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To really understand what is special about Bitcoin, we need to understand how it works at a technical level. We’ll address the important questions about Bitcoin, such as: How does Bitcoin work? What makes Bitcoin different? How secure are your Bitcoins? How anonymous are Bitcoin users? What determines the price of Bitcoins? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? What might the future hold? After this course, you’ll know everything you need to be able to separate fact from fiction when reading claims about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. You’ll have the conceptual foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network. And you’ll be able to integrate ideas from Bitcoin in your own projects. Course Lecturers: Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University...
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Skills you will gain

Bitcoin NetworkBlockchainsCryptocurrencyBitcoin
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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4 hours to complete

Introduction to Crypto and Cryptocurrencies

Learn about cryptographic building blocks ("primitives") and reason about their security. Work through how these primitives can be used to construct simple cryptocurrencies. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 59 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Cryptographic Hash Functions18m
Hash Pointers and Data Structures8m
Digital Signatures9m
Public Keys as Identities5m
A Simple Cryptocurrency14m
Reading1 reading
Course Information10m

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1 hour to complete

How Bitcoin Achieves Decentralization

Learn Bitcoin's consensus mechanism and reason about its security. Appreciate how security comes from a combination of technical methods and clever incentive engineering. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 74 min)
Video5 videos
Distributed Consensus13m
Consensus without Identity: the Block Chain17m
Incentives and Proof of Work19m
Putting It All Together18m

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1 hour to complete

Mechanics of Bitcoin

Learn how the individual components of the Bitcoin protocol make the whole system tick: transactions, script, blocks, and the peer-to-peer network. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 78 min)
Video6 videos
Bitcoin Scripts15m
Applications of Bitcoin Scripts14m
Bitcoin Blocks5m
The Bitcoin Network18m
Limitations & Improvements11m

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4 hours to complete

How to Store and Use Bitcoins

This week we'll explore how using Bitcoins works in practice: different ways of storing Bitcoin keys, security measures, and various types of services that allow you to trade and transact with bitcoins. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 81 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Hot and Cold Storage13m
Splitting and Sharing Keys11m
Online Wallets and Exchanges19m
Payment Services8m
Transaction Fees5m
Currency Exchange Markets16m

Instructor

Arvind Narayanan

Associate Professor
Computer Science

About Princeton University

Princeton University is a private research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. It is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, and one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution....

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