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  8. {{Infobox currency
  9. | currency_name = IOTA
  10. | image_1 = [[File:iota_logo.png|frameless|Latest foundation logo]]
  11. | image_title_1 = Prevailing IOTA logo
  12. | iso_code = IOT{{efn|Unofficial.|group=infobox}}
  13. | iso_number =
  14. | superunit_name_1 = KiloIota (Ki)
  15. | symbol = IOT, MIOTA<ref name="CMC">{{cite web |url=https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/iota/ |title=Coin Market Cap - IOTA (MIOTA) |year=2017}}</ref>
  16. | superunit_ratio_1 = {{val|e=3}}
  17. | superunit_ratio_2 = {{val|e=6}}
  18. | superunit_ratio_3 = {{val|e=9}}
  19. | superunit_ratio_4 = {{val|e=12}}
  20. | superunit_ratio_5 = {{val|e=15}}
  21. | superunit_name_2 = MegaIota (Mi)
  22. | superunit_name_3 = GigaIota (Gi)
  23. | superunit_name_4 = TeraIota (Ti)
  24. | superunit_name_5 =PetaIota (Pi)
  25. | date_of_introduction = {{Start date|df=yes|2016|6|11}}
  26. | date_of_introduction_source = Initial Coin Offering
  27. | using_countries = Worldwide
  28. | issuing_authority_title = IOTA Foundation
  29. | issuing_authority_website = iota.org
  30. | inflation_rate = Total fixed supply of 2&nbsp;779&nbsp;530&nbsp;283&nbsp;277&nbsp;761 units with no built-in inflation.
  31. | inflation_title = [[Monetary inflation|Supply growth]]
  32. | footnotes = {{notelist|group=infobox}}
  33. }}
  34. '''IOTA''' is an [[open-source]] and permission-less [[distributed ledger]]. Its protocol is a [[directed acyclic graph]] (DAG) called the "Tangle".<ref name="Tangle">{{cite web |url=https://iota.org/IOTA_Whitepaper.pdf |title=The Tangle Whitepaper |year=2016 |last=Popov |first=Serguei}}</ref>
  35.  
  36. IOTA began open beta testing on 11 July 2016.<ref name="First Chapter">{{cite web |url=https://blog.iota.org/iota-first-chapter-synopsis-506fdf874437 |title=IOTA First Chapter Synopsis |year=2016  |last=Sønstebø |first=David }}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  37.  
  38. The system is [[peer-to-peer]], with transactions taking place directly between users and without an intermediary. In order to send a transaction, a user must validate two other transactions on the network.<ref name="Tangle" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}} A sent transaction must accumulate a sufficient level of verification (i.e. must be validated a sufficient number of times by other users) in order to be accepted as "confirmed" by its recipient. The system works without a central repository or single administrator, and addresses the scalability and transaction cost concerns inherent in other distributed ledger technologies.<ref name="Forbes">{{cite web |url=https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogeraitken/2017/06/15/iotas-bitfinex-listing-surges-to-1-5b-record-breaking-crypto-capitalization-on-market-debut/#533e23f175a5 |title=IOTA's Bitfinex Listing Surges To $1.5B Record-Breaking 'Crypto' Capitalization On Market Debut |year=2017 |last=Aitken |first=Roger }}</ref>{{Unreliable source?|reason=contributor blog|certain=y|date=April 2018}}
  39.  
  40. IOTA can be thought of as a "settlement layer", in that transactions can exchange value and/or data.<ref name="Primer">{{cite web |url=https://blog.iota.org/a-primer-on-iota-with-presentation-e0a6eb2cc621 |title=A Primer on IOTA (with Presentation) |year=2017 |last=Schiener |first=Dominik}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}} Other functions (e.g. smart contracts) may be built on top of this settlement layer, but the core IOTA protocol has been kept lean to maximize efficiency.  {{TOC limit}}
  41.  
  42. == Origins ==
  43.  
