Thursday, August 2 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Talk: Primavera De Filippi—Building the Decentralized Stack: The Missing Social Layer

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Technology is neither good or bad, but is is also not neutral:  the underlying design of a technology will shape the mix of affordances and constraints that become available to the users of that technology.  Decentralized infrastructures are less likely to fall under the control of centralized parties, yet, they are not immune from market dynamics.  With no institution protecting them, they can be easily coopted by powerful actors.

So perhaps today the main challenge is not the design of technology, but rather the design of the governance structure on top of it.  In her talk, Primavera De Filippi argues that instead of focusing only on the technological layer, we must also look at the missing social layer--how to govern decentralized networks--to ensure the long-term sustainability of these decentralized systems.

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Primavera De Filippi

Researcher & Faculty Associate, CERSA/CNRS and Berkman-Klein Center / Harvard
Primavera De Filippi is a Permanent Researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the... Read More →

Thursday August 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
[J] Front End Stage 88 5th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

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