Brian Forde, director of the Digital Currency Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, announced this week that Michael Casey will join the Media Lab as Senior Advisor to the Digital Currency Initiative on September 1st.
Casey has spent nearly 25 years as a journalist, most recently as a senior columnist at the Wall Street Journal. He is the co-author, along with fellow WSJ reporter Paul Vigna, of The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order, and the newspaper’s BitBeat column, which follows developments in the digital currency realm.
“Leaving The Wall Street Journal after 18 years is not a decision I took lightly. What it does reflect is my belief that digital currency is on the cusp of becoming a major transformative force in society and I can’t think of a better place to help make that happen than the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative,” said Casey, as reported by Forde in an online post.
As Strategic Advisor to the Digital Currency Initiative, Casey will work with professors and students on social impact projects and improving digital currency communication and awareness. Forde said Casey will work with students, professors, and the digital currency community to write blog posts and produce videos that help people better understand cryptocurrency and its potential impact.
“Few people have done as much as Michael to help raise the public’s understanding of Bitcoin, its many applications, and its potential to increase social and economic welfare, especially in the developing world,” said Coin Center executive director Jerry Brito as quoted in Forde’s post. “I