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Why decentralization matters

Chris Dixon on Medium: Early internet protocols were technical specifications created by working groups or non-profit organizations that relied on the alignment of interests in the internet community to gain adoption. This method worked well during the very early stages of the internet but since the early 1990s very few new protocols have gained widespread adoption. Cryptonetworks fix these problems by providing economics incentives to developers, maintainers, and other network participants in the form of tokens. They are also much more technically robust. For example, they are able to keep state and do arbitrary transformations on that state, something past protocols could never do. What Chris is advocating is the protocols of the past weren't made for the internet of the future. The next era of the internet is being built with Web 3.

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Mastering Ethereum 📖

The book isn't due for publication by O'Reilly until Q4 of this year, but content and progress is publicly available on GitHub today. Here's the skinny: a book for developers, offering a guide to the operation and use of the Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, RootStock (RSK) and other compatible EVM-based open blockchains. Co-authored by Andreas Antonopoulos and Gavin Wood, Mastering Ethereum has a high chance of being excellent. 👌

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