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 | Head of Community and Long-Term Societal Impact
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.
Robleh Ali | Research Scientist
Robleh Ali is a Research Scientist, his main focus is on how fiat currencies can be issued digitally outside the existing banking system and the role of central banks in such a system. The overall aim of the work is fundamentally reforming the financial system by changing the way money is issued.
Tadge Dryja | Research Scientist
A creator of the Lightning Network, one of the most promising Bitcoin scaling solutions, Tadge Dryja leads DCI research focused on the scaling and interoperability of cryptocurrencies and smart contracts. Follow @tdryja on Twitter.
Madars Virza | Research Scientist
Madars recently completed his MIT PhD thesis on zero-knowledge cryptography. His publications on zkSNARKs laid the foundation for the Zerocash protocol. Madars has presented his work at conferences around the world. He is a scientist for both the A.I. Initiative and the Digital Currency Initiative at the Media Lab.
Cory Fields | Bitcoin Core Developer
Cory Fields is a Bitcoin Core lead developer. Previously, Cory served on the board of The XBMC Foundation and worked as a developer on XBMC. Follow @theuni on Github.
Gert-Jaap Glasbergen | Software Developer
Gert-Jaap is a DCI software developer from the Netherlands. His primary focus is on second layer solutions like the Lightning Network and Discreet Log Contracts.
Wladimir van der Laan | Bitcoin Core Developer
Wladimir van der Laan is the Lead Maintainer of the Bitcoin repository on GitHub. Follow @laanwj on Github.
Wassim Alsindi | Managing Editor of Journal and Conference Series
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 Jacobson | Administration and Events
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.
Sunoo Park | Researcher
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.