12 Most important Bitcoin publications

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The financial digital universe is backed by lots of intellectual work that account for various phenomena. Though relatively new, here’s a list of some papers about Bitcoin that you might want to add to your cryptocurrency library.

1. Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System

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Of course, this had to be the first paper on our list: “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”, published by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, was the beginning of everything.

2.  An Analysis of Anonymity in the Bitcoin System

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“Anonymity in Bitcoin, a peer-to-peer electronic currency system, is a complicated issue”, says this paper about cryptocurrency’s anonymity. And you can bet on it!

3. Bitcoin NFC

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The technology Near Field Communication (NFC) is already part of the Bitcoin ecosystem. This paper analyzes how Bitcoin NFC works, making it possible to use cryptocurrency for point-of-sale transactions.

4. Analysis of Bitcoin Pooled Mining Reward Systems

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This paper describes the many scoring systems that can be used to calculate the rewards of participants in Bitcoin mining pools.

5. Bitcoin Exchange system

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An analysis on the Bitcoin currency exchange presented in 2012, in Czech Republic.

6. Traveling the Silk Road: a measurement analysis of a large anonymous online marketplace

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The authors of this paper gathered data during eight months to describe how Silk Road – an anonymous, international online marketplace that operates as a Tor hidden service – operates and uses Bitcoin as its exchange currency.

7. Quantitative Analysis of the Full Bitcoin

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This paper studies the Bitcoin scheme’s full history and analyzes the many statistical properties of its associated transaction graph.

8. Bitter to Better—How to Make Bitcoin a Better Currency

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A document that has the goal to improve cryptocurrency by making an in-depth investigation that tries to understand what made Bitcoin so successful.

9. Nerdy Money: Bitcoin, the Private Digital Currency, and the Case against its Regulation

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The relationship between regulation and the “nerdy money” called Bitcoin is the theme of this paper.

10. Virtual currency schemes – ECB

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“This paper aims to provide some clarity on virtual currencies and tries to address the issue in a structured approach”, claims this paper released by the European Central Bank.

11. Regulating Digital Currencies: Bringing Bitcoin within the Reach of the IMF

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According to this paper, “the International Monetary Fund, the institution responsible for coordinating the stability of foreign exchange rates”, might be “ill-equipped to handle the widespread use of Bitcoins into the foreign exchange market”.

12. The Economics of Bitcoin Mining or, Bitcoin in the Presence of Adversaries

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A complete study of Bitcoin, its origins and goals as a “consensus game”.

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