Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Research Conference
Department:Center for Information Technology Policy
Audience:Open to the Public
Please make sure you RSVP by Thursday, March 19, 2014 to be included in the food count.
Underlying the commercial possibilities of Bitcoin are both a fascinating, innovative and complex technical architecture and an intricate balance of market forces, social norms, and group consensus. Bitcoin has grown considerably from its original specification and it’s often unclear the extent to which Bitcoin’s rules are technical vs social in nature. This conference will bring together experts in both areas to elucidate the underpinnings of Bitcoin and examine key questions about its future. How should we best foster exploration of the design space of Bitcoin-like cryptocurrencies (“altcoins”)? What are the implications of research on markets, economic stability, currencies, and human behavior for the technical system, and vice versa? What would Bitcoin developers and researchers like from each other, and how can we facilitate more collaboration between the two groups?