What Does Blockchain Innovation Mean for Governance Innovation?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 12:00 PM
CIGI Campus - Multipurpose Room A120, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Canada
Public Event: Noon Lecture Series
Jun 29

Blockchain – the revolutionary technology behind popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether – is on the verge of changing the world as we know it.  It enables people to interact directly and securely with each other and with markets in ways that were previously only possible through trusted intermediaries.  Would you like to send money around the world in minutes without paying a single cent to a bank?  Raise $US 100 million for your tech seed fund in a matter of weeks without having to register with a securities and exchange commission?  Find out who owns your dream property in the Republic of Georgia without ever setting foot in an arcane government records office? There’s a blockchain for that!

In this lunchtime talk, CIGI Senior Fellow Julie Maupin will sketch some of the groundbreaking uses cases into which blockchain developers and entrepreneurs have poured countless coding hours and over a billion dollars in VC funding in recent years.  She’ll explain not only what makes this technology so revolutionary, but also how it challenges and promises to improve our most basic conceptions of governance.

This lecture will take place  in the CIGI Multipurpose Room (A120). Seating is limited - please register by June 24. A complimentary lunch will be provided 

Event Speakers

Julie Maupin is a CIGI senior fellow. She is also director of social impact and public regulatory affairs at the IOTA Foundation.