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Alison Berreman

Copy Editor, ETHNews | aberreman@ethnews.com

Alison is an editor and occasional writer for ETHNews. She has a master’s in English from the University of Wyoming. She lives in Reno with her pooch and a cat she half likes. Her favorite things to do include binge listening to podcasts, getting her chuckles via dog memes, and spending as much time outside as possible.
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wallets and exchanges

Parity To Offer Alternative To Infura-Powered Wallets

Nov 12th, 2018
Alison Berreman
There’s a need for more decentralized Ethereum wallets, and Parity’s stepping in to help fill it.
NEWS
opinion

Please Don’t Let Ethereum Be The Next Burning Man: Reflections On Devcon 4

Nov 5th, 2018
Alison Berreman
The momentum behind Ethereum as a sociopolitical movement is inspiring, but if we’re serious then we need to do better when it comes to diversity.
NEWS
ecosystem

While We Talk Diversity In Blockchain, CryptoChicks Are Doing The Work

Nov 2nd, 2018
Alison Berreman
Ethereum might offer the opportunity to change the distribution of power, but that requires including the people most disenfranchised by existing structures, and try as we might, we haven’t been great at it. Maybe it’s time to talk less about hearts and minds and more about money.
NEWS
opinion

Social Scalability Is Ethereum’s Real Promise

Oct 31st, 2018
Alison Berreman
Lane Rettig borrows ideas from Nick Szabo to argue for a more inclusive Etherean future. He also made a website for Ethereum folks to talk about it.
NEWS
technology

Infura: Defeating The Point Of Blockchain?

Oct 27th, 2018
Alison Berreman
Accessing and building on Ethereum is hard, and Infura makes it easier. But at what cost? And what can be done about it?
lifestyle

A Guide To Devcon4 Afterparties

Oct 20th, 2018
Alison Berreman
If you’re not having fun, what’s the point?
NEWS
ecosystem

Your One Question About The Constantinople Hard Fork, Answered

Oct 19th, 2018
Alison Berreman
Literally no one knows when Constantinople will hit the mainnet, but it won’t be in November.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

The Cryptoeconomics Of Civil’s Token-Curated Registry

Oct 17th, 2018
Alison Berreman
Undeterred by its failed token sale, Civil is maintaining its efforts to create a new economy for ethical journalism using cryptoeconomics and blockchain technology. But will its incentive structure promote that?
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Civil Not Deterred By Token Sale’s Failure To Meet Soft Cap

Oct 16th, 2018
Alison Berreman
Despite significant industry support, Civil was unable to reach its fundraising goals. What’s next for the blockchain company?
NEWS
technology

Sit Down, Skeptics. Ropsten Testnet Consensus Issue Solved.

Oct 15th, 2018
Alison Berreman
No need to panic, folks. Turns out core devs are pretty good at their jobs. Here’s your chill pill. On the other hand, a tweet by President Donald Trump was included in the block that broke Ropsten. Coincidence?
NEWS
ecosystem

Asking The Right Questions: On-Chain Governance At San Francisco Blockchain Week

Oct 11th, 2018
Alison Berreman
In a panel discussion at San Francisco Blockchain Week, leaders from 0x, Tezos, MakerDAO, and Polkadot shared their approaches to managing and eliminating plutocracy.
NEWS
ecosystem

How Ethereum Mining Pools Validate Empty Blocks For Profit, Explained

Oct 6th, 2018
Alison Berreman
Reports this week show that two mining pools, Etherdig and F2Pool, are publishing significant numbers of empty blocks and making a lot of money. While they’re not technically breaking any rules, their actions do present a security risk. Here's how they might be doing it.
NEWS
ecosystem

Constantinople Coming To Ropsten A Little Later Than Originally Planned

Oct 4th, 2018
Alison Berreman
Due to a recently discovered vulnerability in the code of one EIP to be included in Constantinople, the testnet hard fork has been delayed by approximately five days. It should now arrive on (or near to) October 14.
NEWS
ecosystem

Prysmatic Labs Releases Shasper Client Demo, Prysm v0.0.0

Oct 4th, 2018
Alison Berreman
It’s not a complete shasper implementation, but it’s a significant move and an opportunity for community feedback.
NEWS
ecosystem

Vitalik Buterin Weighs In On SNARKs For Layer 2

Sep 24th, 2018
Alison Berreman
Most layer 2 scaling solutions come with some less-than-ideal assumptions. SNARKs can help, but they come with some other issues. Vitalik Buterin thinks he has a way around them.
NEWS
opinion

Dialogue, Dissent, And Development In The Ethereum Community

Sep 22nd, 2018
Alison Berreman
On inclusivity in the Ethereum community, and – bear with me, here – my feelings.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Dogecoin Unaffected By Bitcoin Bug

Sep 20th, 2018
Alison Berreman
Who's a goodcoin?
NEWS
ecosystem

ERC820 Enters Last Call

Sep 19th, 2018
Alison Berreman
The slouch toward acceptance of the ERC777 token standard creeps on. ERC820, the registry that ERC777 standard-based tokens will rely upon, has entered the “last call” stage of development.
NEWS
ecosystem

Snapps For A Fully Verified Plasma Chain!

Sep 18th, 2018
Alison Berreman
Developers recently released a specification for a new type of Plasma chain that utilizes SNARKs to reduce friction in the exit process. It represents a big move forward, but there are still some areas that need work. (Good thing the project is open source.)
NEWS
technology

Cornell Researchers Propose Strategy For Bribery-Resistant Blockchain Voting

Sep 17th, 2018
Alison Berreman
One potential problem with blockchain-based voting is that smart contracts might facilitate vote buying. A team of Cornell researchers thinks it might have a solution.