Chelsea Barabas

chelsea barabas

Chelsea Barabas

Senior Advisor for Social Impact, MIT Media Lab

Chelsea Barabas is currently the Head of Social Innovation at the Digital Currency Initiative. She recently graduated from MIT, where she researched emerging civil rights issues related to the application of machine learning methods to human resource management practices in the U.S. This work naturally led to Chelsea’s work and interest in digital currencies as a new form of infrastructure for trust and value exchange on the Internet.

At the Digital Currency Initiative, she is leading the effort to collaborate with governments, development organizations and civil society groups to build applications on the blockchain that address a broad range of social issues, such as secure identity and consumer-driven data practices, transparency in fiscal governance, and financial inclusion for the unbanked.

Prior to MIT, Chelsea lived and worked in East Africa and South America where she collaborated with rural social entrepreneurs to incubate and scale products and services that improved their customers' quality of life. 

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