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News article20 January 20208 min read

EU Observatory Year in Review / Year Ahead

EU Observatory Year in Review - Year Ahead

Official Newsletter of the European Union Blockchain Observatory & Forum

We are pleased to present you with the latest update on the activities of the European Union Blockchain Observatory & Forum.

Year in Review / Year ahead

As we begin this third year of the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, we thought it a good moment to both recap our work of last year and take a look ahead. Therefore in this special edition of our newsletter, after our usual update, we have prepared a retrospective of the themes we worked on in 2019 and a quick look at what's in store for the Observatory going forward.

#EUBlockchain publications

In December we published our academic research paper Blockchain and cybersecurity: a taxonomic approach, prepared by the University of Southampton. The paper provides a taxonomy of blockchains from a cybersecurity perspective and then delves into such key themes as data security, data privacy, trust, resilience and forensics.

#EUBlockchain events

The next series of workshops is also set, and we encourage all who may be interested to sign up using the links below. The events include:

Year in review: What we learned in 2019

We had a busy 2019. Over the course of the year we took deep dives into a number of key blockchain themes. We summarise these below.

Transversal themes

Several of our themes covered fundamental, basic questions that transverse blockchain protocols and use cases. These included:

Big picture landscape

During the year we also focused on a number of themes around the emerging blockchain landscape. These included:

Key use cases

We also focused on the following specific use cases.

Key technical themes

We also took deep dives into some technical themes around blockchain.

The evolving blockchain landscape in Europe

Over the course of the year, we were also able to observe how the European blockchain landscape continued to grow and evolve. Major developments on the EU level included the European Blockchain Partnership and its ambitious project to build the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure. Another significant development was the launching of the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA), a global forum to interact with regulators and policy makers and bring blockchain technology to the next stage. 

Much of our work over the summer was taken up with organising and carrying out the Convergence conference in a joint effort with the European Commission, INATBA and Alastria. With close to 1,400 attendees representing over 50 countries, some 230 speakers and over 80 keynotes, panels, fireside chats, roundtables and meetings, we were very gratified with how it turned out!

Year ahead

Upcoming publications from the Observatory

As we start the new year, we have a full program planned for Q1. As mentioned above, we have three thematic workshops still on the agenda. A fourth and final workshop end of March will provide a wrap up of the Observatory's first two years.

On top of this the following publications are planned for release in Q1 (many of which are in advanced stages of production).

  • Digital Assets thematic report
  • Energy and sustainability research report
  • Convergence of Blockchain with AI and IoT thematic report
  • Governance thematic report
  • Cyber security thematic report
  • Healthcare thematic report

Observatory 2.0 – the work continues!

As many may know, the original mandate for the Observatory was to run through April, 2020. And so it was gratifying when in October the European Commission announced that it was committed to continuing the Observatory’s work.

Citing the Observatory's strong community and the credibility of our events and papers, the EC said we have become “a recognised player in Europe and on the international scene.”

With the call for tender now closed, the EC is at work choosing the new team. We hope to be able to announce the decision soon. 

Thank you!
As always, we would like to thank everyone who has been active in contributing to the Observatory. None of this would be possible without the participation of all of you in our community.

With best regards,
The EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum


Publication date
20 January 2020