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Ethereum and Ethereum Classic: Consensus and Immutability

After the Ethereum hard fork on July 20, we now have two chains, Ethereum and Ethereum Classic. Join us Sunday as industry experts discuss the value of network effects vs diversity, and how future forks might be handled and supported.

We will open with special guest Tim Swanson, Director of Market Research at R3. Tim will speak to us on the ideas behind Code is Not Law.

The talk will be followed by a panel discussion.  Panelists include:

Charlie Lee, Director of Engineering at Coinbase

Shawn O'Connor, Entrepreneur and Investor

Jesse Powell, CEO of Kraken

Matthieu Riou, CTO of BlockCypher

Dominic Williams, co-founder of String Labs

The discussion will be moderated by world-renowned economist Steve Waldman.

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  • Elaine O.

    Thanks everyone for coming! Videos are now up.

    Tim Swanson:
    Panel Discussion:

    3 · August 9

  • Phil C.

    Great info. One question I wanted to ask is this:
    The fork was a good occasion to introduce/explore merge mining. Was that considered?

    August 9

  • Bob S.


    Was this session recorded? Any video available? Thanks!

    2 · August 7

    • Elaine O.

      Yes, it was recorded. Hopefully the video will be up by tomorrow.

      2 · August 7

    • Elaine O.

      (okay, maybe the video will be up tomorrow, the one that starts on Tuesday)
      Thanks a lot to Tim Swanson for recording!

      1 · August 8

  • Lior Z.

    Hi anyone coming from Berkeley/SF I can hitch hike with? Thx

    3 · August 7

    • Cameron V.

      I'm leaving from Nob Hill in SF around 5PM, can pick up ppl on the way down, send me a msg

      1 · August 7

    • Nathan

      Hey Cameron. I live at the top of Nob Hill, on the corner of Clay and Leavenworth, do you think I could hitch a ride with you?

      August 7

  • Donald M.

    I wish I could be there!

    2 · August 7

  • James K.

    Can you please confirm the time for this meeting? I have seen 6:00 pm start as well as 7:00 pm start

    August 5

    • Elaine O.

      6:00 pm start. Sorry about the confusion.

      August 5

  • Joel D.

    Here are Christian's questions from the announcement email:

    How will the community be built around Classic? Who will decide its future? What will help it survive? What will its consensus alg be when ETH switches to PoS? What can be done to increase its Hamming distance from ETH? Or should it stay the same with the hard fork code being the only difference to ETH? If it diverges from the ETH-focused work of Vitalik [2] and the ETH foundation, should it drop 'Ethereum' from its name? What can be done to maintain the high level of civility and tolerance that I have come to expect from the Ethereum community?

    All very interesting and worth considering.

    2 · August 5

  • Christian P.

    For a preview of the topics that could be discussed, check out Martin talking with Andreas Antonopoulos and others:

    1 · August 4

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