Cryptography and Policy
The Digital Currency Initiative is interested in cryptography research beyond digital currency and blockchains. The DCI and its collaborators conduct research on cryptographic primitives that may be used in conjunction with blockchain technologies — such as zero-knowledge proofs and digital signatures — and on cryptographic tools and theories related to goals advanced by blockchain-based digital currency — such as anonymity, accountability/transparency, tamper-proofness, and free and secure communication.
The DCI is also interested in technology policy, especially policy issues related to cryptography and digital currency. On one hand, how does or should modern technology policy impact use and development of cryptography and blockchain-based technologies? On the other hand, when and how can cryptographic tools efficiently promote specific policy goals — and when is cryptography or blockchain technology the wrong tool to achieve a given goal?
This page features some recent DCI work on cryptography beyond blockchains and on cryptography and policy.
Researchers and Collaborators
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.
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.
Link to full published list: https://sunoopark.com