Interested in showcasing your research on digital currencies to advance the work under the Digital Currency Global Intiative?
We need your expertise!
1. About the Digital Currency Global Initiative
is led by is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and Stanford Future of Digital Currency Program, Stanford University. The Initiative conducts research and develop technical reports providing guidance on how to deploy digital currencies to enable greater financial inclusion and advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, by identifying key areas for standardization.
Three Working Groups have been set up under the Digital Currency Global Initiative to achieve the objectives and goals. The three Working Groups are:
- Architecture, Interoperability Requirements and Use Cases (AIRU)
- Policy and Governance (PG)
- Security and Assurance (SA)
The Working Groups meet regularly by e-meetings and all the informations are available on the SharePoint collaboration site
. The working language is English. All content for Working Groups meetngs are compiled and published by ITU Secretariat.
Applicants will be invited to present their paper proposal at the e-meeting of the Digital Currency Global Initiative Working Groups. If retained, their proposal will be included in the output reports of the Initiative. These reports will be made publicly available on ITU's platforms and will feed into ITU-T international standardization work.
Participation in the work of the Initiative is on a strictly voluntary basis and non-remunerated nature.
2. Areas of expertise needed*
- Architecture of digital currency.
- Interoperability requirements and use cases for central bank digital currency, stablecoins, e-money and cryptocurrency
- Data privacy, AML, KYC and digital id requirements and for different types of digital currencies
- Assessment model for security threats and vulnerabilities of digital currencies based on DLTs and other implementation types.
- Technical architecture Framework for digital currency types (ie retail central bank digital currency, wholesale central bank digital currency, stablecoins, e-money and cryptocurrency) covering different implementations such as DLT, centralized database or other type of implementation.
- How APIs are used in digital currencies and the different types of API implementations?
- Machine learning requirements and use cases in digital currencies
- Taxonomy and definitions of commonly used technical terms in digital currencies
- Analysis of consumer protection requirements and competition issues for digital currencies (eg Central Bank Digital Currencies, Stablecoins and e-money).
- Analysis of the fintech and digital currency ecosystem and roles of the players in the ecosystem (including open source community) and the emerging trends and future innovations in delivery of financial services.
- Analysis of copyright and intellectual property rights treatment in digital currencies
- How can stablecoins and central bank digital currencies help in enhancing financial inclusion?
- An analysis of role of cryptography in implementation of digital currencies including quantum safe cryptographic algorithms that can be used in digital currencies implementation.
*non exhaustive list
Digital currencies; central bank digital currency; stablecoins; e-money; cryptocurrency; policy; regulatory; cryptography; quantum safe cryptography; security requirements; technical architecture; Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT); taxonomy; competition issues; financial inclusion; consumer protection; data privacy; interoperability;
4. Who should join?
Participation is open to any interested experts willing to contribute to the work.
5. How to participate
When registering their interest, applicants will need to confirm the following:
- Knowledge sharing: applicants must be willing to share information and expertise and contribute actively to the reports of the Digital Currency Global Initiative.
- Transparency: applicants must agree to publish their names along with their professional capacity (e.g. researcher, consultant, etc) country of residence and email address on the Initiative’s SharePoint. Applicants are required to create an
ITU account and
subscribe to the mailing list and SharePoint to take part in the work of the Initiative. Upon registration of interest, applicants will be notified and invited to submit their paper proposal and participate in the subsequent meetings accordingly.