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[liberationtech] At Stanford on Friday, Feb. 20 -- Vitalik Buterin: Ethereum & Cryptoeconomic Mechanisms & Security

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Mon Feb 16 12:27:19 PST 2015

From: David Wu <dwu4 at> via
security-seminar at at

  Introduction to Ethereum, and Cryptoeconomic Mechanisms
                        and Security

                      Vitalik Buterin

                 Friday, February 20, 2015
                       Talk at 4:15pm
                         Gates 463


The presentation will provide an introduction to the Ethereum protocol from
a technical perspective, including the high-level operation of the
protocol, contract calling and gas mechanics, use of Patricia Merkle
trees and
other cryptography and light client proofs. I will then discuss some of the
interplay between economics/game theory and cryptography both in consensus
algorithm design (eg. proof of work, proof of stake) as well higher-level
protocols like sidechains, challenge-response protocols and SchellingCoin,
and will attempt to define and dissect different interpretations of the
concept of "cryptoeconomic assurance".

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