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Center for Blockchain Research opened in Stanford University

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A group of computer scientists founded Center for Blockchain Research in Stanford University.

Led by computer science professor Dan Boneh and David Mazières, the center will bring university scientists and industry leaders together to develop best practices of blockchain.

In addition to research, center scientists will create courses to help future students and working professionals use blockchain to develop financial instruments, protect intellectual property, manage vital records and more. The center will run an extensive education and outreach program, including MOOCs, workshops and conferences for the general blockchain community.

Center for Blockchain Research is an initial five-year research program being underwritten by gifts from blockchain organizations such as The Ethereum Foundation, Protocol Labs, the Interchain Foundation, OmiseGO, DFINITY Stiftung and PolyChain Capital.

“Blockchain massively lowers the barriers to creating tradable, digital assets. It allows individuals who don’t know each other, or even trust one another, to make irreversible transactions in a whole variety of fields in a safe and secure way,” David Mazières told.

“Blockchain will become increasingly critical to doing business globally. Stanford should be at the forefront of efforts to improve, apply and understand the many ripple effects of this technology. This is a fascinating area of research with deep scientific questions. Once you get into the details you quickly realize that this area will generate many PhD theses across all of computer science and beyond,” Dan Boneh added.

Let us remind that earlier this month San Francisco-based cryptocurrency startup Ripple has announced about donating $50 million to support blockchain education at 17 universities.

 

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