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Such wide publicity of the transaction itself could constitute proof of its existence. It would be akin to each party issuing a press release, in a standardised machine-readable format about the transaction. The features required in such a publicity are mentioned below. The participants would put personal marks or other identifiers for example, company seal that are unlikely to be in possession of a rogue actor.
Alternately, the two parties could issue a single joint press release with all the information under their common letterhead, company seal, both their websites, etc. They could verify that both press releases indeed contain personal identification marks and other identifiers that should be in their possession.
This would lead the witnesses to believe that the press release about the transaction is indeed released by the said parties. In case transaction details match, the witnesses would agree through a consensus that the transaction appears identical and originating from its purported participants.
This would make it even more difficult for parties to dispute transactions that are already accepted individually and in a block. This makes the chain strong and extremely difficult to revisit or dispute as more blocks are layered on top of the block containing a specific transaction.
In , a pseudonymous individual or group , under the name Satoshi Nakamoto, proposed a scheme to create a digital currency called Bitcoin. Nakamoto began with the idea of a peer-to-peer transaction in a world without trusted middlemen. Using advancements in computer science, market incentives and cryptography, Nakamoto proposed a system where any participant could transact, query and verify the state of a transaction in Bitcoin anonymously.
Nakamoto followed up his theoretical system with a working system in that led to the Bitcoin cryptocurrency and its underlying record-keeping technology, Blockchain. In order to incentivise nodes to perform POW by expending computing powers, Nakamoto proposed a reward for the miners. This takes the form of a special transaction in a block that starts or creates a new coin to be owned by the mining node.
A second incentive is payment of voluntary transaction fees by users for bundling their transactions into the block. The advantage of POW system is that so long as the network is majority controlled by honest nodes, the probability of an attacker catching up with the cumulative work of other nodes to propagate an inaccurate transaction or block diminishes exponentially as subsequent blocks are added.
Once a transaction is say 6 blocks deep it is computationally impractical for an attacker to reverse the transaction. POW ensures a one-processor, one-vote paradigm thus incentivising new nodes to enter the network. Bitcoin Blockchain combines developments in software engineering, cryptography and game theory. Davidson identified that blockchain exploits. Bitcoin blockchain is an online, open, decentralised, transparent record of all dealings in bitcoin - every new bitcoin has to be mined, gets a unique ID and its life transaction is stored on it.
The blockchain identifies the total number of bitcoins in existence, its chain of transactions and where it currently resides. The record-keeping unit is the minted bitcoin and not the consumer.
The blockchain keeps track of every bitcoin and fraction thereof and follows it around to arrive at the current ownership. The key pair is the construct from cryptography to ensure privacy for the consumer.
In the physical world people interact amongst one another using physical currency. This currency note begins its life by being distributed via currency chests to banking intermediary then to individuals before being used in day to day transaction.
In this way it loses its own identity till it gets soiled and is returned to the RBI, whereupon RBI replaces this with a new currency and records the destruction of the old note via its unique ID number.
Given its nature, the transactions remain anonymous. If one could record the entire life history of a currency note right from its printing, through all the change of hands it undergoes say through the use of Aadhaar ID , right till the time it is returned to RBI and destroyed, such a system could keep a record of every note ever minted and where it is currently resting. Such a system would be the Indian equivalent of the blockchain. Table 1 lists some statistics around the bitcoin blockchain.
The Bitcoin Blockchain over the years has proven to be robust and has withstood cryptographic scrutiny and adversary attacks while attracting more users, investors and participants. The computation power of the bitcoin blockchain computers comprising over nodes is eight times more powerful than the computational power of the most advanced supercomputers combined Cowley However, POW that consumes the bulk of this power, is a design component of bitcoin blockchain and cannot be easily tampered with.
The bitcoin blockchain would need to devise additional, stronger computational challenges to keep pace with quantum jump in computing prowess. If the trend continues, there could be a situation of a monopoly mining pool emerging and subverting the basic design of the system. Additionally there is a concentration of hash power in a single country, namely, China with attendant geopolitical risks. In order to find acceptance as an industry utility, its internal organisation needs to be redefined.
As such it has vast implications for usage across industries and transactions in public and private lives. Werbach discusses how blockchain could be the most consequential development in IT since internet by solving age-old human problem of trust through permitting users to trust the output of a system without trusting any actors within it.
