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Ten years after its inception, Bitcoin, the first practical cryptographic virtual currency scheme, is widely known and adopted by relevant user groups. It attracts considerable public attention as well as scrutiny by researchers and governments. At the same time, in the slipstream of Bitcoin, we can observe the rise of a number of alternative cryptocurrencies with distinctive features, such as improved user privacy in Monero or Zcash. Other currencies, such as Ether, serve as means of payment in emerging blockchain application platforms, which aim at generalizing the ideas behind Bitcoin to more universal uses than electronic payments alone.

The goal of this symposium was to present the latest scientific and technical results in the field of cryptocurrency research and to highlight the new challenges businesses, users, and regulators will face in the light of Post-Bitcoin Cryptocurrencies.

Speakers and tentative talk titles:

  • Welcome and Introduction (Dr. Bernhard Haslhofer, Austrian Institute of Technology)

  • The Post-Bitcoin Era: Cryptocurrencies Are Here to Stay (Prof. Dr. Rainer Böhme,  University of Innsbruck)

  • De-Anonymization in Bitcoin and Beyond (Prof. Sarah Meiklejohn PhD, University College London)

  • Towards Better Privacy with Monero (Malte Möser, Princeton University)

  • Tracking Payment Flows in Ethereum (Michael Fröwis, University of Innsbruck)

  • Cryptocurrencies & Counterterrorism: Cooperative Solutions for Law Enforcement Agencies (Prof. Daniel G. Arce M. PhD, UT Dallas)

  • Chances and Risks of Cryptocurrencies’ Transparency – A Legal Perspective (Dr. Paulina Pesch, KIT Karlsruhe)

  • Regulating the Shadow Banks in the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem (Prof. Ross J. Anderson FRS FREng, Cambridge University)

  • Wrap up, Outlook and Closing (Dr. Bernhard Haslhofer, Austrian Institute of Technology)



  • Date: October 19th 2018, 09:00 - 15:00
  • Venue: Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien