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2017 – Conference on Blockchain Technology for Cybersecurity and Social Impact (BIS’2017)

BIS’2017 Day 1 conference: Blockchain Technology for Cybersecurity and Social Impact – 8 June 2017


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New technologies often give rise to new digital practices that can both strengthen and erode trust, in networks and each other. The emerging system of blockchain technology offers innovative methods to secure vital data in applications that extend beyond its familiar use case of Bitcoin (for financial transactions), to more exploratory applications in voting, health records, real estate, and more. Despite its dubious affiliation with hackers, trafficking, and extortion, blockchain technology can also ensure cybersecurity in high-stakes transactions. 

In this one-day symposium, speakers from the United States and Europe will engage in a lively discussion about the technology behind blockchain, its promise for cybersecurity, and its application in public-interest domains. The event will include keynote addresses, lightning talks and panel discussions.


8:30: Registration

9:00: Welcome Remarks:

  • Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens,  Consul General of France in San Francisco
  • Francois Sillion, Deputy CEO for Science, Inria
  • Thierry Priol, Director European and International Affairs, Inria
  • Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

9:30-10:15: Opening Keynote: Hanna Zubko, Founder, IntellectEU Inc.

10:15-10:30: Break

10:30-11:30: Panel 1: The Future of Blockchain Technology

  • Moderator: Jeremy McLaughlin, Associate, K&L Gates
  • Michael Andersen, Doctoral Student, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS), UC Berkeley
  • Daniel Augot, Senior Research Scientist, Inria
  • Diego Masini, Software Engineering Researcher, IBM
  • Iliana Oris Valiente, Founder, ColliderX

11:30-12:00: Lunch

12:00-12:45: Lunch Keynote: Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger Project

12:45-1:00: Break

1:00-2:00: Panel 2: Blockchain for Social Good

  • Moderator: Brandie Nonnecke, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
  • Genevieve Levielle, Founder, AgriLedger
  • Melissa Mokhtari, Business Consultant, Blockchain at Berkeley
  • Matthieu Soulé, Senior Strategic Analyst, L’Atelier BNP Paribas US
  • Gloria Zhao, Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Team, Blockchain at Berkeley

2:00- 3:00: Panel 3: Blockchain & Cybersecurity

  • Moderator: Alessandro Voto, West Coast Regional Director, Consensys
  • Allison Berke, Executive Director, Stanford Cyber Initiative
  • Gilles Fedak, co-founder,; Research scientist, Inria
  • Stefano Foresti, Associate Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Merced
  • Jérome Francois, Research Scientist, Inria

3:00-3:15: Break

3:15-4:00: Closing Keynote: “The State of Blockchain 2017” by Melanie Swan, Philosopher & Economic Theorist, New School for Social Research; Founder, Institute for Blockchain Studies

4:00: Closing Remarks: Costas Spanos, Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute; Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS), UC Berkeley

4:15-5:30: Reception & Networking, Kvamme Atrium


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