The Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency brings together cross-disciplinary teams to advance innovation in blockchain and data transparency and closely associated topics for the good of society that will drive new science and technology, develop thought leadership and influence policy. Our aim is support not just cutting-edge research in the underlying technologies that allow secure data sharing, but also invent new business models, services, and policies, and incubate start-ups that would commercialize the applications of these technologies.
The relationship between Columbia and IBM is based on a legacy of partnership. In 1945, IBM founded its Watson Scientific Computing Laboratory at Columbia University. On 17 July 2018 Columbia and IBM reaffirmed this partnership by establishing the Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency.
The Center is focused on delivering education, research, and innovation in the areas of data sharing, fair use of data, blockchains and related technologies.