All posts by Brian Curran

Blockchain writer, web developer, and content creator. An avid supporter of the decentralized Internet and the future development of cryptocurrency platforms.


OmiseGo Guide - What is OmiseGo?

What is OmiseGo (OMG)? Complete Beginner’s Guide

OmiseGo is an Ethereum-based proof-of-stake (PoS) platform that strives to decentralize payment networks and create an open, public financial system. Its goal is to provide the solution to the fundamental coordination problem among payment processors, financial institutions, and gateways. OmiseGo...

/ October 16, 2018 / 0 Comments
What is Tenfold Protocol

What is Tenfold Protocol? Layer-Two Scaling for Decentralized Apps

The lack of scalability for dApps has become a significant hurdle for their adoption as high fees, limited functionality, and low throughput capacity of the blockchains that they run on are not sustainable. According to DappRadar, the number of daily...

/ October 10, 2018 / 0 Comments
What is The Dandelion Protocol?

What is The Dandelion Protocol? Complete Beginner’s Guide

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies employ privacy at both the blockchain level and network layer. Public blockchains are permanent records of digital transactions, so blockchain privacy implementations focus on obscuring transaction data and anonymizing the identity of senders and receivers. Privacy-focused...

/ October 4, 2018 / 0 Comments
Game Theory

Coordination Games & Cooperative Game Theory in Cryptocurrency

Game theory directly ties into the underlying framework of cryptocurrencies that exist as decentralized networks. In particular, cooperative game theory and its relevance to coordination games within the incentive and socially scalable structures of decentralized networks such as Bitcoin and...

/ October 4, 2018 / 0 Comments
Cryptonote

What is CryptoNote Technology? Complete Beginner’s Guide

The CryptoNote Reference Implementation is an open-source application layer protocol that serves as the underlying technology for several well-known, decentralized and privacy-oriented cryptocurrencies. The CryptoNote Technology is designed to provide some of the most innovative privacy features predicated on advanced...

/ September 28, 2018 / 1 Comment
What is Blockchain Governance

What is Blockchain Governance? Complete Beginner’s Guide

Blockchain networks, specifically public blockchains, exist as decentralized networks that need to maintain byzantine fault tolerance to retain authenticity. This is not only difficult in itself but requires novel forms of distributed governance to achieve long-term sustainability of the network...

/ September 21, 2018 / 0 Comments
What are Oracles?

What are Oracles? Smart Contracts, Chainlink & “The Oracle Problem”

Smart contracts running on blockchain networks have significant potential to increase efficiencies and reduce transactional costs across an array of industries. Smart contracts effectively minimize counterparty risk and provide transparency, but they still face several limitations to their capacity. The...

/ September 19, 2018 / 3 Comments
Scilla & Vyper

Emerging Scilla & Vyper Programming Languages for Smart Contracts

The emergence of blockchains and smart contracts has seen a widespread interest in building dapps and leveraging smart contracts for practical purposes. Solidity -- a smart-contract language of Ethereum -- is the primary programming language used for Ethereum’s public blockchain...

/ September 12, 2018 / 0 Comments
Proof of Elapsed Time

What is Proof of Elapsed Time Consensus? (PoET) Complete Beginner’s Guide

Ever since Bitcoin’s inception and the recognition of its proof of work (PoW) consensus model as the mechanism for a blockchain network’s legitimacy as a distributed ledger, numerous other consensus mechanisms have been experimented with and introduced. These new consensus...

/ September 11, 2018 / 0 Comments
What are Zero-Knowledge Proofs

What Are Zero-Knowledge Proofs? Complete Beginner’s Guide

Zero-knowledge proofs are one of the more abstract and fascinating concepts in applied cryptography today. From potentially being applied to nuclear disarmament talks to providing anonymous and secure transactions for public blockchain networks, zero-knowledge proofs are a profound example of...

/ September 10, 2018 / 1 Comment