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Etherisc: A Decentralized Insurance Protocol

Etherisc is developing an insurance protocol based on Ethereum smart contracts. The ecosystem involves an array of service providers launching and selling various types of insurance, backed by on-chain and off-chain risk capital and reinsurance capital. The DIP token is used by service providers, who must stake an amount worth 15 – 25% of their monthly revenue.
Jul/30/18 | Token Sale
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Introduction to Decred

Decred is a cryptocurrency designed for P2P payments in a similar vein as Bitcoin, albeit with a focus on governance through a hybrid PoW/PoS consensus architecture. While not a fork of Bitcoin, Decred utilizes several of its design elements and explicitly aims to improve upon Bitcoin’s perceived shortcomings. Decred emphasizes governance input for all stakeholders through an on-chain voting and public proposal system; it was the first blockchain to implement an on-chain, token holder-approved hard fork.
Jun/08/18 | Article
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Tether, a Pathbreaking yet Flawed Element of Crypto Market Infrastructure

Tether, the most widely known stablecoin in the cryptocurrency markets, remains the subject of considerable concern and skepticism and while these questions may well remain unresolved, Tether’s lasting legacy is likely to be associated with its role as the initial stablecoin project to develop a large market presence, in effect serving as an important proof of concept in a space that has attracted considerable attention.
Jun/07/18 | Article
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Introduction to Gnosis

Gnosis is an open-source, Ethereum-based platform that enables users to aggregate information via prediction markets, a mechanism that incentivizes information sharing and rewards participants for sharing predictions on issues ranging from sports betting, political polling, financial forecasting, to risk assessment.
Jun/05/18 | Article
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The Cryptoeconomics of Seigniorage Shares Stablecoins: Basis and Carbon

The topic of stablecoins has occasioned a flurry of discussion and activity in late 2017 and early 2018, not unsurprising given the potential of stablecoins to allow the expansion of the crypto community in a number of important ways. This articles considers two developing stablecoin projects that fall within the seigniorage shares category of stablecoins, exploring the particulars of their constructions, their relative positioning within the market, and significant challenges each is likely to confront.
May/25/18 | Feature
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EOS Token Sale (ICO): DPoS Smart Contract Platform

EOS is a next-generation smart contract platform, utilizing a Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) consensus mechanism that emphasizes high transaction throughput and scalability. EOS positions itself as a competitor to Ethereum as a platform for decentralized applications (dApps), offering increased scalability features as a tradeoff to a comparatively centralized node distribution.
May/16/18 | Token Sale
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Introduction to Litecoin

Litecoin is a cryptocurrency emphasizing rapid transactions and low fees, released in 2011 by Charlie Lee as an early fork of Bitcoin. Lee modified three key parameters of the original Bitcoin design: reducing the target block confirmation time to 2.5 minutes, increasing the total supply to 84 million LTC, and implementing the memory-hard PoW algorithm Scrypt. This consensus algorithm is ASIC-resistant, reducing the risk of centralized mining infrastructure. In other respects, the Litecoin network is similar to Bitcoin. Litecoin is designed to be used as a rapidly processed medium of exchange for everyday transactions, and was one of the first major cryptocurrencies to implement Segregated Witness in mid-2017.
May/14/18 | Article
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Beyond Venezuela’s Petro: Prospects and Forms for State-Backed Cryptocurrencies

While the appearance of Venezuela’s Petro attracted considerable attention to the issue of state-backed cryptocurrencies, little discussion has explored the forms these are likely to take, the impacts they are likely to have, and the broad, long-term impacts likely to result. This article begins to explore some of the core aspects of this issue.
Apr/30/18 | Feature