Decentralized Society | Architecting the new internet for the good of the people

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Unsplash - Photo by Matthieu Joannon

The Challenge 

Despite the promise of Web3 technologies, uncertainty remains around crucial use cases, scalability, and security. A lack of coordinated leadership could limit the potential of these emerging technologies—potentially blocking them from addressing some of the most challenging problems and inequities in our centralized tech platforms and financial systems. 

Who will design a more resilient, equitable, secure, participatory, and open future? Can we create the neutral space necessary for public and private-sector leaders to effectively engage with leading academics on a range of complex questions, choices, and trade-offs?

The Media Lab’s View 

We believe we can lead efforts to advance research and development in decentralized technologies responsibly 

As with the internet, this next wave of decentralized technologies has the potential to reshape society. To ensure we realize the greatest opportunities and mitigate the greatest risks of these emerging technologies at scale, we’ll bring together leaders from around the globe—open source communities, technology companies, nonprofits, and governme… View full description

The Challenge 

Despite the promise of Web3 technologies, uncertainty remains around crucial use cases, scalability, and security. A lack of coordinated leadership could limit the potential of these emerging technologies—potentially blocking them from addressing some of the most challenging problems and inequities in our centralized tech platforms and financial systems. 

Who will design a more resilient, equitable, secure, participatory, and open future? Can we create the neutral space necessary for public and private-sector leaders to effectively engage with leading academics on a range of complex questions, choices, and trade-offs?

The Media Lab’s View 

We believe we can lead efforts to advance research and development in decentralized technologies responsibly 

As with the internet, this next wave of decentralized technologies has the potential to reshape society. To ensure we realize the greatest opportunities and mitigate the greatest risks of these emerging technologies at scale, we’ll bring together leaders from around the globe—open source communities, technology companies, nonprofits, and governments—as well as researchers in academia and industry. 

The Work We’re Doing 

We’re building a program to bring together leaders from across the globe, including open source communities, technology companies, nonprofits, local, state, and federal governments, as well as researchers in academia and industry 

The program currently focuses on three emerging areas: 

  • Digital Currencies 
  • Decentralized AI 
  • Computational Privacy and Security 

The program will support several scientists and students at MIT. The activities of the program span five areas: 

  • Research in the three pillars with an emphasis on responsible innovation and shared prosperity 
  • Shared open source code bases and data sets 
  • APIs, standards, and case studies in the emerging areas 
  • Roundtable meetings with stakeholders and special events 
  • Fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem including researchers, startups, foundations, and corporate ventures

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