The Lab @ The Future of Digital Innovation in the European Union conference at the College of Europe

photo credit: oslo region european office twitter account

Balazs was speaking at the The Future of Digital Innovation in the European Union  conference about policy issues of blockchain technology.

The conference was organized by the College of Europe on the 10th of April 2018.

Here is the prezi of the talk:

Andrea Renda is the Google Chair in Digital Innovation at the College of Europe. The event was the first of a series of annual conferences on Digital Innovation.

The outline of the event is the following:

Digital innovation is permeating a big portion of the economy, reshaping the way we live, work, interact. Two paradigms currently stand out as potentially disruptive: the emergence of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) such as blockchain, and the increasingly pervasive use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in a variety of applications, from e-commerce to self-driving cars. Policymakers find it increasingly difficult to keep track of this evolution given the breathtaking pace of innovation, and the challenge of dealing with algorithms, collective intelligence, and often a patchy and uncertain set of legal rules. The College of Europe Chair in Digital Innovation organizes a one-day conference to discuss the challenges and opportunities for innovation in the digital age. Key themes addressed by the conference:

  • What are the key opportunities and challenges of DLTs and Artificial Intelligence?
  • Is Europe competitive in the deployment of these technologies?
  • What new forms of innovation may emerge from the diffusion of these disruptive technologies?
  • Is the EU legal system well-equipped to cope with the peculiarities of these technologies?
  • What can the EU do to harness the potential of DLTs and Artificial Intelligence to strengthen the Single Market and promote better economic, social and environmental outcomes?

Dutch blockchain research agenda

In the last few weeks Balazs was busy working with the excellent Jaco van de Pol, chair of Formal Methods and Tools at the University of Twente, and Jeroen van den Hoven, professor of Ethics and Technology at Delft University on the first draft of what soon will be the Dutch research agenda on blockchain.

The work was initiated by NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, to define the topics and priorities for blockchain related public funding.

The experience of being part of this highly inter- and multidisciplinary effort to define a long term national research agenda was unique, and extremely exciting!

We’ll publish the agenda as soon as possible!

Team building

We have received an incredible amount of applications for the two postdoc positions and the PhD. In the last few weeks we have been super busy with Joao reading through the excellent CVs and project proposals, and we were amazed by the amount of talent, dedication, ideas this project brought forward.

We are humbled by the attention, and work given by the applicants to the applications. Sadly we will not be able to hire even a fraction of all the excellent candidates, which means that we’ll have to reject really great people. This is always the hardest thing to do. But this also means that we’ll have great people on the team. We are in the final rounds of interviews, announcements are coming soon!


1,5 miljoen voor onderzoek naar maatschappelijke impact van blockchain – AG Connect

Een vijfjarig Amsterdams onderzoeksproject bekijkt de maatschappelijke impact van blockchain en welke wet- en regelgeving nodig is bij toepassingen van deze technologie. Het project ‘Blockchain & Society Policy Research Lab’ van onderzoeker Balazs Bodo krijgt hiervoor 1,5 miljoen euro toegewezen van de European Research Council. Bodo is verbonden aan de rechtenfaculteit van de Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), Instituut voor Informatierecht (IViR).

Source: 1,5 miljoen voor onderzoek naar maatschappelijke impact van blockchain – AG Connect

Our CPDP panel on blockchain and copyright is online

Our CPDP 2018 blockchain and copyright panel with Ruslan Nurullaev (International Laboratory for Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law, Higher School of Economics), Primavera De Filippi (CNRS), Susana Nascimento (Joint Research Centre, European Commission), Guido Noto La Diega (Northumbria University), and Alexander Savelyev (Higher School of Economics) is online.

Watch video

My slides are here:

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Blockchain, Law & Policy workshop February 12, 2018, Amsterdam

The Business Law and Economics Symposium, the Blockchain &
Society Policy Research Lab at IViR, and the Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich presents the  Blockchain, Law & Policy workshop.

Date:  February 12th, 2018 (8:30-17:15)

Location:  IViR Documentation Room, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, Roeterseilandcampus – building A, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, Amsterdam


8:30-9:00 BREAKFAST
9:00-9:15 Opening statement by Stefan Bechtold & Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci

Session 1

9:15-10:15 Luis Garicano (LSE): The Governance of Blockchain: Hard Forks, Cryptocurrency and Norms
10:15-10:45 COFFEE BREAK
10:45-11:45 Davide Grossi (Groningen): A Social Choice-Theoretic Analysis of the Stellar Consensus Protocol
11:45-12:45 Stefan Bechtold (ETH Zurich) & Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci (UvA): Property Without Law: Personalized Property Rights Through New Contracting Technologies

12:45-14:00 LUNCH (served in the conference room)

14:00-14;45 Joris Cramwinckel (Ortec Finance, Rotterdam): Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts: Potential and Limits, with an Application to Pensions
14:45-15:45 Hermann Elendner (HU Berlin): Liquidity and Resiliency of Crypto-currency Markets

15:45:16:15 COFFEE BREAK
16:15-17:15 Balazs Bodo, Daniel Gervais and Joao Quintais (Amsterdam): Who Needs Copyright When We Have Blockchain and Smart Contracts?


See the detailed program and the abstracts here: Blockchain Program 2018