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By March 5, 2014Bitcoin Business
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The Bitcoin Foundation is thrilled to partner as Bitcoin Level sponsors of the International Financial Cryptography Association’s (IFCA) 18th annual Financial Cryptography & Data Security Conference (#fincrypto14)! Supporting an international membership of financial and data security experts for advancement in academic research and discovery in cryptography is important to the continuous technical development of the Bitcoin Protocol. On Friday, March 7, 2014, FC’14 will host its first Workshop on Bitcoin Research.

Bitcoin’s discovery did not happen overnight. Cryptography is the bedrock on which Bitcoin was built and it is the result of over 20 years of cryptography research and discovery. In fact, some of the research papers presented at this conference in past years have contributed to the eventual discovery of Bitcoin.

Papers presented at FC ’14 so far have looked at the security challenges faced by older systems, such as EMV protocol, the dominant card payment system worldwide, and digital check processing. Presenters examined current-day attacks on legacy payment systems; effective ways of maintaining network security (focusing on ‘data in the cloud’ and mobile devices); cryptography (Elliptic Curve and Visual methods as well as Authentication); and maintaining user-defined privacy on Bitcoin and other networks.

The Financial Cryptography & Data Security conference is world-renowned and its goal is to bring together cryptography experts from around the world to foster international cooperation and exchange ideas. This annual event is currently taking place this week, March 3–7, 2014. The full schedule of presentations can be found here.

The year, IFCA is featuring the conference’s first Bitcoin Workshop to examine the protocol’s role as an established payment system technology. Ten presentations cover a variety of topics: from transaction evaluation; to legal issues; to improving network security and overall digital currency design. The workshop also includes a panel on Bitcoin’s Past, Present and Future with members of the Bitcoin Foundation’s board of directors and staff.

Follow @jonmatonis, @gavinandresen, @etploshay and @jinyoungenglund for live tweeting from the conference! #fincrypto14

Below is the lineup of Friday’s presentations. Congratulations to the men and women whose papers have been selected for presentation!

Bitcoin Workshop Presentations:

“Bitcoin: A First Legal Analysis – with reference to German and US-American law” By Franziska Boehm, Paulina Pesch, Institute for Information-, Telecommunication-, and Media Law, Muenster, Germany

“The Bitcoin P2P network” By Joan Antoni Donet Donet, Cristina Pérez-Solà, and Jordi Herrera-Joancomartí, Dept. d’Enginyeria de la Informació i les Comunicacions Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia, Spain

“Empirical Analysis of Denial-of-Service Attacks in the Bitcoin Ecosystem” By Marie Vasek, Micah Thornton, and Tyler Moore, Computer Science and Engineering Department Southern Methodist University, TX, USA

“How Did Dread Pirate Roberts Acquire and Protect His Bitcoin Wealth?” By Dorit Ron and Adi Shamir, Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

“Fair Two-Party Computations via Bitcoin Deposits” By Marcin Andrychowicz, Stefan Dziembowski, Daniel Malinowski and Łukasz Mazurek, University of Warsaw, Poland

“Increasing Anonymity in Bitcoin” By Amitabh Saxena and Janardan Misra, Accenture Technology Labs, Bangalore 560066, India and Aritra Dhar, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, New Delhi, India

“Game-Theoretic Analysis of DDoS Attacks Against Bitcoin Mining Pools” By Benjamin Johnson, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA; Aron Laszka, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary; Jens Grossklags, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, USA; Marie Vasek and Tyler Moore, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA

“Towards Risk Scoring of Bitcoin Transactions” By Malte Möser, Rainer Böhme, and Dominic Breuker, Department of Information Systems, University of Münster, Germany

“Rational Zero: Economic Security for Zerocoin with Everlasting Anonymity” By Christina Garman, Matthew Green, Ian Miers, and Aviel D. Rubin, The Johns Hopkins University Department of Computer Science, MD, USA

“Challenges and Opportunities Associated with a Bitcoin-based Transaction Rating System” By David Vandervort, Xerox


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