  44. IOTA was invented by David Sønstebø, Sergey Ivancheglo, Dominik Schiener, and Dr. Serguei Popov.<ref name="Primer" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}} The origins of IOTA stretch back to 2014 when this group founded a stealth hardware startup to develop a brand new type of [[ternary computer|ternary]] microprocessor for the [[internet of things]] (IoT) and [[distributed computing]]. It was through this experience that the team identified a need for a secure value and data settlement layer to enable the IoT and allow for the emergence of a machine-to-machine economy.<ref name="First Chapter" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  45.  
  46. Being involved with the [[blockchain]] space since 2010, the team was already experienced with [[Distributed ledger|distributed ledgers]]. {{Citation Needed|date=July 2017}} In 2013, Sergey Ivancheglo pioneered the first implementation of full [[proof-of-stake]] consensus on a blockchain, called [[Nxt]].<ref name="NXT Roadmap">{{cite web |url=http://www.nxter.org/bcnexts-nxt/ |title=BCNext's NXT }}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  47.  
  48. Building on these experiences, and acting on their realization of the need for a backbone for the IoT, the team began developing IOTA in early 2015.<ref name="Primer" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}} To ensure equitable token distribution, a crowdsale was held from November to December 2015 during which 100% of the token supply was issued.{{Citation Needed|date=July 2017}}  Zero tokens were held for the developers/founders.{{Citation Needed|date=July 2017}} The equivalent of 1,337 Bitcoins were raised from the crowdsale (in the form of BTC, NXT, and Jinn tokens). {{Citation Needed|date=July 2017}} Since none of the token supply was allocated to developers/founders, the community decided to support the project’s vision by donating a significant amount of resources in order to establish the non-profit "IOTA Foundation" registered in Germany. The community subsequently funded large corporate collaborations,<ref name="The ‘Big Deal’">{{cite web |url=http://iotasupport.com/bigdeal.shtml |title=History of Big Deal }}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}} community projects, and developer acquisition initiatives.<ref name="Ecosystem Fund">{{cite web |url=https://cryptoinsider.com/iot-operator-iota-launch-new-2-million-ecosystem-fund/ |title=IoT Operator IOTA Launch New $2 Million Ecosystem Fund |year=2017 |last=O’Higgins |first=Conor }}</ref>
  49.  
  50. IOTA began open beta testing on 11 July 2016.<ref name="First Chapter" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}} Trading took place [[over-the-counter (finance) | over-the-counter]] between users for 11 months leading up to the first exchange listing at Bitfinex on 12 June 2017.<ref name="Bitfinex">{{cite web |url=http://blog.bitfinex.com/uncategorized/iota-launch/ |title=IOTA Launch |year=2017 |last=Bitfinex Blog }}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  51.  
  52. == Design ==
  53.  
  54. === Tangle ===
  55.  
  56. Instead of using a blockchain, IOTA uses a directed acyclic graph (DAG) as its protocol.<ref name="Tangle" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}} IOTA’s DAG protocol is colloquially referred to as the "Tangle", and is a generalization of the block chain protocol (a blockchain is a special case of a DAG).<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://cryptowiki.net/index.php?title=Blockchain-free_cryptocurrencies|title=Blockchain-free cryptocurrencies - CryptoWiki|website=cryptowiki.net|language=en|access-date=2017-07-05}}</ref>{{Unreliable source?|reason=wiki|certain=y|date=April 2018}}
  57.  
  58. There are no “blocks”, and there is no linear “chain” within the Tangle. This architecture removes the necessity of predetermined block times, allowing transaction finality to become more swift as the number of transactions on the network increase. However there are many factors that influence confirmation time as well, such as Tangle topology and node location within the network.
  59.  
  60. The Tangle is a public ledger within which IOTA transactions are stored. It is [[decentralized]] such that no central entity is in control of the network, which is maintained by a network of nodes, organized according to [[mesh networking]] topology.  
  61.  
  62. The Tangle acts as a [[distributed database]] - currently, each node in the network stores the entire Tangle history.  
