Since joining the Digital Currency Initiative in 2017, Marla has worked on the Digital Fiat Currency and Open Music Initiative projects. She is passionate about making the blockchain and cryptocurrency space accessible to everyone through developing educational resources and tools. In addition to her work in the DCI, Marla is also the Co-Founder and President of MIT Women in EECS, a rower on MIT's varsity crew team and a leader in Amphibious Achievement.
Arturo Chavez-Gehrig | Undergraduate Researcher
Arturo studies computer science and economics at MIT. He is excited to understand the financial, economic, and engineering elements of cryptocurrencies. He joined the DCI community in 2016, participating in the Intro to Cryptocurrencies Bootcamp. He was a member of the Valuing Cryptoassets working group in Spring 2017 to explore the intrinsic value of blockchain-derived assets and their market dynamics. He is currently working on the Digital Fiat Currency project, implementing new functionality in Cryptokernel (a distributed ledger development toolkit).
Bernard Snowden | Undergraduate Researcher
Bernard started exploring the great potential for bitcoin and blockchain technology in 2017 and was immediately fascinated with how they combine the two fields of computer science and economics. He currently works on the Digital Fiat Currency project to develop CryptoKernel into a useful resource for future parties to issue their own digital currencies.
Jesus Mathus | Graduate Researcher
Jesus Mathus is now pursuing a Master's of Engineering in Computer Science. Jesus is completing his thesis work on Lightning Network under Tadge Dryja's supervision.
Henry Aspegren | Graduate Researcher
Henry Aspegren joined the DCI as an undergrad and is now pursuing a Master's of Engineering in Computer Science. Henry is completing his thesis work on b_verify as a research assistant in the DCI under Neha Narula. Henry is interested in using cryptography and engineering to make credit markets fairer and more inclusive. Next year Henry will travel to Beijing to complete a Schwarzman Scholarship to learn how b_verify can inform public policy.
A Media Lab alumnus and former head of social innovation for the DCI, Chelsea focuses on the intersection of technology and civil society. Living between Kenya and Cambridge, she now works for the MIT Media Lab's Artificial Intelligence Initiative.
Mark Weber | Researcher, Project Manager
Mark Weber leads the b_verify project for verifiable claims, focused on securing warehouse receipts records on public blockchains to improving agricultural finance. Mark also managed DCI's student working groups. Follow @markrweber on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Github.
Nicola Greco was a Ph.D. student in the Decentralized Information Group at MIT. He writes and advances research on ways to re-decentralize the web, focusing on technical, political, and social aspects of decentralized systems both at MIT and the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society.
Patrick Murck | Collaborator
Patrick is a lawyer and expert on bitcoin and blockchain-based technologies. He will conduct research into the law and policy implications of bitcoin, distributed ledgers and smart contracts. Previously Patrick was a co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation where he served at times as General Counsel and Executive Director. Patrick has engaged regulators and policymakers in the US and Europe on bitcoin and the emerging digital economy. He was named among America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel for 2014 by the National Law Journal. Patrick also serves as President Board member for the BitGive Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on charitable giving and social impact using bitcoin.
Willy recently completed his MIT masters thesis entitled "Auditable Private Ledgers" the design and implementation of a privacy solution for distributed ledgers that lets third parties audit private ledger data. Follow @elwrv on Twitter.
Alin Tomescu | Previous Collaborator
Alin Tomescu is a PhD candidate in MIT CSAIL, advised by Professor Srinivas Devadas. His current research interests are in secure communication, public-key directories, cryptographic puzzles, cryptocurrencies, anonymity and privacy-preserving web applications.
Silvio Micali | Collaborator
Silvio Micali is the Ford Professor of Engineering at MIT and winner of the prestigious 2012 Turing Award for his pioneering work in cryptography. His scientific interests include complexity-based pseudorandom generation and cryptography, interactive and computationally sound proofs, zero knowledge, secure protocols, and mechanism design.
Andy Lippman | Collaborator
Andrew Lippman is a senior research scientist at MIT and associate director of the Media Lab. He has been with the Lab since its inception. Lippman’s work here has ranged from digital video and HDTV to graphical interfaces and networking. He heads the Lab's Viral Communications research group, which examines scalable, real-time systems whose capacity increases with the number of members. This new approach to communications, human transactions, and broadcasting migrates "mainframe communications" technology to distributed, personally defined, cooperative communicators.
Ariel is a PhD student and research assistant in the Responsive Environments group at the Media Lab, where she designs and prototypes aerospace structures with embedded sensor networks. As Founder and Lead of the Media Lab's Space Exploration Initiative, she coordinates space research opportunities across the spectrum of science, engineering, art and design and support collaborations on this work throughout MIT. Previously, in the Viral Communications group at the Media Lab, she produced research and prototypes for blockchain-based medical records.
Philipp Schmidt | Collaborator
J. Philipp Schmidt is Director of Learning Innovation at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the ML Learning initiative, teaches courses, and conducts research on learning communities. He is also a cofounder and board member of Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU), a non-profit organization that provides access to online higher education through public libraries. Philipp served on the founding board of the OpenCourseWare Consortium, co-authored the Cape Town Open Education Declaration, and is an advisor to a number of non-profit and for-profit education projects. He has received Shuttleworth and Ashoka fellowships, and came to MIT as a Media Lab Director's fellow.
Sunoo Park | Collaborator
Andrew Koh | Previous Student Researcher
Nchinda Nchinda | Previous Student Researcher
Irene Hernandez | Previous Student Researcher
Prema Shrikrishna is a blockchain enthusiast, a sustainable business champion and has spent over 13 years building sustainable business operations for Walt Disney, ABB & Vodafone across Asia Pacific. She is passionate about understanding industry dynamics enabled by technology and their impact on the global ecosystem—economic, social, and environmental.Currently, she is a serving as Blockchain & Supply chains advisor at the MIT Media Lab. She has advised Governments, Ports & Fortune 500 companies on streamlining process efficiencies through the Distributed Ledger Technology. She is also collaborating with the Belt and Road Blockchain consortium, Hong Kong to explore the future of digital trade for Belt and Road initiative led by China encompassing over 60 countries.
Ethan Zuckerman | Advisor
Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and an Associate Professor of the Practice at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on the use of media as a tool for social change, the role of technology in international development, and the use of new media technologies by activists. He is the author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection (W. W. Norton, 2013).
With Rebecca MacKinnon, Zuckerman co-founded the international blogging community Global Voices. It showcases news and opinions from citizen media in more than 150 nations and 30 languages, publishing editions in 20 languages. Through Global Voices and through the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he served as a researcher and fellow for eight years, Zuckerman is active in efforts to promote freedom of expression and fight censorship in online spaces.
In 2000, Zuckerman founded Geekcorps, a technology volunteer organization that sends IT specialists to work on projects in developing nations, with a focus on West Africa. Previously, he helped found Tripod.com, one of the web's first "personal publishing" sites. Zuckerman blogs at ethanzuckerman.com/blog. He received his bachelor's degree from Williams College, and as a Fulbright scholar, studied at the University of Ghana at Legon.