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  • Guest Contribution : Thoughts on Decentralisation

    Although decentralisation is not a new concept, it is having quite an impact in recent times. That is due to the invention of the Bitcoin technology, which some oversimplify and call Blockchain technology. By calling it this way, they show exactly why decentralisation is still a new idea for most of humanity today. By considering […]

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  • Stellar

    Stellar is a decentralised, multi-purpose financial services platform originally stemming from the Ripple protocol. It is an open-source network whose novel consensus system allows for high scalability and energy-efficiency. Transactions on the Stellar network are validated by decentralised nodes that run independently of each other and can be run by anyone, thus having low barriers […]

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  • Cryptocurrency Wallets

    If a person wants to invest in or use cryptocurrencies, he will need a cryptocurrency wallet. This article will explain what a cryptocurrency wallet is and how it works. It will also list some popular cryptocurrency wallets a user can choose from. What is a cryptocurrency wallet? A cryptocurrency wallet is a piece of software […]

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  • Cryptocurrency Exchanges

    If a person wants to buy cryptocurrency, one option is to buy them at a cryptocurrency exchange. This article will explain what cryptocurrency exchanges are and how they work. It will also list some popular cryptocurrency exchanges.   What is a cryptocurrency exchange? A cryptocurrency exchange is a virtual platform where cryptocurrency holders can exchange […]

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  • Decentralized Applications (Dapps)

    Decentralized applications (Dapps) are poised to revolutionize many industries, including digital photography, pensions, employment, education, social networking and others. But what exactly is a Dapp? And how do Dapps work? What is a Dapp? A Dapp is an application that runs on a blockchain network instead of a central server. With a Dapp, no company […]

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  • Smart Contracts

    Smart contract platforms like Ethereum, Cardano, NEM and EOS have become more popular over the last couple of years. But what exactly is a “smart contract?” And what can it be used for? What is a smart contract? The term ‘smart contract’ was first coined in a paper by the American computer scientist and legal […]

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  • Proof of Stake (PoS) Consensus Algorithm

    Many have claimed that Proof of Stake will make cryptocurrencies more energy-efficient without compromising security. But what exactly is Proof of Stake? And how is it used to provide consensus in some cryptocurrencies? Problems with Proof of Work Bitcoin’s Proof of Work (PoW) protocol, released in 2008-2009, revolutionized digital currencies. For the first time, a […]

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  • Proof of Work (PoW) Consensus Algorithm

    Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies use a ‘proof of work’ (PoW) protocol to build consensus on the network and prevent double-spending. But what does this mean? And what is proof of work? The double-spending problem Before Bitcoin was invented, cryptographers had been working on a cryptographically secure digital currency for several years. Many of these cryptographers […]

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  • History of Cryptocurrencies

    By some estimates, there are almost 2,240 cryptocurrencies and counting in existence. The most popular and well-known cryptocurrency in the world is Bitcoin. Most people, if asked, could probably name Bitcoin and perhaps another cryptocurrency. However, most people may not actually be able to explain exactly what a cryptocurrency is, what the name actually means or the […]

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  • IOTA

    Introduction and History IOTA is a cryptocurrency designed to be tailored to the ‘Internet Of Things’ (IOT).  IOT describes the idea that applications, appliances, houses, vehicles, and other objects can communicate and interact with each other over the internet.  Given the number of devices and the nature of the transactions between such objects, IOTA was […]

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  • Public/Private Key Cryptography

    It is often said that cryptocurrencies use “public and private key cryptography” to prevent hackers from transferring funds without owners’ consent, and popular crypto blogs often throw around terms like “digital signature” as well. But what does all of this mean? And how is it used in cryptocurrencies? This article will explain what public and […]

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  • Hash Functions

    As cryptocurrencies become more popular every day, words and phrases like “hashing” and “hash function” get used more and more often. But what are hash functions? And how are they used in cryptocurrencies? This article will provide brief answers to these questions. What is a hash function? Imagine that Bill wants to send an electronic […]

