December 30, 2003

[Enhyper Knowledgebase] News for 30-Dec-2003

  • Invisiblog - anonymous weblog publishing
  • File-Exchange - File dump and public key retrieval mechanism
  • XCA
  • Workshop on Electronic Contracting (WEC)
  • Digital Money Forum (DM7)
  • Financial Cryptography '04
  • Financial Cryptography Payments Events Circuit
  • OpenMoney
  • GoldMoney
  • Pecunix
  • eBullion
  • 1mdc
  • e-gold
  • PayPal
  • May Scale
  • WIN is not WASTE
  • Phonebook - Linux Virtual Disk
  • COIN-OR - Computational Infrastructure for Operational Research
  • Computer Programs for Social Network Analysis
  • Making reliable distributed systems in the presence of software errors

    Invisiblog - anonymous weblog publishing (added: 15-Dec-2003) lets you publish a weblog using GPG and the Mixmaster anonymous remailer network. You don't ever have to reveal your identity - not even to us. You don't have to trust us, because we'll never know who you are.

    File-Exchange - File dump and public key retrieval mechanism (added: 15-Dec-2003)

    File-Exchange allows you to exchange files with other people without giving away your identity or harming your privacy by just using a web browser.

    XCA (added: 14-Dec-2003)

    This application is intended for creating and managing X.509 certificates and RSA keys (DSA keys maybe supported in a later release since they are not wideley used in PKI cryptography). Everything that is needed for a CA is implemented. All CAs can sign sub-CAs rekursively. These certificate chains are shown clearly in a list-view. For an easy company-wide use there are customiseable templates that can be used for certificate or request generation. All crypto data is stored in a local Berkeley database.

    Workshop on Electronic Contracting (WEC) (added: 22-Dec-2003)

    Real world commerce is largely built on a fabric of contracts. Considered abstractly, a contract is an agreed framework of rules used by separately interested parties to coordinate their plans in order to realize cooperative opportunities, while simultaneously limiting their risk from each other's misbehavior. Electronic commerce is encouraging the growth of contract-like mechanisms whose terms are partially machine understandable and enforceable.

    Digital Money Forum (DM7) (added: 22-Dec-2003)

    The programme will cover the key aspects surrounding the implementation and use of digital money; i.e the regulatory, technical, social, and economic.

    Financial Cryptography '04 (added: 22-Dec-2003)

    Money and trust in the digital world. Dedicated to the relationship between cryptography and data security and cutting-edge financial and payment technologies and trends... Emerging financial instruments and trends, legal regulation of financial technologies and privacy issues, encryption and authentication techologies, digital cash, and smartcard payment systems...

    Financial Cryptography Payments Events Circuit (added: 22-Dec-2003)

    A list of events in the Financial Cryptography space, including ones back to the birth of the field.

    OpenMoney (added: 22-Dec-2003)

    OpenMoney's Brief on how community currencies can communicate. By way of a slide presentation.

    GoldMoney (added: 22-Dec-2003)

    More staid, stable and regular than the others. Users tend to be "store of value" people. Holders of the US patent on fully reserved digital gold currencies. Strong governance, fully implemented 5PM.

    Pecunix (added: 22-Dec-2003)

    Small, offshore, technically adept DGC. Notable for many related businesses such as integrated securities exchange and real time gold exchange. Strong governance model, well in excess of size.

    eBullion (added: 22-Dec-2003)

    Has cool cryptocard security widget to stop others from stealing value.

    1mdc (added: 22-Dec-2003)

    Derivative gold system, reserved in e-gold rather than physical metal. 1mdc is effectively a layered DGC providing protected and private claims on another DGC. This model is representative of future developments, where one Issuer
    varies and improves the offerings of another.

    e-gold (added: 22-Dec-2003)

    The market leader, with some $20m in reserves, and 50k transactions per day (mostly tiny). The only one with decent statistics, but governance model is incomplete.

    PayPal (added: 22-Dec-2003)

    PayPal are the biggest splash in the FC world. Historically based on First Virtual, they are a bank/credit card derivative dollar currency. As they charge Retailers high fees, they are a retail payment system, rather than being a true money, but they do permit user-to-user payments (the mistake of many a retail system).

    May Scale (added: 23-Dec-2003)

    A simple chart showing how different monies achieve different hardnesses. The May Scale puts digital monies into a perspective for loading and retail considerations.

    WIN is not WASTE (added: 29-Dec-2003)

    WINW is a small worlds networking utility. It was inspired by WASTE, a P2P darknet product released by Nullsoft in May 2003 and then withdrawn a few days later. The WINW project has diverged from its original mission to create a clean-room WASTE clone. Today, the WINW feature set is different from that of WASTE, and its protocol is incompatible with WASTE's protocol. However, WINW and WASTE achieve similar goals: they allow people who trust each other to communicate securely.

    Phonebook - Linux Virtual Disk (added: 15-Dec-2003)

    Phonebook is an encrypted Linux filesystem (virtual disk) with unique 'plausible deniability' and 'disinformation' features.

    COIN-OR - Computational Infrastructure for Operational Research (added: 30-Dec-2003)

    The Computational Infrastructure for Operations Research (COIN-OR**, or simply COIN) project is an initiative to spur the development of open-source software for the operational research community.

    Computer Programs for Social Network Analysis (added: 30-Dec-2003)

    Comprehensive and up to date list of SNA software.

    Making reliable distributed systems in the presence of software errors (added: 12-Dec-2003)

    This thesis presents Erlang together with a design methodology, and set of libraries for building robust systems (called OTP). The central problem addressed by this thesis is the problem of constructing reliable systems from programs which may themselves contain errors. I argue how certain of the requirements necessary to build a fault-tolerant system are solved in the
    language, and others are solved in the standard libraries. Together these form a basis for building fault-tolerant sodware systems.

    Posted by graeme at December 30, 2003 06:32 PM | TrackBack
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