A VIRTUAL SUMMIT ON DIGITAL PRIVACY
March 23 - 25, 2021
Freedom vs. Safety
The summit will feature keynotes from all fronts of the privacy war, with a keynote address from the whistleblower and cybersecurity expert, Edward Snowden. The conference will shine a light on the battle-lines drawn between freedom and security in our seemingly perpetual privacy crisis. Each day of the summit will focus on a different aspect of digital privacy, from how we communicate, to how we transact, to how we live in an era of pervasive digital surveillance.
The author of the new memoir, Permanent Record, former CIA officer and National Security Agency (NSA) consultant Snowden risked everything to expose the U.S. government’s system of mass surveillance. He is the subject of the Oscar-winning best documentary Citizenfour and the critically acclaimed Oliver Stone film, Snowden. Appearing live from Moscow, Snowden continues to speak out about technologies and practices (increasingly by nongovernmental entities) that have created “the most effective means of social control in the history of our species.” “Everything we do now lasts forever. Not because we want to remember, but because we are no longer allowed to forget,” he says, evoking the key theme of Permanent Record. “Helping to create that system is my greatest regret.” As one of the world’s most passionate and authoritative voices on privacy and cybersecurity, Snowden continues to warn us of the growing threats of our digital age.
Edward Snowden shocked the world in 2013 when he broke with the intelligence establishment and revealed that the U.S. government was pursuing an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the potential to collect every single phone call, text message and email of every person on earth. Fearing arrest, he fled to Hong Kong, where he secretly met with journalists from The Guardian newspaper and filmmaker Laura Poitras. Poitras later won an Academy Award for Citizenfour. The Guardian and The Washington Post were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their role in reporting on the NSA leaks. Snowden saw this honor as “a vindication” of his efforts to bring the secret surveillance programs to light. Snowden himself has received numerous honors for his public service, including the Right Livelihood Award, the German Whistleblower Prize, the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling and the Carl von Ossietzky Medal from the International League of Human Rights. He currently serves as president of the board of directors of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
Since gaining asylum in Russia, Snowden has remained in the headlines as an impassioned and authoritative champion of privacy, civil liberties and cybersecurity during what he calls “the greatest redistribution of power since the Industrial Revolution.” Based on Snowden’s revelations, both the US and UK governments have faced court challenges to their surveillance laws, prompting new legislation in both countries. Internet companies, reacting to public outrage over privacy concerns, have made encryption commonplace. Snowden continues to sound the alarm on mass surveillance and the collection of data by both governments and corporate entities. He has been invited to speak at venues ranging from international investment conferences to the TED stage and the Sorbonne—receiving glowing reviews and passionate applause from audiences around the world.
Audrey Tang is Taiwan’s digital minister in charge of Social Innovation. Audrey is known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell, as well as building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin.
In the public sector, Audrey served on Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and the 12-year basic education curriculum committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project.
In the private sector, Audrey worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design.
In the social sector, Audrey actively contributes to g0v (“gov zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government.”
Sheila Warren is the Head of Data, Blockchain, and Digital Assets, and a member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
She began her career as a Wall Street attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore before turning to philanthropy and civic technology over a decade ago. Over the course of her career, Sheila has represented banks, philanthropists, and progressive nonprofits, most recently serving as the VP of Strategic Alliances and General Counsel at TechSoup. She also designed and launched NGOsource, a groundbreaking service focused on international grantmaking.
Sheila currently serves on the boards of the ACLU of Northern California, the Equal Justice Society, and TechSoup, and on advisory boards for the World Bank, the OECD, and others.
Sheila is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. From 2000-2015 she served as EFF’s Legal Director as well as its General Counsel. Ms. Cohn first became involved with EFF in 1993, when EFF asked her to serve as the outside lead attorney in Bernstein v. Dept. of Justice, the successful First Amendment challenge to the U.S. export restrictions on cryptography. Recently, Ms. Cohn was named to TheNonProfitTimes 2020 Power & Influence TOP 50 list, and in 2018, Forbes included Ms. Cohn as one of America's Top 50 Women in Tech.
Zooko has more than 20 years of experience in open, decentralized systems, cryptography and information security, and startups. He is recognized for his work on DigiCash, Mojo Nation, ZRTP, “Zooko’s Triangle”, Tahoe-LAFS, BLAKE2, and SPHINCS.
