Country: Sri Lanks

Affiliation:  University of Colombo School of Computing

Dr. De Zoysa is currently attached to the University of Colombo School Computing as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media Technologies. He received his B.Sc. special degree in Computer Science from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and his Ph.Lic. And Ph.D. degrees in the area of Information Security from Stockholm University, Sweden. His research interests include cryptocurrency, multi-party document protection, certification infrastructures, security tokens, web application security and privacy, security in wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks, and digital forensics.

He has contributed over 15 research and development projects funded by various international funding agencies and at present he works as the academic coordinator of Master of Information Security programme and Master of Cybersecurity programme funded by the European Union (EU).  He has published over 50 research papers in international conferences in the area of information security. In addition, he delivered over 50 Workshops and Seminars in the area of Information Security for the local Industry in his expertise since 2003.

dApps: The Token Economy

Date:  28th September 2018
Time: 2.10 PM
Tentative Abstract:

A standard web application runs on a web server which is owned and operated by an organization giving it full authority over the application and its workings. The decentralized Applications (dApps) are digital applications or programs that exist and run on a blockchain or P2P network of computers instead of a web server, and are outside the purview and control of a single authority.

In the context of cryptocurrencies, the dApps exist and run on blockchain network in a public, open source, decentralized environment and are free from control and interference from any single authority. Since these types of applications are not owned by anyone, it can’t be shut down, and cannot have downtime. Ethereum works as a platform to deploy dApps without any need to code an entire blockchain from scratch. In this keynote, we will discuss how dApps work and explore some popular and ambitious Ethereum dApps to understand the present token economy.