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National Event: Blockchain Policy for the Future of Public Services

October 22, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

In times of uncertainty, people turn their eyes towards public power. Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) such as blockchain are claimed to bring new opportunities for more secure, agile, transparent and cost-effective public governance. Meanwhile blockchain is labeled as big hype for nothing.

In this virtual event, we will bring stakeholders together to discuss the effects of DLT in public services, the role of technology in government and examine what these could and should mean in terms of policy. The event also acts as the launch of the Horizon 2020 funded TOKEN (Transformative Impact Of Blockchain Technologies in Public Services) project in Finland.

Tentative schedule

10:30 OPENING: The possibilities of blockchain policies

Introduction to the vision of Token-project and blockchain policies

Johannes Anttila and Johannes Mikkonen, Demos Helsinki

Johannes Anttila and Johannes Mikkonen are senior experts working in the Governance Innovation -team of Demos Helsinki. They are responsible for TOKEN Policy Observatories, which mobilizes European policy-makers and representatives of public authorities to co-create technical, political and academic understanding of using distributed ledger technologies in public administration

11:10 KEYNOTE: The promise and the pitfalls of distributed ledger technology in government

Vinay Gupta, Founder and CEO of Mattereum

Vinay Gupta is a leading figure in the blockchain space, having co-ordinated the release of the blockchain platform Ethereum in July 2015, and was strategic architect for ConsenSys Systems, a technology hub focusing on the Ethereum blockchain and related applications.

10.50 LIGHTNING SPEECHES on possibilities and challenges of implementing blockchain in public administration and services

Juho Lindman, Associate professor and Director of the Blockchain Lab at University of Gothenburg

Other speakers to follow.


Facilitated discussion in small groups on possibilities and challenges of blockchain policies. Opportunity for networking and exchange of ideas.

12:00 END


October 22, 2020
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Demos Helsinki
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