  63.  
  64. In order to send an IOTA transaction, the sender must confirm two other transactions on the Tangle.<ref name="Primer" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  65.  
  66. The Tangle’s unique verification parallelization is afforded by being an [[asynchronous system]]. This is in contrast to blockchain’s strictly sequential, synchronous ledger.
  67.  
  68. The "payment" for using the IOTA network is validation of two other transactions (rather than paying a mining fee). Therefore validators (known as "miners" in Bitcoin, or "stakers" in [[proof-of-stake]] protocols) and users (any entity that sends a transaction) are no longer decoupled entities. To put it more simply, every user becomes a miner / staker in the network.
  69.  
  70. The Tangle is programmed in [[trinary]]<ref name="Tangle" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}} as opposed to [[binary code]]. Trinary provides an [[Ternary computer|efficiency advantage]] over binary.{{Citation needed|date=April 2018}}
  71.  
  72. === Scalability ===
  73.  
  74. Since each transaction requires the sender to verify two other transactions on the Tangle, the more transactions that are sent, the more transactions can be confirmed.<ref name="Tangle" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}} This means that IOTA [[throughput]] capacity scales proportionally to the number of transactions on its network.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://iotasupport.com/whatisiota.shtml|title=IOTA Support - what is IOTA?|website=iotasupport.com|language=en|access-date=2018-04-18}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}} In comparison, traditional blockchains have predetermined block times and block sizes, which limit throughput.
  75. [[File:Iota-tangle-1.png|thumb|'''IOTA tangle'''
  76. Each square box in this diagram represents a transaction being sent.
  77. For each new transaction, two random, unconfirmed transactions are validated in the tangle. Each validation (''n'') of a transaction increases the likelihood of a transaction being genuine, up to a threshold of ''(c)''. In this figure, grey boxes indicate transactions where ''n > 0'', but below a certain confirmation threshold, ''n < c''.
  78. The red boxes represent transactions where ''n = 0''. The green boxes represent transactions that have been validated a sufficient number of times, in order to be accepted as confirmed by the recipient address, ''n >= c''.
  79. ]]
  80.  
  81. The precursor to IOTA, a specialized CPU for [[Internet of things|IoT]] and [[Distributed Computing]], is being developed as hardware support to allow even small [[edge devices]] to conduct on the order of thousands of transactions per second on every device. With this hardware support, network throughput scalability will theoretically only be limited by the laws of physics (propagation of radio waves/photons). Also, this hardware component does not add any extra cost to the manufacturer, and will be open source. <ref name="Transparency Compendium">{{cite web |url=https://blog.iota.org/the-transparency-compendium-26aa5bb8e260 |title=The Transparency Compendium |year=2017 |last=Sønstebø |first=David }}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  82.  
  83. === Transaction Fees ===
  84.  
  85. IOTA’s novel architecture no longer requires the validator and user to be decoupled entities. By virtue of using the network, a user also serves as a validator by conducting the "proof of work" to confirm two other transactions on the Tangle. IOTA proof of work is directly comparable to [[Hashcash]]. The purpose of proof of work in IOTA is to prevent spam and [[Sybil attacks]].
  86.  
  87. Difficulty of IOTA proof of work is low enough to be performed by most modern devices, including laptops and phones, and may be performed by the sender’s device, the recipient’s device, or outsourced to a third party device that is specialized to more efficiently perform the proof of work. The requirement of Proof-of-Work makes it suitable for smaller micro-controllers unlike Proof-of-Work used in cryptocurrencies with miners/validators.
  88.  
  89. By vertically aligning transactions and verifications, not only does IOTA eliminate the risk of validation centralization, but it also removes the need to incentivize validators with token creation or transaction fees.
  90.  
  91. === Supply ===
  92.  
  93. The total supply of IOTA is 2,779,530,283,277,761 units. This value is optimized for [[ternary computer|ternary]] computation and can be expressed in [[SI]] units as 2.779 x 10<sup>15</sup>.
