UCL CBT June Research Newsletter

Blockchain Rules Online Executive Programme

The UCL CBT has launched an in-person online course on Blockchain and the Law. This course will be taking place in-person online between 30 June and 28 July 2020, with two online classroom sessions per week. Register before 15 June 2020 for early-bird pricing. Primarily taught by Giovanna Massarotto, see some of the podcasts she has recorded with speakers including Kevin Werbach, Bruce Schneier, Herbert Hovenkamp and others on the course page.

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UCL CBT Introductory Blockchain Online Course with Future Learn

UCL CBT has been developing a new introductory course with course partners Future Learn over the last six months which is finally taking enrolments. This online course spans four weeks and you study at your own pace. It is free to take and starts on 22nd June.

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Second Call for Research Proposals – Blockchain Tools To Combat Covid-19

We are excited to inform you about the opening of the second call for research proposals focussed on the theme of how blockchain can combat Covid-19. This call has a rolling deadline and is open until 18 July 2020. Projects will be assessed, and funding announcements made as and when they are received (until the funding pot is finished). Importantly this call is open to all of our Associates without needing to have a UCL Staff member acting as the Principal Investigator.

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Call For Papers – UCL CBT Discussion Paper Series

Our current Call For Papers is to explore the theme of “Blockchain and Resilience”. In particular we would like to explore the implications of COVID-19 for Blockchain and DLT. The main focus will be on understanding the role of blockchain during the pandemic and its position post-crisis. Learn more about this call and read the previous Discussion Papers here.

Submit Your DLT Solutions to the UCL CBT Covid-19 Task Force

The COVID Task Force will convene key players in the global blockchain ecosystem to identify deployable technology solutions that address governmental, social and commercial challenges caused by COVID. Working on an expedited timetable, the Task Force will analyze, sort, package and present solutions to governments and organizations to deliver real value quickly. Learn more here.


UCL CBT Online Seminar Series

Join us for an online series of seminars on blockchain technology. We are scheduling one near the end of each month for the foreseeable future. Register via Eventbrite to receive the webinar details. This months seminar is on 25th June at 18:00 UK time. Our speaker will be Rosario Mantegna on the topic of  “Dynamics of fintech terms in news and blogs and specialization of companies of the fintech industry”. The recording of the previous seminar with Giovanna Massarotto is available here.


News from CBT Associates

Nemitari Ajienka has published a research article titled “An Empirical Analysis of Source Code Metrics and Smart Contract Resource Consumption” in the Journal of Software: Evolution and Process available here.

André Schweizer had three co-authored articles accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, “To What Extent Will Blockchain Drive the Machine Economy? Perspectives From a Prospective Study“, “Improving Interorganizational Information Sharing for Vendor Managed Inventory: Toward a Decentralized Information Hub Using Blockchain Technology“, and “Toward Trust in Internet of Things Ecosystems: Design Principles for Blockchain-Based IoT Applications“.

Marcus Dapp asks “What if we could create our own sustainable monetary system?”  The FuturICT2.0 project published an eBook geared towards the public to explain some of the research behind this socio-ecological financial system using blockchain technology. The eBook, the live demonstrator (on Ethereum technology) and documentation are all under open licenses for reuse and cooperation. Find out more here and contact Marcus at: mdapp@ethz.ch.

Jane Thomason is pleased to share some of her latest articles. The first, entitled “Technology and Data are the new Weapons in the War on COVID-19” can be read here. The second is entitled “4 Key takeaways from fintech leaders in times of COVID” and can be read here.

Giovanna Massarotto has recently published an article “Antitrust in the Blockchain Era” in the Journal on Emerging Technologies, which explores the transition from digital to blockchain markets using the Web as a model of reference. It further investigates the crucial role of antitrust in such a transition and decentralization process going through some relevant past antitrust cases in the field of IT. The paper is available here.

Noémie Dié recently published a paper entitled “Helicopter money and the CBDC”: are DLT the perfect infrastructure for monetary policies in the COVID crisis?”. The paper is available here.


Welcoming New Associates To Our Community

Congratulations to the following individuals for being accepted into our community: