Bitcoin and the Myth of Decentralization: Socio-technical Proposals for Restoring Network Integrity

@article{Ekblaw2016BitcoinAT,
  title={Bitcoin and the Myth of Decentralization: Socio-technical Proposals for Restoring Network Integrity},
  author={Ariel Ekblaw and Chelsea Barabas and Jonathan Harvey-Buschel and Andrew Lippman},
  journal={2016 IEEE 1st International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems (FAS*W)},
  year={2016},
  pages={18-23}
}
Since 2009, the Bitcoin open-source software project has established a commanding presence in the digital currency space as a self-organizing, distributed system. The project stems from a long history of efforts to harness decentralization and progressive cryptography for social good, as espoused by the ethos of the Cypherpunks mailing list on which Bitcoin was first released. However, certain design choices in Bitcoin's core protocol have led to consolidation of the peer-to-peer nodes, rather… CONTINUE READING

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