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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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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.
NEWS
ecosystem

Constantinople Hard Fork To Ropsten Testnet In Second Week Of October

Sep 14th, 2018
Alison Berreman
Today, the core devs announced the date that Constantinople-implemented clients will fork the Ropsten testnet. There is no date yet announced for the launch of Constantinople on the mainnet.
NEWS
ecosystem

Parity's Schoedon Pushes For Universal Ethereum Testnet

Sep 13th, 2018
Alison Berreman
ChainSafe and folks from Parity Technologies are advocating for a new proof of authority testnet that would be easier to use across clients. The algorithm chosen to back it may prove contentious.
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business and finance

BoC Report: Trustless Blockchain Securities Settlements Can Offer Market Gains

Sep 12th, 2018
Alison Berreman
A recent Bank of Canada working paper argues for a trustless blockchain securities settlement system.
NEWS
ecosystem

Parity Implements Constantinople Ahead Of Ethereum Hard Fork

Sep 11th, 2018
Alison Berreman
Parity has merged all relevant EIPs to its client software and is ready for testing.
NEWS
ecosystem

Explainer: ERC1400 Security Token Standard

Sep 10th, 2018
Alison Berreman
The Ethereum Request for Comment, posted today, emphasizes "partially-fungible" tokens.
NEWS
technology

Twitter 'Thinking About' Blockchain To Increase Public Trust, But Would It?

Sep 6th, 2018
Alison Berreman
When questioned by Congress about the ability for blockchains to fight misinformation and scams, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stated that the technology has a lot of “untapped potential” in that area. Could blockchain help Twitter’s reputation for censorship of conservative voices, or might it make matters worse?
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ecosystem

Liberal Radicalism: Glen Weyl And Vitalik Buterin Think Your (Good) Idea Should Be Funded, Even If They Hate It

Sep 5th, 2018
Alison Berreman
A newly published white paper by Glen Weyl, Vitalik Buterin, and Zoe Hitzdig offers bold new ideas about structuring power, authority, knowledge, and resource distribution. The authors seek to create a system wherein communities with divergent values can coexist, and where resources can be appropriately distributed in a way that promotes the most good for the most people.
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technology

Ethereum And Bitcoin Cash: Handling The Hard Forks

Aug 30th, 2018
Alison Berreman
Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum are both in the process of considering upcoming hard forks, but the decision-making and communication processes are playing out very differently: Decisions on the Ethereum blockchain seem largely decided by communities of developers, whereas the Bitcoin Cash community lets miners take the reins. The different priorities of each blockchain lay at the heart of the matter.
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ecosystem

Layer One And Done? Maybe Not, Says Buterin

Aug 28th, 2018
Alison Berreman
In a recent blog post, Vitalik Buterin argued that there are still some significant layer one protocol changes needed for the Ethereum blockchain (and others), but that in the long term, continual significant layer one protocol solutions require too much governance to sustain decentralization.
NEWS
ecosystem

Ethereum Community Debates Consensus Algorithm Targeting ASIC Miners

Aug 27th, 2018
Alison Berreman
In the face of the coming difficulty bomb and reduction of block rewards, some in the community are pushing for ASIC-resistant consensus algorithm ProgPOW to maintain decentralization.
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business and finance

Is MakerDAO Giving Out Unlicensed High-Risk Loans, And Do We Care?

Sep 3rd, 2018
Alison Berreman
MakerDAO’s stablecoin, Dai, seems to be doing well despite Ether's price fluctuations. But MakerDAO is more than just a stablecoin; it appears to be a lending service, albeit lending virtual currency that can be exchanged for fiat. It's not clear that it's licensed as such.
NEWS
ecosystem

New Plasma Spec To Support ‘Smart Contracts,’ But It Needs Some Work

Aug 21st, 2018
Alison Berreman
Three developers out of Onther Inc in South Korea released a research paper on Plasma EVM, a version of Plasma that can support "smart contracts." Sounds great, but there are some security issues.
ecosystem

ASIC Vs. GPU Debate Ignites Ahead Of Devcon4 And Constantinople Hard Fork

Aug 18th, 2018
Alison Berreman
As the impending Constantinople hard fork and Devcon4 draw nearer, the ongoing ASIC vs. GPU mining rig debate appears to have re-emerged. Some in the mining community are campaigning to block ASIC mining rigs, arguing that failing to do so will push GPU mining operations out of business, further plummet the value of Ether, and lead to network centralization.
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ecosystem

Vitalik Clears Up Confusion Around Casper

Aug 16th, 2018
Alison Berreman
Last night, Vitalik Buterin shot off a 75-message tweet storm summarizing the history of Casper, saving blockchain nerds and amateurs everywhere hours of frustrated Googling and inaccurate reddit commenting.
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technology

Vitalik Buterin's Latest Consensus Algorithm Paper, Explained

Aug 14th, 2018
Alison Berreman
A recent yellow paper by Vitalik Buterin simplifies and applies a 99 percent Byzantine fault tolerant algorithm for blockchains. ETHNews explains it in language you can understand (minus the math).