Blockchain@UBC - Projects

  • Call for Papers
    Workshop on Privacy, Security, Trust & Blockchain Technologies
    26th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN)

    ICCCN is one of the leading international conferences for presenting novel ideas and fundamental advances in the fields of computer communications and networks. ICCCN serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners with a common interest in improving computer communications and networking through scientific and technological innovation.

    • ***Key Dates***
    • Paper submission deadline March 31, 2017 April 10, 2017
    • Notification April 28th
    • Camera ready copy due May 10, 2017.

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  • Blockchain for Recordkeeping: Help or Hype

    In November 2013, Bitcoin reached a tipping point when its value soared to $900 and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told US Senators that virtual currencies "may hold long-term promise" if continued innovations resulted in a "faster, more secure and more efficient payment system" (Fortune 2013). According to Canada's Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, however, "the real innovation is [the] blockchain technology" underlying Bitcoin. Blockchain technology uses decentralized networks of computers to securely publish anonymous yet verified transactions to a public ledger, deploying cryptographic hashes that validate and record the history of each interaction. As a result, blockchain technology has the potential to allow individuals to control their online identity and to support new services, including banking for the disenfranchised in the developing and developed world (Senate Canada 2015).

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  • Records in the "Chain"

    This research project focuses on blockchain technology as one component of investigating the broader research question "How can emerging technologies be leveraged to benefit Canadians?"

    As an emerging technology, there is no universally agreed definition of the blockchain, but it is often described as a distributed ledger that maintains a continually growing list of publicly accessible records secured from tampering and revision. Over time, the blockchain is said to create a persistent, immutable, and ever-growing public ledger that continually updates to represent the latest state. Since the launch of the first blockchain, Bitcoin, in 2009, innovation and investment in this technology has moved at a rapid pace. In 2014 and 2015 alone, more than $1 billion of venture capital was invested in the emerging blockchain ecosystem, and the rate of investment appears to be doubling annually. Some even say that blockchain will follow the Internet in being the next, big transformative technology.

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