Public blockchains allow insertion of arbitrary data. Even specific-purpose blockchains like Bitcoin already contain a lot of non-financial data. Although this data insertion can be beneficial in some use cases (e.g. proof of existence), it can also cause damage. If a blockchain contained videos with instructions on how to torture someone, there would immediately be broad consensus that this data must be deleted. But since blockchains are supposed to be immutable databases, the question is: what can be done if this happens?
The security of your crypto-assets depends on one piece of information that you must protect: your private key. If your private key is stolen, all your assets can be stolen. If your private key is lost, all your assets are lost.
Any information stored in a blockchain is supposed to be preserved forever, nobody will be able to change it or even less erase it. But is this really true? Is there any chance that governments or private groups with enough money to finance costly attacks might delete information from a blockchain?
Blockchains are already used to store non-financial data for diverse purposes, e.g. to prove authorship of ideas or to prove the existence of a document. One of the largest files stored successfully into the Bitcoin blockchain is an image of Nelson Mandela.
If you’ve been following crypto news over the past few months, you have probably heard the words Polkadot and Substrate. However, you might also be curious about what they are exactly, why they’ve been on the news so much and how relevant they are to your business. This article aims to give you a clearer […]
Micropayment take place in pay-as-you-go software service models, micro donations, and the Internet of Things (IoT). In these contexts payments for values which are usually under the smallest unit of fiat money (e.g. $0.001) are needed. Prepaid cards can solve this problem. Another approach uses cryptocurrencies in the blockchain, having the advantage of allowing exact […]
See our updated article: Algorand Block Explorer and CoinFabrik spin-off Randlabs. AlgoExplorer: A tool for retrieving human-readable data from the new Blockchain Algorand. As you probably know (or you should if you are in the crypto environment), there is a new blockchain right around the corner: Algorand. We are glad to have the opportunity to […]
Lately, there has been a lot of talk about permissioned blockchains, in which only certain entities have the authority to validate transactions and generate blocks. The use of these technologies is currently highly required by different companies, since it allows them to store data in a decentralized way and show complete transparency in all their […]
In this blog post, we present a high-level overview of the paper describing the Ouroboros Proof of Stake protocol implemented in Cardano´s blockchain. After the overview follow some comments about theoretical aspects of the protocol.
In general, Proof of Stake (PoS) consensus protocols elect the network nodes responsible to send the next block to the blockchain on the basis of the nodes’ amount of stake.
The crypto market is still inefficient. Cryptoassets have different rates on different exchanges. The big question is how we can profit from that inefficiency. One approach is making transactions between exchanges, but if we buy a cryptoasset on one exchange, by the time we can sell it on another, the price difference may no longer […]
The second stage of the Dogethereum bridge was presented on September 5, 2018 at 10 am (PT) and live streamed. The bridge uses “superblocks” to move coins from Dogecoin to Ethereum and collateralization to move coins from Ethereum to Dogecoin. We are excited because this innovation can also be used to bridge other blockchain pairs. […]
At CoinFabrik we are organizing internal presentations in response to interesting work we are doing. As we have grown, scheduling time to share our projects and ideas has become essential. Recent presentations have included: Decentralized Blockchain Bridges Last year Oscar Guindzberg, TrueBit, and CoinFabrik partnered to create a decentralized trustless bridge between Dogecoin and Ethereum […]