Roles of Consortium Partners

Guardtime will serve as the project coordinator and will lead WP5 (Communication, dissemination, and exploitation) as well as WP6 (Project management). Guardtime will also contribute to WP1 (Use cases) and WP4 (Architecture and development) as use case partner and to WP4 additionally as technology provider. Guardtime will also make smaller contributions to both WP2 (Privacy-enhancing cryptography) and WP3 (Cryptographic protocols) as research partner.

IBM will serve as the technical coordinator of the project, and lead WP4 on Architecture, Toolkits, and Prototypes. IBM will participate in WP1 for all tasks and contribute to the coordination between research and use cases. IBM will also participate in all tasks of WP2 and WP3 to perform research on cryptographic schemes and protocols. IBM will contribute to WP5 and WP6 in the role of the technical coordinator.

The University of Tartu (UT)* will focus on research on privacy-preserving cryptography (leading some of the tasks in WP2), background research on the design of cryptographic protocols needed for WP3, and collaboration with SCCEIV in WP4.

*After UT excited the consortium in 2019, it's tasks transferred to UEDIN, TUE and GRNet.

The University of Edinburgh brings to the project its research expertise in the design and analysis of blockchain protocols as well as in cryptographic primitives for privacy-enhancing computations. UEDIN will contribute to all work-packages with particular emphasis on WP3 where it leads tasks T3.1 and T3.3.

Technical University Eindhoven is interested in extending its knowledge in the areas of multi-party computation and public ledgers, and in particular in the combination thereof. This project will contribute to TUEs ambition to play a leading role in this research area. Furthermore, PhD students and Post-Doctoral personnel will be trained during and after this project. The newly gained knowledge and insights will be part of the TUE curriculum. TUE will lead WP3 and participate in all of the work packages, except for WP6.0

University of Salerno has a consolidated experience on the design of provably secure and efficient cryptographic primitives and protocols the main tasks of University of Salerno will focus on scientific research on privacy-preserving cryptography, leading WP2, T2.2 and T2.3; scientific research on the design of cryptographic protocols with the critical properties required by this project, participating to WP3; analysis of the use cases in WP1 and development of a toolkit for ledger-oriented secure two/multi-party computation in WP4.

Smartmatic-Cybernetica CEIV key responsibility in the PRIViLEDGE is UC1 – Verifiable online voting with ledgers. SCCEIV will provide input about the requirements of online voting to the academic partners and will implement a prototype online voting system to use ledgers for achieving integrity properties.

Greek Research and Technology Network will be primarily involved in the realisation of use case 3: “University diploma record ledger”. GRNET will help define the requirements that are related to this use case and then implement a cor- responding prototype. In addition, GRNET will be involved in the design and implementation of the different toolkits and contribute to the project’s architecture.

Greek Universities Network will design and implement the polling APIs that will demonstrate the online retrieval of diplomas’ digital records from the Students Information System in the framework of the UC3 University diploma record ledger.

IO Research, in close collaboration with its academic partner UEDIN, will first analyse the requirements for software updates of public ledger systems. Then I.O. Research will develop a general framework, based on solid theoretical foundations and cryptographic consensus protocols, which will allow to handle such updates in a decentralised and secure way. Finally, I.O. Research will implement a prototype software update system for the Cardano stake-based ledger.