Wednesday, August 1 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Roundtable: Mapping the Human Layers of the Decentralized Ecosystem - Externalities of System Design

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This roundtable discussion will investigate the question of identifying the stakeholders in decentralized ecosystem and power dynamics in decentralized decision-making. In a centralized system, the hierarchical structure is more transparent. In a decentralized system, power consolidates into implicit clusters of power, but because there is no formalized hierarchical structure, the underlying power dynamics are not apparent. Invisible powers may emerge in the system, making it difficult for people to understand in the hands of whom the power actually lies.

A decentralized system does not remove the human elements, but it makes certain actions public and more visible. In such a system, the formerly “hard power” of centralized systems and identified actors may morph into new forms of “soft power” and unidentified and/or new forms of gatekeepers. A decentralized system therefore requires distribution of power and decision-­making mechanisms. What are the implicit structures of these “structureless” systems? What kind of normative steps do we need to foster to manage “soft power” in decentralized decision-­making and empower participation?

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Greg McMullen

Lawyer, COALA
Greg is a lawyer based in Berlin, where he chairs the Privacy and Data Protection subsection of the Blockchain Bundesverband. He is co-founder of the Interplanetary Database Foundation, and the former Chief Policy Officer of ascribe.io and BigchainDB. Before moving to Berlin, Greg spent five years as a litigator with one of Canada’s top class action law firms, where he worked on class actions against Facebook over privacy violations, and Visa and MasteCard alleging price fixing. He served on the Board of Dire... Read More →


Althea Allen

Head of Ecosystem Growth, OmiseGO
Althea loves a good positive sum game. She helps to guide growth strategy at OmiseGO, a fintech company building the free and fully public OMG network for scalable, decentralized asset exchange secured by the Ethereum blockchain, with a special focus on incentive alignment across... Read More →
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Kei Kreutler

Strategy Director, Gnosis
Kei Kreutler is a researcher, designer, and developer interested in how cultural narratives of technologies shape their use. As Strategy Director at Gnosis, she oversees messaging and direction as the company builds open, blockchain-based prediction market platforms, decentralize... Read More →
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Vienna Rae-Looi

Collaborator/Co-founder, COALA & Zero Degree Project, Stanford Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory
Vienna co-founded Zero Degree Project & Economic Space Agency (a seed-funded distributed ledger technology start-up) in the Valley. Back in Malaysia where she was from, she co-founded DurianAsean (a media station on Southeast Asia current affairs) & KillTheBill (an aware-winning human... Read More →
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Iris Wuisman

Professor of Company Law, Leiden University
Since 2011 Iris Wuisman is Professor of Company Law at Leiden University and was formerly an entrepreneur and lawyer. She is interested in the broad area of company law, comparative law and European company law, given her active involvement in international education and research... Read More →

Wednesday August 1, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
[D] Peabody Room 88 5th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

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