Ethereum Classic maintains the original, unaltered history of the Ethereum network. The Ethereum project's mainnet initially released via Frontier on 30 July 2015. However, due to a hack of a third-party project, the Ethereum Foundation created a new version of the Ethereum mainnet on 20 July 2016 with an irregular state change implemented that erased The DAO theft from the Ethereum blockchain history. The Ethereum Foundation applied their trademark to the new, altered version of the Ethereum blockchain; Ethereum (ticker: ETH). The older, unaltered version of Ethereum was renamed and continued on as Ethereum Classic (ticker: ETC).

This section of the Ethereum Classic website contains articles focused on the philosophy that keeps the immutable, original version of the Ethereum network running.

Declaration of Independence

One of Ethereum Classic's early founding documents. A statement of it's cause, a list of grievances, and a description of it's principles and goals.

A Crypto-Decentralist Manifesto

Another influential document from Ethereum Classic's early days. It outlines the core values of decentralization.

Ethereum Classic Vision

How Ethereum Classic will be a successful computing platform and why ETC is an excellent store of value.

Ethereum Classic vs. Ethereum 2.0, What is the Difference?

It can be said that Ethereum Classic is a conservatively run system, focused on security, and the upcoming Ethereum 2.0 is a progressively run system, focused on performance.

Phyro's Recap of ETC History

A detailed overview of the story behind ETC by a long term ETCer. You can also read more about ETC history on the roadmap.

Why Would I Choose To Run My Application On Ethereum / Classic Instead Of The World Wide Web?

Benefits over the World Wide Web

Into the Ether with Ethereum Classic

The Store of Value Commodity to Power the Internet of Things

Ethereum Classic Principles

A high level overview of the foundational principles of ETC

Ethereum Classic Opportunities

An overview of the wild potential of Ethereum Classic

How to Have a Vision for Ethereum Classic Without Creating a Governance Orgy

An approach to maintaining progress whilst avoiding the problems of blockchain governance

The Ethereum Classic vs Ethereum 1.x Dichotomy

What will be ETC's relationship with ETH 1.X when Ethereum moves to Proof of Stake?

The Ethereum Classic Monetary Policy Explained

The current Ethereum Classic (ETC) monetary policy seeks the same goals as Bitcoin of being mechanical, algorithmic, and capped, thus sound and trust minimized.

Why Proof of Stake is Less Secure Than Proof of Work

By anchoring to a proof of work physical base, the subjective layer acquires orders of magnitude more objectivity, thus security.

The idea of Smart Contracts

Nick Szabo's idea of smart contracts post from 1997.

Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System

Satoshi Nakamoto's original paper is still recommended reading for anyone studying how Bitcoin works.

Making Smart Contracts Smarter

Smart contract security attacks.

Ethereum Classic (ETC) Wiki

Some of the core philosophies of Ethereum's ETC chain.

Ethereum Classic (ETC) Improvement Proposals

Standards for the Ethereum's ETC platform, including core protocol specifications, client APIs, and contract standards (ECIPs).

Ethereum (ETH) Wiki

Some of the core philosophies of Ethereum's ETH chain.

Ethereum (ETH) Improvement Proposals

Standards for Ethereum's ETH platform, including core protocol specifications, client APIs, and contract standards (EIPS).