Special Issue "Blockchain Theory and Its Applications"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart System infrastructures and Cybersecurity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Min-Shiang Hwang

Department of Computer Science & Information Engineering, Asia University, Taichung 41354, Taiwan
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Interests: Blockchain Technology, Cryptography, Steganography, Network and Communication Security, Electronic Commerce Security
Guest Editor
Dr. Yung-Chen Chou

Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan
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Interests: Steganography, Blockchain Technology, Data Hiding

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Blockchain and its applications are popular research topics. Cryptocurrency is one of the most popular implementations in the real world. Presently, a number of cryptocurrencies are being used, e.g., Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, etc. However, the application of blockchain technology is not limited to cryptocurrencies. The immutability, trustless, auditability, and distributed properties make blockchain suitable for application in many business models. For example, Ethereum and Quorum allow blockchains to execute smart contracts, which provide the permissioned blockchain mechanisms to make transactions privately. Moreover, the smart contract mechanism provides many interesting research and application issues, such as the Internet of things, cyber physical systems, Edge computing, social networks, supply chain management, Fintech, and many others.

The aim of this Special Issue is to gather the latest research results concerning blockchain technology and its application in relevant scenarios. Researchers, experts, and scholars are encouraged to present their contributions and research directions in the blockchain area.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Blockchain technologies

○ Blockchain foundations

○ Consensus algorithms

○ Smart Contracts

  • Blockchain security

○ Attacks on blockchain-based systems

  • Blockchain operation and governance

○ Scalability of blockchain-based systems

○ Governance models and experiences

○ Performance of blockchain-based systems

○ Interoperability of blockchains

○ Blockchain standardization

  • Blockchain analysis

○ Transactions analysis

○ Smart Contracts analysis

  • Identity management

○ Privacy and anonymity on blockchain

  • Lightweight protocols based on blockchain
  • Energy consumption issues
  • Blockchain applications

○ Cryptocurrencies

○ Internet of things

○ Smart property

○ Cyber physical systems

○ Cloud and edge computing

○ Supply chain management

○ Social Networking

○ Media production

○ Copyright protection

○ Information hiding

○ Education

○ Government

○ others

Prof. Min-Shiang Hwang
Prof. Yung-Chen Chou
Guest Editors

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  • Blockchain technologies
  • Blockchain security
  • Blockchain operation and governance
  • Blockchain analysis
  • Identity management
  • Lightweight protocols based on blockchain
  • Energy consumption issues
  • Blockchain applications

Published Papers

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