He further identifies that challenges in blockchain are fundamentally a matter of governance rather than computer science. He envisages the need for law and blockchain to work together through cooperation rather than competition or conflict. Centralised solutions have the advantage of being efficient to create, establish and enforce rules but they tend to be expensive, monopolistic and prone to abuse over time. Blockchain can potentially disrupt any centralised database. Davidson argues that blockchain as a public database is a revolution in institutions, governance and organisation rather than just a simple technological or monetary innovation.
The authors point out that often entrepreneur or technological innovation led competition is met with political response, which while could not compete on cost alone, co-opt legislation or regulation to negate technological innovation models Williamson The authors invoke Transaction Cost Economics TCE Coase , to enquire why certain transactions take place in a market and certain others in an organised firm.
They posit that incomplete contracts occur only in an organised firm setting while complete contracts occur in a market. Blockchain only operates on complete contracts and forces certain incomplete contracts away from organised firms towards open markets thereby extending the domain of the markets and reducing the operating space for firms.
Blockchain has the characteristics of a generalised public utility. It can be viewed as a meta technology like the internet network or world wide web WWW. Mougyar has visualised blockchain as below in Figure 1. As such, it can support native blockchain applications as also hybrid applications alongside the internet, thereby addressing problems of e-commerce in the internet world.
It can also be created as a private network residing inside closed walls for the use and benefit of consortium within a private network.
This has the advantage of dramatically improving scalability. Pilkington identifies private, public and hybrid blockchains and identifies similarities and differences between them and particular situations where these would be appropriate. For example, Land registries maintained by public ledgers may not be acceptable or recognised by governments where they are unable to intervene to correct records. Morini argues that blockchain use case is not application of technology to a business model, but a reform to the business model itself.
The author identifies that blockchain is facilitating a move away from double entry book-keeping and reconciliation paradigm to a single entry record-keeping one, eliminating centuries of waste. He also identifies that while financial contracts are encoded as software currently, blockchain introduces a paradigm where software code is itself the contract. This has given rise to blockchain systems like Ethereum which is a Turing-complete blockchain. Ethereum introduced the concept of a Decentralized Autonomous Organization DAO , a self-running corporation without any individuals that can programmatically enter into transactions upon some event taking place without any manual intervention; basically a network of self-running corporations that could transact among themselves upon some well-defined public events happening or not happening.
The applications for such a DAO could be significant within financial services and across other industries and government sectors. Besides bitcoin blockchain and Ethereum there are multiple other instances of work undertaken in DLT systems. Most of these are collaborative efforts across multiple leading corporations either led by a technology major for example, HyperLedger project led by Linux Foundation or by an industry association R3 consortium of financial sector players or private entities, for example, Ripple.
Table 2, is a comparative table of a few popular Blockchain and DLT systems. Multiple use cases for blockchain have been identified in the financial and non-financial domains. In the financial domain, major corporations like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Banco Santander, etc, across sub-domains and continents are engaged in blockchain projects.
Industry-wide consortia like R3 comprising over 50 financial institutions worldwide are engaged in industry research, prototype building, standards setting and evangelisation activities. It is estimated that in securities trading function alone, global Investment banks could derive billions of dollars of savings in middle and back office functions by adopting blockchain in their trade settlement process. Crossby, Nachiappan et al examined and identified compelling blockchain related applications in the financial and non-financial domains.
They also looked at potential challenges and opportunities ahead for what they describe as a revolutionary technology. Similarly, Bheemaiah also examines innovative business solutions and business models employing blockchain. The author identifies wallet providers as the earliest business ideas from bitcoin blockchain.
Most providers have now evolved to provide additional services like forex conversion, hedging, analytics for example, coinbase, blockchain, circle, etc.
He identifies financial inclusion as a major use case given that only about 2 billion citizens out of world population of 7 billion have a bank account. Catalini examines two key costs that blockchain drives down to nearly zero: Based on this falling intermediary cost function, the authors examine a wide range of transactions that can be disintermediated and performed purely by technology with minimal interference from human actors ranging from simple asset transfer to full-fledged market platforms and settlement systems.
Intermediaries that still add value to transactions for example, providing screening services, monitoring services could still draw a premium but non value adding transaction intermediaries would likely be driven towards blockchain technology.
