Best paper award for Burkhard Stiller and his co-authors!

The paper on “Æternum: a Decentralized Voting System with Unconditional Privacy” by Christian Killer, Markus Knecht, Claude Müller, Bruno Rodrigues, Eder Scheid, Muriel Franco, Burkhard Stiller had received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency in May 2021 (ICBC 2021) and was invited afterwards for an extended version to appear as a journal paper.

This new journal paper now appeared as an Early Access paper at https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9790326 with the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, entitled as “Blockchain-Based Voting Considered Harmful?”, and it details the respective views of Christian Killer, Bruno Rodrigues, Eder John Scheid, Muriel F. Franco, and Burkhard Stiller on that question and its answers.

Radiotelevisione Svizzera features a podcast with Claudio Tessone

The podcast enters into the world of blockchain & cryptocurrencies and discovers the origins of these technologies and what prospects they could open up for us. The founder of the UZH Blockchain Center Claudio Tessone, professor at the University of Zurich heading the research group Blockchain and Distributed Blockchain Technologies gives more insight into the development of these topics.

Listen to the podcast here (in Italian): https://www.rsi.ch/rete-due/programmi/cultura/il-giardino-di-albert/Criptoworld-15543271.html?f=podcast-shows

Christian Ewerhart wants to make crypto more secure

Professor Christian Ewerhart has founded the spin-off Blockchain Presence that builds a platform to feed data in a new fashion into smart contracts. He envisions this to contribute to the fight agains money laundering and crime financing. Bilanz has published an article on these ideas.

Read the whole article here (in German): https://www.handelszeitung.ch/bilanz/christian-ewerhart-macht-die-kryptowelt-sicherer-528352

Recording: Crypto Art Conference

The memorable event on Crypto Art at Kunsthaus Zürich co-organised with the University of Zurich Art Market Studies and The Europa Institut at the University of Zurich (EIZ) was a huge success. Over 300 participants filled the auditorium of the Kunsthaus Zürich!
Thanks to all the speakers for your valuable inputs on crypto art from technological, artistic, and legal perspectives.

The recording of the Crypto Art Conference is now available!

Helmut Dietl Explains the Mechanisms of Stablecoins

Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies that are tied to a reference value (typically the USD). They have been developed to cope with the high volatility in crypto markets. Prof. Helmut Dietl shows different designs and the underlying mechanisms of stablecoins in his cash column. Furthermore, he demonstrates how a death spiral has led to the failure of the well-known stablecoin TerraUSD. Read the article here [in German]: https://www.cash.ch/kolumne/kryptowaehrungen-wie-stabil-sind-stablecoins-1966656

Meet the Media Guru Swiss Edition– Claudio Tessone

Switzerland is turning a World-wide blockchain hub, and the University of Zurich is really active in the space. Thus, UZH Blockchain Center are produce to represent Switzerland within the House of Switzerland organised by Consolato generale di Svizzera a Milano in Milan.

On 11th May 2022 in the Casa degli Artisti (near Moscova). Co-organised by MEET Digital Culture Center, Prof. Claudio J. Tessone talked about his group’s research in Blockchain #Analytics and #Cryptoeconomics.

New PhD positions are open: Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies group at UZH

Are you looking for a PhD position in Blockchain? Are you interested in cryptoeconomic analysis modelling, implementation of blockchain-based incentives, and creation of efficient and versatile data collection approaches for processing UTXO and e-UTXO blockchains?

Now, two new PhD positions in Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies (BDLT) group at University of Zurich are open for a person with your profile!

Join an excellent university, among the most active in the space, and work with Prof. Claudio Tessone, at the frontier of a disruptive interdisciplinary research field.

The deadline for the application is 1st June 2022.
Details and More positions: https://www.ifi.uzh.ch/en/bdlt/Positions.html

Florian Spychiger on the research project No1s1 – a house that belongs to no one but itself

Florian Spychiger, a researcher of the UZH Blockchain Center, talks with SRF Radio about No1s1.

The project enhances Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) and supports practitioners in the design and implementation of DAOs. There are many open research questions. The project is a collaboration with ZHAW and ETH Zurich.

