Cryptocurrencies based on blockchain technology have been created as an alternative to regulated financial markets. But the almost 15-year history of Bitcoin, digital ledgers, and decentralized finance shows that these digital systems do not live in a vacuum: they exist for and through people.
Mirjam Eggen and Christian Sillaber of the Institute for Civil Law and Christian Cachin of the Institute of Computer Science start a new, multi-year research project in 2023 that connects central-bank digital currency (CBDC) with existing regulation, new technologies and future regulation.
Topics to be investigated from the perspective of CBDCs include:
- Trust models and consensus protocols
- Civil law, contract law, and finance law
- Privacy technologies, privacy-preserving cryptographic protocols, and privacy assessments
- Data protection law
This project is supported by the digital transformation of the University of Bern.