Governing the Blockchain with Kevin Werbach, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania -- hosted by Bruce Schneier


Monday, November 19, 2018, 12:15pm to 1:30pm


One Brattle, Suite 470, Harvard Kennedy School

We are thrilled to welcome a conversation with: 

Kevin Werbach
Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics
Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Please join us for a conversation on: 
Governing the Blockchain
Hosted in conversation with Bruce Schneier

Blockchain technology, which underlies cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, is a new mechanism of governance. It promises to establish communal consensus without recourse to governments or other central authorities. This idea has enormous potential. If poorly designed, however, blockchain-based systems are vulnerable to catastrophic failures. Worse, they could exclude the very elements of governance most important for lasting success.  

(lunch will be provided.)

More about the speakers:

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Kevin Werbach is professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. A world-renowned expert on emerging technology, he examines business and policy implications of developments such as broadband, big data, gamification, and blockchain. Werbach served on the Obama Administration’s Presidential Transition Team, founded the Supernova Group (a technology conference and consulting firm), helped develop the U.S. approach to internet policy during the Clinton Administration, and created one of the most successful massive open online courses, with over 450,000 enrollments. His books include For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business and The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust.

Bruce Schneier is “one of the world’s foremost security experts” (Wired), a “security guru” (The Economist), and the bestselling author of thirteen books. He speaks and writes regularly for major media venues, and his newsletter and blog reach more than 250,000 people worldwide. He is a fellow and lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society; a special advisor to IBM Security; and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access Now, and the Tor Project.