About the Digital Assets Programme
Building on the strong foundations of the CCAF’s previous work and existing relationships, the Cambridge Digital Assets Programme (CDAP) is a multi-year research initiative that aims to shed light on the rapid digitisation of assets and value transfer systems.
The programme seeks to provide the datasets, digital tools and insights necessary to facilitate a balanced public dialogue about the opportunities and risks presented by a growing digital asset ecosystem, with the ultimate objective to help inform evidence-based policymaking and regulation. To this end, all research output will be publicly released under a permissive license that encourages third-party access and use of the research findings.
The programme has been launched in March 2022 in collaboration with 14 leading public and private institutions from the Financial Sector that provide directional input and guidance through joint working group sessions to ensure meaningful and practically relevant research impact.
The research agenda has been designed to capture the broader ecosystem trends that are likely to drive public perception, institutional adoption, and policy/regulatory considerations over the coming years. It is centred around 3 work streams covering distinct, but related, thematic areas:
Tackling complex ecosystem-wide issues requires a collaborative approach. As a result, the programme convenes 14 prominent public and private supporters from a variety of representative verticals within the Financial Sector. Bringing together both private and public sectors enables the provision of diverse and independent perspectives that are critical for a balanced and comprehensive investigation of the ecosystem.
Programme collaborators will provide directional guidance to the CCAF research team through quarterly steering sessions. Furthermore, supporters are encouraged to offer meaningful input and feedback on research projects during joint working group sessions that comprise CCAF researchers. guest experts, and supporter delegates.
The CCAF research team retains final authorship and decision-making power over the research process: this structure has been designed to ensure that research projects have practical relevance and high-impact potential while carefully preserving CCAF’s academic independence on which the credibility of the research rests.
The CDAP’s founding supporters are:
- Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Innovation Hub
- British International Investment (BII)
- Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
- UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
- Goldman Sachs
- Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
- International Monetary Fund (IMF)
- World Bank
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Articles from the Digital Assets Programme
Cambridge Centre for Alternative (CCAF) at Cambridge Judge Business School reveals the Cambridge Digital Money Dashboard (CDMD) to provide empirical data and analysis on privately-issued stablecoins.
The debate about the environmental footprint of bitcoin mining has mainly revolved around electricity consumption. However, the issue of Bitcoin's environmental footprint is more nuanced and complex, which underscores the need for independent data to inform a evidence-based public debate.