[Busec] Fwd: New Course on New BlockChain Technology

Leonid Reyzin reyzin at cs.bu.edu
Fri Dec 16 14:28:55 EST 2016


MIT course Spring semester, in case anyone is interested. BU people are
welcome (talk to me if you need actual course credit):

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From: Silvio Micali <silvio at csail.mit.edu>
Date: Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 12:24 PM
Subject: New Course on New BlockChain Technology
To: Leonid Reyzin <reyzin at cs.bu.edu>, Ran Canetti <canetti at tau.ac.il>

 6.892



*PUBLIC LEDGERS, Cryptocurrencies, and Other Marvels*
Instructors: Silvio Micali and Neha Narula
Time: F 1-4
Room: TBA

WHAT   A public ledger is a tamperproof sequence of data that can be read
and augmented by everyone. Shared public ledgers stand to revolutionize the
way a democratic society operates. They secure all kinds of traditional
transactions –such as payments, asset transfers, titling– in the exact
order in which they occur; and enable totally new transactions ---such as
cryptocurrencies and smart contracts. They can remove intermediaries and
usher in a new paradigm for trust. As currently implemented, however,
public ledgers cannot achieve their enormous potential.



HOW   After describing current implementations, the course will provide new
ideas and techniques for building public ledgers that are provably correct
and scalable.



TOPICS   Bitcoin and other cryptcurrencies, Lightenning Networks,
Authenticated Datastructures, Byzantine Agreement, Other (Self-Contained)
Cryptographic Tools.
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