Cryptography and Policy

The Digital Currency Initiative is interested in cryptography research beyond digital currency and blockchains. The DCI and its collaborators conduct research on cryptographic primitives that may be used in conjunction with blockchain technologies—such as zero-knowledge proofs and digital signatures—and on cryptographic tools and theories related to goals advanced by blockchain-based digital currency—such as anonymity, accountability/transparency, tamper-proofness, and free and secure communication.

The DCI is also interested in technology policy, especially policy issues related to cryptography and digital currency. On one hand, how does or should modern technology policy impact use and development of cryptography and blockchain-based technologies? On the other hand, when and how can cryptographic tools efficiently promote specific policy goals—and when is cryptography or blockchain technology the wrong tool to achieve a given goal?