and Yousaf, Haaroon
and Meiklejohn, Sarah",
and Moore, Tyler",
title="Short Paper: An Exploration of Code Diversity in the Cryptocurrency Landscape",
booktitle="Financial Cryptography and Data Security",
publisher="Springer International Publishing",
Interest in cryptocurrencies has skyrocketed since their introduction a decade ago, with hundreds of billions of dollars now invested across a landscape of thousands of different cryptocurrencies. While there is significant diversity, there is also a significant number of scams as people seek to exploit the current popularity. In this paper, we seek to identify the extent of innovation in the cryptocurrency landscape using the open-source repositories associated with each one. Among other findings, we observe that while many cryptocurrencies are largely unchanged copies of Bitcoin, the use of Ethereum as a platform has enabled the deployment of cryptocurrencies with more diverse functionalities.