Blockchain@UBC is leading the following research programs and projects in collaboration with our industry, community and academic partners.

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    Secure Smart Contracts

    Increasingly, the business rules that determine when and how a transaction will take place and be recorded on a blockchain are encoded into computer code known as “smart contracts” and executed automatically on the blockchain.

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    Quantum-Safe Blockchain

    Current blockchain systems build upon cryptographic techniques such as hash functions and digital signatures. However, many of these techniques will no longer be safe in the era of quantum computing, making blockchain vulnerable to quantum attacks.

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    Data Sovereignty for Indigenous Sovereignty

    The project will facilitate the development of a sovereign data resource management platform for First Nation communities in BC. The collaborative network will use Attaverse to build out trees of knowledge to foster better cross-cultural understanding and communication and serve as a holder for the research.

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    GigaBlock Testnet

    This research project, in partnership with Bitcoin Unlimited, sets up a global network of Bitcoin mining nodes configured to accept blocks of up to one thousand times larger than the current block size of 1GB.

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    Blockchain Terminology Database

    InterPARES Trust (ITrust 2013-2018) is a multi-national, interdisciplinary research project exploring issues concerning digital records and data entrusted to the Internet.

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    Blockchain for Recordkeeping: Help or Hype

    In November 2013, Bitcoin reached a tipping point when its value soared to $900 and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told US Senators that virtual currencies “may hold long-term promise” if continued innovations resulted in a “faster, more secure and more efficient payment system” (Fortune 2013).

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    Records in the “Chain”

    This research project focuses on blockchain technology as one component of investigating the broader research question “How can emerging technologies be leveraged to benefit Canadians?”

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First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

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