Building peace in the minds of men and women

Blockchain: practices and perspectives

Rong Chen

Chairman, Elastos Foundation

Rong Chen began studying operating systems in 1985, when he began his career as a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1987, Rong worked with four fellow students in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) to create software fetching data from Cray Supercomputers and render them on workstations, which eventually led to the creation of the world's first web browser, Mosaic.  Rong earned a position at Microsoft in 1992, where he worked on creating operating systems, network protocols and programming models throughout much of the 1990s. In 2000, he began his journey to develop his own dream OS, Elastos, an operating system for the internet itself. In 2016, he successfully integrated blockchain into his Elastos project framework, thus enabling a truly decentralized internet infrastructure where user data can be secure, owned, identifiable, and stored in a decentralized manner without third party involvement or central servers. Now in 2019, Rong's revolutionary internet infrastructure project is set to ensure equality in the digital realm on a global scale.