The Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI) constitutes a research and archival center for global blockchain technology, with original research published for the public domain through the world's largest open access repository of knowledge, the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). Led by director Dr. Usman W. Chohan, the CBRI holds some of the most publicly read and produced papers in blockchain research in subtopics such as cryptocurrencies, ICOs, blockchain accountability, the DAO, social functions of blockchain, inter alia.

CBRI's goal is to maximize research output and quality on blockchain research to disseminate informative analysis to a wider audience in a nonpartisan manner.




Dr. Usman W. Chohan is ranked among the Top 10 Business Authors in the world, according to SSRN. Among overall researchers, he is among the top 40 out of the 370,000+ academic authors in readership over the past 12 months on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) which is the top open-access knowledge repository in the world.


He is considered among the most prominent academic researchers on cryptocurrencies, with some is works serving as introductory exposure for new students of cryptocurrencies. He has a PhD from UNSW and an MBA from McGill.

He was included among Australia's "50 Top Thinkers" by the Conversation in 2016. He has previously been affiliated with the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, the National Bank of Canada, and other important international institutions.

He is also the President of the International Association of Hyperpolyglots (HYPIA), and speaks an extensive number of languages with fluency.

See our research section for a full list of his archived publications on cryptocurrencies, blockchains, DAO, ICOs, and other digital assets.

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