September 01, 2018

Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2019

Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2019

Twenty-Third International Conference
February 18-22, 2019
St. Kitts Marriott Resort
St. Kitts

Financial Cryptography and Data Security is a major international forum for research, advanced development, education, exploration, and debate regarding information assurance, with a specific focus on financial, economic and commercial transaction security. Original works focusing on securing commercial transactions and systems are solicited; fundamental as well as applied real-world deployments on all aspects surrounding commerce security are of interest. Submissions need not be exclusively concerned with cryptography. Systems security, economic or behavioral perspectives, and interdisciplinary efforts are particularly encouraged.

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Access Control
  • Anonymity and Privacy
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Auctions and Mechanisms
  • Authentication and Identification
  • Behavioral Aspects of Security and Privacy
  • Biometrics
  • Certification and Audits
  • Cloud Computing and Data Outsourcing Security
  • Commercial Cryptographic Applications
  • Contactless Payment and Ticketing Systems
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Economics of Security and Privacy
  • Electronic Commerce Security
  • Electronic Crime and Underground Markets
  • Fraud Detection and Forensics
  • Game Theory for Security and Privacy
  • Identity Theft
  • Insider Threats
  • Legal and Regulatory Issues
  • Microfinance and Micropayments
  • Mobile Systems Security and Privacy
  • Phishing and Social Engineering
  • Privacy and Anonymity-enhancing Technologies
  • Reputation Systems
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Secure Banking and Financial Services
  • Smart Contracts and Financial Instruments
  • Smartcards, Secure Tokens and Secure Hardware
  • Social Networks Security and Privacy
  • Trust Management
  • Usability and Security
  • Virtual Goods and Virtual Economies
  • Voting Systems
  • Web Security

New this year: Since its founding in 1997, Financial Cryptography and Data Security has published research on digital currencies. With the explosion of interest in cryptocurrencies prompted by the introduction of Bitcoin, research papers on cryptocurrencies have appeared in both the main conference and, since 2014, the Workshop on Bitcoin and Blockchain Research. In recognition of this burgeoning field, the FC steering committee has decided to incorporate the workshop into the main conference as a new blockchain track. As such, Financial Cryptography and Data Security now serves as the premier venue for cryptocurrency and blockchain research. Topics of interest for the blockchain track include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications Using or Built on Top of Bitcoin
  • The Bitcoin Protocol and Extensions
  • Blockchain Applications
  • Case Studies (e.g., of adoption, attacks, forks, scams, ...)
  • Cryptocurrency Adoption and Transition Dynamics
  • Digital Cash and Payment Systems
  • Distributed Ledgers
  • Economic and Monetary Aspects of Cryptocurrencies
  • Economics and/or Game Theoretic Analysis of Cryptocurrency Protocols
  • Forensics and Monitoring
  • Fraud Detection and Financial Crime Prevention
  • Legal, Ethical and Societal Aspects of (Decentralized) Virtual Currencies
  • Peer-to-Peer Networks
  • Permissioned and Permissionless Blockchains
  • Proof-of-work, -stake, -burn, and Virtual Mining
  • Real-world Measurements and Metrics
  • Regulation and Law Enforcement
  • Relation of Cryptocurrencies to Other Payment Systems
  • Transaction Graph Analysis
  • Usability and User Studies

The intent is that the blockchain track will not be in parallel to either the rest of the conference proper, nor to the workshops. Papers from the conference, whether in the blockchain track or not, will be presented from Monday to Thursday of the conference week, without parallel sessions to the extent possible. The workshops, as in previous years, will be held in parallel to each other on Friday.

Important Dates

Workshop proposal submissionAugust 13, 2018
Workshop proposal notificationAugust 22, 2018
Paper registrationSeptember 18, 2018 (firm!)
Paper submission (see below)To be decided on September 18, 2018
Paper notificationNovember 14, 2018
Poster and panel submissionNovember 23, 2018
Poster and panel notificationDecember 3, 2018
Final pre-proceeding papersDecember 20, 2018
ConferenceFebruary 18-22, 2019

Submissions are accepted until 11:59pm, UTC-11.

What's the deal with the deadline?!

New this year: A number of conferences, including this one in the past, have had the habit of announcing one deadline, only to extend it by 3-7 days as the deadline approached, often citing fictitious "popular requests" as an excuse. This year, the effect will be the same, but we will be more transparent about the process.

All papers must be registered by Tue Sep 18, 2018. This means the titles, authors, abstracts, topics, submission options, conflicts, etc. (everything except the PDF of the paper itself) must be entered into the submission system by this date. This date is firm and will not be extended.

On September 17, 2018, we will announce (in this space) a block height on the Bitcoin blockchain that we expect to be found the following day. Once the block of that height is found and confirmed, let the last hex digit of the hash of that block be L. Then the FC19 paper submission deadline will be September (21+ceil(sqrt(L))), 2018. In table form:

LPaper submission deadline
0Sep 21, 2018
1Sep 22, 2018
2, 3, 4Sep 23, 2018
5, 6, 7, 8, 9Sep 24, 2018
A, B, C, D, E, FSep 25, 2018

When the paper submission deadline has been determined in this way, this page will be updated, and that deadline will be firm. The program chairs' interpretation of the above algorithm is final.

If this seems too bizarre to make sense of, then just pretend the paper submission deadline is Sep 21, 2018, and you'll be fine.

LOTs more at

Posted by iang at September 1, 2018 03:28 PM
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