IBM Partners with Columbia University for Blockchain Research Center

Technology company IBM has recently teamed up with Columbia University to establish a blockchain research center announced last tuesday to boost blockchain involvement in research and education.

The research center, appropriately named The Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency, will be situated in Columbia’s campus in Manhattan, New York City. IBM researchers will partner with Columbia faculty and staff to promote student-led blockchain-oriented businesses.

According to IBM News Room, the primary foci of the center includes:

  • Conducting new research and accelerating scientific breakthroughs in the areas of data transparency and blockchain across industries.
  • Building technology capabilities that apply blockchain in new ways.
  • Advising on emerging policy and regulation related to trusted blockchain and data transparency practices.
  • Pioneering ways to responsibly balance regulatory and data ownership issues with new data monetization models.
  • Strengthening and expanding professional skills in blockchain and data transparency through education and internships.
  • Supporting startups through a business accelerator focused on blockchain and data transparency.

Joan H. Coatsworth, Columbia University provost, said that this project “will play an important role in the vibrant exchange of ideas and research surrounding this transformative technology.”

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