The Blavatnik ICRC prides itself on the interdisciplinary and global approach to cyber research, expressed in the fifty-six researches funded in three years. Some examples are listed below.
Prof. Neil Gandal and Tyler Moore (University of Tulsa, USA) "Shocks to and Security in the Bitcoin Ecosystem: An Interdisciplinary Approach"
Contrary to utopian proclamations on cryptocurrencies, the research demonstrated through rigorous analysis with extensive robustness checks how profoundly controlled by bad actors is the Bitcoin ecosystem. Gandal and Moore uncover how a single actor likely drove the USD/BTC exchange rate from $150 to $1000 in 2 months. Moreover, the bad actor manipulated the market through fraudulent acquisition (without actually spending money) of approximately 600,000 bitcoins (BTC) valued at $188 million. Quoting the Blavatnik ICRC researchers: “As mainstream finance invests in cryptocurrency assets and as countries take steps toward legalizing bitcoin as a payment system (as Japan did in April 2017), it is important to understand how susceptible cryptocurrency markets are to manipulation.” Attesting to the research excellence, the results were presented at The Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS), published by the Journal of Monetary Economics and the Journal of Cybersecurity.
Dr. Eran Tromer
Lior Tabansky "Towards a theory of cyber power: strategy, public policy, innovation"
The Israeli empirical case study in this research provided the foundation for policy efforts in Poland