February 15, 2015

Cryptographic Currencies from a Tech-Policy Perspective: Policy Issues and Technical Directions

Tech Policy Lab members Emily McReynolds, Ada Lerner, Will Scott, Franziska Roesner, and Tadayoshi Kohno, recently presented a paper at the 2015 Financial Cryptography and Data Security Conference.

In the paper they study legal and policy issues surrounding crypto currencies, such as Bitcoin, and how those issues interact with technical design options. With an interdisciplinary team, they consider in depth a variety of issues surrounding law, policy, and crypto currencies— such as the physical location where a crypto currency’s value exists for jurisdictional and other purposes, the regulation of anonymous or pseudonymous currencies, and challenges as virtual currency protocols and laws evolve. They reflect on how different technical directions may interact with the relevant laws and policies, raising key issues for both policy experts and technologists.

Read the full paper here. Published in the Financial Cryptography and Data Security book here.