Discussion Papers

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Call for Papers

UCL CBT Discussion Paper Series

– – > Extended Deadline Call for Papers: 9 March 2020 < – –

The UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies is pleased to announce the return of its Discussion Paper Series on Distributed Ledger Technologies. The discussion paper will be published on a quarterly basis featuring the latest developments in the blockchain and DLT space. The submissions are circulated among the members of the UCL CBT Editorial Board, led by the Scientific Director so that the results of the research receive prompt and thorough professional scrutiny. A selected few discussion paper authors may be invited to host a research seminar. All accepted submissions will be included in the UCL CBT Research Paper Database.

The aim of the CBT Discussion Paper Series is to share recent developments and state-of-the-art solutions on blockchain and DLT of researchers form an interdisciplinary background with the UCL CBT Community. We, therefore, encourage the submission of recently published papers (<12 months) or pre-submission papers, however, all submissions are welcome. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Blockchain in the digital economy
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Distributed systems
  • Security in distributed systems

With the submission, authors agree for their papers to be published under a non-exclusive license to distribute*.



Important Dates:
Paper submission deadline: 9 March 2020

Instructions for Authors:
Please ensure that the paper is no longer than 12,000 words, the writing is in size 12 Times New Roman font, the page should have 1-inch margins, should have one and a half or double spacing, and please provide full citations in a recognized standard within your field. We reserve the right to alter the formatting or style of your work at our discretion to match our editorial standards.

For any questions related to the Call for Papers please get in touch with our Centre Administrator Anna Gorbatcheva: anna.gorbatcheva.17@ucl.ac.uk

* The author(s) grant the UCL CBT a perpetual, non-exclusive license to distribute this article; the author(s) certify that they have the right to grant this license; the author(s) understand that submissions cannot be completely removed once accepted; the author(s) understand that the UCL CBT reserves the right to reclassify or reject any submission.

Editorial Board

Tomaso Aste

Chairmen of the Editorial Board
Professor, Complexity Science, UCL

Quinn DuPont

Research Associate, University of Washington

Daniel Heller

Visiting Fellow, PIIE

Seongbae Lim

Professor, St. Mary's University

Ralf Wandmacher

Professor, Accadis University

Andy Yee

Andy Yee

Public Policy Director at Visa

Past Discussion papers

UCL CBT Discussion Papers

No. 1 – 11 July 2019

Can Cryptocurrencies Preserve Privacy and Comply with Regulations?



Cryptocurrencies offer an alternative to traditional methods of electronic value exchange, promis-ing anonymous, cash-like electronic transfers, but in practice they fall short for several key reasons.We consider the false choice between total surveillance, as represented by banking as currently im-plemented by institutions, and impenetrable lawlessness, as represented by privacy-enhancing cryp-tocurrencies as currently deployed. We identify a range of alternatives between those two extremes,and we consider two potential compromise approaches that offer both the auditability required forregulators and the anonymity required for users.