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Wednesday, February 20 • 16:00 - 17:30
Behind the scenes of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and smart contracts

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Today, blockchain applications dominate the tech news. But what are the underlying security properties of these mechanisms? In this lecture, we look at the technology, its strengths, and its weaknesses.

The Bitcoin ecosystem had a bumpy start, but today, it dominates the news cycles. Next to financial applications, we also see the adoption of smart contract platforms, such as Ethereum. Overall, these technologies have inspired novel solutions to distributed trust based on blockchains (or distributed ledgers). But how do these technologies work in practice? Is every product based on the blockchain today useful?

This lecture, we take a look at the core principles behind cryptocurrencies and smart contracts. Additionally, we look at real-world use cases for these technologies. Additionally, we look at a more controlled form of a blockchain, known as a permissioned ledger. Rest assured, we will see past the hype and highlight the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches.

This session is intended for anyone building, designing or securing applications.


Bart Preneel

Full professor, KU Leuven

Wednesday February 20, 2019 16:00 - 17:30 CET
Main building (room Lemaire)