Gabriel Laender – Blockchain for Policy: A Pragmatic Framework for Assessing Impact

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

12:30 pm - 1:50 am, ASC 225


Join us on Thursday, October 31st at 12:30 in ASC 225 for Gabriel Laender’s discussion, “Blockchain for Policy: A Pragmatic Framework for Assessing Impact”

Blockchain enthusiasts not only are eagerly engaged in a lively debate over the future of society, they are also actively pursuing their collective dreams. They seek as much to remake the institutions central to modern society, as to embody a new kind of public digital freedom. A dialogue is already developing between blockchain more radical proposals and traditional government institutions, as less radical visions are more and more also populating the blockchain space. Blockchain-based solutions to their everyday legitimacy and due process problems may lead to interesting new ways of organizing representation and dialogue in collective decision-making. I propose a framework to evaluate those initiatives for what they are: a laboratory for new ways in which political collective action can take place.

About Gabriel Laender: 

Gabriel Laender is a Brazilian attorney, ICT researcher and legal tech entrepreneur. He was policy advisor to the Strategic Affairs Secretariat of the President´s Office (SAE), and later became telecommunication advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Executive Office of the President (Casa Civil), where he coordinated the regulatory aspects of the Brazilian National Broadband Plan. He has a Law Ph.D. from the University of Brasilia, where he is a fellow and founding member of the Telecommunication Law Research Group (Getel). He is currently co-founder of leGit, a platform for open-sourcing legal documents.

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