Libra Critique Towards Global Decentralized Financial System

  • Saqib Ali
  • Guojun WangEmail author
  • Bebo White
  • Komal Fatima
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1122)


The advent of the Bitcoin blockchain as a peer-to-peer, open, and decentralized financial system has empowered millions of people globally to make transactions without any trusted third parties. This realization leads to the birth of more than 2300 cryptocurrencies in the last decade. Despite this evolvement, the Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are facing many challenges right now. Facebook’s Libra is a new kind of cryptocurrency built on the foundation of blockchain technology conceived by Libra Association - twenty-eight high-profile governing members that will work together to create a more inclusive financial system using consortium blockchain technology. The goal of the Libra is to serve as a solid foundation for a highly scalable, frictionless, and traceable global financial systems with extremely high transactions rate. However, the proposed Libra cryptocurrency has yet to face many issues. In this paper, we critically analyzed the status of the Libra, its underlying concept, and the challenges faced by it once launched as a global decentralized financial system. Currently, the proposed Libra is very ambiguous with uncertain goals and intentions. In particular, we explored the placement technology of Libra, which is not very much well define in comparison with Bitcoin and other public blockchains which are fully decentralized, transparent, borderless and fully open for transparency. Also, we explore the security and privacy features of Libra concerning around three-billion user base of Facebook social media ecosystem (i.e., Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook).


Cryptocurrency Blockchain Libra Facebook Decentralized finance Open finance 



This work was supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 61632009, in part by the Guangdong Provincial Natural Science Foundation under Grant 2017A030308006, and in part by the High-Level Talents Program of Higher Education in Guangdong Province under Grant 2016ZJ01.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceGuangzhou UniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of AgricultureFaisalabadPakistan
  3. 3.Stanford Linear Accelerator CenterMenlo ParkUSA

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