Blockchains and smart contracts allow everyone to create tokens that can be used as media of exchange, represent an asset or be employed to reinforce and build desirable behaviours. However, how to design and apply tokens is still unclear due to the ever-complicated relationship between software engineering, human behaviour and the complex socio-technical systems we form and inhabit.
This programme challenge, or special interest group, aims to put together researchers and industrial partners interested in understanding the socio-economic implications of tokens. The goal is to investigate the current usage of tokens in order to improve the design of future tokens, minimise potential risks for users and maximise potential societal benefits.
Shruti Appiah, Independent Researcher
Tomaso Aste, Professor and Director of the Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL)
Astrid Ayel, Blockchain & Fintech, Knowledge Transfer Network (InnovateUK)
Keith Bear, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (Cambridge)
Jessica Flack, Head of the Collective Computation Group at Santa Fe Institute
Angela Gallo, Lecturer in Finance (Cass)
Philip Gradwell, Chief Economist at Chainalysis
Gianvito Lanzolla, Head of Faculty of Management (Cass)
Gabriele Musella, CEO & Founder at Coinrule
Simone Righi, Lecturer in Financial Computing (UCL)
Tom Robinson, Chief Scientist at Elliptic
Lex Sokolin, Global Fintech Co-Head at ConsenSys
Alex Teytelboym, Associate Professor in Economics (Oxford)