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[Lecture Series FS22] Creating Digital Property Rights Using Blockchain


Prof. Dr. Co-Pierre Georg (University of Cape Town)


Coded power is the ability to shape the behavior of others by controlling the storage, communication, and interpretation of information. I show how seemingly innocuous technology choices facilitate the concentration of coded power in the hands of a few big tech companies and three-letter government agencies. This outcome was neither inevitable nor is it without realistic alternatives. Blockchain promises to decentralize the control over public information but the real challenge is decentralizing control over private information. Public ledgers struggle with this, but new technologies make it possible today to envision an alternative information paradigm in which users can own their data. In this talk, I will outline how such a system can look like and how blockchain can be used to create digital property rights.


Tuesday, 17th May, 2022

18:00 – 20:00

[Hybrid] KOL-F-117, University of Zürich, Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zürich

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Prof. Dr. Co-Pierre Georg

Co-Pierre Georg is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, the Director of the Algorand-UCT Financial Innovation Hub, and the convener for the MPhil in Financial Technology at UCT where he teaches courses on “Fintech and Cryptocurrencies”. His research interests focus on the nexus of financial innovation and financial stability. Co-Pierre’s research has received awards from the Algorand Foundation, Ripple, the European Central Bank, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the Institut Louis Bachelier. He has been a consultant at various central banks and held visiting positions at MIT, Oxford, Princeton, and Columbia University. Aside from being a Research Associate at the Oxford Martin School for the 21st Century, Co-Pierre is a Research Associate at the Imperial College Center for Global Finance and Technology, as well as a Research Affiliate at the Columbia University Center for Global Legal Transformation


Time Speaker Event Title Presentations
18:00 -18:15Welcome & Introduction & SBHACK22
18:15 -19:00Prof. Dr. Co-Pierre GeorgCreating Digital Property Rights Using Blockchain
19:00 -19:30Q&A
19:30 -20:00Apéro


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