COALA is a unique, collaborative, global and multidisciplinary community that brings together individual experts in the decentralized ecosystem to explore the implications and deployment of blockchain technologies at the nexus of our evolving social and economic order in the 21st century.
COALA brings together diverse stakeholders – from domain experts to drivers at global institutions -in working groups and projects. Our working groups are uniquely composed of leading academics, lawyers, economists, protocol architects, technologists, and entrepreneurs. Experts in the COALA community cross-pollinate and collaboratively work on the deployment of blockchain-based legal and technical frameworks, standards and applications alongside governance policies that enable innovation and evolution of systems and networks for the social good.
COALA represents a coalition of the leading academic research institutions from around the world. The goal is to provide neutral, fact-based blockchain research to support sound policy development. COALA’s work is overseen by members of its Scientific Committee.
COALA represents the ‘Dynamic Coalition on Blockchain Technologies’ at the Internet Governance Forum and is responsible for coordinating multi-stakeholder dialogue and recommendations to the United Nations. COALA also has two W3c arms, including the W3C’s Working Group on Cryptoequity (blockchain-based web protocols) and Community Group for COALA-IP (open web protocol for sharing metadata for IP). COALA launched the IRTF Blockchain Research Group, responsible for coordinating blockchain-based Internet protocols. COALA is also part of several government initiatives in the U.S. and European Union, and regularly advises policymakers on the state of play in the blockchain research ecosystem.
As members of the UN’s IGF, the W3C, the IRTF, and representative of a coalition of leading academic research universities around the world, COALA’s collaborative, community-driven work drives blockchain policy, technical development, and next-generation applications at global scale.
- Community Engagement
- Internal workshops and public conferences in diverse locations around the world.
- Participation in multi-stakeholder forums (IGF) and standard-setting bodies (W3C/IETF).
- Building a network of leading academic research institutions from around the world.
- Research & Development
- Reports and publications on key policy and technical issues for blockchain technology.
- Policy guidelines and best practices for the development of techno-legal tools to support specific usages and applications of blockchain technology in the legal system.
- Policy guidelines for the development of legal and governance frameworks that can better accommodate blockchain-based systems.
- Common initiatives for the social good
- Fostering an open space for the development of foundational building blocks, common protocols and standards to promote collaboration among initiatives in the space.
- Pilots of blockchain-based applications to showcase the potential of the technology to support the social good.