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Specialty in distributed systems, networks, security, privacy, web, Internet freedom, & electrofunk.
 Check out my CV, son.



Hacker & Entrepreneur

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Co-Founder and CTO

Oasis Labs is building a new platform to use data without liability, easily comply with new regulations, and collaborate on shared data without risking privacy or losing control. With Oasis Labs’ tools your company can confidently share and analyze sensitive data without the risk of accidental leaks or violating privacy.

The foundation also supports the Oasis Network, a layer-1, proof of stake, blockchain that leverages secure computing techniques like secure enclaves to keep data private, and a cutting-edge architecture designed for scalability.

wwwCompany Website, wwwFoundation Website, codeGitHub

Selected Press:

Talek: Private Group Messaging with Hidden Access Patterns
UW Networks Lab - Raymond Cheng, Will Scott, Elisaweta Masserova, Irene Zhang, Vipul Goyal, Tom Anderson, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Bryan Parno,

Talek is a private group messaging system that sends messages through potentially untrustworthy servers, while hiding both data content and the communication patterns among its users. Talek explores a new point in the design space of private messaging; it guarantees access sequence indistinguishability, which is among the strongest guarantees in the space, while assuming an anytrust threat model, which is only slightly weaker than the strongest threat model currently found in related work. Our results suggest that this is a pragmatic point in the design space, since it supports strong privacy \emph{and} good performance.

Published in ACSAC 2020. pdfArxiv, pdfCryptology ePrint, texBibTeX

Student & Teacher

Did you ever feel, as though you had something inside you that was only waiting for you to give it a chance to come out? Some sort of extra power that you aren't using - you know, like all the water that goes down the falls instead of through the turbines?

University of San Francisco
Adjunct Faculty, Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley
Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer, EECS
University of Washington
Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
M.S. Computer Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.Eng. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
B.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
B.S. Physics

University of San Francisco
CS212: Software Development. Instructor, Spring 2020. URL

UC Berkeley
CS294-144: Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics, and the Future of Technology, Business and Law. Instructor, Spring 2018. URL

University of Washington
CSE452 - Distributed Systems. TA, Winter 2016. URL
CSE590L - Networks Seminar. Coordinator, 2013-2016. URL CSE590RS - Robotics Systems Seminar. Coordinator, Summer 2016. URL CSE550 - Computer Systems. TA, Fall 2012. URL
BIOEN498C - Neural Engineering. TA, Fall 2011. URL



Scientist & Writer

They cannot be worthy of the respect and admiration of the people unless they add to the virtue of obedience some other virtues—the virtues of manliness, of truth, of courage, of willingness to risk positions, of the willingness to risk criticism, of the willingness to risk the misunderstanding that so often comes when people do the heroic thing.

Nimble: A New Approach to Scalability
Bennet Yee, Jernej Kos, Raymond Cheng, Yawning Angel, Jan Bercic, Andrej Bukosek, Peter Gilbert, Warren He, Tadej Janez, Matevz Jekovec, Eunjin Jung, Will Scott, Peter Us, Dawn Song,
Whitepaper. 2019.

Talek: Private Group Messaging with Hidden Access Patterns
Raymond Cheng, Will Scott, Elisaweta Masserova, Irene Zhang, Vipul Goyal, Tom Anderson, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Bryan Parno,
Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC). 2020.
pdfArxiv pdfCryptology ePrint texBibTeX

FalconDB: Blockchain-based Collaborative Database
Yanqing Peng, Min Du, Feifei Li, Raymond Cheng, Dawn Song,
ACM International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD). 2020.
pdfACM pdfPDF texBibTeX

Ekiden: A Platform for Confidentiality-Preserving, Trustworthy, and Performant Smart Contracts
Raymond Cheng, Fan Zhang, Jernej Kos, Warren He, Nick Hynes, Noah Johnson, Ari Juels, Andrew Miller, Dawn Song,
IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P). 2019.
pdfIEEE pdfArxiv texBibTeX

For the complete list, click here

How to Become an H3 Hang Glider Pilot in the Bay Area
Bay Area Fledglings. Webinar. October 2021.

Oasis Labs Talks

Consensus. New York, NY. May 2019. videoWatch
Google for Startups. San Francisco, CA. Mar 2019. videoWatch
hack.summit. YouTube. Jul 2018. videoWatch
Various events at a16z, MIT, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Draper University, IBM.

