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Cryptocurrency conferences come to Las Vegas; insiders say digital currency is here to stay

October 24, 2018


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David Chaum 'Godfather of anonymous communication' - BBC News

September 7, 2014

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David Chaum, inventor of Digital Cash and pioneer in digital privacy & security

September 6, 2018

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Blockchain is the Next Gen of Computers After Web, says Crypto Pioneer

November 13, 2018

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Cryptocurrency conferences come to Las Vegas; insiders say digital currency is here to stay

October 24, 2018

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David Chaum 'Godfather of anonymous communication' - BBC News

September 7, 2014

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David Chaum, inventor of Digital Cash and pioneer in digital privacy & security

September 6, 2018

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Blockchain is the Next Gen of Computers After Web, says Crypto Pioneer

November 13, 2018

In the Media

  • David Chaum is one of the earliest pioneers of digital currency.

    Often referred to as the “father of digital cash,” Chaum was one of the leaders of the “cypherpunk” movement of the 1980s and 90s. The founder of the International Association for Cryptologic research, he made the world’s first real foray into digital cash with the digital currency eCash and its corporation DigiCash.

    Earning his PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, he went on to teach at NYU and the University of California Santa Barbara and in his 1982 paper “Blind signatures for untraceable payments,” Chaum was the first to introduce the concept of anonymous, cryptographic electronic money.

    His new platform, Elixxir, seeks to realise his original vision and solve the problem of enormous transaction volumes by processing hundreds of thousands of transactions per second, and make the “critical leap from store-of-value to consumer-scale payment.”

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  • The godfather of the cryptocurrency movement is back with a plan to address bitcoin’s
    biggest shortcoming: speed.

    David Chaum, who built his own digital currency more than a decade before bitcoin was
    introduced, is unveiling a new platform that he claims would allow digital cash to be traded
    almost as quickly as physical cash.

    Mr. Chaum is introducing the platform, called Elixxir, at the Consensus conference in
    Singapore on Thursday. He says that Elixxir can process thousands of transactions a second—a
    dramatic increase over bitcoin’s current capability—and cuts down on the energy required to
    maintain the network…

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  • One of the founders of the cypherpunk movement has just revealed new technology that he
    believes will revolutionize cryptocurrency from this moment on.

    Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the grey-haired, digital money pioneer David Chaum is
    launching a new cryptocurrency Elixxir via his startup.

    And his goals are bold. By using cryptographic techniques he invented decades ago, he
    believes he’s “reinvented” cryptocurrency, fixing fundamental problems plaguing the
    emerging technology, including speed, privacy, scalability and – one that perhaps doesn’t get
    quite as much attention – resistance to future disasters.

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  • There’s growing awareness that slick online services are far from free—and that we may be
    paying too high a price for some of them. Hyper-specific targeted advertisements are creepy,
    while using our data to tamper with elections raises surveillance risks to a new level. As more
    payments take place online via apps, a growing trove of personal data is ripe for exploitation.

    That’s where David Chaum comes in. His pioneering work in cryptography and digital
    payments predates bitcoin, and laid important work for its invention. Likewise, he made
    prescient warnings about online privacy long before data-sharing scandals at major tech
    companies like Facebook. “Everything you do could be known to anyone else, could be
    recorded forever,” Chaum told Wired magazine in 1994. “It’s antithetical to the basic principle
    underlying the mechanisms of democracy.”

    His latest venture is called Elixxir, a blockchain designed for fast, secure, and confidential
    messaging and payments at minimal expense. The design acknowledges that text messages
    and payments—from WeChat to WhatsApp Pay—are increasingly intertwined, by popular
    demand…

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