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    <div class="moz-forward-container">FYI - potentially of interest<br>
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            <td>winter school on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain
              Technologies in Shanghai, China, Jan 15- 17, 2017</td>
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            <th align="RIGHT" nowrap="nowrap" valign="BASELINE">Date: </th>
            <td>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:27:50 -0500</td>
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            <th align="RIGHT" nowrap="nowrap" valign="BASELINE">From: </th>
            <td>Hong-Sheng Zhou <a class="moz-txt-link-rfc2396E" href="mailto:hongsheng.zhou@gmail.com">&lt;hongsheng.zhou@gmail.com&gt;</a></td>
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            <th align="RIGHT" nowrap="nowrap" valign="BASELINE">To: </th>
            <td><a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="mailto:canetti@bu.edu">canetti@bu.edu</a></td>
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            <th align="RIGHT" nowrap="nowrap" valign="BASELINE">CC: </th>
            <td>Jonathan Katz <a class="moz-txt-link-rfc2396E" href="mailto:jkatz@cs.umd.edu">&lt;jkatz@cs.umd.edu&gt;</a>, GU Dawu
              <a class="moz-txt-link-rfc2396E" href="mailto:dwgu@sjtu.edu.cn">&lt;dwgu@sjtu.edu.cn&gt;</a>, Hong-sheng Zhou
              <a class="moz-txt-link-rfc2396E" href="mailto:hszhou@vcu.edu">&lt;hszhou@vcu.edu&gt;</a></td>
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      Hi Ran 
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      <div class=""><span class="" style="font-family: helvetica;">Happy
          new year! </span><br class="gmail-" style="font-family:
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        <span class="" style="font-family: helvetica;">Jon, Dawu and I
          are organizing a blockchain winter school in Shanghai, China,
           January 15-17, 2017. </span><br class="gmail-"
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        <span class="" style="font-family: helvetica;">Could you please
          distribute the following information about the winter school
          to your students/ friends?</span><br class="gmail-"
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        <span class="" style="font-family: helvetica;">thanks, </span><br
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        <span class="" style="font-family: helvetica;">HS</span><br
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        <span class="" style="font-family: helvetica;">Cryptocurrencies
          like Bitcoin have proven to be a phenomenal success. The
          underlying blockchain techniques hold a huge promise to change
          the future of financial transactions, and even our way of
          computation and collaboration. Both development community and
          research community have recently made significant progresses.
          But at the same time, we are facing many challenges. </span><br
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        <br class="gmail-" style="font-family: helvetica;">
        <span class="" style="font-family: helvetica;">We are organizing
          a winter school on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technologies
          in Shanghai, China, Jan 15- 17, 2017.  This winter school aims
          to bring together the communities working on cryptocurrency
          and blockchain technologies. The target audience is anyone
          (students, researchers, developers, professionals) with an
          interest in cryptography and security.</span><br
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        <br class="gmail-" style="font-family: helvetica;">
        <span class="" style="font-family: helvetica;">The lectures in
          the school will be given by world leading researchers in this
          area. All lectures will be self-contained, and we don’t assume
          the participants to have cryptography background.</span><br
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        <span class="" style="font-family: helvetica;">In this winter
          school, we will study a comprehensive set of topics about
          blockchain technologies, including: Bitcoin basics; Analysis
          of blockchain consensus; Ethereum and smart contracts;
          Alternative approaches to mining and consensus; Scalability;
          Anonymity. The winter school will include a panel — many
          important problems and hot topics will be discussed by leading
          researchers. We will also include a student presentation
          session, a demo session and a poster session so that students,
          developers, and junior researchers, can share their latest
          results.  </span><br class="gmail-" style="font-family:
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        <span class="" style="font-family: helvetica;">More details can
          be found at the winter school website </span><a
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