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October 2017
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The Fork in the Road

As American baseball legend Yogi Berra would say, “When you come to the fork in the road, take it!”  Unfortunately, when it comes to recent Bitcoin forks, a large number […]

The Dutch Surveillance State

Doutje Lettinga is a senior policy officer for human rights, surveillance and counter-terrorism at Amnesty International. In this role she has contributed to the lobbying and campaigning on the new Dutch Intelligence and Security Services Act as well as other Dutch counter-terrorism legislation in order to make them human rights compliant.  She has a Doctorate in sociology and a double Masters degree in history and political science.

Fighting Bulk Surveillance

Nina Boelsums and Luca van der Kamp are two of the students who started the successful Sleepwet.nl campaign for a national referendum against the Dutch Intelligence and Security Services Act 34 588.

Nina studies Industrial Design and focuses on the impact of new digital technologies on society. Luca van der Kamp has a degree in Computer Science and is currently studying logic, computability and complexity theory.

Smart Contracts for Social Good

Fraser Brown is Founder and Chairman of the ACT Foundation in Zug, Switzerland, which is responsible for the development of an Ethereum-based decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) for social causes. He is an engineer with an MBA from Trinity College Dublin, who has advised global institutions and governments on innovative financing solutions for climate change since 2010. In 2014 he represented Ireland in sailing at the Athens Olympic Games.

The “Sleepwet”

Peter Koop is a journalist who has written about the Dutch Intelligence and Security Services Act 34 588 which will go into effect on 1 January 2018. He has had a lifelong interest in signals intelligence and communications security, and has written for the weblog Electrospaces.net since 2012. He is one of the few people in the world who has systematically and critically studied the documents from the Snowden revelations and the press coverage they received.

Alan R. Milligan

Alan R. Milligan is a former software entrepreneur turned accomplished film producer. The work associated with his production studio Film-Farms, located in a farmhouse in Oslo, has received prizes at the Cannes, Venice and Tribeca film festivals in addition to more than 50 other awards and nominations. Now he has turned his attention to smart contracts with a system called White Rabbit that consists of a browser plugin to allow viewers to watch streaming films and to safely pay the rights holders.

Algorithmic Trading

Jean-Charles Dudek is CSO of NapoleonX, an algorithmic trading company specialized in cryptocurrencies. He is a former banker with more than 12 years experience working for tier 1 banks.  He previously worked as Head of Active Protected Fund Management at BNPP AM where he had a portfolio of more than € 3 billion assets under management (AUM).

Mark D’Agostino

Mark D’Agostino is a managing partner of the Enterprise Group at the Brooklyn-based Blockchain conglomerate, ConsenSys. He is the lead for its Energy consulting engagements. Before coming to ConsenSys, Mark spent ten years in management consulting for the financial services industry and helped establish Deloitte’s blockchain service offering.  He has successfully helped to deliver Ethereum-based applications for Fortune 500 banks, global energy companies and governments.

Igor Lilic

Igor Lilic is CTO and co-founder of the Enterprise Group at the Brooklyn-based Blockchain conglomerate ConsenSys. He wrote the Proof of Physical Address (PoPA) system and previously worked as a senior consultant for ThoughtWorks, Amazon Web Services, OANDA, SAP and AMD.

Collaboration Without Corporations

Aviv Cohen is co-founder of Rootcore, a solution for decentralized collaboration. He was VP of Sales and Operations for online fraud detection company Fraud Sciences. When the company was acquired by PayPal for $169 million, he joined PayPal’s European Risk Management group. He has also held business leadership roles in cyber security companies. Aviv has degrees in computer science, statistics and management from MIT and Tel Aviv University.