  94.  
  95. The total supply is based on the 33 digit ternary number 111,111,111,111,111,111,111,111,111,111,111, which equals the [[decimal]] value 3³³.<br>
  96. 3³³ is the total range of values for IOTA, both negative and positive. Because this is an [[Parity_(mathematics)|odd]] number, the highest absolute value for IOTA is:<br>
  97. (3³³-1)/2 = 2,779,530,283,277,761.<br>
  98. This is the maximum positive value an address can hold, and consequently the total IOTA supply.
  99.  
  100. The total supply of IOTA is similar in number to the smallest fraction of [[Bitcoin]], the [[Bitcoin#Units|satoshi]]: there are about 2.8 x 10<sup>15</sup> IOTA, while there will eventually be a total of 2.1 x 10<sup>15</sup> satoshi. Unlike Bitcoin, IOTA does not use decimals or fractions of a token and only processes integer values. An advantage of treating IOTA units as whole numbers is to avoid decimal rounding issues, which can lead to floating-point errors in improperly designed software. Despite using indivisible tokens, the large total supply of IOTA and its lack of processing fees make it particularly suited for [[Microtransaction|microtransactions]].
  101.  
  102. Every IOTA token in existence was generated in the genesis transaction. This is due to the fact that an emission mechanism that doesn't lower security of the Tangle is unknown, and no proofs of such a safe mechanism have yet been established.
  103.  
  104. === Units ===
  105.  
  106. The smallest unit in IOTA is called an "IOTA". Due to the high number of IOTA tokens, units are typically expressed together in larger groups for notation practicality.
  107. {| class="wikitable"
  108. |-
  109. ! Unit !! Number of IOTAs
  110. |-
  111. | Iota (i) || 10<sup>0</sup> = 1
  112. |-
  113. | KiloIota (Ki) || 10<sup>3</sup> = 1,000
  114. |-
  115. | MegaIota (Mi) || 10<sup>6</sup> = 1,000,000
  116. |-
  117. | GigaIota (Gi) || 10<sup>9</sup> = 1,000,000,000
  118. |-
  119. | TeraIota (Ti) || 10<sup>12</sup> = 1,000,000,000,000
  120. |-
  121. | PetaIota (Pi) || 10<sup>15</sup> = 1,000,000,000,000,000
  122. |}
  123.  
  124. This is equivalent to using 1 MegaDollar to represent one million US dollars.
  125.  
  126. === Validation ===
  127.  
  128. Validation of a transaction is the process by which other devices choose the transaction via a tip selection algorithm, and perform the necessary [[proof-of-work]] in order to cast their vote of confirmation/approval. As many other transactions repeat this process on top of each other, validation of the transaction in question slowly builds up enough verifications to eventually reach a minimum acceptable verification threshold, as determined by the recipient of the transaction. When this minimum threshold is reached, the transaction is "confirmed". <ref name="Tangle" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  129.  
  130. IOTA is similar in nature to other blockchain based protocols, whereby the recipient of a transaction can modify their confirmation threshold based on their risk tolerance for a double spend.
  131.  
  132. === Wallets ===
  133.  
  134. A wallet stores the information necessary to send and receive IOTA. This information can be thought of as the digital credentials that allow access to spend your IOTA. The IOTA itself is held within addresses that only exist on the network. In other words, addresses are not confined to a wallet, rather, they exist on the Tangle. This means that as long as you save your seed, you will have access to the credentials that allow you to send or receive IOTA to/from the addresses associated with that seed.
  135.  
  136. '''Full Node'''
  137.  
  138. Full nodes propagate transactions into and throughout the network. Each full node must conduct manual [[peering]] with 7-9 other full nodes (neighbors) in order to function optimally. This means that each node must mutually add each other to their list of neighbors. To ensure a full node stays synced with the network and acts as a good neighbor to the other nodes it’s paired with, it should maintain 24/7 uptime. Neighbors who are constantly out of sync with the network or who are not propagating an adequate amount of transactions should be replaced with higher quality neighbors.
