Protocol Labs Research

Will Scott

Research Engineer


PhD in Networking and Security, 2016

University of Washington

BS in Computer Science and Mathematics, 2010

Harvey Mudd College

Will’s research interests are on access to genuine online services. He believes that Internet access should not be hampered by explicit censorship from government and corporate entities, by integrity failures in online services, and by services that are not yet implemented.

Areas of Expertise

Networking, Security, Privacy


Private access to decentralized data
EthCC 5 / 2022.07.20 / Paris, France


2022-07-26 / Conference paper
Design and evaluation of IPFS: A storage layer for the decentralized web
Recent years have witnessed growing consolidation of web operations. For example, the majority of web traffic now originates from a few organizations, and even micro-websites often choose to host on large pre-existing cloud infrastructures.
ACM SIGCOMM 2022 / 2022.08.26 / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dennis Trautwein , Aravindh Raman, Gareth Tyson, Ignacio Castro, Will Scott , Moritz Schubotz, Bela Gipp, Yiannis Psaras

Blog posts

2023-06-13 / Blog
Private retrieval grant 2023 roundup
We have concluded the initial round of funding decisions for RFP014, a research initiative in collaboration with Arcological, focused on exploring mechanisms for private data retrieval. The objective of RFP014 is to foster the advancement of private communication methods.
2022-08-08 / News, Grants
Announcing RFP-014: The one with private retrieval
Can we speak privately? Unfortunately, our current options for private communication are limited, hamstrung by their reliance on a single-trusted-origin data publication model, high latencies, and security vulnerabilities. We think it is possible to design a scalable system that doesn’t sacrifice latency for privacy.
2022-06-30 / Blog
New open problems in private data retrieval
tl;dr: We’d like to develop additional protocol-compatible primitives allowing users to interact privately with Web3 content. Central to the Web3 vision of an open, permissionless, and decentralized internet is the ability of parties to interact directly and privately with each other while retaining ownership of their data.