Money Talks at CTVR April 1st

Money Talks: Bitcoins and Blockchains

Venue: CTVR Dunlop Oriel House, 34 Westland Row

Date: April 1st, 2015 17:30 – 19:00


Money Talks is a series of presentations and discussions featuring research-in-progress on money, ICT networks and the codification of value. This session focuses on questions of governance and cooperation in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.

Who controls where value flows? Algorithmic control and resistance in virtual money
Rachel O‘Dwyer (Telecommunications Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin)

What are the algorithmic politics of the platforms on which we now produce and circulate value and how will they shape the future of money power, access and exclusion?

This talk looks at new forms of power and counter-power emerging around cryptocurrencies and virtual payments. New kinds of governmentality are emerging as information and communication technologies displace many of the traditional functions of the state. This is particularly significant when we look at the operation of cryptocurrencies and online payments systems.

Services such as cryptocurrencies, digital wallets and online and mobile payments systems are becoming commonplace. In some cases these position network operators and service providers not only as the managers of massive computational infrastructures, controlling information in the cloud, but as emerging financial institutions – de facto ‘banks’ of a kind set to compete with and potentially replace publicly mandated systems and state institutions. In other cases, experiments in second-generation cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies pose possibilities for algorithmic forms of resistance and counter-power in this digital space. Innovations such as Ethereum are building on the blockchain (the database architecture underpinning Bitcoin) in an attempt to design truly decentralised systems for cooperatively managing both money and information in the future.

Designing the Impossible
Gianluca Miscione (Centre for Innovation Technology and Organisation (CITO))

Contrary to physical goods, information goods are ‘non-rival’, i.e. my use does not prevent yours. Current laws and technologies have not managed to constrain the near zero replication and distribution costs of digital data and their effects. In this way, digital networks seem to be a realm of plenitude, not subject to the laws of scarcity.

In 2009 a paper written by a mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto set the specifications for a peer-to-peer network architecture that could guarantee scarcity in the digital realm without relying on any central authority. This architecture transforms scarce computational power into an authentication capacity. The blockchain, Bitcoin’s underlying technology, successfully brought into digital networks the concept of a ‘finite’ amount of data (only 21 million BTC will ever be minted), the impossibility of double-spending and (probably) the impossibility of a unique central authority.

The design of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin suggests that there is an “emerging economy” rooted in this peculiar feature. This guarantee of uniqueness, not enforced by external organizations, brings consequences that are yet to be seen. What is already apparent is that on one side both leviathans and companies do not have much control over this phenomenon, while on the other the libertarian utopia of global stealth action is not materialising.

CTVR is now hiring a post-doctoral researcher

Dr. Marco Ruffini & Prof. David Payne have a position available for a post‐doctoral researcher in digital design and FPGA implementation of network protocols and algorithms. For more details see the job advertisement

Openhere 14.11-16.11 2014


Cryptocurrencies, digital sharing, 3D printed goods – just some of the disruptive online practices and technologies that are transforming and reshaping our economy. These innovative technologies have impacted the market, enabling new business models, evolving market conditions and transforming economic and social landscapes. However, the commodification and commercial adoption of these disruptive technologies has also raised concerns and questions in terms of access, control and sustainability. How can we develop these practices to not only support a digital commons, but also to support more equitable and sustainable worlds?

Openhere is a 3-day international festival and conference where online practices such as sharing, peer-production and open source meet real world material economies. The program brings together researchers, artists, engineers and activists to critically engage alternative economic models and digital currencies, open source hardware and ecology, and new forms of peer production and sharing happening at the intersection of digital and real world spaces. Sessions include talks, panel discussions, workshops and screenings. 

Participants include: Benjamin Tincq, Brett Scott, Cathal Garvey, Chelsea Rustrum, Denisa Kera, Duncan McCann, Eli Gothill, Gawin Dapper, Geraldine Juárez, Graham Barnes Kevin Flanagan, Lana Swartz, Linda Doyle, Lúí Smyth, Nigel Dodd, Nora O’ Murchú, Peter Hanappe, Rachel O’Dwyer, The Robin Hood Cooperative, Sean Cubitt, Vasilis Kostakis and more.

Topics include: Alternative Currencies | Open Sourcing Finance | Open Hardware | Distributed Manufacturing | Open Source Ecology | Peer Production | Sharing Economies

All sessions free but booking recommended. For more information, program details and to book a place

Openhere is a joint initiative of (CTVR) The Telecommunications Research Centre in collaboration with the Dublin Art and Technology Association (D.A.T.A) and is supported by the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin. 

European Seminar on Thermal Management of Electronic Systems June 18-20 Limerick, Ireland

CTVR’s thermal team are organising a seminar on the Thermal Management of Electronic Systems, to be held on June 18-20 in Limerick, Ireland. The aim of the seminar is to bring together researchers, academics and practitioners interested in the application area of thermal management. The seminar will feature invited lectures from recognized academic and industrial experts, and presentation of the contributed papers and posters. Scientific scope will cover technologies and tools for thermal management in applications ranging from consumer products and lighting, through computing and communications, to industrial, automotive and avionics. For more information, including details on abstract submission, visit

CTVR is now hiring

Dr. Marco Ruffini & Prof. David Payne have a position available for a post‐doctoral researcher in Passive optical network protocol simulation and implementation in FPGA platform. For more details see the job advertisement

2014 at CTVR

The team at CTVR have returned after a well deserved break following an
intense lead up to Christmas which saw us prepare and submit a
pre-proposal for the new SFI Research Centres Programme, and undergo an
SFI site visit and review.
Our SFI Research Centres proposal fits nicely within one of the themes
of the call – Future Networks and Communications. We are really excited
about this new opportunity, we’ve put together a great expanded
consortium and we expect to hear the result of the pre-proposal stage in
early February.
Our mid-stage SFI review was carried out by six international experts
and was held over two days in December. The whole team put in a great
effort and it was nice to once again see the scale of what we’re doing
here. We look forward to receiving the feedback some time this month.

Now that we’re back, the SFI Census, and Annual Report are in
preparation, while we’re not letting up on the preparations for the new bid.

Fun times!

CTVR is now hiring

Prof. Luiz DaSilva has a position available for a post‐doctoral researcher in small cells and future wireless networks. For more details see the job advertisement


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