Stanford launch Center for Blockchain Research

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The center will bring university scientists and industry leaders together to develop research and best practices for this potentially transformative field.

Dan Boneh and David Mazières, computer scientists at Stanford University, have founded the Center for Blockchain Research (CBR), an initiative that aims to address blockchain’s challenges and opportunities.

The center will bring together engineering, law, and economics faculty, as well as post-docs, students, and industry leaders to understand and develop best practices around a technology "that promises to fundamentally change how people and companies make deals and complete financial transactions over the internet."

“Blockchains will become increasingly critical to doing business globally,” said Dan Boneh, the professor and expert on cryptography and computer security. “Stanford should be at the forefront of efforts to improve, apply and understand the many ripple effects of this technology.”

The CBR's primary mission is "to support the thriving ecosystem by developing new technologies needed to advance the field," according to the press release. Moreover, the center will run an extensive education and outreach program, including on-campus courses, MOOCs, workshops, and conferences for the general community interested in blockchain.

The center’s initial five-year research program will work with the support from the following organizations: The Ethereum Foundation, Protocol Labs, the Interchain Foundation, OmiseGO, DFINITY Stiftung and PolyChain Capital.