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dci research presentation series: Ethan Heilman on 'The Arwen Trading Protocols'

The Digital Currency Initiative hosts it’s weekly research presentation series. Invited speakers and DCI affiliates present on their projects and other relevant research.

Wednesday’s 3:00-4:00pm ET

Who: Ethan Heilman - Founder/CTO at Arwen

Title: 'The Arwen Trading Protocols'


The Arwen Trading Protocol is a layer-two blockhchain protocol that allows traders to securely trade cryptocurrencies at a centralized exchange, without ceding custody of their coins to the exchange. Before trading begins, traders deposit their coins in an on-blockchain escrow, rather than in the exchange’s wallet. The agent of escrow is the blockchain itself. Each individual trade is backed by the coins locked in escrow. Each trade is fast, because it happens off-blockchain, and secure, because atomic swaps prevent even a hacked exchange from taking custody of a trader’s coins. Arwen is designed to work even with the “lowest common denominator” of blockchains—namely Bitcoin-derived coins without SegWit support. As a result, Arwen supports essentially all “Bitcoin-derived” coins, including BTC, LTC, BCH, ZEC as well as Ethereum and ERC-20 tokens.

It will be based on this whitepaper

Invited guests only: If you are interested in joining the meeting in-person or remotely please contact