Blockchain@UBC is leading the following research programs and projects in collaboration with our industry, community and academic partners.
Digital Identity Card for the Downtown Eastside
This initiative, in partnership with the UBC i-Lab, will explore the use of blockchain technology in securing digital identity for the homeless population in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver.
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.
Fast P2P Networking for Blockchain
Content about the project Project Team: Chen Feng, Yuwei Guo
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.
Theoretical Foundation of Blockchain Consensus Protocols
Despite a large variety of blockchain consensus protocols proposed in the past several years, a number of fundamental questions on the throughput, scalability, security and privacy protections have not yet been understood from a theoretical perspective.
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.
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.
Strategy and Legitimation in Blockchain Innovations and Multisided Markets
This Mitacs funded research project, in partnership with 6Sensmatic, one of Blockchain@UBC’s industry partners, explores two critical strategic challenges for firms seeking to develop and commercialize blockchain applications.
BC Land Title & Survey Authority (LTSA) Digital ID Design Challenge (DIAC)
Currently there is a great deal of hype about blockchain, a distributed ledger technology that underpins the Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, with speculation that it could transform just about every aspect of our lives, including how we register title to land ownership.
Blockchain for Record-keeping in Supply Chain Management
Understanding Contextual and Technical Considerations through an Archival Science Lens
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.
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).
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?”
First Nations land acknowledegement
We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.