Bitcoin: A Decentralised Digital Currency

March 23rd, 2018 JOSEPH BOWLES Quantum Information Theory
ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences

In 2009, an open source software named Bitcoin was released aimed at establishing a decentralised digital currency whose security is based on tools from the field of classical cryptography. In this talk, I will explain the functioning of the bitcoin protocol. In particular, I will explain what a decentralised digital currency is, the problems one encounters when trying to create a such a currency, and how the central breakthrough of the bitcoin protocol, the bitcoin “blockchain”, allows one to overcome these problems. The talk will be non-technical in nature, i.e. no previous knowledge of cryptography is required to attend.

Friday, March 23, 2018, 17:00. ICFO’s Seminar Room