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The Bitcoin Game #59: Dr. Adam Back

Published on October 25th, 2018 by Rob


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Welcome to episode 59 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. I'm happy to bring to you part one of an interview with Cypherpunk and CEO of Blockstream, Dr. Adam Back. Dr. Back talks about topics such as his first computers, his early privacy-oriented work, Hashcash vs. other proof-of-work, various early electronic money systems, and his work on Bitcoin Confidential Transactions. Get ready to soak in some history from one of the people whose "work" became an integral part of Bitcoin.


EPISODE LINKS

Adam Back (Adam3us) on Twitter
https://twitter.com/adam3us

Dr. Back's Info Page
http://www.cypherspace.org/adam

Blockstream
https://blockstream.com

Malta (Crypto-friendly)
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-23/how-malta-became-a-hub-of-the-cryptocurrency-world-quicktake

Dr. Back's First Computers
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZX81 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZX_Spectrum

PGP
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Good_Privacy

Cypherpunks Mailing List
https://cryptoanarchy.wiki/getting-started/what-is-the-cypherpunks-mailing-list

Adam's Credential Library for Ecash & DigiCash
http://cypherspace.org/credlib

David Chaum's Ecash
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecash

Stefan Brands' DigiCash
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DigiCash

Adam Back's Eternity
http://www.cypherspace.org/eternity

Usenet News
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet

Pseudonymous Remailers
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudonymous_remailer

Hal Finney (integrated PGP into remailers)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Finney_(computer_scientist)

Adam Back's Hashcash
http://www.hashcash.org

Spam Assassin
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_SpamAssassin

Microsoft Digital Postmarks
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Postmarks

SYN Cookies, by Dan Bernstein
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SYN_cookies

Pricing via Processing or Combatting Junk Mail (PDF)
http://www.hashcash.org/papers/pvp.pdf

Old communication between Peter Todd, Adam Back and Hal Finney
https://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/bluesky/2001-March.txt

Wei Dai's B-Money
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/B-money

Nick Szabo's Bit Gold
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Szabo#Bit_gold

Hal Finney's RPOW - Reusable Proof of Work
https://nakamotoinstitute.org/finney/rpow/index.html

TPM - Trusted Platform Module
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trusted_Platform_Module

Confidential Transactions
https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/confidential-transactions-how-hiding-transaction-amounts-increases-bitcoin-privacy-1464892525

Elements (Sidechain)
https://elementsproject.org

Liquid (Sidechain)
https://blockstream.com/liquid


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