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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, …

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 …

NewScientist quotes Director of BTL in article on “green” crypto Chia

NewScientist recently featured an article shedding light on the Chia cryptocurrency and its profound impact on the global supply chain of hard disk drives. Chia utilises an innovative proof-of-space (also known as proof-of-capacity) technology, aiming to surpass the energy-intensive proof-of-work system employed by Bitcoin in terms of environmental friendliness. However, …

Turning Academic Research into Cutting Edge Technology: Blockchain Technology Laboratory and the Cardano Ledger

The advent of the Bitcoin system in 2009 brought forth the promise of blockchain technology in Information Technology (IT) services.  Sir Mark Walport’s report “Distributed ledger technology: beyond block chain” in early 2016 was among the first extensive governmental reports world-wide documenting the disruptive nature of this technology.  Nevertheless, the …

BTL has record 7 papers accepted by FC21

The Blockchain Technology Lab has achieved remarkable success this year, with an outstanding accomplishment of having 7 papers accepted at the prestigious Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2021 conference. This major international event encompasses a comprehensive exploration of securing transactions and systems. To access the full FC21 program, click here …

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