Coursera – Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies (2016)

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Genre: Video Training

There’s a lot of excitement about Bitcoin, but also a lot of confusion about what Bitcoin is and how it works. We’re offering this course focusing on the computer science behind Bitcoin to help cut through the hype and get to the core of what makes Bitcoin unique.

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

Joseph Bonneau, Princeton University

Edward Felten, Princeton University

Andrew Miller, University of Maryland

The course consists twelve topics, each corresponding to a lecture, and a chapter in our textbook. Most weeks will have two topics each.

Intro to Crypto and Cryptocurrencies

How Bitcoin Achieves Decentralization

Mechanics of Bitcoin

How to Store and Use Bitcoins

Bitcoin mining

Bitcoin and anonymity

Community, Politics, and Regulation

Alternative Mining Puzzles

Bitcoin as a platform

Altcoins and the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem

The future of Bitcoin?

[Bonus lecture] History of cryptocurrencies

The class will consist of lecture videos broken up into 5-7 segments, each 10-15 minutes in length. Each segment contains 1 or 2 integrated quiz questions.

There will also be standalone homeworks that are not part of video lectures.

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