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Special Issue "Blockchain: Security, Challenges, and Opportunities"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Luis Javier Garcia Villalba

Group of Analysis, Security and Systems (GASS), Department of Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence (DISIA), Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Office 431, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Calle Profesor José García Santesmases, 9, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 91 394 76 38
Interests: anonymity; computer security; cyber security; cryptography; information security; intrusion detection; malware; privacy; trust
Guest Editor
Dr. Mario Blaum

IBM Almaden Research Center, 650 Harry Rd, San Jose, CA 95120, USA
Interests: error-correcting codes; fault tolerance; parallel processing; cryptography; modulation codes for magnetic recording; timing algorithms; holographic storage; parallel communications; neural networks; finite group theory
Guest Editor
Dr. Ana Lucila Sandoval Orozco

Cybersecurity INCT Unit 6, Decision Technologies Laboratory-LATITUDE, Electrical Engineering Department (ENE), Technology College, University of Brasília (UnB), Brasília-DF, CEP 70910-900, Brazil
Interests: computer and network security; multimedia forensics; error-correcting codes; information theory

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Bitcoin is one of the most popular cryptocurrencies nowadays. For its operation, it uses a technology known as Blockchain. This technology is not unique to Bitcoin; since its birth, many of the so-called altcoins have appeared using the same blockchain technology or similar. Blockchain has attracted extensive attention from both industry and academia.

Industry and academia have started to apply blockchain in other many areas besides cryptocurrencies, expanding the use of this technology. This use expansion carries challenges such as the security and privacy issues of using this technology. These challenges have been analyzed by both academy and industry. Additionally, there is an urgent need to adjust the privacy and regulatory requirements of blockchain to fulfill current data protection laws.

Information theory has been applied for over a half a century now, starting from the pioneering work of Shannon. Based on this motivation, this Special Issue invites researchers in all related fields (including but not limited to information theory, entropy, cryptography, cybersecurity, machine learning, and pattern recognition) to present original and new developments on information theory for current and novel blockchain applications, and to join us in a quest for solutions to solve current and, if possible, future problems on the use of this technology. Potential topics of interest to this Special Issue are listed below. Submissions can include original research, dataset collection, and benchmark or critical surveys.

This Special Issue is focused on cutting-edge research from both academia and industry, with a particular emphasis on novel techniques. Only technical papers describing previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research, and not currently under review by a conference or a journal, will be considered. We will recommend the submission of multimedia with each paper, as it significantly increases the visibility, downloads, and citations of articles.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Accountability and auditing in blockchain and cryptocurrency;
  • Adversarial training and defensive distillation;
  • Attacks against machine learning;
  • Attacks on blockchain-based systems;
  • Blockchain analysis;
  • Blockchain application and implementation;
  • Blockchain applications;
  • Blockchain operation and governance;
  • Blockchain security;
  • Blockchain technologies;
  • Challenges of machine learning for cyber security;
  • Consensus algorithms;
  • Cryptocurrencies;
  • Cryptocurrency pricing bubbles;
  • The economic significance of cryptocurrency volatility;
  • Energy consumption issues;
  • Entropy;
  • Ethics of machine learning for cyber security applications;
  • Generative adversarial models;
  • Governance models and experiences;
  • Identity management;
  • Information theory;
  • The interoperability of blockchains;
  • IoT Forensic;
  • Lightweight protocols based on blockchain;
  • One-shot learning; continuous learning;
  • The performance of blockchain-based systems;
  • Potential topics include but are not limited to;
  • Privacy and anonymity on blockchain;
  • The role of formal and informal institutions in establishing cryptocurrency markets;
  • The scalability of blockchain-based systems;
  • Scalable machine learning for cyber security;
  • Secure distributed consensus;
  • Security- and privacy-enhancing technologies for blockchain and cryptocurrency;
  • Smart contracts;
  • Smart contracts analysis;
  • Transactions analysis;
  • Transparency (or lack thereof) of blockchain technology and concomitant legal, ethical, and regulatory issues.

Prof. Luis Javier Garcia Villalba
Dr. Mario Blaum
Dr. Ana Lucila Sandoval Orozco
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Entropy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

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This special issue is now open for submission.
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