A white paper is an information document, usually published by a company or an organisation, to promote the characteristics of a solution, product or service it plans to offer. On October 31, 2008, the Bitcoin whitepaper named : « Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System » was published on the cryptographic mailing list by Satoshi Nakamoto. In contrast to the other White Papers related with crypto-currencies, the transition from theory to practice was a success. The open source application, able to solve the double spending problem, has been running for more than ten years without ever being hacked or blocked. Several copies of Bitcoin emerged, but none managed to match or surpass it. There are today more than 8300 crypto-currencies, for a global capitalisation of $1.000 billion. The value of Bitcoin is over $600 billion.
All 3 versions of the Bitcoin white paper are available for download below.
- the 2009 version, downloadable from the official website. 2009-bitcoin
- the October 2008 version, available when the official website was created. 2008-bitcoindraft
- and finally the version named “Ecash”, only available by email in August and September 2008,
where the most famous cryptocurrency in the world is not yet called Bitcoin. ecash (Recreation of the original file)