IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
27–31 May 2024 // Dublin, Ireland

Keynotes

 

Keynote Speakers

Stuart Alderoty, Chief Legal Officer, Ripple

Jiahua Xu, Associate Professor, University College London

Jan Camenisch, CTO, DFINITY Foundation

                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

KEYNOTE 1

Stuart Alderoty,

Chief Legal Officer,

Ripple

 

 

VITA:

Stuart Alderoty is the Chief Legal Officer at Ripple, overseeing the legal, compliance and regulation departments. Stuart brings more than 30 years of legal experience to the role with expertise in financial services and regulatory affairs. He’s been General Counsel and part of the executive leadership teams at CIT Group and HSBC North America Holdings. Stuart also was Managing Counsel at American Express where he served on the leadership team of the President and CEO of American Express’ Consumer Card Business. Stuart began his career in private practice and was a partner with the international law firm of LeBouef, Lamb, Greene and MacRae where he specialized in complex litigation.

 

KEYNOTE 2

Dr. Jiahua Xu,

Associate Professor, 

University College London

 

 

 

VITA:

Dr. Jiahua Xu is Associate Professor in Financial Computing at UCL, where she teaches Blockchain Technologies and Digital Finance. She serves as Programme Director of the MSc Emerging Digital Technologies under the UCL Computer Science Department, as well as Head of Science at the DLT Science Foundation. Dr. Xu teaches FinTech courses at various institutions, including EPFL, London Business School, and Center for Latin American Monetary Studies. She visited and has ongoing research collaboration with Harvard Business School, Imperial College London, and Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her research interests lie primarily in blockchain economics, behavioural finance, and risk management. She has published academic papers in top tier conferences in computer science as well as renowned journals in economics and finance. 

 

KEYNOTE 3

Jan Camenisch,

CTO, 

DFINITY Foundation

Title: The future of compute is blockchain

 

Abstract:

Cybersecurity is becoming our next big global challenge. The cost caused by cybercrime damages as well as the money spent on IT security is ever increasing. With AI as a new tool to cybercriminals, this trend will very likely accelerate. The root problem is that the current IT stack is inherently insecure as it has grown organically with security requirements initially not being considered and later addressed only by bolt-on solutions such as firewalls, virus scanners, and intrusion detectors. This makes it nearly impossible to build and operate secure applications on this stack.

Nevertheless, there is a very prominent application that runs on the current IT stack and that has never been hacked despite being probably the largest honey-pot ever and despite the insecurity of the current stack: the bitcoin network. It obtains security by taking a radically different architectural approach: it is a distributed state machine realized by a cryptographic protocol, or as we say today, a blockchain.

It may seem that although successful generalizing bitcoin makes no sense: the bitcoin network has a slow transaction speed and limited throughput, its computational capacity is barely enough to maintain a ledger, nor is it Turing complete, and, despite these limitations, it consumes huge amounts of energy. In this talk we discuss how the principle of blockchain can be scaled to replace the current IT stack as a platform to build secure applications. In particular, we will look at the Internet Computer Protocol (ICP), a blockchain that has been designed from scratch with the explicit goal to provide all compute capacity that the world needs and to fundamentally address cybersecurity. We will discuss the protocol’s architecture and the different design challenges and decisions that were made. We conclude with an assessment to what ICP already achieves today and what is still required to be done towards the vision of all of humanity's software running on blockchain.

 

VITA:

Jan Camenisch is CTO at the DFINITY Foundation and Director of the DFINITY Zurich Research Lab, building the Internet Computer. He also serves on Sovrin‘s Technical Governance Board. Before joining DFINITY, Jan was a Principal Research Staff Member at IBM Research – Zurich, where he was leading the Privacy & Cryptography research team and was a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

He is a leading scientist in the area of privacy and cryptography and a Fellow of the IACR, IEEE, and ACM. Jan has published over 140 widely cited papers, was granted about 140 patents worldwide, and has received a number of awards for his work, including the 2010 ACM SIGSAC outstanding innovation award, the 2013 IEEE computer society technical achievement award, and the 2018 IFIP Kristian Beckman award.

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