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In the past, people have relied on trusted third parties to facilitate the transactions that define our lives: how we store medical records, where we get our news, how we share information about ourselves with scientists and advertisers, and how we communicate. Advances in distributed systems and cryptography allow us, in principle, to eschew such parties. Today, we can create a global, irrefutable ledger of transactions, events, and diagnoses, such that "rewriting history" is computationally infeasible. Our goal is to explore the consequences of contracts and promises written in mathematical ink. For example, these ledgers (and related cryptographic primitives) may empower individuals to have more control over their personal data and its use by others, including social networks, industry, the healthcare system, and scientists. Our Initiative is an open, highly connected place for everyone on campus, across the different departments and schools. Read more...

Research

We are currently working with our members, our external advisors, and ad-hoc advisors in the crypto, data, and hardware communities to specify our research agenda. Read more...