Océane is a master’s student at the MIT Media Lab in Responsive Environments. She is the teaching assistant for Blockchain Ethics.
Daniel Aronoff | Collaborator
Daniel Aronoff is a PhD candidate in economics at MIT. He is the author of The Financial Crisis Reconsidered and A Theory of Accumulation and Secular Stagnation, both published by Palgrave-Macmillan/Springer, and he has been a frequent contributor to the Financial Times newspaper. Daniel is currently engaged in two research projects related to digital currencies. One is an evaluation of the incentives for double-spend attacks on Proof of Work crypto- currencies The other is an evaluation of the effects of placing government debt on a distributed ledger in the context of an applied general equilibrium model.
Kenny Li | Teaching Assistant
Kenny is an entrepreneur that has started, advised, and invested in startups for over seven years. His initial business exposure in the cryptocurrency space was an advisory role for a Bitcoin options trading platform in 2014. He is a frequent writer on blockchain topics and operates a fund. He is the teaching assistant for Blockchain Lab at MIT Sloan.
Quanquan Liu | Student Collaborator
Quanquan is currently a research intern at the MIT Digital Currency Initiative for Summer 2019. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the MIT Theory of Computation group, advised by Erik D. Demaine. Her research interests include graph algorithms (both in the sequential and parallel/distributed sense), consensus for blockchains, proofs of space/work, and local models of computation. She seeks to apply local techniques to a variety of theoretical and practical problems.
Quanquan received her B. S. in Computer Science and Mathematics and her Master of Engineering in Computer Science also from MIT. To see her full list of publications, please see: http://web.mit.edu/quanquan/www/.
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 | Collaborator
Varunram Ganesh performs research on discoveries in cryptocurrencies, distributed systems and privacy. Varunram's experience spans multiple startups, research organizations and open source projects with a focus on security testing and bug triaging. Varunram is also part of Yale's Open Innovation Lab at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking where he looks at how cutting edge crypto can be applied to energy and climate change. In his spare time, Varunram likes to read on history, watch movies and talk to people about new ideas.
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.
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.
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.