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Blockchain for Dummies


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Introduction 1 About This Book 1 Foolish Assumptions 2 Icons Used in This Book 2 Beyond the Book 3 Where to Go from Here 3 Part 1: Getting Started with Blockchain 5 Chapter 1: Introducing Blockchain 7 Beginning at the Beginning: What Blockchains Are 7 What blockchains do 8 Why blockchains matter 9 The Structure of Blockchains 10 Blockchain Applications 11 The Blockchain Life Cycle 11 Consensus: The Driving Force of Blockchains 12 Blockchains in Use 14 Current blockchain uses 14 Future blockchain applications 15 Chapter 2: Picking a Blockchain 17 Where Blockchains Add Substance 17 Determining your needs 18 Defining your goal 19 Choosing a Solution 19 Drawing a blockchain decision tree 21 Making a plan 22 Chapter 3: Getting Your Hands on Blockchain 25 Diving into the Bitcoin Blockchain 25 Creating your first Bitcoin wallet 26 Creating a second Bitcoin wallet 27 Generating a Bitcoin vanity address 27 Transferring your vanity address 28 Making an entry into the Bitcoin blockchain 29 Reading a blockchain entry in Bitcoin 29 Using Smart Contracts with Bitcoin 30 Building your first smart bond 31 Checking the status of your contract 33 Building a Private Blockchain with Docker and Ethereum 34 Preparing your computer 34 Building your blockchain 36 Part 2: Developing Your Knowledge 39 Chapter 4: Beholding the Bitcoin Blockchain 41 Getting a Brief History of the Bitcoin Blockchain 42 Debunking Some Common Bitcoin Misconceptions 45 Bitcoin: The New Wild West 47 Fake sites 47 No, you first! 47 Get-rich-quick schemes 48 Mining for Bitcoins 48 Making Your First Paper Wallet 49 Chapter 5: Encountering the Ethereum Blockchain 51 Exploring the Brief History of Ethereum 52 Ethereum: The Open-Source World Wide Computer 53 Decentralized applications: Welcome to the future 54 The power of decentralized autonomous organizations 54 Hacking a Blockchain 57 Understanding smart contracts 58 Discovering the cryptocurrency Ether 58 Getting Up and Running on Ethereum 59 Mining for ether 59 Setting up your Ethereum wallet 60 Building Your First Decentralized Autonomous Organization 60 Test net and congress 61 Governance and voting 62 Uncovering the Future of DAOs 63 Putting money in a DAO 63 Building smarter smart contracts 64 Finding bugs in the system 64 Chapter 6: Regarding the Ripple Blockchain 65 Getting a Brief History of the Ripple Blockchain 66 Ripple: It's All About Trust 67 Seeing How Ripple Differs from Other Blockchains 68 Unleashing the Full Power of Ripple 71 Exercising Caution with Ripple 72 Chapter 7: Finding the Factom Blockchain 75 A Matter of Trust 76 The purpose of the Factom blockchain: Publishing anything 77 Incentives of federation 78 Building on Factom 81 Authenticating documents and building identities using APIs 81 Getting to know the Factoid: Not a normal token 81 Anchoring your application 82 Publishing on Factom 82 Building transparency in the mortgage industry 84 Verifying physical documents: dLoc with Factom 86 Chapter 8: Digging into DigiByte 89 Getting Familiar with DigiByte: The Fast Blockchain 90 Mining on DigiByte 91 Signing Documents on DigiByte's DiguSign 94 Earning DigiBytes While Gaming 95 Part 3: Powerful Blockchain Platforms 97 Chapter 9: Getting Your Hands on Hyperledger 99 Getting to Know Hyperledger: Dreams of a Hyper Future 100 Focusing on Fabric 101 Building your system in Fabric 102 Diving into chaincode development 102 Investigating the Iroha Project 104 Introducing Sumeragi: The new consensus algorithm 104 Developing mobile apps 105 Diving into Sawtooth Lake 106 Exploring the consensus algorithm: Proof of Elapsed Time 107 Deploying Sawtooth 107 Chapter 10: Applying Microsoft Azure 109 Bletchley: The Modular Blockchain Fabric 109 Cryptlets for encrypting and authenticating 111 Utility and Contract Cryptlets and CrytoDelegates 112 Building in the Azure Ecosystem 113 Getting