Dr. Steven Waterhouse (Seven) is the CEO and Co-founder of Orchid. Waterhouse previously served as a partner at blockchain-focused venture Pantera Capital from its inception in 2013 through July 2016 and worked at Fortress Investment Group, where he founded the Digital Currency Fund with Mike Novogratz and Pete Briger.
Seven was a Co-founder and CTO of RPX (Nasdaq: RPXC) and served as Director of the Honeycomb product group at Sun Microsystems, one of the first computer and software technology companies to evolve during the dot com era. He holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.
Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an American author of speculative fiction. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he wrote The Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series (starting with The Grace of Kings), as well as The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and The Hidden Girl and Other Stories. He also authored the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker.
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Liu worked as a software engineer, corporate lawyer, and litigation consultant. Liu frequently speaks at conferences and universities on a variety of topics, including futurism, cryptocurrency, history of technology, bookmaking, the mathematics of origami, and other subjects of his expertise.
Ryan is co-founder and CEO of Messari, a leading crypto asset data and research company. Prior to founding Messari, he was an entrepreneur-in-residence at ConsenSys, and was on the founding teams of Digital Currency Group, where he managed the firm’s seed investing activity, and CoinDesk, where he led the company’s restructuring and annual Consensus conferences. He has been an investor and prolific writer in the crypto industry since 2013.
Rohan Grey is an assistant professor at Willamette University College of Law, where his research focuses on the legal design and regulation of digital currency. He is the president of the Modern Money Network, a network manager of the FreedomBox Foundation, and Vice-Chair (Privacy) for the Policy & Governance Working Group of the International Telecommunications Union's Digital Currency Global Initiative. In 2020, he helped draft the Automatic Boost to Communities (ABC) Act, which directed the Treasury to establish an anonymous, privacy-respecting e-cash system, as well as the Stablecoin Tethering and Bank License Enforcement (STABLE) Act, which would require stablecoin issuers to obtain a bank charter and submit to federal regulatory supervision.
Brian is Executive Director of Hyperledger, an open source software consortium hosted by the Linux Foundation. Since 2016, Hyperledger has led the way in driving adoption of blockchain technology by enterprises for all sort of uses now in production, from trade finance to supply chain traceability to digital identity.
Previously, Brian has had a career founding technology startups Organic Online and CollabNet, advising the US White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy and HHS under President Obama, and serving as CTO at the World Economic Forum.
Brian also serves on the boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation.
Jorge is CEO at Bridgefy. Bridgefy's technology helps companies offer apps that millions of people can use without Internet.
Peter is Director of Research at Coin Center, the leading non-profit research and advocacy group focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies such as Bitcoin. He is a graduate of NYU Law, as well as a self-taught web developer.
He drafts the Center’s public regulatory comments, and helps shape its research agenda. He has testified before Congress, briefed staff and members of the EU parliament, and educated policymakers and regulatory staff around the world on the subject of cryptocurrency regulation and decentralized computing systems. Previously, he was a Google Policy Fellow and collaborated with various digital rights organizations on projects related to privacy, surveillance, and digital copyright law.
Vinay Gupta is the founder of Mattereum, a London-based fintech company using legally-enforceable smart contracts to enable the sale, lease, and transfer of physical property and other legal rights.
He is a technologist and policy analyst with a particular interest in how specific technologies can close or create new avenues for decision makers. This interest has taken him through cryptography, energy policy, defence, security, resilience and disaster management arenas.
He is known for his work on the hexayurt, a public domain disaster relief shelter designed to be built from commonly-available materials, and with Ethereum, a distributed network designed to handle smart contracts.
Yele Bademosi is CEO and Co-Founder of Bundle, the Africa-focused social payments app for cash and crypto, aiming to drive crypto adoption in Africa and bringing more economic freedom and prosperity to all Africans. Yele is focused on developing the blockchain ecosystem in Africa, accelerating Africa’s transition into a sustainable and developed economy by leveraging capital, innovation and policy. He is a Founding Partner at Microtraction, which funds Africa’s most remarkable teams at early-stage startups across multiple sectors including finance and cryptocurrency. Previously, he was a Director at Binance Labs--leading the Africa chapter of the Binance Labs Incubation Program--and General Manager of Starta Africa, an online community and resource platform for African entrepreneurs. He is a self-taught designer and developer and has created multiple apps and products, including a social app connecting university students in the UK. Yele holds a Bachelor of Medical Sciences from King’s College London.
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