The SRF report [in German] is available here:

News report
Podcast

Claudio Tessone about speculation and privacy in NFT markets

Daniel Saraga has written an interesting article on how NFTs disrupted the art market in less than a year. He explains how NFTs work and shows the enormous hype about NFTs and the speculation involved. Prof. Claudio Tessone, the chairman of the UZH Blockchain Center, points out that the design of current blockchains (e.g., constant rate of supply) fuels this speculation. Furthermore, it is a myth to think that blockchain transaction are private. As Claudio Tessone points out, everything on a blockchain network is transparent and even though users are pseudonymous, one can with the help of mathematical network techniques unravel user’s pattern.

Link to article

Blockchain Presence wins 3rd place at Austrian Blockchain Award 2021

Blockchain Presence AG is an official spin-off of the University of Zurich that was founded in December 2020 and aims to create a blockchain oracle for the Ethereum platform. The start-up offers, in particular, an internship program for UZH students that wish to write their thesis within a project environment. The spin-off was initiated by the UZH Blockchain Center member Prof. Dr. Christian Ewerhart. We are very proud that the project has won the 3rd Prize of the Austrian Blockchain Award 2021 in the category “Wirtschaft.

Austrian Blockchain Award 2021

Video

University of Zurich ranked first in Europe (and fourth World-wide) in CoinDesk’s “Top Universities for Blockchain” 2021

Great to see the University of Zurich ranked first in Europe (and fourth World-wide) in CoinDesk’s “Top Universities for Blockchain” 2021. 

Switzerland is in a privileged position within the blockchain ecosystem, which allows us to have fantastic collaborations with Industry and the forward-looking Swiss government.

More info on CoinDesk

Liudmila Zavolokina took part in the Podcast: “Blockchain Won’t Save the World”

Dr. Liudimila Zavolokina, a member of the UZH Blockchain Center, was one of the guests in the S2E10 of the “Blockchain won’t save the world” podcast.

“S2E10 – Blockchain in Switzerland: Crypto Valley and the Future of Digital Assets” shows the big picture of blockchain in Switzerland: its history, prominent use cases, research and education, diversity in the blockchain space and much more.

The podcast is available here:
Apple – https://lnkd.in/e3a3DV6
Google – https://lnkd.in/e_b3WhF
Spotify – https://lnkd.in/egyHHDh

Liudmila Zavolokina’s Insights on Trust in Blockchains

Can we trust a trust-less technology? Dr. Liudimila Zavolokina, a member of
the UZH Blockchain Center, raises this question in an article in inside-it
(German). Her research shows that – despite the wide misconception that
blockchain does not require any trust anymore – trust still needs to be built
up. Trust in blockchains is influenced by three factors: understandability,
responsibility and reputation, and data quality. To better understand how these
factors determine trust in blockchains, read the article here:

https://www.inside-it.ch/de/post/dsi-insights-koennen-wir-einer-vertrauensfreien-technologie-vertrauen-20210805

Rolf H. Weber Publishes an Article on the Liability Issue in Blockchain Transactions

Who is liable in blockchain transactions? Prof. Dr. iur. Rolf H. Weber tackles this intricate topic in an article published in German language in Schweizerische Juristen-Zeitung (2021, pp. 679-687). The liability discussion centers around two actors: operators of digital security registers and providers of trading platforms based on digital ledger technologies. Rolf H. Weber argues that it is crucial for the liability discussion to differentiate among different layers, e.g., settlement, asset, protocol, application, and aggregation layer. These layers can be allocated to the different actors allowing for a clear liability attribution. In practice, the two most important liability cases originate from coding errors and/or false information. For further discussion, please contact rolf.weber@bratschi.ch.

Registration Open: Deep Dive into Blockchain

The registration for the UZH Summer School (4-23 July) – Deep Dive into Blockchain: Linking Economics, Technology and Law – is open:

APPLY HERE

This online Summer School will give you a complete immersion into the topic of blockchain from world-leading experts and practitioners in the field. Blockchain-based systems, with cryptocurrencies as the most prominent example, have disrupted and reshaped the way we now think about digital finance and other similar applications, such as supply chains.

The course (worth 6ETCS) is taught by different professors and lecturers from UZH and other leading universities worldwide, as well as top practitioners from various fields. But most importantly, the program is highly interactive, with hands-on practice sessions incorporating the most advanced and promising blockchain-based platforms.

