How We Help

MIT Connection Science is a cross-disciplinary effort, drawing on the strengths of faculty, departments and researchers across the Institute, to decode, analyze, predict and interpret trends in this new environment.  Our aim is to help executives, entrepreneurs and policymakers open up new possibilities by providing deeper insights into improving lives in our ever-changing, hyper-connected world.

We lead a global community of researchers and practitioners from leading organizations who are working together to invent the future or Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Big Data, for good.

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Core Initiatives:



The mission of The Trust::Data Consortium is to create open source tools and services that foster the development of a secure internet-based network of trusted data and enable next-generation AI, financial services, commerce, and governance.

With the emergence of massive global data ecosystems, The Trust::Data Consortium aims to provide people, organizations, and computers the ability to manage access to their data more securely, efficiently and equitably, while protecting personal data from incursion and corruption.  As we have moved from the analog world to the digital world, our data, security and governance systems have not kept pace.  It has created numerous issues ranging from data insecurity (such as the large-scale government and private sector data losses of recent years) to a widening digital divide between rich and poor, including the global disenfranchisement of over 1.5 billion people who lack legal identity.

Leading Financial Services, Healthcare, and Insurance companies are leveraging TRUST::DATA frameworks to develop novel solutions that improve data privacy, reduce operating cost, and virtually eliminate risks associated with privacy. 

Evolving from the 25-year history of MIT Kerberos in MIT's famous Project Athena, Trust::Data continues the MIT tradition of solving the difficult problems facing society today by providing open source solutions and helping businesses, entrepreneurs, and  governments deploy game-changing solutions.


OPAL - Bringing GDPR compliant security, transparency and accountability to data ownership, sharing, and use.  Adopted by banks, hospitals, and governments

Tradecoin - A new model for digital money, adopted by both business and governments

The Prosperity Collaborative i- Creating better tax systems through innovative technology, in alliance with World Bank, EY, and New America

The Open Music Initiative - Blockchain systems that allow musicians to own and profit from their music


With our novel “Living Labs” paradigm for research in the field, MIT Connection Science brings together interdisciplinary experts to develop, deploy, and test - in actual living environments - new technologies and strategies built on safe, trusted, data sharing.

A key issue today is that data is siloed, whether it's personal data, data inside an organization, or data sharing across different organizations. Data discovery and integration is difficult and presents complex technical, organizational and policy challenges. A Living Lab allows MIT to be a microcosm for many big data efforts whether in government or in industry. One of our goals is to work with organizations in opening up repositories of information that contain the data needed to discover valuable new insights about important topics such as inclusive finance and health services, innovation, learning and sustainability. MIT is well positioned to take a leadership role in demonstrating not only how organizations can leverage data in the future, but how we collect, manage, and use personal information, from setting appropriate privacy policies to demonstrating AI systems that can implement it in practice.

Current MIT Living Labs:

Adelaide, South AustraliaAn alliance of banking, telecom, health, and transportation industries working through the government funded Lot 14 incubator.Australia and Mexico (in progress) -

The Atlas of Opportunity works to better understand how social interaction and economic behavior impact future outcomes of communities across South Australia.

Colombia: Created an open data resource to better manage challenges of COVID-19 and Venezuelan refugee crisis 

Switzerland - Helping to deploy blockchain and advanced data systems (such as the Swiss Trust Chain) to improve the finance and trade systems

​Previous MIT Living Labs:

Israel: The Great Ashdod Initiative for Public Smart Transportation - Helped design a national testbed for transportation innovation

Beijing: Created an open data resource to effectively promote innovation

Turkey: Created on open-source data resource to better stimulate more inclusive financial growth and help manage the Syrian refugee crisis

​MIT Connection Science is happy to accept tax deductible donations in any amount to support our research.