The Media Lab Digital Currency Initiative

The goal of the Media Lab Digital Currency initiative is to bring together global experts in areas ranging from cryptography, to economics, to privacy, to distributed systems, to take on this important new area of research. The effort will reach across the MIT campus, and we look forward to including collaborations with leading experts around the world. Heading the initiative is Brian Forde, former senior White House ​advisor for ​mobile and ​data ​innovation. He will work with Lab researchers and faculty across the MIT campus to explore the many issues involved in blockchain and bitcoin technology.

Press about the Digital Currency Initiative:
Launching a Digital Currency Initiative (Brian Forde’s blog post)

Announcing the MIT Media Lab Digital Currency Initiative (Joi Ito’s blog post)

Brian Forde joins the MIT Media Lab as director of digital currency (MIT News)

Berkman Center and Cyberlaw Clinic to Support MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative (Berkman Center)

Former White House Advisor to Head MIT Digital Currency Initiative (Coindesk)

Welcome to the MIT Media Lab, Gavin, Wlad, and Cory (Brian Forde's blog post)


FOLD is an authoring and publishing platform for creating modular, multimedia stories. Authors can search for and add “context cards” to their stories directly within the platform. Context cards can contain everything from videos, maps, tweets, music, interactive visualizations, and more. FOLD was created by Alexis Hope from the Civic Media group and Kevin Hu from the Macro Connections group, in collaboration with developer Joe Goldbeck.

Press about FOLD:
FOLD Wants to Help Add Context to Your Stories (Storybench)

Introducing FOLD, a new tool (and a new model?) for storytelling (Ethan Zuckerman's blog)

Media Lab project wants to change how you read (IDG TV)


NailO is a wearable input device in the form of a fingernail art sticker. It works as a miniaturized trackpad that can connect to your mobile devices; it also enables wearers to customize the device to fit the wearer’s personal style. NailO was created by Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao of the Living Mobile group and Artem Dementyev of the Responsive Environments group.

Press about NailO:
NailO turns your fingernail into a tiny trackpad (CNET)

Thumbnail track pad (MIT News)

This Adorable Thumbnail Trackpad Could Actually Be Useful (Wired)