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  • EOS

    Introduction and History Eos is a platform intended to run decentralised applications (dapps). This Ethereum-like creation is the brainchild of Dan Larrimer – also the creator of Bitshares and Steemit, and is run by the Cayman Islands company block.one.  Its ICO, based not on its own technology but offered as a token on the Ethereum […]

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  • Dash

    Introduction and History Dash was created at the beginning of 2014 by developer Evan Duffield, with the goal of offering Bitcoin-like transactions that were both private and rapid. First known as XCoin before being renamed to Darkcoin and then Dash, it is a decentralised peer-to-peer cryptocurrency with open-source software. Technology Bitcoin’s transactions are pseudonymous, since […]

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  • DAO

    Is it possible to run a business, a foundation, an NGO, or any other type of group without the traditional organisational structure? How would that look and function? What would be the benefits and burdens of running an organisation in this new way? What can this new kind of organisation be used for? Structure DAO […]

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  • Ripple

    Ripple is one of the oldest virtual value transfer systems, having its roots in a project called Ripplepay in 2004. The Ripple project has seen several iterations and project leaders. It initially began as an exchange trading system in Vancouver, Canada, created by Ryan Fugger in 2004 and was called Ripplepay. The next version of […]

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  • NEO

    Neo began in 2014 and was started by the Chinese company OnChain. The network of the blockchain is designed to fulfill three main purposes: Digital Identity: the storage and confirmation of identity information of individuals, companies and other subjects. (neo.org, n.d.) Digital assets: the storage and transfer of electronic assets such as cryptocurrency tokens. Smart […]

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  • Bitcoin: The First Decentralised Cryptocurrency

    Bitcoin is the first decentralised cryptocurrency, invented by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, who published a paper defining bitcoin in late 2008 and released the first bitcoin software in January 2009. Containing no central server or central authority, his vision was for a new and entirely digital version of currency on a decentralised peer-to-peer basis and […]

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  • Bitcoin Cash

    Bitcoin Cash is a hard fork from Bitcoin, which took place in August 2017. To understand Bitcoin Cash, it is first essential to know the background of its creation, which is the scalability debate of Bitcoin. Early in the development of Bitcoin in 2010, Satoshi Nakamoto set the block size limit to 1Mb. This restricts […]

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  • Cardano: The Peer-Reviewed Cryptocurrency

    Cardano was released in 2015 with the intention of learning from and improving on bitcoin and the many other cryptocurrencies in existence. In particular, the modularity of the different elements of the protocol and the integration with existing system was important. Charles Hoskinson, a founder of Ethereum, is part of the core group that launched […]

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  • Ethereum and the flexible Smart Contract

    Ethereum was launched in August 2014 as a decentralized platform for smart contracts. The sheer range of possibilities offered by Ethereum has sparked a high level of global interest. That versatility includes the ability to decentralize services such as real estate or other types of asset property title registries, insurance records, voter registration lists, and regulatory […]

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  • What Is An INDEX?

    Definition When examining the specific topic of investments and portfolio management, an INDEX is a carefully selected sample from a larger group of stocks within a portfolio. As the sample stocks within a specific portfolio either increase or decrease in value, there should be a direct correlation to the amount of up or down movement […]

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  • Litecoin: A faster and lighter alternative to bitcoin

    Litecoin was created by Charlie Lee, an MIT graduate and former software engineer at Google and Coinbase, in October 2011 as a modified version of bitcoin. Like bitcoin, it is a decentralised blockchain-based cryptocurrency, with Litecoin being generated by mining as a reward for confirming blocks, which add transactions to the blockchain. He intended it to […]

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DQR Academy

Academy helps you understand the basics of blockchain and cryptocurrency. The articles in Academy cover topics ranging from the parts and processes that make up a blockchain to information about specific cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum. Understanding these basics can help you go far in the world of cryptocurrency as you would be more informed about your crypto-related decisions. By reading Academy articles, you can more confidently maneuver and act within the cryptocurrency world.