Program BLING Final Conference: Blockchain Works - Lessons from Blockchain in Government

29 March 2023 - Published by Evite van Winkoop
Are you looking for smarter, secure and more focused ways to provide public services? Over the last 4 years the BLING project has explored the possibilities of blockchain in government with real users. Find out what it takes and what you can achieve with this technology through the lessons learned from BLING pilots. Join the final conference of the BLING project on the 26th of April online.

BLOCKCHAIN WORKS – Lessons from Blockchain in Government

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Johannes Anttila (Moderator)
Johannes Anttila is a Senior Policy Expert at the globally operating, independent think tank Demos Helsinki. His policy, innovation and research work revolves around the politics of technology, technology policy and the societal impacts and contexts of emerging technologies.  He has worked with and led consortiums of partners ranging from various sectors of government and intergovernmental organizations such as the UN to some of the world's largest technology companies, academia and civil society actors. Johannes is the chair of the board of directors of the Finnish Information Society Development Center TIEKE and sits on the board of directors of Demos Helsinki. For the past 3 years, he has headed the TOKEN Policy Observatory within the H2020 funded TOKEN project (Transformative impact of distributed technologies in public services), focusing on scoping the future of blockchain in government and distilling lessons for policy from on-going public sector DLT use cases.

Prof. mr. dr. Jurgen Goossens undefined
Jurgen Goossens is Full Professor of Constitutional Law and Head of the Insititute of Jurisprudence, Constitutional and Administrative Law at Utrecht University. His chair focuses on constitutional resilience in view of digital transformations and legal protection against government action. He is Principal Investigator of the interdisciplinary NWO-MVI CHAIN project: 'Blockchain in the network society: transparency, trust and legitimacy by design' (2020-2024). Goossens wrote several publications about blockchain in government, among others a (Dutch) monography with K. Verslype and E.  Tjong Tjin Tai ‘Blockchain and smart contracts: reassessment of the role of trusted intermediaries in the algorithmic society.’

Victor van der Hulst undefined
Victor van der Hulst is the coalition manager of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition (DBC), which is a public-private partnership between governmental authorities, centres of expertise and the commercial sector. The DBC’s role is proactive and facilitating. In other words, the DBC helps its partners not only by providing clarification and direction but also by enabling interaction – always aiming to achieve real-world results. Their mission is to increase knowledge about blockchain and its use, accelerating the decentralisation of digital infrastructure in the Netherlands. They focus on the important social and economic themes; the DBC’s affiliates can continuously tweak the focus in terms of content through the DBC's existing governance structure.

Pierre Marro
Pierre Marro is Policy Officer at the Directorate General Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) of the European Commission. He is the team leader on blockchain files and is notably in charge of the European Blockchain Partnership and the European Blockchain Service Infrastructure.

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