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We realize that 2020 has been and continues to be an exceedingly difficult time for individuals and communities across the globe. We thank you for your continued interest in the work and mission of Protocol Labs Research. 

What's been happening at Protocol Labs Research...

We are happy to welcome Karola Kirsanow as a new Research Program Manager. Karola's background is in paleogenetics and human evolutionary biology, with degrees from Cornell (BA), Oxford (MSc), and Harvard (PhD). Her previous experience as a consultant for scientific editing and writing, specifically preparing and improving grants, articles, reports, and manuscripts across academic disciplines, has already been a huge boost to the research team. 
Funding Updates
COVID-19 Open Innovation Grant Recipients
In March, we announced our COVID open innovation grant program to fund efforts contributing to improved technical solutions around testing, treatment, mitigation, and prevention of COVID-19 and future epidemics. After receiving over fifty applications, we awarded ten grants to efforts covering software, hardware, data, and research, including specialized communities that are using our funds to support other efforts. You can read more about this in our April blog post
ResNetLab RFPs
In April, we shared with you two active requests for proposals, RFP-7, on Multi-Level DHT Design and Evaluation, and RFP-8, on Scalability Bounds of P2P Pub/Sub. The deadline for submitting proposals was June 30. We have awarded one grant already, and we are evaluating several other applications for both projects. We are also working toward publishing additional RFPs sometime in Q3 or Q4 of this year. You can follow this GitHub repo to track future RFP announcements. 
Featured Project

Decentralized Energy Grid
Researchers Alan Ransil (left) and Michael Hammersley (right) head one of several independent research projects at Protocol Labs. Their work on decentralizing the energy grid furthers the mission of Protocol Labs Research to “explore the future of decentralization and examine the infrastructure limiting what you can do with technology.” Learn more through a recent blog post and PL Research Seminar.
ResNetLab on Tour
The ResNetLab team has been on virtual tour. Here are some highlights: 
We are also happy to be able to share a comprehensive evaluation of GossipSub v1.1. ResNetLab has LOTS in store for the latter half of 2020. Stay tuned!
Upcoming Research Talks
Below is a list of talks that have already been scheduled in Q3. We have other speakers lined up, and we will send out further announcements once dates and times have been confirmed. If you would like to attend a talk, please use this link at the time indicated.

July 23: PulsarCast + Testbed, João Antunes, 17:00 UTC

July 28: Splitting Payments Locally While Routing Interdimensionally, Stefanie Roos, 17:00 UTC

July 30: Modular Politics: Toward a Governance Layer for Online Communities, Joshua Tan, 18:00 UTC

August 6: The role of types in refactoring the Internet, Greg Meredith and Christian Williams, 17:00 UTC
Q2 Research Talks
April 16: Chronofold - a data structure for versioned text, Victor Grishchenko, former Protocol Labs grant recipient (RFP-5)
April 21: SybilLimit: A Secure Decentralized Reputation System, Petar Maymounkov, Research Scientist at Protocol Labs and co-creator of Kademlia

June 25: TARDIS + CRAFT: Better Randomness Beacons and MPC with Financial Penalties from Time-Lock Puzzles, Bernardo David, Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, member of the Center for Information Security and Trust, and former Protocol Labs grant recipient (RFP-6).

July 2: ALBATROSS: publicly AttestabLe BATched Randomness based On Secret Sharing, Bernardo David.

All of our public research seminar talks can be found on YouTube.

April: MonZa: Fast Maliciously Secure Two Party Computation on Z_{2^k}, Dario Catalano, Mario Di Raimondo, Dario Fiore, Irene Giacomelli

June: Automating QUIC Interoperability Testing, Marten Seemann, Jana Iyengar
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