On-Chain Identity: Grant Fondo, Andy Atkin, and Daniel Buchner

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We are happy to have Daniel Buchner, Grant Fondo, and Andy Atkin speak to us about on-blockchain identity. They will each give a short talk then participate in a panel moderated by Steve Waldman (https://twitter.com/interfluidity?lang=en). Topics that we hope they will explore include: Where does identity originate? Who will define it? How will important identity characteristics be exposed or shielded to preserve privacy? What are the public policy implications of on-chain identity?

Andy will present “An overview of traditional approaches to identity and their limitations, and the emerging solutions in the current blockchain ID landscape.” Andy has a background in experimental psychology, Healthcare IT, and has given talks to us in the past on blockchain-based identity and reputation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXjIl0LZNOY).

Daniel (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dbuchner/)will educate us by describing "How a cross-chain system of decentralized identifiers linked to identity hubs encoded with semantic data are the agar (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agar) upon which a new breed of apps and services will grow." Daniel leads product, development, and strategy for Microsoft’s open-source decentralized identity initiative.

Grant (http://www.goodwinlaw.com/professionals/f/fondo-grant) will speak on "The blockchain & identity -- privacy issues and the implications for governmental oversight and control." He is a former federal prosecutor and currently a partner at Goodwin Law, where (among other things) he is co-chair of its Digital Currency + Blockchain Technology Practice. We're very grateful to Grant for hosting this event at Goodwin Law (http://www.goodwinlaw.com/).

Please thank Bernard Golden when you see him for suggesting and organizing this event. This will be fun; please come!