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Fulbright Scholarship Personal Statement of Purpose, Polish Applicant, Blockchain Technology

Updated: 4 days ago

I want to study in the USA because I see America as the world’s foremost source of emerging technology. I hope to be selected for a Fulbright Scholarship on the basis of my intense passion for making the world a safer, more secure place as a result of putting emerging technology to work in the area of information security. A young Polish man who could not be more devoted to computer science and information technology, I am most excited about the prospect of giving my professional life to the cause of keeping personal data private, potentially helping to safeguard the integrity and security of all who live on our interconnected planet. In particular, I see a great deal of promise in Blockchain technology and hope to be given the honor of devoting myself to a full immersion in research in this area. Now simply referred to as “Blockchain,” this novel technology represents an emerging innovation that shows great promise. This is why such giants as Microsoft, IBM and Walmart are backing research into possible applications for Blockchain. I very much hope to contribute to unlocking what I see as the enormous potential of Blockchain by completing a Master’s Degree in Computer Science in the USA. I see this as the best way for me to most fully prepare myself for a career dedicated to protecting the personal data of Internet users.

Blockchain already serves as an integral part of some of the most advanced communication and data systems in the world. It’s rapid growth and acceptation have presented certain challenges, however, with respect to the details of its adoption in many parts of the world. In Poland, for example, the adoption of this innovation is hampered by a lack of understanding of the technical issues involved, particularly on the part of legislators. Some of these issues involve absurdly high taxes on crypto-currency trading (1% per transaction), coupled to a lack of legal definition of and restrictions on exchanges which often result in the emigration of companies rather than the resolution of their issues in Poland.

I hope that my application will be looked on with favor because of my quest to help not only my native Poland to take full advantage of Blockchain, but the rest of the world as well; all of us who are lagging behind the Silicon Valley in our ability to adapt to and take advantage of technical advancement in data and communication. As I see it, it is especially important for Poland, like other Eastern European countries, to play catch up to Western Europe and the United States in terms of technological development and to make it a greater priority than is presently the case. My long-term goals are in this area, ultimately stimulating investment that will fuel IT advancement in my part of the world, which has fallen behind the rest of the Developed World. I could not be happier to give my professional lifetime to helping people to exercise and maintain greater levels of control over their data and how it is used. I find myself extremely excited about the prospect of helping people to recover and safeguard their privacy through the implementation of a public, distributed ledger that serves to define protocol, enabling Blockchain to function as a privacy control verification system that so that people can rest assured that their data is only being shared in accordance with their wishes. Blockchain is a true godsend for cyber security because for the first time, we have a way to control the processing of personal data and/or the revocation of access without having to depend upon a third party. The use of smart contracts will also make it possible to grant and revoke approvals for the processing of user’s personal data.

I hope to write a Master’s Thesis on the subject of Blockchain and publish it on open-source - available to everyone, serving to proliferate invaluable information that will serve to stimulate economic development and the free flow of information in a safe fashion world-wide. I strongly believe that this emerging technological revolution needs leaders with solid theoretical backgrounds who can combine an academic approach with the spirit of entrepreneurship. I intend to be one of these leaders and earning my Master's Degree in Computer Science is vital to the realization of my long-term goals. Abandoned by my father at the age of 8, growing up struggling to help my mother care for my little brother and sister, instilled in me a great determination to succeed, to have a more noble life than my own father. I pursue my goals tirelessly and with great discipline and focus. This is especially true with respect to trying to attract investors to my startup, as I did in San Francisco a few months ago, rubbing elbows with executives representing Y Combinator, for example, one of the Silicon Valley’s foremost investment funds.

I thank you for considering my application for a Fulbright Scholarship.

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