Cryptocurrency Research Review
Welcome to Cryptocurrency Research Review. This publication (curated by the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative in partnership with MIT Press) crowdsources high-quality reviews of interdisciplinary research from the fields of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. We intend this publication to help surface impactful work in the space, provide more neutral analysis of ongoing research, and to encourage interdisciplinary discussions in the community. This is an experimental effort to figure out how best to meet the needs of cryptocurrency and blockchain researchers, so please share your feedback with us.
Journal and Conference Team
Neha Narula is the Director of the Digital Currency Initiative, a part of the MIT Media Lab focusing on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. While completing a PhD in computer science at MIT, she built fast, scalable distributed systems and databases. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Futures Council on Blockchain and has given a TED talk on the Future of Money.
In a previous life, Neha helped relaunch the news aggregator Digg and was a senior software engineer at Google. There, she designed Blobstore, a system for storing and serving petabytes of immutable data, and worked on Native Client, a way to run native code securely through a browser.
Rhys Lindmark is focused on positively shaping our exponential, fragile, and abundant context. Within the cryptocurrency ecosystem, he’s focused on facilitating cross-project collaboration and stewarding a more compassionate culture. He also donates a percentage of his income to charity and is writing a book about how blockchain technology will change society. Follow @RhysLindmark on Twitter.
Wassim is working on a new journal and conference series for cryptocurrency & blockchain technology research in collaboration between the Digital Currency Initiative and the MIT Press. Our goal is to bring together the technical fields of cryptography, protocol engineering and distributed systems research with epistemic, phenomenological and ontological insights from the domains of economics, law, complex systems and philosophy to crystallise a mature scholarly ecosystem.
Prior to joining the DCI, Wassim conducted and managed academic research in the physical sciences, curated avant-garde arts events, and published open-source experimental electronic music. More recently he was a researcher at independent British laboratory Parallel Industries, using the lenses of astronomy, taxonomy and spectroscopy to formulate novel approaches to the characterisation of cryptographic assets and networks.
Ashley handles the administrative tasks of the DCI, such as scheduling, event planning, financial reporting, website maintenance, and other forms of DCI communications. She is also assisting the interdisciplinary research project, Tuna fisheries and b_verify.
Ashley is providing the logistical management of the upcoming DCI conference series.
Ashley studied Oceanography at Eckerd College with a focus in Marine Invertebrate Ecology. She enjoys SCUBA diving, gymnastics, acrobatics and baking.