Frequently Asked Questions

Founded in 2016, DFINITY is building the Internet Computer - a decentralized cloud designed to host the next-generation of software and services. We make it easy for developers to create decentralized applications that are tamperproof, fast, and incorporate privacy innovations capable of scaling to millions of users around the world. Supported by a growing community of developers and businesses, as well as investors such as Andreessen Horowitz and Polychain Capital in its mission to build the Internet Computer.

DFINITY enables software systems to run inside the Internet without proprietary infrastructure in a tamperproof framework that provides greater simplicity and interoperability, and optional autonomy — which can be used to create open internet services and pan-industry protocols, and enables software to process value and identity like data.

Dominic Williams is the Founder and Chief Scientist at DFINITY, responsible for building the decentralized cloud platform—called the Internet Computer.

Since the organization’s inception in 2016, DFINITY’s mission has been to extend the Internet into a powerful decentralized cloud to host the next-generation of software and services. The Internet Computer, scheduled to debut in 2019, is being built by the industry’s leading team of distributed systems and cryptography experts, across several research centers around the world, and backed by investors such as a16z and Polychain Capital.

Over the past 20 years, Dominic has had a distinguished career as a crypto theoretician and serial entrepreneur focused on the Internet and distributed systems. Recently, his scientific discoveries across Threshold Relay and PSC chains, Validation Towers and Trees, USCIDs, and The 3 E's of Sybil Resistance have pioneered new approaches to cryptography and blockchain technology.