WHO WE ARE

We are lawyers, computer scientists and entrepreneurs who are thinking together about the challenges and opportunities of emerging blockchain technologies and how they will affect the way we live in modern society. We want people think about how the future Internet and society will look like in a world of ubiquitous connectivity, decentralized networks and interconnected devices.

SMART CONTRACTS

Automated transactions between humans and machines, or between multiple machines which are automatically enforced by the underlying code of the technology

DISTRIBUTED ORGANISATIONS

Decentralized applications deployed directly on the blockchain, they can form decentralized organizations which are both autonomous and self-sufficient

COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE

Autonomous communities relying on new governance systems that are flatter, more transparent and allow for more democratic and participatory decision-making

ABOUT US

COALA is an international multidisciplinary collaborative research and development initiative between academics, lawyers, technologists and entrepreneurs who are driving research, policy and infrastructure-building in the blockchain ecosystem. Recognizing these emerging technologies as a defining test of our time, COALA regroups people exploring the challenges and opportunities of emerging blockchain technologies and how they will affect the way we live in modern society.  COALA is a collaborative community eager to explore the implications and deployment of blockchain technologies at the nexus of our evolving social and economic order in the 21st century. We want people think about how the future Internet and society will look like in a world of ubiquitous connectivity, decentralized networks and interconnected devices.

FOUNDING MEMBERS

Primavera De Filippi

Harvard Law School

Constance Choi

Seven Advisory

Amor Sexton

Adroit Lawyers

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OUR ACTIVITIES

SYSTEMIC ANALYSIS

We are deeply involved with the blockchain ecosystem. We are constantly learning and analysing the field, networking with key actors and communities.

REPORTS

We are building reports analyzing the state of the art and future developments of blockchain technologies. We focus on specific aspects to better understand the ecosystem.

DISTRIBUTED APPLICATIONS

We develop distributed applications that can be deployed directly onto the blockchain. We explore new possibilities that are enacted by these emerging technologies.

IDENTITY & REPUTATION

We try to understand new ways in which people identify themselves and interact with one another in a trustless environment. We want to build a trusted layers on top of a trustless system.

COMPUTABLE CONTRACTS

We investigate the relationship between smart contracts and legal contracts. We want to create an interface between 'wet code' and 'dry code'.

DECENTRALIZED ORGANISATIONS

We explore the new opportunities in terms of governance and participatory decision-making that is provided by blockchain technologies.


PROCESS

We work together as a team. We reach out to  third parties to find synergies and potential for collaborations. We operate through distributed consensus, in a decentralized but coordinated manner.

  • IDEA

    We draw on a deep bench of diverse, multi-disciplinary collaborators to conceive of novel ideas and solutions for the blockchain ecosystem

  • CONCEPT

    We address fundamental and emergent technical and policy issues for blockchain technologies

  • DESIGN

    We architect and prototype identity & reputation systems, consensus protocols, collaborative organizations and platforms, policy guidelines and legal precedent for smart contracts and DAOs

  • DEVELOP

    Along with our partners, we develop and deploy foundational applications for the blockchain ecosystem

  • TEST

    With the support of leading research universities and policymaking bodies, we test and deploy our ideas and applications in the real world

Blog

  • Watch the Standford Workshop Policy Roundtable

    Follow The Coin has shared some footage from the private policy round-table event at the Stanford Blockchain Workshop, and the COALA formation announcement by Stanford Blockchain Workshop organizers Constance Choi and Primavera De Filippi, and Amor...

  • How Blockchain is Like or Not Like the Internet

    “How Blockchain is Like or Not Like the Internet” A Keynote presentation by Joichi Ito, Director of MIT Media Lab, at the Berkman/MIT Workshop....