Some other blockchain based applications across industries with some company names in bracket identified by multiple authors are. Nasdaq recently declared as successful, a nearly year old voting POC on blockchain with chain. Olnes identifies that application of blockchain technology is missing in e-government and explores possible use cases therein. Walch examines the theoretical possibility of adopting bitcoin blockchain as a financial market infrastructure and concludes that the very fundamental core of the Bitcoin design decentralised, peer-to-peer, open source software, no identifiable owner or organisation structure, no entity responsible for its upkeep, slow decision-making, possibility of hard-forks down the road undermines its ability to be used as a financial market infrastructure in its current form.
Wright makes a case for a new Lex Cryptographia to deal with emerging blockchain technology and potential business disruptions it can cause, likening it to the rise of internet and the need for the legal system to catch up with technological advances.
Kiviat examines the current state of regulatory preparedness for blockchain technology and suggests that regulators are still grappling with various facets of virtual currency and blockchain.
In this way, disk usage could be reduced while the validation functions preserve. In bitcoin blockchain, the block header has a field for previous block hash.
Hence, all blocks will contain a reference of its previous block, and this could build up a chain of blocks. Sometimes, a fork on the block chain may occur. This is due to two blocks computed at a very short time interval. The subsequent blocks may build upon both blocks and both of the chain remain valid. In subsequent process of mining, one fork would be longer than the other fork, in this case, the longer chain would be accepted by the network and the short would not be used unless its length exceeds the the longer chain in the future.
The blockchain is designed in a way such that the average time for a block to be generated remains fairly constant. In the bitcoin blockchain, the average time for a block to generate is 10 minutes. Other blockchains may have a different time, e. The controlled block generation time is achieved by adding a difficulty value inside the block. In bitcoin, the hash of the block must be strictly smaller than a given value to be accepted. The given value varies according to the total computation power of the network.
The more powerful the network is, the more smaller the given value, and hence the more difficult it is to generate the block. This feature extends bitcoin blockchain to more uses than handling transactions. A sender to choose to include a text in a transaction, as the transaction is included in a block attached to the blockchain.
The message can be retrieved from the block by everyone and it could hardly be modified unless the whole block is re-written see below. This can provide reliable storage for short texts. For example, a hash of a file could be included in a transaction. The users of the file could check the message field attached and verify whether the file in his hand has not been comprimised and has remained original. Bitcoin blockchain is a shared public chain.
It means that everyone would have access to the chain, not only read the information on the chain, but also append new blocks on the chain, i. This is known as unpermissioned chain. The chain could also be modified so that stricter access control applies.
The strictest access control is that only the owner of the chain could have full access of the chain whereas others have no access at all. This may be similar to the way a central database stores confidential data. However, in many scenarios somewhere between a shared public chain and a private chain should be the cases resembling real world uses. Through public key cryptography, access control could be implemented during setting up of the chain so that different access control could apply.
An example would be the health information of individual. This should be accessed only by the patient or anyone who have been granted access by the patient; only trusted body could append new data to the chain.
This is known as permissioned chain. Bitcoin blockchain uses a proof-of-work algorithm for reaching a consensus. The cryptographic hash function of each block must be smaller than a specific value in order to be considered value.
A nonce is thus included in the block for this feature. By using the proof-of-work method, in order to change the data in one block, all successors of that block must be re-written and a huge amount of calculation is necessary. In addition, the longest chain would be accepted by the network whereas the shorter ones would be discarded at the situation of branches of the chain. This made the data in blocks practically unmodifiable, and moreover, the more blocks built upon the block in which the data is contained, the harder the processing of overwriting the data.
However, the blockchain may use other methods of consensus. For example, a blockchain may use Scrypt for proof-of-work algorithm instead of hash functions.
Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. Satoshi Nakamoto satoshin@ wearebeachhouse.com wearebeachhouse.com Abstract. A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution. Digital signatures provide part of the . In the context of Bitcoin, the blockchain is a shared public ledger on which the entire Bitcoin network relies. It has a linked list data structure, with each block containing a hash of the previous block. Each block is formed by a proof-of-work algorithms, through which consensus of this distributed system could be obtained via. 7 Oct more technical details on updating the ledger. The appendix also includes a quantitative examination of the incentives for participation in the distributed implementation of the. Bitcoin system. Our analysis of past developments in the magnitude and the structure of the rewards lends support to recent.