nCent Presents: Summer of Incentive Hacking Reading List

KK Jain (@kk_ncnt)
Jul 3, 2018 · 2 min read

In order to have a decentralised database, you need to have security. In order to have security, you need to have incentives. -Vitalik Buterin

We at nCent Labs think a great deal about incentives, incentive design, and incentive markets. We invite you to share some of our mindshare — and join our summer incentive hacking reading list. Contact me at anytime to discuss or debate further: kk@ncnt.io

(disclaimer: I reserve the right to tweet with citation any emails I receive!)

1 — Blockchain Background

1.1 The authoritative Guide to Blockchain Development

1.2 Bitcoin Coursera Course by Princeton

https://www.coursera.org/learn/cryptocurrency

1.3 Stanford Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies

https://crypto.stanford.edu/cs251/

2 — Whitepapers

2.1 Bitcoin

https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf

2.2 Ethereum

https://github.com/ethereum/wiki/wiki/White-Paper

2.3 Stellar

https://www.stellar.org/papers/stellar-consensus-protocol.pdf

2.4 Lightning

https://lightning.network/lightning-network-paper.pdf

2.5 Monero

https://whitepaperdatabase.com/monero-xmr-whitepaper/

2.6 zCash

http://zerocash-project.org/media/pdf/zerocash-extended-20140518.pdf

2.7 Casper Whitepaper

https://github.com/ethereum/research/blob/master/papers/casper-basics/casper_basics.pdf

2.8 DFinity whitepaper

https://dfinity.org/tech

3 — Incentive Research

3.1 On Bitcoin and Red Balloons

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1111.2626.pdf

3.2 Reflecting on the DARPA Red Balloon Challenge

https://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2011/4/106587-reflecting-on-the-darpa-red-balloon-challenge/fulltext

3.3 Query Incentive Networks

https://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/kleinber/focs05-qin.pdf

3.4 Do Diffusion Protocols Govern Cascade Growth

https://arxiv.org/abs/1805.07368

3.5 The Strength of Weak Ties

https://sociology.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/publications/the_strength_of_weak_ties_and_exch_w-gans.pdf

3.6 Partisan Bias in Factual Beliefs about Politics

https://www.nowpublishers.com/article/Details/QJPS-14074

4 — Applications

4.1 Time Critical Social Mobilization: The DARPA Network Challenge Winning Strategy

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1008.3172.pdf

4.2 Flash Organizations: Crowdsourcing Complex Work By Structuring Crowds as Organizations

http://hci.stanford.edu/publications/2017/flashorgs/flash-orgs-chi-2017.pdf

4.3 Crowdsourcing Contest Dilemma

http://rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/11/99/20140532.short

5 — Cryptoeconomics

5.1 Selfish Mining Paper:

https://www.cs.cornell.edu/~ie53/publications/btcProcFC.pdf

5.2 Asset Flow and Momentum: Deterministic and Stochastic Equations

http://www2.pitt.edu/~caginalp/Paper70.pdf

5.3 Stablecoins: Designing a Price-Stable Cryptocurrency

https://haseebq.com/stablecoins-designing-a-price-stable-cryptocurrency/

6 — Potpourri

6.1 “The Rational Optimist” by Matt Ridley

https://www.amazon.com/Rational-Optimist-Prosperity-Evolves-P-s-ebook/dp/B003QP4BJM

6.2 “Striking Thoughts” by Bruce Lee

https://www.amazon.com/Bruce-Lee-Striking-Thoughts-Library-ebook/dp/B014C57RYK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1530658575&sr=1-1&keywords=striking+thoughts

6.3 “Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street Paperback” by John Brook

6.4 “Reminiscences of a Stock Operator” by Edwin Lefèvre

6.5 “The Mythical Man Month” by Frederick Brooks Jr.

https://www.amazon.com/Mythical-Man-Month-Software-Engineering-Anniversary/dp/0201835959/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530659424&sr=1-1&keywords=Mythical+Man+Month

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