so that their impact reaches far beyond Bitcoin itself.

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