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This step finishes this intellectual journey through the blockchain universe. After highlighting areas of further development and research, this step considers possible accomplishments of the blockchain within society. Before concluding with some comments about possible future trends in using the blockchain, this step also discusses some of its possible disadvantages.
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World Wide Web Foundation. History of the Web. 2016. http://webfoundation.org/about/vision/history-of-the-web/ .
Bonneau, Joseph, Andrew Miller, Jeremy Clark, Arvind Narayanan, Joshua A. Kroll, and Edward W. Felten. Research perspectives and challenges for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. In IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy. IEEE, 2015, 104–121; Yli-Huumo, Jesse et al. Where is current research on blockchain technology?—A systematic review. PloS One 11.10 (2016), e0163477: doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0163477.
Croman, Kyle, et al. On scaling decentralized blockchains. In Proceedings of the 3rd workshop on Bitcoin and Blockchain Research. 2016. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/292782219_On_Scaling_Decentralized_Blockchains_A_Position_Paper ; Buterin, Vitalik, Jeff Coleman, and Matthew Wampler-Doty. Notes on scalable blockchain protocols (verson 0.3). 2015. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/ae5b/c3aaf0e02a42f4cd41916072c87db0e04ac6.pdf?_ga=1.234210142.1100460187.1484935336 .
Poon, Joseph, and Thaddeus Dryja. The bitcoin lightning network: Scalable off-chain instant payments. Technical Report (draft). 2015. https://lightning.network .
Tremback, Jehan, and Zack Hess. Universal payment channels. 2015. http://altheamesh.com/documents/universal-payment-channels.pdf .
BitFury Group. Public versus private blockchains: Part 1, Permissioned blockchains. White paper. 2015; BitFury Group. Public versus private blockchains: Part 2, Permissionless blockchains. White paper. 2015.
Meiklejohn, Sarah, and Claudio Orlandi. Privacy-enhancing overlays in bitcoin. International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, 2015.
Zyskind, Guy, Oz Nathan, and Alex Pentland. Enigma: Decentralized computation platform with guaranteed privacy. 2015. arXiv preprint arXiv:1506.03471.
Krantz, Steven G. Zero knowledge proofs. July 2007. AIM Preprint Series, Volume 10-46.
Miers, Ian, et al. Zerocoin: Anonymous distributed e-cash from bitcoin. In Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy. 2013. Washington, DC, May 19–22, 2013, pp. 397–411
King, Sunny, and Scott Nadal. Ppcoin: Peer-to-peer crypto-currency with proof-of-stake. Self-published paper. August 19, 2012.
Ren, Larry. Proof of stake velocity: Building the social currency of the digital age. Self-published white paper. 2014.
Lamport, Leslie. The part-time parliament. ACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS) 16.2 (1998): 133–169.
Ongaro, Diego, and John Ousterhout. In search of an understandable consensus algorithm. In Proceeding of 2014 USENIX Annual Technical Conference (USENIX ATC 14). 2014.
Buterin, Vitalik. A next-generation smart contract and decentralized application platform. White paper. 2014.
Grigg, Ian. The Ricardian contract. 2004. In Proceedings of the 1st IEEE International Workshop on Electronic Contracting. IEEE, 2004: 25–31.
Wood, Gavin. Ethereum: A secure decentralized generalized transaction ledger. 2014. http://gavwood.com/paper.pdf .
Lewenberg, Yoad, Yonatan Sompolinsky, and Aviv Zohar. Inclusive block chain protocols. In International Conference on Financial Cryptography and Data SecurityBerlin Heidelberg: Springer, 2015.
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