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Monday, January 29 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin: Authentication in a Post-Equifax World

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The massive Equifax breach in September 2017 reminded us yet again that traditional authentication credentials such as social security numbers should have been left back in the last century. The Internet has made data ubiquitous and transactions instantaneous, and our antediluvian authentication methods fail time and again to protect data, assets and transactions. Yet, blockchain technology has quietly been growing as a versatile ledger for all sorts of authenticated transactions beyond currency. Realtors are using blockchain to streamline real estate listings. Human resource companies are exploring blockchain technology to provide efficient access to employee benefits. Internet platforms are exploring blockchain to reduce advertising fraud and to keep out fake news bots and trolls. The applications are endless. Our panel will explore whether blockchain may be the answer to our public policy prayers in a post Equifax world.

Moderators
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Jason Kaplan

General Counsel & Director of Policy, Blockchain for Change
Lead all legal, regulatory, and compliance matters related to the company's business of leveraging blockchain technology to enable financial inclusion for low income and homeless individuals.

Speakers
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James Cross

Director of Corporate Strategy, Workday
James Cross is director of strategy at Workday, where he explores the future of business, work, and emerging technologies, to guide the company’s strategic direction.James has spent over a decade at the intersection of people, business and technology.  He started his career as... Read More →
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Hilary Swab Gawrilow

Legislative Director and Counsel, Office of Representative Jared Polis
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Justin Herman

Emerging Citizen Technology Lead, Emerging Citizen Technology Lead General Services Administration (GSA)
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Mercina Tillemann-Dick

COO, Global Blockchain Business Council
Mercina Tillemann-Dick currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Global BlockchainBusiness Council (GBBC). Experienced in strategic planning and communications, she has spenther career translating complex ideas for broad audiences in the public and private sectors.Tillemann-Dick... Read More →


Monday January 29, 2018 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Room 705/706 (Main Plenary)