Greetings! Welcome to the IC3 Newsletter.
This is an outreach to keep the blockchain community aware of IC3 innovations, events, news, publications, and other service to the community by IC3 faculty, students, and partners.

Don't miss our next event - Register now for the IC3 Winter Retreat on February 14-15 in Interlaken, Switzerland. IC3 faculty, students, sponsors and guests gather at IC3 Retreats to discuss the major technical challenges, issues and innovative solutions to widespread blockchain adoption.
Join us in Switzerland at the Congress Centre Interlaken (photo above) with our IC3 colleagues from ETH Zurich and EPFL, and all of the other IC3 campuses (Cornell, Cornell Tech, UC Berkeley, UCL, UIUC, and the Technion).  For registration, information and the agenda, please see IC3 Winter Retreat . (See a photo and link to a summary of our most recent Retreat below ).
The IC3 2018 Spring Retreat was on May 10 at Cornell Tech in NYC. After the event, many faced the late afternoon sun for a photo. Pictured from the lower right clockwise are IC3 professors and session chairs, Prof. Sarah Meiklejohn, University College London (UCL) and Prof. Dawn Song, UC Berkeley, with PhD student Sarah Azouvi, UCL, Libby Kent, JP Morgan, Chris Ramming, VMware, Virgil Griffith, Ethereum, Patrick McCorry, Kings College London, and Mike DiPetrillo, VMware.
2018 Boot Camp Summary and Videos
The   IC3-Ethereum Crypto Boot Camp   was conducted on  July 12-18, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. This is an immersive weeklong coding and learning experience in Blockchains and Smart Contracts with professors and students, along with leading architects, developers and engineers from industry and the open source community. Participating companies included Celer Networks, Chainlink, Cisco, Columbus Capital, Fidelity, IBM, JP Morgan, Metastable, Microsoft, Nervos, Oracle and Siemens. Some of the participants gathered for a group photo (below) on the first day.
The project teams took occasional breaks from the hacking to attend talks by well-known experts in the community. Videos of the talks and some of the project team presentations are  here . (Note that some talks are pre-publication oriented and may not be posted). Watch for announcements of our next Boot Camp planned for June 2019.
Recent IC3 Blog Posts

by  Fan Zhang Phil Daian Iddo Bentov , and  Ari Juels

by  Karen Levy

IC3 in the Press
(37 items since December - please see Press for prior mentions of IC3)

Milk S2E9 Emin Gün Sirer  by Anchor on January 16, 2019

Augur Users Bet on Ethereum Classic Delisting  by ICO Brothers on January 12, 2019

E thereum Classic 51% Attack — The Reality of Proof-of-Work  by Coin Telegraph on January 10, 2019

Cryptocurrency Ethereum Classic Software Remains Under Siege  by Financial Advisor on January 09, 2019

Das sichere Orakel  by Heise Online on January 08, 2019

Major Mining Pools Have a 'High Die-Off Rate' Study Reveals  by on January 08, 2019

Morgan Creek Self-Promotes Again with Lambo Sale  by Crypto News on January 08, 2019

Five emerging cyber-threats to worry about in 2019  by Technology Review on January 04, 2019

What to expect from blockchain in 2019  by Tech Republic on January 02, 2019

Researchers Link Realism To Blockchain’s Promise  by  Science Blog  on January 02, 2019

The Avalanche Protocol: The New Age Of Consensus?  by  BTC Manager  on January 02, 2019

End of year crypto roundup: How did Cardano perform in 2018?  by  Brinkwire  on December 31, 2018

Top Crypto Podcasts of 2018  by  Live Bitcoin News  on December 30, 2018

South Korea Business School Offers Crypto MBA  by  Crypto Coin Spy  on December 23, 2018

Is Ethereum Really Decentralized?  by  BTC Wires  on December 22, 2018

Weekly Roundup: November 10, 2018 to November 15, 2018  by  BTC Wires  on December 15, 2018

Turks May be Turning to Crypto Despite Lira Recover y  by  Crypto News  on December 11, 2018

Turkey May be Shifting to Cryptocurrency Despite Lira Recovery  by  Smartereum  on December 11, 2018