  139.  
  140. At the present time, every full node stores the entire history of the Tangle, however auto-snapshotting in the future will allow for full nodes to truncate the Tangle as they see fit to manage their storage requirements.<ref name="Roadmap">{{cite web |url=https://blog.iota.org/iota-development-roadmap-74741f37ed01 |title=IOTA Development Roadmap |year=2017 |last=Sønstebø |first=David }}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  141.  
  142. '''Light Wallet'''
  143.  
  144. "Lightweight" clients are more user friendly and easier to set up than full nodes. Light wallets connect to a single "host" (full node), through which the light wallet propagates its transactions. These are designed for use on low-power, low-bandwidth devices.
  145.  
  146. The tradeoff for light wallet ease-of-use, however, is that the user must trust the host to a certain degree. The host cannot steal IOTA or access a light wallet’s seed (this information is kept locally on the user’s device), but it can theoretically report faulty values back to the light wallet, undergo unexpected downtime, or be otherwise un-synced with the network.
  147.  
  148. No matter the wallet, users are responsible for keeping their seeds in a secure place. As long as the user has access to their seed, they can download the IOTA light wallet on any device in the world, connect to any host, and immediately have access to their balance.
  149. .
  150.  
  151. '''Other Wallets'''
  152.  
  153. Online wallets might be easier to use than light wallets and full nodes, but require complete trust in the online wallet provider since the credentials to access funds are stored with the online wallet provider rather than on the user's hardware. A malicious provider or a breach in server security may result in IOTA being stolen.
  154.  
  155. === Seeds ===
  156.  
  157. An IOTA seed ([[random seed]]) is the key through which users can access the IOTA network, by generating addresses and transactions derived through this seed. Seeds can be any length, but any more than 81 characters fails to add extra security. It is highly recommended that all seeds be 81 characters in length, as a shorter length reduces security.
  158.  
  159. These 81 characters should be randomly generated by the user, and consist of the letters A-Z and the number 9, which provides 27 possibilities.<br>
  160. In IOTA's [[Ternary_numeral_system|ternary]] system, 81=3<sup>4</sup> is the 4 digit ternary number 1,111 and 27=3<sup>3</sup> is the 3 digit ternary number 111.
  161.  
  162. The number of possible IOTA seeds, when using the  maximum length of 81 characters, is 27<sup>81</sup> ≈ 8.72 x 10<sup>115</sup>.
  163.  
  164. === Cryptography ===
  165. IOTA uses Winternitz [[hash-based cryptography]] signatures<ref name="Tangle" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}} instead of [[elliptic curve cryptography]] (ECC).<ref name="On the Security of the Winternitz One-Time Signature Scheme">{{cite web |url=https://eprint.iacr.org/2011/191.pdf |title=On the Security of the Winternitz One-Time Signature Scheme |last1=Buchmann |first1=Johannes |last2=Dahmen |first2=Erik |last3=Ereth |first3=Sarah |last4= et. al.}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}<ref name="Hash Ladders for Shorter Lamport Signatures">{{cite web |url=https://gist.github.com/karlgluck/8412807 |title=Hash Ladders for Shorter Lamport Signatures |year=2014 |last=Gluck |first=Karl }}</ref>{{Unreliable source?|date=April 2018}}<ref name="Merkle-Winternitz-HORS signature scheme for Tahoe-LAFS">{{cite web |url=https://tahoe-lafs.org/pipermail/tahoe-dev/2010-July/004587.html |title=Merkle-Winternitz-HORS signature scheme for Tahoe-LAFS |year=2010 |last=Hopwood |first=David-Sarah }}</ref>{{Unreliable source?|date=April 2018}} Not only are hash-based signatures much faster than ECC,<ref name="Efficient Hash-Based Signatures on Embedded Devices">{{cite web   |url=https://www.cdc.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/~dahmen/papers/SECSI.pdf |title=Efficient Hash-Based Signatures on Embedded Devices |last1=Rohde |first1=Sebastian |last2=Eisenbarth |first2=Thomas |last3=Dahmen |first3=Erik |last4= et. al. }}</ref> they also greatly simplify the signing and verification process and reduce overall complexity of the Tangle protocol.
