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Revision as of 15:25, 28 May 2018

Consolidated programme 2018 overview

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Session teaser

The blockchain technology promises trust that is independent from government or business institutions. What are the use cases of this technology? What impact does this have on development and society? Will governments become obsolete? Do we need regulation - just to prevent bad side effects or to reinstate the power of governments and existing businesses?


  • Blockchain
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • SmartContracts
  • Governance
  • Regulation
  • EnergyWaste
  • UseCases
  • ImpactOnDevelopment
  • DecentralizedApplications
  • DecentralizedDNS
  • PublicAdministration
  • eGovernment
  • eResidency

List of proposals

  • Awareness of Data management and Critical internet literacy 90
  • Building an ecosystem for Climate change issues using ICTs. Applications, sharing of solutions, research and development 18
  • Distributed Governance for Blockchains and Smart Contracts 139
  • Impact of digital currency and Bitcoin in development and less development countries 198
  • Shape of the future: The regulation of the cryptocurrencies 7
  • Crypto currency and Blockchain 15
  • Block chain technology and economic development 136
  • Future of the Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology 151
  • Blockchain usage challenges 3
  • How to regulate the energy waste of blockchains 111
  • Blockchain in Public Administration and e‐ citizenship: advantages and risks 243

Session description

Blockchain is a new and promising technology. While trust has been lost in governments, banks, central banks and other institutions, this technology is trustless - meaning it does not require trusting a central entity. With computers gaining increasing importance, we are less willing to trust a single entity or some administrators to properly care about our digital life. Public blockchain technology promises to be able to grant things beyond government and institutional control. Governments are challenged by this loss of control. Criminal use cases of blockchain technology like money laundering or terror financing are used to argue in favor of a tight regulation of blockchain technology. However, shouldn't we have democratic institutions decide about the rules and independent technology to ensure that everybody - including governments - play by the rules? For example, validating identities on a blockchain will remove the power of governments to create fake identities or to delete real identities. The session panelists will present some blockchain use cases and will discuss blockchain specific regulation with a focus on cryptocurrencies and tokens.


Panel discussion with about 4 panelists

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Focal Point

Organising Team (Org Team)

  • Arvin Kamberi
  • Erica Vaccaro
  • Amina Beriša
  • Frédéric Donck / Ceren Unal
  • Maarit Palovirta
  • Clement Genty
  • Liora Amina Berisha
  • Salomé Eggler


  • Olga Duka
  • Susanne Tempelhof
  • Walid Al-Saqaf
  • Mariam Turashvili

Key Participants

  • Elena Yurkina
  • Vakhtang Maskhulia
  • George Paliani


Jörn Erbguth

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