01 February 2019

Center for Blockchains and Electronic Markets (BCM) will explore Web 3.0

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Carlsbergfondet have granted DKK 17m to the center, which will explore the new Web 3.0 infrastructure and study design of secure and economically sound markets that ensure efficiency and fairness in a new decentralised economy.

BCM is lead by Professor Jens Leth Hougaard, Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO), University of Copenhagen.

There is an ongoing development of a new type of Internet, sometimes referred to as Web 3.0, in which various devices trade and set up contracts with each other in a decentralised environment. The infrastructure of the Internet is facing a complete redesign where advanced cryptography is used to verify information, interactions, and transactions without a third party such as a governmental agency, bank, or broker. This is not just a more secure infrastructure, but an economic infrastructure that may change the way that we make decisions and organise the economy in terms of money, banking, ownership, data sharing, and digital interaction. As such, the new Internet sets a new standard for market design and challenges governments, existing trustees, and corporations across all industries, inherently linking computer science and economics at multiple layers.

Although the development is moving fast, the technology is still in its infancy and there remain significant limitations to overcome in order to unleash its full potential. Establishing the Center for Blockchains and Electronic Markets (BCM) enables the project team to advance our scientific understanding of how to design the digital markets of the future.

With a unique mix of leading experts in cryptography and market design, BCM will explore the new technological infrastructure and study the design of secure and economically sound markets that ensure efficiency and stability in a new decentralised economy.

In general terms, BCM will study the interaction between three fundamental building blocks of the blockchain technology:

  1. The distributed ledger and the protocols that make it operational in practice;
  2. Smart, self-executing contracts and decentralized applications;
  3. Privacy measures to allow access to and computation on private data.

In this way, the BCM will focus on the adaptation of blockchains to efficient markets with privately informed participants.

ifro.ku.dk/bcm