Martin E. Wainstein, PhD | Collaborator: Program Manager
Martin is an Innovator-in-Residence at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale, where he leads the development of the Yale Open Innovation Lab. He is a direct collaborator and research affiliate to the Digital Currency Initiative, where he leads the project on Open Solar Financing for Puerto Rico. Martin did his PhD at the Australian-German Climate & Energy College in the University of Melbourne, Australia and holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Southern California where he focused on Geo and Astrobiology. Thinking holistically about big picture sustainability and translating this into innovative entrepreneurial action is by far what he enjoys the most!
Varunram Ganesh is an undergraduate researcher whose focus is on distributed systems, privacy and the future of money. He has experience working on multiple open source projects spanning security testing, programming languages and cryptocurrency tools. In his spare time, he likes to read on history, play retro games and watch horror movies.
As an undergraduate at MIT, Michelle majored in Computer Science and Engineering, and minored in Energy studies. She is currently pursuing her master's degree (also at MIT), developing more accurate prediction models for household energy consumption, and working on system designs for smarter and more dynamic electricity grids.
Ana C. Fiallo | Student Collaborator: Undergraduate Researcher
My name is Ana Cristina Fiallo and I am from Dorado, Puerto Rico. I am currently a first year student at MIT, interested in studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Energy Studies.
Jose Soto | Student Collaborator: Undergraduate Researcher
I am a student who enjoys being busy, enjoys pushing his boundaries and likes learning new things. You will hardly ever find me idle and I will most probably be working on something I have never done before or some hard challenge that will encompass my whole day.
I wish to develop myself as a professional in my field so that I can eventually go back to Puerto Rico and help bolster the economy and maybe mediate with the energy department to solve the immediate energy crisis.
Eilon Shalev | Collaborator: Project Manager
Eilon Shalev the founder and CEO of elphi and was a 2019 MBA graduate from MIT Sloan. He led the DCI Working Groups in 2018-2019 and continues to help us with this program. Prior to MIT Sloan, Eilon served his country for 12.5 years. He wrote a novel at the age of 23 and was the first-ever Israeli to crowdfund a project in Israel, financing the publishing of his book.
Sunoo Park | Collaborator
Sunoo has been a Researcher at the DCI since June 2018, and is also currently a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School and an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Her research interests lie across cryptography, security, law, and technology policy. Some of her recent research has focused on how to use cryptography for accountability and for deniability in secure systems.
She recently completed her Ph.D. at MIT, advised by Shafi Goldwasser. During her Ph.D., she was in the Cryptography and Information Security group within the Theory of Computation group at MIT, and also affiliated with MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative and with the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. She received her B.A. at the University of Cambridge and her S.M. at MIT.
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.
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.
Ethan Zuckerman | Collaborator
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.
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.
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.