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.

Register today for the Annual IC3 Boot Camp in Ithaca, NY on June 10-16, 2019
Join IC3 co-Director Prof. Emin Gün Sirer on his 'home turf' (see campus photo above) along with several blockchain and cryptocurrency experts. C onfirmed attendees (in alphabetical order) include Surya Bakshi, Amber Baldet, Vitalik Buterin, Phil Daian, Parth Gargava, Sascha Hanse, Hudson Jameson, Shaul Kfir, Tyrone Lobban, Patrick McCorry, Andrew Miller, Christine Moy, Patrick Nielsen, Emin Gün Sirer, Vlad Zamfir (see photos below), plus many IC3 students and colleagues from industry and the open source community. This event is intended for experienced blockchain architects, scientists, engineers, developers and students who want to learn, contribute and advance blockchain solutions. If you have suggestions for a Boot Camp project or speaker, please reach out to Surya Bakshi and Patrick McCorry who are organizing the technical program.
At right is a group photo from the 2018 Boot Camp  on  July 12-18 , 2018 . at Cornell University in Ithaca.

Participating companies included Celer Networks, Chainlink, Cisco, Columbus Capital, Fidelity, IBM, JP Morgan, Metastable, Microsoft, Nervos, Oracle and Siemens.
Recent Events
Cornell Blockchain Conference  at Cornell Tech in NYC, on Friday April 12, 2019. 
Speakers included IC3 co-Directors  Ari Juels  and  Emin Gün Sirer , and Chief Scientist  Elaine Shi , plus many other noted leaders in the blockchain community. This event was organized by  Cornell Blockchain, a student run group at Cornell led by Lynette Ban and Joseph Ferrara (pictured above ringing the bell at the NASDAQ opening on April 11).

IC3 Winter Retreat on February 14-15 in Interlaken , Switzerland .
IC3 faculty, students, sponsors and guests meet at IC3 Retreats to discuss the major technical challenges, issues and innovative solutions to widespread blockchain adoption.
Attendees at the 2019 Winter Retreat gather above for a group photo. The Retreat included IC3 colleagues from ETH Zurich and EPFL, and all of the other IC3 campuses (Cornell, Cornell Tech, UC Berkeley, UCL, UIUC, and the Technion). 
Above, Cristina Basescu (EPFL) kicked off the Retreat with the talk “Low-latency and locality-preserving blockchains”.
Clear skies and temperatures above 50F lured attendees outside during the breaks.
Recent IC3 Blog Posts
On Stablecoins and Beauty Pageants by  Amani Moin  and  Kevin Sekniqi  on Tuesday May 07, 2019
Some algorithmic stablecoins have proposed incorporating price feeds by asking their token holders. In this post, we point out that this mechanism is broken because of a fundamental incentive misalignment.

Achieving true decentralization requires decentralized cryptography. CHURP is a cryptographic protocol for secret sharing in decentralized settings. In such a setting where nodes may come and go, traditional secret sharing (e.g., Shamir's) is no longer secure. Featuring several fundamental innovations, CHURP accomplishes the mission while being 2300x more efficient than previous schemes!

IC3 Impact & Accomplishments - NEW!
In addition to our scholarship, IC3 has been extremely active in the open source crypto and blockchain communities for several years - with many significant contributions; and by any objective measure, far more than any other academic group. Please see the new IC3 Impact page on our website for information on key IC3 contributions - past, present and ongoing.

IC3 in the News
The 21 articles below are limited to the second half of April. For additional items please see our Press page.

Bots Exploiting Blockchains for Profit  by ECN Mag on May 01, 2019

Bots exploiting blockchains for profit  by Tech Xplore on April 30, 2019

Bots exploiting blockchains for profit  by Cornell Chronicle on April 29, 2019

Protocol Labs announces first recipients of grant program  by Crypto Ninjas on April 19, 2019

Cryptos fall after report on`Flash Boys' crypto trading bots  by Seeking Alpha on April 15, 2019

Blockchain conference gets ringing start on Nasdaq floor  by Cornell Chronicle on April 11, 2019

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


Jim Ballingall
Executive Director
The Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts (IC3) 
cel:  408-212-1035
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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.