Paper of the Week:
Paper Title: Proof-of-Burn.
Proof-of-burn has been used as a mechanism to destroy cryptocurrency in a verifiable manner and has not been previously formally studied as a primitive.
This work introduces proof-of-burn as a cryptographic primitive for the first time and defines it as a protocol which consists of two algorithms: (i) a burn address generator and (ii) a burn address verifier.
While performing the study, foundational properties such as unspendability, binding, and uncensorability are considered.
Next, a novel and simple construction which is flexible and can be adapted for use in existing cryptocurrencies is presented.
This construction is proven secure in the Random Oracle and requires cryptocurrencies to use public key hashes for address generation.
Following that, a cryptocurrency proof-of-burn bootstrapping mechanism is presented that does not require miners to connect to external blockchain networks.
This work is validated through a comprehensively tested production grade implementation of the bootstrapping mechanism in Ethereum written in Solidity, which is also available as open source software.
In addition, experimental measurements for the cost of burn verification are presented in current Ethereum prices showing that burn verification costs $0.28 per transaction.
1. Paper Title: Encrypted Distributed Hash Tables.
Summary: This work initiates the study of end-to-end encryption in DHTs and the many systems they support.
Affiliations: * Brown University.
Summary: A closer look at Sybil attacks within the context of mixers in an attempt to characterize such attacks.
Authors: Mikerah Quintyne-Collins*,
Affiliations: * HashCloak Inc.
Summary: A private transaction authorization in Hyperledger Fabric based on delegatable anonymous credentials.
Summary: Multiple modifications and applications on traceable Borromean range proof (T-BoRP) and traceable Bulletproofs range proof (TBuRP), which realize functionalities including multi-currency regulation, regulatable private assets transfer, auxiliary privacy calculation and secure joint regulation by usage of zero-knowledge proofs, homomorphic commitments and MPC protocols.
Authors: Wulu Li*, Lei Chen*, Xin Lai*, Xiao Zhang*, and Jiajun Xin*,
Affiliations: * Onething.
1. Paper Title: Cerberus Channels: Incentivizing Watchtowers for Bitcoin.
Summary: An extension of Lightning channels, reward watchtowers that can remain secure against bribing and collusion; thus participants can safely go offline for an extended period of time.
2. Paper Title: SoK: Communication Across Distributed Ledgers.
Summary: The first systematic exposition of protocols for cross-chain communication.
3. Paper Title: Prism: Scaling Bitcoin by 10,000×.
Summary: A throughput of over 70,000 transactions per second and confirmation latency of tens of seconds on networks of up to 1000 EC2 Virtual Machines.
Summary: This paper applies biomimetic engineering to the problem of permissionless Byzantine consensus and achieves results that surpass the prior state of the art by four orders of magnitude.
Authors: Clinton Ehrlich* and Anna Guzova†,
2. Paper Title: Redactable Proof-of-Stake Blockchain with Fast Confirmation.
Summary: A novel mechanism based on verifiable random functions to randomly select voters on different slots in a private and non-interactive way, and also offers public verifiability for redactable chains.
Affiliations: * Institute of Software - Chinese.
Summary: This work argues the kind of trust that underpins smart contracts and the circumstances that would facilitate novel forms of economic exchange.
Oct 05-06 Cryptoeconomic Systems Summit by MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, MA)
Nov 11-15 - ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (London) - Call for Papers
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