The Greening of Blockchains

Blockchains are beginning to turn green. This post describes some of the IC3 research in this direction.
We characterize the state of the Bitcoin network as of this year, and discover that it has improved by 70% in terms of bandwidth compared to last year alone.
Miniature world is an evaluation platform which provides a principled way of evaluating different blockchain proposals.
As regulators take a closer interest in cryptocurrencies, IC3 faculty weigh in on if and how they should be regulated.
We unveil a new technology for secure, high throughput, low latency Bitcoin transactions using secure hardware, on the current Bitcoin network.
We introduce the first workable sharding solution for blockchains.
I make the case that the current trend towards outsourcing functions out of universities to third-party providers constitutes a security vulnerability, and that progressive institutions need to resist this trend to fight large-scale surveillance operations.
We introduce a novel consensus mechanism that greatly improves security, throughput, and transaction confirmation latency of blockchain-based cryptocurrencies.
The Bitfinex attack, and similar heists from Bitcoin exchanges, are preventable with a small extension to Bitcoin.
Our thoughts on using differential dataflow to implement database functionality such as lookups and transactions.