IAETH Talk—Internet Computer Protocol: democratic evolution of a web3 platform


19:00 - 20:00


Genferstrasse 11, Zürich, 8002

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Dfinity Office


Recent technological advances have enabled the efficient execution of decentralized web3 applications and smart contracts. The Internet Computer Protocol (ICP) is a fast and efficient decentralized blockchain-based system for the execution of general-purpose applications in the form of smart contracts. In particular, the ICP’s execution, governance and evolution are controlled by different parties in a trustless and fault-tolerant manner instead of a central entity.
In this talk, I will give an overview of the ICP, followed by a discussion oft he challenges the IC faces to facilitate upgrading itself through voting by ICP token holders and present our approach to tackle them.


Yvonne-Anne Pignolet’s work is centered around distributed systems, ranging from the design and analysis of algorithms for reliable and efficient distributed systems despite failures and malicious behaviour to complex network analysis. After her PhD at ETH Zurich in 2009 she was a postdoc at IBM Research Zurich and Ben Gurion University, Be’er Sheva. She worked for 8 years at ABB Corporate Research, Switzerland mostly devoted to research on communication systems for industrial and power systems, as a Principal Scientist in her final role. In 2019, she joined DFINITY, where she leads teams of researchers and engineers building and improving the Internet Computer.