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The latest conversations, stories and opinions of the Blockchain Technology Lab
 

QSig: A Gateway to the Future

The QSig (Quantum Signatures) workshop, hosted by Prof. Aggelos Kiayias and Justin Drake, took place at the School of Informatics on January 26th, 2024. The event gathered over 50 attendees from academia and industry, including notable figures from the Ethereum community, the Cardano community, Input Output Global (IOG), NTT Research, …

Professor Emilios Avgouleas Explores Impact of Technology on Finance and Economic Growth

Professor Emilios Avgouleas, a distinguished expert in financial law and regulation at Edinburgh Law School and a member of the Blockchain Technology Lab, recently participated in significant discussions with senior UK financial regulators and industry leaders. The discussions aimed to explore the evolving landscape shaped by technology in finance and …

Alpha release of Edinburgh Decentralisation Index – EDI 

The EDI team is officially launching today the alpha version of the index. The EDI is not a number or a graph! It is a framework, set of tools and graphical interface for the blockchain community to collaboratively and transparently measure and compare the decentralisation of different blockchain systems. Ultimately, …

Measuring Blockchain Decentralisation on the Consensus Layer – A Tool by the EDI Team

The Edinburgh Decentralisation Index (EDI) project aims to define and measure blockchain decentralisation in a systematic way. As a first step, the EDI team identified 8 dimensions of blockchain systems that can exhibit different degrees of (de)centralisation and are therefore interesting to evaluate. These layers include : 1) Hardware, 2) …

Amirreza Sarencheh wins “Best Fintech Student of the Year” award at DIGIT’s Scottish Financial Technology Awards

Congratulations to Amirreza Sarencheh for his outstanding achievement in winning the prestigious “Best Fintech Student of the Year” award at the 2022 Scottish Financial Technology Awards, organised by DIGIT, Scotland’s renowned technology, media, and events company. Amirreza, a dedicated PhD student at the Blockchain Technology Lab, University of Edinburgh, has …

Comparison of alternative reward schemes for Cardano

The reward sharing scheme used in the current deployment of Cardano has some favourable properties that were analysed theoretically in an academic paper and through simulation experiments in our previous blog post.  Specifically, we examined the reward scheme in terms of the level of decentralisation it induces and concluded that …

Pool Splitting Behaviour and Equilibrium Properties in Cardano’s Rewards Scheme

Since the introduction of blockchain systems more than a decade ago, groups and individuals from both academia and industry have strived to refine the underlying protocols, improving their scalability, stability or decentralisation properties, to name a few. In this blog post, we will focus on the aspect of decentralisation and …

Crypto miners migrating augments major environmental concern

Chinese crypto firms are relocating to other nations amidst a crackdown by Chinese authorities, who are addressing concerns regarding energy usage and financial risks associated with the crypto industry. The Scotsman recently featured an article on the environmental impact of migrating crypto miners, with insights from Prof. Aggelos Kiayias. For …

Rethinking Information Technology from a Decentralisation Perspective, webinar by Prof. Aggelos Kiayias

Prof. Aggelos Kiayias gave a webinar at the Crypto and Blockchain Economics Research Forum (CBER) last Thursday, 2nd December, on the topic, “Rethinking Information Technology from a Decentralisation Perspective.”  His talk (abstract below) was based upon research compiled in the following paper: Decentralizing Information Technology: The Advent of Resource Based …

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