The world\u2019s third most valuable cryptocurrency is looking to move up a notch or two. Ripple hopes to achieve this by improving the technology behind its platform, and published two white papers to the community outlining the proposed network improvements. By publishing the papers, Ripple developers hope to receive peer input on what operational impact, if any, the changes would cause. The first white paper, \u201cAnalysis of the XRP Ledger Consensus Protocol,\u201d is a step up from the company\u2019s 2014 paper on the subject, and provides mathematical proof that the network will operate as it should. The paper focuses on two topics, safety and liveness. In terms of safety, developers want to reassure the community that Ripple won\u2019t suffer a fork like what was seen with legacy Bitcoin (BTC). Liveness revolves around the coin\u2019s ability to keep processing transactions in years to come. The second paper deals with platform improvements. Titled \u201cCobalt: BFT Governance in Open Networks,\u201d the paper demonstrates improvements on previous Ripple plans through an algorithm that offers a wider amount of validators. Ripple Chief Technology Officer Stefan Thomas pointed out that the papers are theoretical and are meant to demonstrate a long-term impact, not a short-term solution. "It's not going to affect how users use XRP right now. They won't experience any downtime or anything," he said. Thomas indicated that the white papers show progress towards the development of a closer working relationship between Ripple\u2019s research department and the academic community. The crypto company hopes that researchers will be able to follow more closely as the company continues to roll out new developments.\u00a0 Thomas noted that Ripple is also in the process of adding a layer of defense against cyber-attacks. While these attacks are highly unlikely in Thomas\u2019s estimation, he wants users to know that Ripple offers the greatest amount of security for the platform. Ripple developers hope to increase the digital currency\u2019s $40-billion value by concentrating diligently on its infrastructure. It has the backing of several large international banks, such as Santander and SBI, and has recently been the target of criticism for allowing its development to lag compared to coins like Bitcoin and Ethereum.\u00a0 The jury\u2019s still out though, and it will take some time to determine if the solutions pay off. Note: Tokens in the SegWit chain are referred to as SegWit1X (BTC) and SegWit Gold (SWG) and are no longer Bitcoin. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is the only true\u00a0 Bitcoin\u00a0as intended by the original Satoshi white paper.\u00a0 Bitcoin BCH is the only public block chain that offers safe and cheap microtransactions.