Viktor Jacynycz Blockchain Researcher

About me

Graduate in software engineering and masters stutudent.

Currently working as a research assistant in blockchain and distributed technologies. He has developed smart contracts such as the funding platform Betfunding and currently working on a decentralized science publication system using blockchain: decentralized.science.

He is willing to end his master’s degree and begin working on his Ph.D.

His interests are cryptocurrencies, blockchain, decentralized apps and open source software.

Publications

Towards a Decentralized Process for Scientific Publication and Peer Review using Blockchain and IPFS

Antonio Tenorio-Fornés, Viktor Jacynycz, David Llop, Antonio A. Sánchez-Ruiz and Samer Hassan

52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences | 2019

The current processes of scientific publication and peer review raise concerns around fairness, quality, performance, cost, and accuracy. The Open Access movement has been unable to fulfill all its promises, and a few middlemen publishers can still impose policies and concentrate profits. This paper, using emerging distributed technologies such as Blockchain and IPFS, proposes a decentralized publication system for open science. The proposed system would provide (1) a distributed reviewer reputation system, (2) an Open Access by-design infrastructure, and (3) transparent governance processes. A survey is used to evaluate the problems, proposed solutions and possible adoption resistances, while a working prototype serves as a proof-of-concept. Additionally, the paper discusses the implementation, in a distributed context, of different privacy settings for both open peer review and reputation systems, introducing a novel approach supporting both anonymous and accountable reviews. The paper concludes reviewing the open challenges of this ambitious proposal.

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Towards a Decentralized Publication System: A Proposal Using Blockchain and P2P Technologies (Master's Thesis)

Viktor Jacynycz

El proceso de publicación científica y la revisión por pares generan inquietudes sobre la equidad, calidad, rendimiento, coste o precisión de este. Los movimientos del Open Access no han podido cumplir todas sus promesas, ya que las editoriales, que actúan como intermediarios, todavía pueden imponer políticas y concentrar gran parte de los beneficios económicos de este sistema. Este trabajo, utilizando tecnologías distribuidas emergentes como Ethereum o IPFS, propone un sistema descentralizado de publicación científica para la ciencia libre llamado Decentralized Science2 . Proporción un sistema de gobernanza transparente, un sistema de reputación de revisores distribuido y un diseño totalmente Open Access.

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A Decentralized Publication System for Open Science using Blockchain and IPFS

Antonio Tenorio-Fornés, Viktor Jacynycz, David Llop, Antonio A. Sánchez-Ruiz and Samer Hassan

Science publication and peer review raises concerns about fairness, quality, performance, cost or accuracy. The Open Access movements has been unable to fulfill all its promises, and middlemen publishers can still impose policies and concentrate profits. This paper, using emerging distributed technologies such as Blockchain and IPFS, proposes a decentralized publication system for open science. It provides transparent governance, a distributed reviewer reputation system, and open access by-design. The paper concludes reviewing the open challenges of such approach.

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Betfunding: A Distributed Bounty-Based Crowdfunding Platform over Ethereum

Viktor Jacynycz, Adrian Calvo, Samer Hassan and Antonio A. Sánchez-Ruiz

Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, is a permissionless distributed database which allows distributed storage and computation over a large network of nodes. This technology has been applied recently to many other fields besides e-currencies (Bitcoin 2.0 projects). In this paper we present Betfunding: a blockchain-based decentralized crowdfunding platform. On the contrary of regular crowdfunding platforms, our system does not require a central and reliable organization. In Betfutding users bet whether the project will or will not be implemented in a given time frame, increasing the bounty and incentive for potential developers to carry it out.

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Desarrollo de una plataforma de crowdfunding distribuida sobre Ethereum

Viktor Jacynycz and Adrian Calvo

Betfunding es una plataforma de crowdfunding distribuida que usa apuestas en lugar de donaciones para promover la producción artística y el trabajo creativo.

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