Thinking Digital Currencies Workshop

When:30 Nov 2016, 10am - 4pm
Venue:Central Lecture Block 5 (Map Ref E19)
Who:Various see below
Thinking Digital Currencies

In the short eight years since the pseudonymous publication of a white paper entitled ‘Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,’ Bitcoin and related forms of digital currency have garnered a great deal of attention in the popular press, and the currency itself has made remarkable progress in becoming a viable payment method.

The structure of new digital currencies, however, also pose a range of novel theoretical challenges to our conceptions of money, regulation, the political status of currency and the role of the State in commerce. This one-day conference brings together thinkers working in economics, philosophy, law and engineering to engage with these challenges posed by Bitcoin, its scions, and the new spaces of economic activity that they have opened up - in short, to consider the future of money itself.

Confirmed Speakers

Greg Adamson (University of Melbourne), Hannah Glass (King & Wood Mallesons), Laura Lotti (UNSW), Alex Patton (UNSW), Jon Roffe (UNSW), and Akseli Virtanen (CEO, Economic Space Agency


10.00 Welcome and introduction

10.15 Alex Patton (UNSW). Crypto Currencies and beyond: A technical perspective

10.45 Hannah Glass (King & Wood Mallesons). [Smart] Contracts - coding the contract

11.15 Coffee break

11.30 Greg Adamson (The University of Melbourne). Blockchain governance and user expectations

12.00 Lunch

1.00 Jon Roffe (UNSW). Is Bitcoin money? The institution of memory and the diachrony of sovereignty

1.30 Laura Lotti (UNSW). Money, thought and time: Why the abstraction of Bitcoin matters

2.00 Closing drinks and light refreshments at the Whitehouse.

This event is free and open to anyone wanting to attend, please register via the link below for catering purposes.

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