Panel: Cryptocurrency and the Law

August 2nd, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Decentralized Web Summit 2018
Front End Stage

Panelists: Marvin Ammori, Protocol Labs, General Counsel
Zooko Wilcox, Zcash, Founder
Ryan Shea, Blockstack, Co-founder
Peter Van Valkenburgh, Coin Center, Director of Research
Althea Allen, OmiseGO, Head of Ecosystem Growth

How many protocol builders at this Decentralized Web Summit have launched their own cryptocurrencies or intend to? ICOs are replacing VC capital to spur growth in the Decentralized Web world, so starting to understand some of the legal landscape and policy battles ahead will be critical. Hear from both the DWeb founders and practitioners who have been navigating this terrain and lobbying regulators, and some of the legal experts who can answer your questions.

Althea Allen
Head of Ecosystem Growth, OmiseGO

Althea loves a good positive sum game. She helps to guide growth strategy at OmiseGO, a fintech company building the free and fully public OMG network for scalable, decentralized asset exchange secured by the Ethereum blockchain, with a special focus on incentive alignment across the crypto ecosystem.


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Marvin Ammori
General Counsel, Protocol Labs

Marvin Ammori is the General Counsel of Protocol Labs, Inc. Previously, he spent over a decade as an advocate for Internet freedom and privacy, including by leading the net neutrality fights of 2009 (Comcast-BitTorrent case) and 2015 (Title II victory). He has published widely on First Amendment matters, including in the Harvard Law Review and the New York Times. He serves on the Boards of Fight for the Future and Demand Progress. He began his career at the corporate law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP and attended Harvard Law School.


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Zooko Wilcox
Founder, Zcash

Zooko has more than 20 years of experience in open, decentralized systems, cryptography and information security, and startups. He is recognized for his work on DigiCash, Mojo Nation, ZRTP, “Zooko's Triangle”, Tahoe-LAFS, BLAKE2, and SPHINCS. He is also the Founder of Least Authority. He sometimes blogs about health science.


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Ryan Shea
Co-Founder, Blockstack

Ryan co-founded Blockstack, a new internet for decentralized apps where users own their data. Ryan studied engineering at Princeton, went through Y Combinator, and was inducted into the Forbes 30 Under 30. He has authored several popular open source libraries in cryptography and blockchains.


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