Blockchain 

Stanford Grads’ Crypto Network Hits Half a Million Users in 6 Months

A smartphone-focused cryptocurrency network created by a group of Stanford graduates has amassed over half a million users. The Stanford Daily reported on Sept. 16 that the project — dubbed the Pi Network — has consolidated its user base in under six months since its launch in March of this year. “Social security circles” The Pi Network was launched by a team of four: an anthropologist, two computer scientists and a business major (Chengdiao Fan Ph.D. ’14, Nicolas Kokkalis Ph.D. ’13, visiting student researcher Aurélien Schiltz and Vince McPhilip M.B.A.…

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Ethereum 

Stanford Researchers Develop Privacy Mechanism for Ethereum Smart Contract

Researchers from the Stanford University and Visa Research have developed a privacy mechanism for Ethereum (ETH) smart contracts. A paper describing the mechanism was published on Stanford University’s Applied Cryptography Group website on Feb. 20. According to the paper, the researchers created “a fully-decentralized, confidential payment mechanism” called “Zether” that is consistent with both Ethereum and other smart contract platforms. The developers reportedly developed a new smart contract —  that can be executed either individually or by other smart contracts — that maintains the account balances encrypted and enables the…

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Blockchain 

MIT, Stanford Researchers to Fund New ‘Globally Scalable’ Cryptocurrency, ‘Unit-e’

A group of researchers from top United States universities have announced the launch of a “globally scalable decentralized payments network,” according to a press release published today, Jan. 17. The development of the cryptocurrency, dubbed “Unit-e,” is being funded by Distributed Technologies Research (DTR) — a non-profit organization based in Switzerland, whose official launch was also announced today in the press release. DTR includes researchers from seven major U.S. universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, as Bloomberg reports. The organization…

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Blockchain 

2019 Stanford Blockchain Conference Spotlights Blockchain Security and ‘Risk’

Security and “systemic risk” will form the focus of the third Stanford Blockchain Conference at Stanford University on Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, organizers have revealed. Continuing the institution’s ever increasing interest in blockchain technology, the three-day event will see presentations and discussions on a variety of technical issues. Chaired by Stanford professors, among others, the event will see contributions from multiple cryptocurrency businesses, with input from names such as Blockstream, ConsenSys and Polychain Capital. Talks will come from representatives of industry businesses including Stellar-focused startup Interstellar and smart contracts…

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