Class Topics for Spring I, 2018
Here is a tentative list of topics. The schedule is somewhat fluid in that I may spend longer on some topics and spillover to the next class. I might add or delete topics. I will also be interested in your input for topics.
1. Friday January 19
Course Introduction. What is Blockchain?
Coinbase (or equivalent) wallet must be set up. Download 21.co/tasks app. Course requirements. Why me? Introduction to blockchain.
- Class Norms
- Why Me?
- The Blockchain Identity [Presentations will be loaded just before class.]. Here is a conference presentation on the same topic (about 600 people in audience and FYI, just before my presentation I was given a research award which explains the reference to 'misrepresenting earnings').
2. Tuesday January 23
Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology
Four main applications of blockchain. Introduction to cryptocurrencies. Facts and myths about crytpocurrencies. Should central banks have cryptocurrencies? 2016 and 2017 innovation projects if time.
3. Friday January 26
Cryptology; Cryptocurrencies (continued)
4. Tuesday January 30
Cryptocurrencies (continued); Cryptovaluation
Exchange security. Understanding hacks. What is money?.
5. Friday February 2
Cryptovaluation (continued) Blockchain Mechanics
How to think about valuing cryptocurrencies. Group company presentations.
6. Tuesday February 6
Blockchain Mechanics, Cryptographic Hashing
Mechanics of a public blockchain. Group company presentations.
7. Friday February 9
Cryptographic Hashing, Addresses
What miners hash. Merkle trees. SHA-1 step by step. Group company presentations.
8. Tuesday February 13
Private/Public key pairs. Digital Signatures. RSA. ECDSA. Group company presentations. Lightning Network and Raiden Network. Catchup.
8.5. Wednesday February 14
Fireside chat with Fred Ehrsam, Co-Founder, Coinbase.com
Geneen, 3:30pm and joint with EVCC Conference
9. Friday February 16
Deep dive into Ethereum.Group company presentations.
Guest speaker: 12:30 Barry Silbert, CEO, Digital Currency Group
- Ethereum (powerpoint)
- The DAO (powerpoint A, partially in B)
10. Tuesday February 20
Machine to Machine Payments
Segregated Witness, Lightning Network, Earn.com. Group company presentations.
The DAO (powerpoint, B,C)
Level 2, HLTC, SegWit (powerpoint)
51 Percent PoW Attack (powerpoint, B, C)
Anonymity vs. Privacy (powerpoint)
Credit cards (powerpoint)
M2M Payments (powerpoint)
10.5. Wednesday February 21
Fireside chat with Balaji Srinavasan, CEO, Earn.com
11. Friday February 23
Blockchain and the Law.
Legal environment. Regtech.
Materials only if time in the course
12. Tuesday February 27
Innovation: Class Presentations
Five minutes per presentation. Maximum four slides (fifth can be a cover page). Last 15 minutes for course evals. 12 groups in first hour. 7 groups after the break. Timer will be operational on side screens.
- Please submit short presentation to Canvas as Assignment 6a. The format must be B10_Short_Rental_keys.pptx, group code at the beginning, Short for short version, then one or two word title)
- Submit full deck by Thursday (e.g., B10_Full_Rental_keys.pptx)
- Put SHA-256 of the file https://www.toolsley.com/hash.html in Google sheet
- Tool will be distributed for group evaluations.