[D.FINE] Five DFINE Themes through Speakers
D.FINE, a conference running during Korea Blockchain Week, will be held from Sept. 30 through Oct. 1 at InterContinental Grand Seoul Parnas in Gangnam District, southern Seoul. The conference will bring together more than 50 experts on blockchain to discuss the technology and its future. Where decentralization is headed The downturn in the cryptocurrency market last year raised doubts over the current decentralization system. In response, established companies have jumped into the ring through reverse initial coin offerings and corporate blockchain. The moves incorporated the centralized system into the existing decentralized ledger. The research looks into both decentralization in the private sector and the merged approach in the public sector. In this landscape, D.FINE will delve into the future of decentralization. The panel includes Nick Szabo, a pioneer behind smart contracts, Adam Back, a developer of algorithm for blockchain’s proof of work system, David Chaum, a cryptographer and Gavin Wood, co-founder of ethereum. Blockchain and privacy Blockchain was created to prevent the monopoly of centralized platforms. With the controversies surrounding Google’s monopolistic behavior in information management and Facebook’s leak of private data in 2010, industries have been keen on data management powered by decentralized systems. D.FINE has invited experts on decentralized identifier such as Brittany Kaiser, a well-known whistleblower at Facebook, Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia and Chief Information Officer at Everipedia, and Park Hoon, head of Metadium. Regulation and cryptocurrency How countries and established entities define cryptocurrency is at the center of attention. Discussion is underway as to whether cryptocurrency is classified as an asset. Japan passed a bill that recognizes cryptocurrency as assets and the issue is under discussion at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. D.FINE will provide insight into the topic. Related speakers include Chang Byung-gyu, head of a committee tasked with spearheading fourth industrial revolution, Yoo Jae-soo, the minister of economic affairs, Peteris Zilgalvis, co-chairman of the European Commission Task Force on Financial Technology, and Caroline Malcom, head of the OECD's Blockchain Policy Centre. Cryptocurrency prospects The value of crypotocurrency as an investment instrument is also one of the hot-button issues, especially for investors. D.FINE will let participants talk about the future of money and investment through cryptocurrency. The related speakers are: Michael Novogratz, founder and CEO of cryptocurrency merchant bank Galaxy Digital, Thomas Lee, managing partner at Fundstrat Global Advisors and Lasse Clausen, a founding partner at 1kx. Corporate players enter the ring Cryptocurrency has generated losses for investors, but the wide popularity prompted major companies to enter the blockchain business. Even though Korean companies are known for taking a conservative approach toward blockchain, many tech giants are dipping their hands into the sector. D.FINE will bring together Kim Joo-wan, an executive director at Samsung Electronics, Oh Se-hyun from SK Telecom, Kim Seon-soo from the incubation business division at AWS and Ha Tae-seok, an executive director at LG CNS.