Cryptocurrencies and Beyond

Date: 1 November 2016

Time: 10am – 4.30pm





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“Cryptocurrencies” refer to techniques for purely digital currencies.  The most famous of these is Bitcoin, but since its creation numerous other currencies have also been created, relying on the underlying Distributed Ledger Technology to create a publicly verifiable list of transactions: the blockchain.  There is considerable interest from the data science community, the financial sector and government in other applications of this technology, and other instantiations of cryptocurrencies that may offer different levels of anonymity, untraceability and verifiability.

The purpose of this day is to bring together experts in this technology with some of the potential users or currency issuers, to discuss the potential and research directions in this area.  The intended outcomes are concrete research directions and plans on how to take these forward at the Alan Turing Institute.

Confirmed speakers:
• Sarah Meiklejohn “Centrally Banked Cryptocurrencies”. Sarah is a lecturer in Computer Science and Security and Crime Science at UCL. Her work is in the area of cryptography, with applications to Bitcoin and Blockchain.

• Vili Lehdonvirta, “Governance Problems in Distributed Ledger Technologies”. Vili is an Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow, and DPhil Programme Director at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. His research deals with the design and socioeconomic implications of digital marketplaces and platforms.

• Aggelos Kiayias,  “Secure Decentralized Blockchains without Proofs of Work”. Aggelos is Chair in Cyber Security and Privacy at the University of Edinburgh.

• Simon Taylor, “Commercial use cases and imperatives for Blockchain”. Simon is Co-Founder at 11:FS. As blockchain lead, Simon established Barclays as one of the leaders in blockchain.

• Simon Scorer, “Current work at the Bank of England”. Simon is Technology Policy Manager in Digital Currencies at the Bank of England.

• Nick Davies, “Government Value Distribution and DLT”. Nick is Deputy Chair of the End-User Needs Working Group of the Payments Strategy Forum.  He advises ministers on payment strategy at the Department of Work and Pensions.