Digital Currencies and Smart Contracts Karl Wüst


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Digital Currencies and Smart Contracts

The course is fully booked already, thus the registration is closed. If you want to be added to the waiting list, send me an e-mail with [DCSC22 waiting list] in the subject.

This Lecture provides an overview of digital currencies and smart contracts. The main focus of the lecture will be on the security, privacy, scalability, and limitations of blockchain systems, but it will also cover centralized systems such as traditional e-cash schemes. The lecture will first introduce the basics of blockchain technology based on the example of Bitcoin before covering more advanced topics such as anonymity, smart contracts, and off-chain protocols.

At the end of this lecture, students will understand how blockchains function and which properties they provide as well as their limitations. Students will also learn how anonymity is achieved in the most prominent privacy-focused cryptocurrencies (e.g. Zcash) as well as the basics of smart contracts and simple off-chain protocols.

Prerequisites: Students taking this course should understand basic cryptographic primitives such as hash functions and digital signatures.

The course will be offered as a two weeks block course at the end of the summer term between the 8th and 19th of August 2022.

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