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ICIS 2023, Hyderabad

Roman Beck was present in Hyderabad, India at the International Conference of Information Systems 2023, where he presented the paper: How to cross the bridge: Interoperability among blockchain systems, by Hampus Michael Wadum Iversen, Tobias Ærboe Schmidt, Asger Balle Pedersen, and himself.

Paper resumé:
Blockchain research tends to focus on technical improvements and their potential for efficiency and productivity, repeatedly at the cost of comprehending the complex reciprocal interaction between social and technical aspects. One of the technical challenges for blockchain systems is scalability. Interoperability has proven effective in addressing scalability by offloading transactions via bridges, enhancing flexibility and portability for, e.g., tokens. As a result, we investigate how interoperability is organized in blockchain systems and what implications it might bring. In this research, we develop an on-ledger analytics prototype, which facilitates the examinations of NFT bridges and theorizes about the dimensions of interoperability. Practical implications reveal that hiding a token’s track in an otherwise supposedly transparent system is possible. We provide evidence that current research may only consider a subset of a token’s history among blockchain systems. Ultimately, we claim that interoperability among blockchain systems can lead to decreased transparency.

Read the paper here.

Time & Place
December 10th-13th
Hyderabad, India

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