  166.  
  167. [[Grover's algorithm]] dictates that a [[quantum computer]] would be very efficient at conducting brute force attacks. The process of finding a [[cryptographic nonce]] in order to generate a Bitcoin block is particularly vulnerable to such [[brute-force attacks]]. As of today, an average of around 2<sup>68</sup> nonces must be checked to find a suitable hash, and this trends up over time.<ref name="Bitcoin Difficulty">{{cite web |url=https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Difficulty |title=Bitcoin Difficulty |last=wiki |first=bitcoin }}</ref> A quantum computer would only need Θ(√N) operations to solve a problem of the above sort that needs Θ(N) operations on a classical computer. Therefore, a quantum computer would be on the order of 10s of billion times more efficient at Bitcoin mining than a classical computer. This illustrates the susceptibility of Bitcoin (and other blockchain protocols) to quantum computing.
  168.  
  169. However, in IOTA, the number of nonces that must be checked in order to find a transaction hash is only around 3<sup>8</sup>. The gain of efficiency provided by a quantum computer in the setting of IOTA would therefore be 3<sup>4</sup> = 81, which is relatively insignificant compared to the Bitcoin susceptibility example above. Ultimately, IOTA is designed such that the time to find a nonce is not much larger than the time needed for other tasks necessary to issue a transaction anyway. IOTA security and functionality is therefore not threatened in the setting of quantum computing.
  170.  
  171. === Reference Implementation ===
  172.  
  173. The IOTA Reference Implementation (IRI) is the core protocol on which the IOTA network is built. It is designed to remain simple. The IOTA eXtension Implementation (IXI)<ref name="Roadmap" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}} is a second layer application layer that allows for applications and more complicated IOTA interoperability to be created.
  174.  
  175. === Decentralization ===
  176. IOTA was created to be a decentralized settlement solution.<ref name="Tangle" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}} By eliminating the decoupling of users and validators, IOTA goes an extra step beyond blockchain technologies by eliminating the risk of mining/validation centralization.
  177.  
  178. === Privacy ===
  179.  
  180. IOTA is [[pseudonymous]], meaning that balances are tied to addresses rather than real-world identities. Owners of IOTA addresses are not explicitly identified, but all transactions on the Tangle are public.
  181.  
  182. "Mixing" or "tumbling" of IOTA can aggregate multiple users' funds and output them to fresh addresses to increase privacy.
  183.  
  184. === Masked Authenticated Messaging ===
  185.  
  186. In addition to value transfers via IOTA tokens, the IOTA protocol is also capable of transferring data securely via masked [[authenticated messaging]] (MAM). Using MAM, only authorized recipients can read and reconstruct the entire data stream. It works like a radio, in that only those with the right frequency can listen in - in MAM, only those with the right channel IDs get access to the data. <ref name="Roadmap" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  187.  
  188. == History ==
  189.  
  190. === Overview ===
  191.  
  192. After all IOTA was distributed in the crowdsale (November to December 2015), the project entered beta testing in July 2016. In June 2017, Outlier Ventures, a venture capital firm, invested 7 figures directly into IOTA tokens, their first direct investment into a distributed ledger technology.<ref name="Outlier Ventures">{{cite web |url=https://outlierventures.io/research/our-first-investment-in-tokens-is/ |title=Our First Investment in Tokens is IOTA |last=Burke |first=Jamie }}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  193.  
  194. === IOTA Foundation ===
  195.  
  196. The IOTA Foundation was established as a "gemeinnützige Stiftung" (i.e. non-profit Foundation) registered in Germany. It houses the core members of the IOTA development team, and its stated sole purpose is to advance the standardization of distributed ledger technology in all applicable domains.{{Citation Needed|date=July 2017}}
  197.  
