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Friday, August 30 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Institutions and Individuals Need Effective Decentralized Privacy Solutions

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This session will discuss why privacy and permissionless cash is critical to a functional open society and illustrate the difficulty in "bolting on" privacy solutions as an afterthought. This session will also provide a bird's eye view of the technical (in)capabilities of privacy-respecting cryptocurrencies, contrasting these with more colloquial perceptions.

What will students learn?
Why privacy is a human right.
Why surveillance economies are in contradiction with open societies.
Why businesses need a private financial system to survive.
Why transaction protocols cannot easily be made private like flipping a light switch, even if they are designed from the ground-up with privacy in mind.

This session is appropriate for all attendees.

Prerequisites: none

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Justin Ehrenhofer

Board member, Multidisciplinary Academic Grants in Cryptocurrencies (MAGIC)
Justin is a Regulatory Compliance Analyst for DV Trading and a board member of Multidisciplinary Academic Grants in Cryptocurrencies (MAGIC). He organizes the Monero Community Workgroup and the Monero Defcon Village. He is a moderator of the r/CryptoCurrency subreddit with over 900,000... Read More →

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Shannon Ewing

After spending a decade in the field implementing International Development and Humanitarian Aid projects, Shannon entered the blockchain/cryptocurrency space seeking ways the technology can be employed to create resources in developing regions.Having worked with organizations such... Read More →

Friday August 30, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm MDT
  Basics, Introductory