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Sarah Jamie Lewis (@SarahJamieLewis)

Since many of my twitter fights devolve into people saying “but it’s actually not centralized tho”, let’s talk about wtf decentralization actually means. This tweetstorm has background reading. https://t.co/gX7y7XujhN

How to Disincentivize Large Bitcoin Mining Pools

We outline a small change to the Bitcoin mining protocol that rules out big, public mining pools. It preserves the current investment in Bitcoin by both existing users and by existing min…

Sarah Jamie Lewis (@SarahJamieLewis) Me: Federation is a bad model. People: You’re against decentralization! Fascist! Me: No, I want more decentralization, more equal trust distribution. People: “ If ideal social power were perfect equality, we’d be ants.”

nic carter (@nic__carter) My thoughts have evolved a bit since this, but the big idea is the same. You have decentralization of validation (“node level”), block formation (“protocol level”), and decision-making and update-management (“political”). Your system isn’t decentralized witho…

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Simon Taylor (@sytaylor)

I wrote a thing 👇👇👇

Why I think policy makers don’t have to fear decentralised exchanges (the devil is in the detail)

Jameson Lopp (@lopp) Measuring centralization can be an informative academic exercise, but IMO the only way to know if a network is sufficiently decentralized is to attack it. If it can withstand attacks from nation states, it’s sufficiently decentralized.

On Emergent Centralization - Observations on Robust Decentralized Systems

What could “decentralization” mean in the context of the law? …

How Bitcoin’s inception helps us understand good policy for securities regulation

What is the difference between decentralized and distributed systems? “Given a random piece of tech, the first question is not how does it work, but what does it do.”

Resistant protocols: How decentralization evolves – John Backus … Decentralization is tough: Too little? You’re dead. Too much? Unusable. We can learn a lot from the evolution of p2p file sharing

John Backus (@backus)

Interested in decentralization today? Learn what worked in the 2000s for p2p file sharing:

️Decentralization is a legal tactic used alongside activism

Decentralizing the wrong things is a waste of time Decentralizing everything is suicide by bad UX Threa…

The Oslo Freedom Forum in New York: Why Decentralization Matters – Ep.85

In this fascinating and compelling panel on Why Decentralization Matters at the Oslo Freedom Forum in New York, I spoke with Alejandro Machado, a researcher at Zcash; Amber Baldet, founder and CEO of Clovyr, a decentralized software and developer tools company; Andy Bromberg,…

The Egg of Andy Weir – U°Community – Medium

If the name of Andy Weir does not sound outright familiar, then the movie “The Martian” will. Andy Weir is the novelist who wrote the book…

Udi Wertheimer 🔨 [#reckless] (@udiWertheimer)

This is obviously true. Complete decentralization and censorship resistance isn’t necessary for most “dApps”, because most dApps are just colorful landing pages and science fiction novels affectionately named “white papers

Decentralization ≠ Disintermediation – Liquality – Medium - A history of disintermediation and its cousin, decentralization

gdamdam/awesome-decentralized-web an awesome list of decentralized services.

Sarah Jamie Lewis (@SarahJamieLewis)

“A flock isn’t a big bird - [in decentralized and self organizing systems] it is important not to confuse levels. Often, people confuse the behaviors of individuals and the behaviors of groups” - Turtles, Termites and Traffic Jams

Sarah Jamie Lewis (@SarahJamieLewis)

Some reading for the start of your week. “The Organization of Work in Social Insect Colonies” & “From division of labor to the collective behavior of social insects” The questions we ask impact our observations & conclusions. https://t.co/8CIiw4Sq4m https://t.co/QD66

Brave New Coin (@bravenewcoin)

Open source decentralization: The crypto community is realizing, true decentralization might require a degree of anonymity, or a way of collectively sharing the responsibility for #DEX development #BNC #Insights https://t.co/FMecovAGgr

Kate Sills (@kate_sills)

I had known that ancient greeks used random selection (sortition) to elect people to political office, but I was curious how they did it 1/