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11:35 - 12:15 Melanie ShapiroTimothy RuffVinny LinghamJustin NewtonDoc Searls


Identity on the Blockchain – Emerging Players & Projects


Melanie Shapiro
CEO and Founder, Case

Timothy Ruff
CEO & co-founder, Evernym

Vinny Lingham
Co-Founder & CEO, Civic Technologies, Inc.

Justin Newton
CEO/CTO, Netki

Doc Searls
Futurist, The Searls Group


Session Description

Worldwide, financial institutions are struggling to comply simultaneously with anti-money-laundering and know-your-customer regulations (which require access to sensitive personal data) and privacy rules such as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (which limit such access). As commerce migrates to digital channels, meanwhile, consumers live with the hassle of managing multiple logins and passwords and the fear that their personal data will be stolen or abused. Commercial banking clients similarly are burdened with redundant paperwork when they open accounts with different institutions. While distributed ledger technology has been batted around as a potential solution for several years, more than a dozen startups and open-source projects have recently emerged that aim to put the theory into practice. Hear their game plans during this session.


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