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UMass Blockchain Developers-Overview of Decentralized Identity Technologies

13 Nov
Tuesday, 11/13/2018 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Computer Science Building, Room 151
Special Event

Registration is Required

Part I - Overview of Decentralized Identity Technologies - Jim Flynn

The Internet existed for many years before it achieved mass-market acceptance. We needed browsers before consumers could use the Web, and SSL before they could securely perform e-commerce transactions. Similarly, we will need to deploy infrastructure technologies before consumers will use blockchain-based systems at scale. Increased transaction capacity is important; however, another critical area is personal identification. A number of decentralized identity technologies promise to power an array of new applications such as e-voting, microfinance, and universal basic income distributions. Jim Flynn, Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at the UMass Amherst, College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), will give this presentation, which will cover the most important emerging blockchain-based identity platforms that are currently under development.

Part II - Bitcoin and the Cryptocurrency Space - Q&A with Gavin Andresen

Gavin Andresen is also an EIR at CICS. He is a software developer who is best known for his involvement with Bitcoin, which Gavin started working on in 2010. Before leaving the Bitcoin project. Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin's creator, handed off leadership of then project to Gavin. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in computer science. The group organizers will interview Gavin about his experiences with Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency space. He will also take questions from the audience.

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