Ekiden: A Platform for Private, Trustworthy, and Performant Smart Contract Execution
pptVersion1 pptVersion2
UC Berkeley Faculty Summit. Berkeley, CA. Aug 2019.
IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P). Stockholm, Sweden. Jun 2019.
UC Berkeley RISE Lab Retreat. Lake Tahoe, CA. May 2018.

Talek: Private Group Messaging with Indistinguishable Access Patterns
pptPDF videoYouTube
ACSAC 2020. Virtual. Dec 2020.
UC Berkeley RISE/Sunblaze Security Seminar. Berkeley, CA. Oct 2017.
Stanford Security Seminar. Stanford, CA. Apr 2017.

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Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer. With that experience their life becomes better, not bitter.





We must not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.



Chef & Bartender

Family food blog:

Champagne! In victory, one deserves it; in defeat one needs it.


The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn't it be? —it is the same the angels breathe.

Home Airports:

Destination: Everywhere

  • AJX - Andy Jackson Airpark, San Bernardino, CA (2021)
  • McClure - Lake McClure, CA (2020)
  • HHR - Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Los Angeles, CA (2018)
  • LAS - McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, NV (2018)
  • GCN - Grand Canyon Airport, Tusayan, AZ (2018)
  • IFP - Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport, Bullhead City, AZ (2018)
  • TRM - Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, Palm Springs, CA (2018)
  • PSP - Palm Springs International Airport, Palm Springs, CA (2018)
  • CLS - Chehalis-Centralia Airport, Chehalis, WA (2015)
  • TIW - Tacoma Narrows Airport, Gig Harbor, WA (2012)
  • PWT - Bremerton National Airport, Bremerton, WA (2012)
  • DMW - Carroll County Airport, Westminster, MD (2011)
  • OXB - Ocean City Municipal Airport, Ocean City, MD (2011)
  • SBY - Wicomico Regional Airport, Salisbury, MD (2011)
  • ESN - Easton Airport, Easton, MD (2010)
  • GAI - Montgomery County Airpark, Gaithersburg, MD (2010)
  • W29 - Bay Bridge Airport, Stevensville, MD (2010)




You make a million decisions that mean nothing, and then one day, you order take-out, and it changes your life.

  • Three Buoys Tortolla Cruiser - 58’ Houseboat
  • Catalina 34 - 34’ Sailboat
    • Lake Union to Duwamish River, WA (2017)
  • Bayliner 32xx - 32’ Powerboat
    • Lake Union, WA (2012)
  • Coronado 23 MKII - 23’ Sailboat
    • Lake Union to Blake Island, WA (2017)
  • Pearson Ensign - 22’ Sailboat
    • Union Bay, WA (2016)
  • Cobalt 220 - 22’ Bowrider
    • Lake Union to Lake Washington, WA (2017)
  • Hot Tub Boat - 15’ Hot tub
    • Lake Union, WA (2017)
  • RS Quest - 14’ Sailboat
    • Berkeley Marina, CA
  • Flying Junior - 13’ Sailboat
    • Union Bay, WA (2016)
  • Windsurfing
    • Union Bay, WA
    • Berkeley Marina, CA


The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.

PADI Open Water Diver (2015/09)
Advanced Open Water (2016/02)

- Dry Suit (2016/02)
Alki Beach (2015/09)
Oahu (2016/06)



For the first year, the only way I learned how to ride was with a motorcycle and Apparently there's only seven steps.


Always looking for new places/people to house with.
The following are mostly archival from my college days.

Imobilare: Web, YouTube
Ridonkulous: Web, YouTube
MIT Dance Troupe: Web, Vimeo
MIT Imobilare presents 'A Troupe of Dancers'
(Spring 2007 w/Stephen Steger and Yang Zhang): YouTube

Pooface, A Daft Punk Tribute
(Fall 2007 w/Stephen Steger and Sungmin Son): YouTube

Easy Break Oven, with Superheroes
(Spring 2008 w/Stephen Steger): YouTube

Mulan, The Story
(Fall 2008 w/Lynne Tye): YouTube

Funk Actually
(Spring 2009 w/Mason Tang and John Lim): YouTube

(Spring 2010 w/Ridonk): YouTube

Breakonomics (Organizer) 2007-2009: YouTube
MIT-Harvard Battle: YouTube
Battle w/Curtis: Facebook
Good Foot Crew @Freshest of All Time: Facebook
[email protected] Destruction: Facebook
MIT-Cornell Battle: YouTube
[email protected] Destruction: YouTube
[email protected] House Jam YouTube
MIT Ridonk @Roxy Battle: YouTube