Blockchain & Privacy – WS 10 2019

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Consolidated programme 2019 overview

Title: Blockchain & Privacy

Proposals assigned to this session: ID 46, 48, 60, 69, 70, 102, 109, 113list of all proposals as pdf

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Session teaser

Huge centralized data collections are a main threat to privacy. They can be abused by large corporations, hackers that breach firewalls and secret services. Blockchain omits centrally controlled data collections and can provide better privacy protection in some cases. At the same time Blockchain means immutability and lack of central control. Data protection however, includes the right to be forgotten, requires regular deletion and assigns responsibilities to controlers of data processing. Is privacy regulation like GDPR an obstacle to the use of privacy enhancing peer-to-peer technology like blockchains? Can blockchains be GDPR-compliant? What are best practices?

[This is a first draft for a session teaser. See also for an introduction into that topic. See also the WSIS-workshop and the workshop at the University of Geneva on the same topic:]

Session description

The session discusses blockchain technology and its impact on privacy. Public blockchains offer transparency and immutability while the General Data Protection Regulation GDPR demands to honor the right to be forgotten and other restrictions that are hard to be implemented on blockchains. The session will present technological approaches to ensure a high protection of privacy and will discuss remaining frictions between blockchain, privacy and GDPR.


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Focal Point

  • Jörn Erbguth, University of Geneva

Organising Team (Org Team) List them here as they sign up.

  • Chivintar Amenty, YouthDIG 2019
  • Raphael Beauregard-Lacroix
  • Clarissa Calderon, Universität Hamburg
  • Debora Cerro Fernandez, IP Lawyer
  • Iliana Franklin
  • Anja Grafenauer
  • Arvin Kamberi
  • Galia Kondova, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), School of Business
  • Diona Kusari
  • Oksana Prykhodko
  • Enzo Puliatti, ISOC Italy
  • Lisa Trujillo

Key Participants

  • Anja Grafenauer, [[] Privacy By Blockchain Design], Profile
  • Lisa Trujillo, independent consultant, LinkedIn
  • Galia Kondova, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Profile

The list is not complete yet and some key participants might still be added.


  • Jörn Erbguth

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  • Jana Misic, Wilfried Martens Centre for EU Studies

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  • are summarised on a slide and presented to the audience at the end of each session
  • relate to the particular session and to European Internet governance policy
  • are forward looking and propose goals and activities that can be initiated after EuroDIG (recommendations)
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Current discussion, conference calls, schedules and minutes

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  • next telco on April 23rd at 5 pm Geneva time
  • We had a discussion about the title, the proposals are here the winner is blockchain & privacy


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