TRACK FOUR:

Blockchain in the Public Sector

Case Study of Estonia, the First Blockchain Nation in the World 

Speaker: Oleg Shvaikovsky
Senior Partner, Board Member at Nortal

Estonia is considered one of the most advanced e-governments and seamless societies in the world, which we started to build in the late 1990s. Since the beginning of the 2010s, blockchain has been in use in many of Estonia’s data registries — including the national health, judicial, legislative, security and commercial code systems — with plans to extend its use to other spheres such as personal medicine, cybersecurity, and data embassies.

Together, we’ll retrospectively dive into the history, analyze major wins and failures of building the Estonian seamless society and discuss the major use-cases of blockchain in the story.

Blockchain-Powered Self-Sovereign Identity for Citizens and Governments

Speaker: Drummond Reed
Chief Trust Officer at Evernym

Blockchain technology can help solve a key part of one of the oldest and hardest problems on the Internet: digital identity. In the past two years, a new branch of digital identity called “self-sovereign identity” (SSI) or “decentralized identity” has rapidly grown into one of the most promising developments in Internet infrastructure since DNS. This talk will provide an introduction to SSI, an overview of the emerging standards for SSI, and concrete examples of how SSI is already being put to use by governments to better serve their constituents.

Accelerating Local Economic Development Using Blockchain

Moderator: David Harris
Panelists: Daniel Robles, Lindsay Nuon

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Blockchain-Enabled Digital Identity: Implementation in Government

Speaker: Jennifer O’Rourke
Co-founder & President at Attest 

Government has an important role to play in the development of any digital identity ecosystem. Identity is not only foundational to nearly every government service but is the basis for trust and legitimacy in the public sector. It is the starting point of confidence in citizen’s interactions with government and is a critical enabler of service delivery, security, privacy, and public safety activities.

A citizen-centric digital identity model based on distributed ledger technologies could be used to consolidate disparate data that currently exists across multiple agencies and layers of government into a network centered around a citizen’s or business’ credentials, licenses and identity attributes. This new model would reimagine the relationship between state and individual, as government would become the verifier, rather than the custodian, of people’s public service identity.

Future of ID in a Decentralized World Panel 

Moderator:  Candace Faber
Panelists: Drummond Reed, Chris Boscolo, Amit Mital

Whether we were aware of it or not, the early age of the Internet ushered in a new paradigm of identity that impacts how we see ourselves, how others see us, and how we are treated by systems from credit lenders to governments. Blockchain stands to radically shift the paradigm once again, enabling humans and companies to interact with greater integrity in a world that is increasingly decentralized. On this panel, we will explore the problem of defining “identity” in this world through the solutions offered by three regional companies, the approaches they are taking, and a sharper definition of what “ID” means in the Blockchain world.

Blockchain for Good Panel 

Moderator:  Carrie Jones
Panelists: Joshua Du Chene, Eric Kapfhammer, Paul Carduner, Kyle Graden

What many do not realize about blockchain today is that its “killer app” may be found in social projects, rather than in finance. Today, blockchain technologists are already devising and working toward new models for organizing communities, philanthropy, and even changing the entire way we view “charity” and giving back.

Why do we need new models in the social and civic sectors? Today, many for-good organizations with wonderful intentions end up underfunded, mismanaged, or lack clear direction. It’s not their fault; the centralized power of many for-good organizations is to blame. Blockchain can introduce a new model that can enable positive social change on a scale we’ve never seen before. But it also means thinking differently about social good organizations as they exist today and their place in this new ecosystem.

Why Bitcoin Matters for Freedom

Speaker: Alex Gladstein
Chief Strategy Officer at Human Rights Foundation

Governments throughout history have always bent technology to their advantage. Today, nation-states have built staggering surveillance systems, and continue to exert more control over their citizens. Can decentralized networks like bitcoin help strengthen civil liberties and challenge this consolidation of power? HRF’s Alex Gladstein provides a tour of how technology is being used against us and shows how decentralized blockchains just might be the one thing that can save our privacy and freedom.

Can Blockchain ‘Really’ Solve Climate Change

Moderator: Jonathan Gagilardoni
Panelists: Paul Carduner & Joff Hamilton-Dick

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