Blockchain & Privacy – WS 10 2019

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20 June 2019 | 14:00-15:30 | YANGTZE 1 | Remote participation | Live streaming | Live transcription
Consolidated programme 2019 overview

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 one of the main threats to privacy. They can be abused by large corporations, hackers who 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 controllers 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 the best practices?

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 that the right to be forgotten is honored and imposes 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.

The session will discuss technological approaches like the use of hashing or zero knowledge proofs. There will be presentations of systems for self-sovereign identities (SSI) and the verification of diplomas through smart contracts on public blockchains. Legal aspects such as how to attribute the GDPR-roles of controllers and processors to peer-to-peer technology or when hashes need to be considered as personal data will also be included in the session.

The session will conclude with a presentation of different initiatives that are trying to standardize privacy on blockchains at the DIN in Germany, the ITU, the ISO and JPEG organizations.

Format

The session will start with a series of lightening talks about blockchain, GDPR, conflicts and privacy-friendly blockchain applications. Then the session will be split into working groups which will discuss how to find the right balance between immutability, privacy and the right to be forgotten. The working groups will present their results and discuss them with the audience. The session will conclude with a lightning talk on standardization initiatives.

Further reading

People

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, [[PrivacyByBlockchainDesign.com] 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.

Moderator

Remote Moderator

Trained remote moderators will be assigned on the spot by the EuroDIG secretariat to each session.

Reporter

  • Jana Misic, Wilfried Martens Centre for EU Studies

The Reporter takes notes during the session and formulates 3 (max. 5) bullet points at the end of each session that:

  • 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)
  • are in (rough) consensus with the audience

Current discussion, conference calls, schedules and minutes

See the discussion tab on the upper left side of this page. Please use this page to publish:

  • next telco on April 23rd at 5 pm Geneva time https://zoom.us/j/840544672
  • We had a discussion about the title, the proposals are here the winner is blockchain & privacy

Messages

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Video record

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Transcript

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