The Case for Proof-of-Stake by Emin Gün Sirer (Devcon4)  by  on December 11, 2018

Coinbase to mull listing 30+ new altcoins  by  Decrypt Media  on December 10, 2018

What’s More Volatile, Cryptocurrency or the Lira?  by  Slate  on December 10, 2018

Votem® Welcomes Dr. Emin Gün Sirer to Board of Advisors  by  Crypto Latest  on December 2, 2018

Blockchain Course Offered At University Of Tokyo  by  Altcoin Buzz  on December 1, 2018

Recent Preprints and Papers
Sai Krishna Deepak Maram, Fan Zhang, Lun Wang, Andrew Low, Yupeng Zhang, Ari Juels and Dawn Song CHURP: Dynamic-Committee Proactive Secret Sharing

A. Hicks, V. Mavroudis, M. Al-Bassam, S. Meiklejohn and S.J. Murdoch.  VAMS: Verifiable Auditing of Access to Confidential Data

P. McCorry, S. Bakshi, I. Bentov, S. Meiklejohn and A. Miller.  Pisa: Arbitration Outsourcing for State Channels

S. Azouvi, P. McCorry, S. Meiklejohn.  Betting on Blockchain Consensus with Fantomette

E. Kokoris-Kogias, E.C. Alp, S.D. Siby, N. Gaillya, P. Jovanovic, L. Gasser and B. Ford.  Hidden in Plain Sight: Storing and Managing Secrets on a Public Ledger

Giulia Fanti, Surya Bakshi, Shaileshh Bojja Venkatakrishnan, Andrew Miller, Bradley Denby, Shruti Bhargava, Pramod Viswanath, Dandelion++: Lightweight Cryptocurrency Networking with Formal Anonymity Guarantees , ACM SIGMETRICS 2018 (to appear).

Kevin Lee and Andrew Miller, Authenticated Data Structures for Privacy-Preserving Monero Light Clients , IEEE Security & Privacy on the Blockchain, IEEE S&B 2018 (to appear).

A.E. Gencer, S. Basu, I. Eyal, R.V. Renesse, E.G. Sirer. Decentralization in Bitcoin and Ethereum Networks . Financial Cryptography and Data Security (FC), 2018.

Sarah Meiklejohn and Rebekah Mercer , Möbius: Trustless Tumbling for Transaction Privacy , PETS 2018.

Malte Möser, Kyle Soska, Ethan Heilman, Kevin Lee, Henry Heffan, Shashvat Srivastava, Kyle Hogan, Jason Hennessey, Andrew Miller, Arvind Narayanan, and Nicolas Christin, An Empirical Analysis of Traceability in the Monero Blockchain , PETS 2018.

Sinisa Matetic, Moritz Schneider, Andrew Miller, Ari Juels and Srdjan Capkun, DelegaTEE: Brokered Delegation Using Trusted Execution Environments ,   USENIX Security 2018.

George Kappos, Haaroon Yousaf, Mary Maller, and Sarah Meiklejohn, An Empirical Analysis of Anonymity in Zcash , USENIX Security 2018.

Yi Zhou, Deepak Kumar, Surya Bakshi, Joshua Mason, Andrew Miller, and Michael Bailey, Erays: Reverse Engineering Ethereum's Opaque Smart Contracts , USENIX Security 2018.

P. McCorry, A. Hicks, S. Meiklejohn,  Smart Contracts for Bribing Miners

Recent News Items from IC3 Sponsors

Microsoft takes Azure to the next level by SDTimes on January 4, 2019

Pfizer and Intel are working on supply chain visibility by Business Insider on December 31, 2019

IBM and Intel's Blockchain Tug of War by Coindesk on December 20, 2018

VMware introduces blockchain SaaS for enterprises by IT Business on November 8, 2018

Please feel free to contact us for more info on these items.


Jim Ballingall
Executive Director
The Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts (IC3) 
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The IC3 2018 Spring Retreat attendees gathered for a group photo at the end of the day in the lobby of the Tata Innovation Center, on May 10 at Cornell Tech in NYC.