Sarah Clayton is a third-year Ph.D. student at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where she is currently researching the politics of decision making and innovation in the blockchain ecosystem. Her studies have looked at a range of topics including for example, the bitcoin blockchain scalability debate and how mechanisms of trust guide stakeholder perceptions and behaviour in the cryptocurrency community. Before embarking on her Ph.D. she earned a BA in New Media and an LLM in Cyberlaw from the University of Leeds in the U.K. She spent 2013-2015 working as a communications executive for a corporate domain name management and new gTLD consulting company in London. While researching industry trends for work, she came across Namecoin and was so excited by the technology behind it, that she became actively involved with the blockchain community and began attending crypto meetups and other related events. She went on to complete the Introduction to Digital Currencies course at the University of Nicosia, and moved to LA in 2015 to join the USC Ph.D. program to research the technology further.