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Call for Papers

2nd Workshop on Coordination of Decentralized Finance (CoDecFin) 2021
-- Regulators meet Industry meet Devs meet Researchers--

March 5, 2021, held in collaboration with Financial Cryptography and
Data Security 2021 (

1. Venue and Website
Venue: Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grenada
Submission of papers:

2. Important Dates
Submission deadline: January 10, 2021
Author notification: February 10, 2021
Workshop: March 5, 2021

3. Background
On June 8th and 9th 2019, Distributed Ledger Technology-related
innovations have been referenced in the Communique at the G20 Finance
and Central Bank Meeting in Fukuoka, Japan, referencing the report
produced by the Financial Stability Board (FSB).

G20 Communique Section 13 "We welcome the FSB report on decentralized
financial technologies, and the possible implications for financial
stability, regulation and governance, and how regulators can enhance
the dialogue with a wider group of stakeholders.”

FSB Report Decentralized financial technologies: Report on financial
stability, regulatory and governance implications; Direct link to the
FSB Report document

Blockchain Governance Initiative Network(BGIN - pronounced BEGIN)
was initiated on March 10, 2020 after several multi-stakeholder
workshops including CoDeFi 2020, an associated workshop with Financial
Cryptography 2020. This is a multi-stakeholder discussion network
which aims at providing an open and neutral sphere for all
stakeholders to deepen common understanding and to collaborate to
address issues they face in order to attain sustainable development of
the blockchain community.

4. Workshop on Coordination of Decentralized Finance (CoDecFin)
This workshop is designed to identify and discuss technology and
operation issues of permissionless blockchain and decentralized
finance. As permissionless blockchain and distributed ledger
technology (DLT) platforms evolve and mature, there is an urgent need
for multi-stakeholders to engage in their planning, development,
roll-out, and operation, in order for innovation of a wide variety of
financial applications to proliferate and become mainstream. Thus far
it has been mainly developer & startup communities which are driving
these protocols, platforms, and applications for this new era of
computing. New standards, governance mechanisms and design patterns​are
evolving and need input from a variety of perspectives. There is a
growing trend towards decentralized computing systems in which
distributed ledger technologies are a fundamental component. These
systems are designed to be global computing systems; they will likely
form the basis of new financial services and businesses including a
distributed Financial Market Infrastructure (dFMI). These new
financial services and businesses could bring huge benefit to the
global financial system, e.g. resiliency over efficiency, and
predictability over resiliency. However financial regulators, central
banks, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and International
Monetary Fund (IMF), while recognizing the potential of DLT systems,
have also been keenly aware of the challenges in the adoption, and
designing for the consumer protections required to balance usability,
safety while supporting innovation. While it is likely that many G20
countries will be leading the design and development of these new
infrastructures, all cities and countries ​should be considered and
encouraged to participate​in the planning. Discussions of this workshop
are expected to contribute to discussions of Blockchain Governance
Initiative Network (BGIN), where common documents on blockchain
technology and operations are created backed by all stakeholders.
Hence, CoDecFin 2021 will be directly connected to the general meeting
of BGIN. The second general meeting of BGIN (Block #2) will be held
right after CoDecFin.

Note: This workshop does not endorse any specific decentralized
finance projects and products.

5. Basic Structure of the Workshop
The workshop is composed of three parts:

Presentations of academic and practical results on blockchain
technology and operations Selected talks from ​all​a variety of
stakeholders Discussions by multi-stakeholders on selected discussion

6. Call for papers

We call for papers on technology and operational issues related to
decentralized finance and permissionless blockchain, and future
directions to solve these issues with specifying background the
author(s) have. (i) regular papers (15 pages LNCS format excluding
references and appendices), (ii) short papers (8 pages LNCS format in
total), submission process is conducted by using EasyChair:

This year, we encourage to submit a paper associated with the current
discussion topic at BGIN.

- Key management at centralized/decentralized Custodian (see the draft
   of work stream at BGIN)

- Decentralized Financial Technologies and Privacy, Identity and
   Traceability (see the draft of work stream at BGIN)

- Reactions to FATF 12 month review to achieve both regulatory goals
   and privacy

- Blockchain-based standard development mechanisms and process to
   accommodate multi-stakeholders

Other topics, but are not limited to:
- Identity, privacy, and key management
- Centralized custody and decentralized custody
- 2021 Scaling Cryptocurrency and Regulatory Challenges, and
   mainstream adoption
- Common understandings on "Regulatory Goals"
- FATF: AML and privacy
- Policy on End to End Encryption
- Security of exchanges and decentralized finance protocols
- Algorithm agility of permissionless blockchain
- Regulatory challenges of decentralized finance protocols
- Risk and resilience in cryptocurrency financial systems
- Harmonization of automated systems, human intervention and regulation
- Standards: Technical, Regulatory
- Regulation of exchanges and consumer protection
- Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)
- Interoperability among existing financial infrastructure,
   permissionless ledgers and CBDCs
- Governance of protocols, implementations

7. Organizing and Program Committees

(Alphabetical Order)
Julien Bringer, Kallistech
Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro, Telecom SudParis & Institut Polytechnique de Paris
Arthur Gervais, Imperial College London
Byron Gibson, Program Manager at Stanford Center for Blockchain Research
Feng Chen, University of British Columbia
Shin'ichiro Matsuo, Georgetown University, NTT Research and (tentative chair)
Steven Nam, Stanford Journal of Blockchain Law & Policy
Michele Benedetto Neitz, Golden Gate University
Roman Pavlov, SafeStead Inc.
Robert Schwentker, DLT Education and
Yonatan Sompolinsky, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, DAGlabs
Shigeya Suzuki, Keio University
Ryosuke Ushida, JFSA and Georgetown University
Robert Wardrop, University of Cambridge Judge Business School
Pindar Wong,
Aaron Wright, Cardozo Law School
Anton Yemelyanov, Base58 Association
Aviv Zohar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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