  198. Here is a brief summary of the work the foundation does: {{Citation Needed|date=July 2017}}
  199. *Initiate C and RUST core client development.
  200. *Attend Internet-of-Things and blockchain/Distributed ledger conferences and hackathons in an active role.
  201. *In collaboration with some big holders give out development-bounties.
  202. *Be able to strengthen the brand and raise awareness of IOTA in all capacities.
  203. *Bring on companies and organizations, especially those focused on Internet-of-Things and blockchain.
  204. *Essentially realize the vision which started the R&D of IOTA.
  205. *Be the de facto public organization behind IOTA.
  206.  
  207. '''IOTA Foundation''':{{Citation Needed|date=July 2017}}
  208.  
  209. '''Co-Founders''':<ref>{{Cite news|url=https://blog.iota.org/a-primer-on-iota-with-presentation-e0a6eb2cc621|title=A Primer on IOTA (with Presentation) – IOTA|date=2017-05-21|work=IOTA|access-date=2017-07-05}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  210.  
  211. *David Sønstebø
  212. *Sergey Ivancheglo
  213. *Dominik Schiener
  214. *Serguei Popov
  215.  
  216. '''Members''':
  217. *Per Lind<ref>{{Cite news|url=https://blog.iota.org/welcome-per-lind-to-the-iota-foundation-67bd038ee0c3|title=Welcome Per Lind to the IOTA Foundation – IOTA|date=2016-10-21|work=IOTA|access-date=2017-07-05}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  218. *Carsten Stöcker<ref>{{Cite news|url=https://blog.iota.org/welcome-carsten-st%C3%B6cker-to-the-iota-foundation-51cd65b9d21d|title=Welcome Carsten Stöcker to the IOTA Foundation – IOTA|date=2016-11-22|work=IOTA|access-date=2017-07-05}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  219. *Dr. Navin Ramachandran<ref>{{Cite news|url=https://blog.iota.org/welcome-navin-ramachandran-to-the-iota-foundation-8c3315116ce3|title=Welcome Navin Ramachandran to the IOTA Foundation – IOTA|date=2016-12-30|work=IOTA|access-date=2017-07-05}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  220. *David A Cohen<ref>{{Cite news|url=https://blog.iota.org/welcome-david-a-cohen-to-the-iota-foundation-1d0c694e52bc|title=Welcome David A. Cohen to the IOTA Foundation – IOTA|date=2017-02-01|work=IOTA|access-date=2017-07-05}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  221. *Wilfried Pimenta de Miranda
  222. *Regine Haschka Helmer<ref>{{Cite news|url=https://blog.iota.org/welcome-regine-haschka-helmer-to-the-iota-foundation-9ff42bb56aff|title=Welcome Regine Haschka Helmer to the IOTA Foundation|date=2017-04-02|work=IOTA|access-date=2017-07-05}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  223. *Jochen Renz<ref>{{Cite news|url=https://blog.iota.org/welcome-jochen-renz-to-the-iota-foundation-9979db6638f3|title=Welcome Jochen Renz to the IOTA Foundation – IOTA|date=2017-06-11|work=IOTA|access-date=2017-07-05}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  224. *Cyril Grunspan<ref>{{Cite news|url=https://blog.iota.org/welcome-cyril-grunspan-to-iota-be0a934afb05|title=Welcome Cyril Grunspan to IOTA – IOTA|date=2017-06-27|work=IOTA|access-date=2017-07-05}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  225. *John Halamka (Advisor)<ref>{{Cite news|url=https://blog.iota.org/welcome-john-halamka-to-the-iota-foundation-dc370dac8864|title=Welcome John Halamka to the IOTA Foundation – IOTA|date=2017-06-16|work=IOTA|access-date=2017-07-05}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  226.  
