Taking a different approach to blockchain - looking at the technology through an academic perspective.
Speech: Ethan Heilman
Speech: Shin'ichiro Matsuo
Speech: Benedikt Bunz
Panel: Elizabeth Stark (moderator), Ethan, Shin'ichiro, Benedikt Bunz
These remarks were part of NCC 2016: “The Social Impact of Blockchain” on Friday November 4th, 9am-6pm at DG717, 717 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
This full day conference will explore the Social Impact of Blockchain technologies. Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum - these buzzwords are migrating from geek slang to the dictionary as they define an independent architecture for human trust and exchange. Amidst news of discord and hacking, who is responsible for building a reliable distributed ledger? How can the architecture behind crypto-currency benefit the greatest number of earthlings? Friday 4 November at DG717 in San Francisco, we will take a look at how blockchain could evolve to support or supplant our existing social institutions:
For more information about NCC, visit https://www.dglab.com/en/ncc/
Benedikt Bünz - Stanford University
Benedikt Bünz is a first-year PhD student at Stanford University. He previously received his Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford and his undergrad degree from the University of Zurich.
Benedikt’s research focusses on cryptography and applied security as well as incentives specifically in the area of cryptocurrencies. He is the co-author of the Provisions paper which enables Bitcoin exchanges to cryptographically proof their solvency while maintaining perfect privacy.
Ethan Heilman - Researcher, Boston University
Ethan Heilman is PhD student at Boston University's Computer Science Department and a member of the computer security research group BUSEC. His research includes novel attacks on hash functions including breaking a SHA-3 competitor, network security and Blockchains. Based on research he published he has contributed improvements to Bitcoin-Core which strengthen the security of Bitcoin's P2P network.
His earlier adventures include developing bioinformatics software for the Broad Institute, building scalable software at two search engine startups (Jumptap and Pubget), and at the Geographics Lab helping design Cape Cod's Intelligent Transit System.
His latest project is TumbleBit which allows for scalable private Bitcoin payments.
Shin’ichiro Matsuo, Ph.D. - Research Affiliate- Director's Liaison for Financial Cryptography, MIT Media Lab, Co-Founder, BSafe.network
Dr. Shin'ichiro Matsuo is a research scientist in cryptography and information security based in Silicon Valley. He is working on maturing Blockchain technology from academia side. He is a research affiliate - Director's Liaison for Financial Cryptography at MIT Media Lab, research fellow at University of Tokyo and Chief Security Scientist at MagicCube Inc. He is an editorial team member of LEDGER, the first Blockchain academic journal and a program committee member of W3C Blockchains and the Web. Together with Mr. Pindar Wong, he is establishing the BSafe.network to promote applied academic research in blockchain technologies. He is the editor of three ISO/IEC standards.
Dr. Matsuo founded CELLOS, the international consortium for security evaluation of cryptographic protocol and serves as the head of its technical working group for securing cryptographic protocol like TLS. Previously he served as the head of Japanese national body of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC27/WG2 for cryptographic techniques, a member of advisory board cryptographic technology for Japanese government. He is the member of IACR, IFCA.
Elizabeth Stark - Co-Founder & CEO, Lightning
Elizabeth Stark is cofounder and CEO of Lightning, a company building technology for fast, scalable blockchain transactions. Stark has worked extensively in the realm of digital currency and open internet policy and is a fellow at Coin Center. Previously, she taught at Stanford and Yale about the future of the Internet and served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at StartX working with the Stanford startup community. Elizabeth has advised various blockchain startups including Blockstream, and is an advisor at Comma.ai, an autonomous driving company. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.