Christian Ewerhart on the Future of Blockchains

Are cryptocurrencies and blockchains revolutionary or overhyped? Prof. Dr. Christian Ewerhart from the University of Zurich gives an answer to this question in several Swiss newspapers. According to Prof. Ewerhart, it is too early to make a clear judgement, since the development is still in an infant stage. However, there is an immense amount of innovation taking place in the field. To understand why Prof. Ewerhart thinks that the comparison between blockchains and the internet is not adequate, read the full articles below:

https://www.grenchnertagblatt.ch/news-service/wirtschaft/technologie-bitcoin-und-blockchain-sind-sie-revolutionen-oder-vollkommen-ueberbewertet-ld.2112846

https://www.tagblatt.ch/news-service/wirtschaft/technologie-bitcoin-und-blockchain-sind-sie-revolutionen-oder-vollkommen-ueberbewertet-ld.2112846

https://www.bzbasel.ch/news-service/wirtschaft/technologie-bitcoin-und-blockchain-sind-sie-revolutionen-oder-vollkommen-ueberbewertet-ld.2112846

https://www.solothurnerzeitung.ch/news-service/wirtschaft/technologie-bitcoin-und-blockchain-sind-sie-revolutionen-oder-vollkommen-ueberbewertet-ld.2112846

https://www.aargauerzeitung.ch/news-service/wirtschaft/technologie-bitcoin-und-blockchain-sind-sie-revolutionen-oder-vollkommen-ueberbewertet-ld.2112846

Deep Dive into Blockchain: sold out

Fantastic response to the upcoming UZH Summer School: Deep Dive into Blockchain: Linking Economics, Technology and Law, that far exceeded our expectations: More than 50 students from all around the World will participate of this fantastic interdisciplinary programme.

In this course (worth 6ETCS) the students will get a complete immersion into the topic of blockchain from world-leading experts and practitioners in the field. But most importantly, the program is highly interactive, with both theory and hands-on practice sessions offered by blockchain experts from Switzerland, Austria, China, Germany, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom!

2nd International FinTech, InsurTech & Blockchain Forum

The International FinTech, InsurTech and Blockchain Forum is an international and interdisciplinary conference on the global phenomenon of the digitization of financial services. It is organized by the Swiss FinTech Innovation Lab and the University Research Priority Program (URPP) Financial Market Regulation from the University of Zurich and takes place on Nov. 5th, 2019 in cooperation with the Swiss International Finance Forum (www.nzz-siff.com), a practitioners conference on the future of financial services.

The International FinTech, InsurTech and Blockchain Forum focuses on research that addresses challenges in the field of banking and finance, business management, IT, law, regulation, society and many others. Together we will explore the impact of financial technology, insurance technology and blockchain on the ways in which organizations, people and computers work together in the future. By considering myriad disciplines and research fields, the conference participants share concepts how the connection of the aforementioned three areas can lead to innovative solutions that address today’s challenges.

The conference brings together academia, business, non-profit, and government. The inaugural event in 2018 was the starting point for an annual conference series.

Claudio Tessone gives talk on Vienna Crypto-Monday

Prof. Dr. Claudio Tessone from the University of Zurich will give a talk at the Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business on the topic: “The centralization of cryptocurrency economies: the only possible fate?” on September 19th at 6 pm.

Blockchain @ Fraunhofer

Wolfgang Prinz has been one of the founders of the Fraunhofer Blockchain Lab (https://www.fit.fraunhofer.de/en/fb/cscw/blockchain.html) and has been exploring the potential of Blockchain Technologies for more than two years. He will talk about experiences in recent blockchain projects including a platform for student dossiers and applications for the Internet of things. As typical for Fraunhofer researchers, he is not only talking about technologies, but also about the business and legal challenges and opportunities of Blockchain Technologies. After the talk he is open to discuss opportunities for collaborations.
The talk will be a Brownbag talk, i.e. there will be the opportunity to have lunch during the talk.

03.07.2018 , 11:30-12:30 | UZH Nord, BIN 1.D.06 (ACE-Lab)

Great interest was shown for Blockchain seminar

From 17th until 19th of May in 2018 a joint blockchain seminar took place at University of Zurich. In total, more than 50 students of computer science and economics presented their seminar papers on technical basics, economic and organizational potentials and applications. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schwabe and Prof. Claudio Tessone they have shared innovative ideas regards concepts and perspectives of Blockchain technology.