Started with Chain on Azure 114 Installing Chain's distributed ledger 115 Creating your own private network 115 Using financial services on Azure's Chain 116 Deploying Blockchain Tools on Azure 116 Exploring Ethereum on Azure 116 Cortana: Your analytics machine learning tool 117 Visualizing your data with Power BI 117 Managing your access on Azure's Active Directory 118 Chapter 11: Getting Busy on IBM Bluemix 119 Business Blockchain on Bluemix 119 Your isolated environment 120 Bluemix use cases 121 Watson's Smart Blockchain 122 Building Your Starter Network on Big Blue 124 Part 4: Industry Impacts 129 Chapter 12: Financial Technology 131 Hauling Out Your Crystal Ball: Future Banking Trends 131 Moving money faster: Across borders and more 133 Creating permanent history 134 Going International: Global Financial Products 135 Border-free payroll 136 Faster and better trade 137 Guaranteed payments 138 Micropayments: The new nature of transactions 138 Squeezing Out Fraud 139 Chapter 13: Real Estate 141 Eliminating Title Insurance 141 Protected industries 142 Consumers and Fannie Mae 144 Mortgages in the Blockchain World 144 Reducing your origination costs 145 Knowing your last-known document 145 Forecasting Regional Trends 146 The United States and Europe: Infrastructure congestion 147 China: First out of the gate 148 The developing world: Roadblocks to blockchain 148 Chapter 14: Insurance 151 Precisely Tailoring Coverage 151 Insuring the individual 152 The new world of micro insurance 153 Witnessing for You: The Internet of Things 154 IoT projects in insurance 155 Implications of actionable big data 155 Taking Out the Third Party in Insurance 156 Decentralized security 156 Crowdfunded coverage 156 The implications of DAO insurance 157 Chapter 15: Government 159 The Smart Cities of Asia 159 Singapore satellite cities in India 161 China's big data problem 162 The Battle for the Financial Capital of the World 163 London's early foresight 163 The regulatory sandbox of Singapore 164 The Dubai 2020 initiative 165 Bitlicense regulatory framework: New York City 167 Securing the World's Borders 168 The Department of Homeland Security and the identity of things 168 Passports of the future 169 The new feeder document 169 Chapter 16: Other Industries 171 Lean Governments 171 Singapore's Smart Nation project 172 Estonia's e-Residency 173 Better notarization in China 174 The Trust Layer for the Internet 174 Spam-free email 175 Owning your identity 176 Oracle of the Blockchain 176 Trusted authorship 177 Intellectual property rights 177 Part 5: The Part of Tens 179 Chapter 17: Ten Free Blockchain Resources 181 Factom University 181 Ethereum 101 182 Build on Ripple 182 Programmable Money by Ripple 182 DigiKnow 183 Blockchain University 183 Bitcoin Core 183 Blockchain Alliance 183 Multichain Blog 184 HiveMind 184 Chapter 18: The Ten Rules to Never Break on the Blockchain 185 Don't Use Cryptocurrency or Blockchains to Skirt the Law 185 Keep Your Contracts as Simple as Possible 186 Publish with Great Caution 187 Back Up, Back Up, Back Up Your Private Keys 187 Triple-Check the Address Before Sending Currency 189 Take Care When Using Exchanges 189 Beware Wi-Fi 190 Identify Your Blockchain Dev 190 Don't Get Suckered 190 Don't Trade Tokens Unless You Know What You're Doing 191 Chapter 19: Ten Top Blockchain Projects 193 The R3 Consortium 193 T ZERO: Overstocking the Stock Market 194 Blockstream's Distributed Systems 195 OpenBazaar's Blockchain 196 Code Valley: Find Your Coder 196 Bitfury's Digital Assets 197 Any Coin Can ShapeShift 198 Machine-Payable Apps on 21 198 Anonymous Transactions on Dash 199 ConsenSys: Decentralized Applications 200 Index 201

About the Author

Tiana Laurence is a co-founder of Factom, a company that provides blockchain-based solutions for many business uses, including enhanced security for IoT. Factom has been named one of the 20 most influential blockchain companies.

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