On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Protocol Labs Research hosted our inaugural ConsensusDay 1. This day-long research symposium, held on the Stanford University campus, was dedicated to the topic of consensus protocols and included twelve presentations from consensus researchers as well as workshop discussions.
Given the high-bandwidth discussions and cross-pollination of ideas that occurred at ConsensusDay 1, Protocol Labs Research will hold more of these events in the future. We will also soon be announcing other day-long research conferences on assorted topics. We will make future research event announcements on this blog.
Lastly, we would like to note that the Protocol Labs Request for Proposals (RFP) program currently has an open RFP, offering up to $200,000 to solve the Secret Single-Leader Election problem described here. We welcome all applications before the March 13, 2019 deadline.
We look forward to continuing the conversation and working together to advance the state of consensus research. Onward!
Open-source software has played a critical role in the development of computing and enabled the growth of free digital societies. Since Protocol Labs was created, open-source technology has been at our core. We’re implementing a new intellectual property strategy to formalize our commitment to open-source development, give our employees more visibility and input into how their work is made available, and collaborate more freely with our friends at other institutions.Read more
On August 18th we held our first ever Lab Day: a day-long event dedicated to contributors and collaborators in the Protocol Labs ecosystem. Our goal with Lab Day was to gather our community to share and collaborate with each other in a fun and inspiring environment. We heard presentations from a wide array of researchers, developers, and contributors to the IPFS, libp2p, IPLD, and Filecoin ecosystems. Click “Read more” to see a listing of all speakers and talks.
We’d like to extend our warmest thanks to all who attended, contributed, and made the event such a success.
This Lab Day was held in San Francisco and we’ll be holding more Lab Days in the future around the world. We look forward to seeing you at the next one!Read more
Today we’re excited to formally announce the launch of the SAFT Project, a collaboration between Protocol Labs, Cooley, and many other token creators, legal experts, and investors. The SAFT project, initially announced by Protocol Labs founder Juan Benet at the Consensus conference this past winter, has been a work in progress for quite some time. Today we’re launching a dedicated website and Github organization which will serve as a forum to aggregate learnings, best practices, and published materials.
The SAFT Project is dedicated to evolving the token investment and sale ecosystem in a compliant and standardized fashion. We hope to approach legal protocol development the same way we approach developing software protocols: with a thoughtful community, significant goals, and rigorous work. We hope our work will save creators much of the current headache, uncertainty, and cost associated with raising money for token networks.Read more
Dear Filecoin Investors, and broader community,
Wow! We are deeply humbled and grateful for your tremendous support. As soon as we opened the sale we were overwhelmed with thousands of investments. These last weeks have been a rollercoaster for the team, and your outpouring of support is intensely energizing. Thousands of people in our community rallied together to take part in this important event, as investors, as supporters, as trouble-shooters, and as vocal enthusiasts. The world took notice.
We wanted to give you a thorough update covering the following:
At Protocol Labs we are charting a course to the future, but we also know that the details make or break the plan. We love thoroughly explaining the reasons we think a decentralized storage network is worth building (and have!). At the same time, we’re also more than willing to openly discuss the challenges of implementing such a system. In fact, since the original Filecoin Paper was posted in 2014, the team has been working on building various logistical and cryptographic components necessary for decentralizing the internet’s storage. In this post, we introduce two of those components: Proof of Replication and Power Fault Tolerance.Read more
Update: We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive response to our announcements these past few days! We greatly appreciate all the feedback and advice we’ve received from our communities and we’re incorporating this into our next announcements. We’ll be releasing a detailed update soon including more on the upcoming sale. Stay tuned here and on our Twitter accounts: Protocol Labs Filecoin
Over the past several months Protocol Labs has been hard at work across a spectrum of projects that culminate in our announcements today:Read more
Protocol Labs is a research, development, and deployment lab for network protocols. We believe the internet is humanity’s most important technology. Our mission is to improve the internet and computing, generally. We are doing so by creating groundbreaking protocols, and speeding up the pipeline from ideas on paper to users’ hands. Today I’m excited to discuss the challenges of our time, our inspirations, our methods, our projects, and our business model. This post is just a short summary of our vision and plans for the future. In the coming months and years we’ll continue to expand on this vision with articles, talks, projects, and actions.
The advent of computing radically transformed humanity, and so has the flourishing of our global nervous system: the Internet. This still-nascent medium of communication, of digital existence, will connect us and empower us in ways we’ve only begun to understand. In just a few short decades we’ve acquired tremendous, almost magical superpowers: we can speak to half the planet, at any time and from almost anywhere; we can explore and search the most complete compendium of human knowledge in seconds; we can reason about and solve tremendously difficult problems; we can work, play, and be together at a distance; we can conjure systems of digital and mechanical agents to do our bidding; we can change the world, we can save lives, we can wield all the powers of our species, for good and bad, with a sequence of keystrokes.Read more