  227. === Academic Collaborations ===
  228. * University of California, Berkeley<ref>{{Cite news|url=https://blog.iota.org/blockchain-berkeley-iota-82bef52a2554|title=Blockchain @ Berkeley + IOTA – IOTA|date=2017-05-29|work=IOTA|access-date=2017-07-05}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  229. * University College London's [http://blockchain.cs.ucl.ac.uk/ Centre for blockchain Technologies]<ref>{{cite web|url=https://medium.com/iota-ucl/iota-ucl-inaugural-team-announced-f9ba41bc12e1|title=IOTA@UCL Inaugural Team Announced|last=Ramachandran|first=Navin|date=2017-06-29|website=IOTA @ UCL|access-date=2017-07-05}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  230.  
  231. === Corporate Collaborations ===
  232.  
  233. '''Founding partner''':
  234.  
  235. *[https://decentralized-identity.github.io/ Decentralized Identity Foundation] (Microsoft, Accenture, BigchainDB, etc.)<ref name="Decentralized Identity Foundation">{{cite web |url=https://qz.com/989761/microsoft-msft-thinks-blockchain-tech-could-solve-one-of-the-internets-toughest-problems-digital-identities/ |title=Microsoft thinks blockchain tech could solve one of the internet’s toughest problems: digital identities |last=Wong |first=Joon Ian }}</ref>
  236.  
  237. *Trusted IoT Alliance (Cisco, Foxconn, Bosch, etc.) <ref name="Trusted IoT Alliance">{{cite web |url=http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/iotas-tangle-meets-internet-things-requirements-better-any-blockchain-1626218 |title=IOTA's Tangle meets Internet of Things requirements better than any blockchain |last=Allison |first=Ian }}</ref>
  238.  
  239. *DLT Research & Innovation Network (Alpha Venturi, Oslo Medtech, Oslo Cancer Cluster, NTNU Center for Cyber and Information Security (CCIS), The Norwegian Centre for E-health Research)<ref>{{cite web|url=http://alpha-venturi.com/docs/DLT_ResearchInnovationNetwork_PressRelease_19062017.pdf|title=Launch of a new Distributed Ledger Research & Innovation Network|last=Pimenta|first=Wilfried|date=2017-06-09|website=http://alpha-venturi.com|archive-url=|archive-date=|dead-url=|access-date=2017-07-05}}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  240.  
  241. '''Partnerships''':
  242. *[[Innogy]] <ref name="Innogy">{{cite web |url=https://innovationhub.innogy.com/news-event/3lj6DX6LS0C4SyKmgEOiQq/meet-our-future-customers--machines-with-wallets |title=Meet our future customers: machines with wallets |last=Carsten |first=Stöcker }}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  243. *[[Ubuntu (operating system)]] <ref name="Ubuntu">{{cite web |url=https://insights.ubuntu.com/2017/02/20/iota-iot-revolutionized-with-a-ledger/ |title=IOTA: IoT revolutionised with a ledger |last=Canonical }}</ref>{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  244.  
  245. == Use Cases ==
  246.  
  247. '''Overarching vision''': <ref name="Roadmap" />{{Primary source inline|date=April 2018}}
  248. <br>
  249. "Internet-of-things", "on demand economy", "machine-to-machine economy", "crypto currency", "digital money", "financial transactions", "ledger of everything"
  250.  
  251. '''Specific domains''': {{Citation Needed|date=July 2017}}
  252.  
  253. *Supply chain management
  254. *"Identity of things" (IDoT)
  255. *eGovernance/voting
  256. *Electronic health records and medical data integrity
  257. *Smart transportation & autonomous vehicle communication
  258. *Smart cities
  259. *Smart grids (electricity management)
  260. *Real-time pay-per-view/read micropayments
  261. *Remittances
  262. *Point of sale payments
  263.  
  264. == References ==
  265. {{reflist|colwidth=30em}}
  266.  
  267. {{DEFAULTSORT:IOTA Distributed Ledger Technology}}
  268. [[Category:Cryptocurrencies]]
  269.  
  270. __NEWSECTIONLINK__
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