1st Workshop on Bitcoin Research (BITCOIN) Held in Association with Financial Crypto (FC14) March 7, 2014 Accra Beach Hotel and Spa, Barbados http://fc14.ifca.ai/bitcoin/ *Call for Papers* The recent success of Bitcoin, a decentralized cryptographic currency, has raised new research questions on the opportunities and risks of virtual currencies. A handful of research papers have appeared in multiple disciplines, spanning a range of outlets, including top security conferences, legal journals, and reports of international financial organizations. This workshop aims to bring together interested scholars who study virtual currencies, Bitcoin in particular, and their supporting ecosystems from a technical or socio-economic perspective. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) empirical and theoretical studies of: Bitcoin protocol and extensions (cryptography, scripting language, formalization etc.) Adoption and transition dynamics Threat models and attacks Anonymity and privacy Metrics and measurements Proof-of-work, -stake, -burn, and alternative defenses against Sybil attacks Bitcoin peer-to-peer network Transaction graph analysis User studies Economic and monetary aspects Business models for Bitcoin services and intermediaries Relation to other payment systems Financial markets Fraud detection and financial crime prevention Regulation and law enforcement Forensics and monitoring Legal, ethical and societal aspects of (decentralized) virtual currencies Case studies (e.g., of adoption, tools, attacks, forks, scams, ...) Novel applications *Submission Instructions* The workshop solicits submissions of manuscripts that represent significant and novel research contributions. Submissions must not substantially overlap with works that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. In-scope papers submitted to but not selected for the main FC14 conference will automatically be considered for inclusion in the workshop. All submissions should follow the Lecture Notes in Computer Science format and should be no more than 15 pages including references and well-marked appendices. Peer reviewers are not required to read the appendices, so the full papers should be intelligible without them. Paper submissions must be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, or obvious references. Accepted papers will appear in the proceedings published by Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Authors who seek to submit their works to journals may opt-out by publishing an extended abstract only. *Important Dates* Paper Submission: November 24, 2013, 23:59 UTC (19:59 EDT, 16:59 PDT) Paper Notification: December 22, 2013 Final Papers: January 31, 2014 Workshop: March 7, 2014 *Student Stipends* Note that the International Financial Cryptography Association offers travel stipends in particular for students who will be presenting at the conference or associated workshops, including the workshop on Bitcoin research. See the main conference page for details. *Organizers* Program Chairs Rainer Boehme, University of Muenster, Germany Tyler Moore, Southern Methodist University, USA *Technical Program Committee* Elli Androulaki, ETH Zurich, Switzerland Rainer Böhme, Univ. of Münster, Germany (co-chair) Dominic Breuker, University of Münster, Germany Srdjan Capkun, ETH Zurich, Switzerland David Chen, Lightspeed Venture Partners, USA Nicolas Christin, Carnegie Mellon University, USA Jeremy Clark, Concordia University, Canada Benjamin Edelman, Harvard Business School, USA Matthew Green, Johns Hopkins University, USA Ghassan Karame, NEC Labs, Heidelberg, Germany Stefan Katzenbeisser, TU Darmstadt, Germany Joshua Kroll, Princeton University, USA Kirill Levchenko, UC San Diego, USA Ian Miers, Johns Hopkins University, USA Andrew Miller, University of Maryland, College Park, USA Tyler Moore, SMU Dallas, USA (co-chair) Fergal Reid, University College Dublin, Ireland Meni Rosenfeld, Bitcoil, Israel This workshop is organized by the International Financial Cryptography Association.