While Hedera provides technical advantages like speed and security over other public networks, it also offers a unique governance model. Just over a year ago, and even though it is modeled after VISA’s, it was reasonable to have to squint to see it coming to fruition. Large brands wanting to run a node and make impactful decisions on the future of this exciting technology seemed far-fetched. It was then, and still is, ambitious.
Fast-forward 14 months and we’ve come a long way. After adding University College London (UCL) 13 members have been announced publicly, ⅓ of the way to the full 39 member roster. As such, it seems an appropriate time to recap the Hedera Governing Council framework and progress.
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support. As America’s biggest manufacturing exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries.
FIS champions clients from merchants to banking to capital markets, retail to corporate and everything touched by financial services. FIS serves 90+% of the world’s largest banks, annually processing over $9 trillion.
Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely-known companies in the world. Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.
IBM is an information technology company, which provides integrated solutions that leverage information technology and knowledge of business processes. It operates through the following segments: Cloud & Cognitive Software, Global Business Services, Global Technology Services, Systems, and Global Financing.
Tata Communications is a leading provider of global digital infrastructure services, the company provides the integrated, globally managed tech solutions that underpin the fast-growing digital economy.
Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL is London's leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 13,000 staff and 42,000 students from 150 different countries.
Wipro is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, we have over 160,000 dedicated employees serving clients across six continents.
With the long-term goal of Hedera becoming a fully decentralized, permissionless public network Hedera must ensure the network’s governance is decentralized, as well. The decision making process must be designed to prevent consolidation of power, ensuring a global voice is heard.
A priority for this is comprising the Hedera Governing Council of organizations spanning industry, location, and time.
To remain a general purpose tool, the Council aims to have a minimum of 1 representative from the 11 GICS sectors alongside at least one university and non-profit group. To date Hedera has filled 6 of the 11 industry sectors and, upon adding UCL, 1 university.