March 23 - 25, 2021




Freedom vs. Safety

The summit will feature keynotes from all fronts of the privacy war, with a keynote address from the whistleblower and cybersecurity expert, Edward Snowden. The conference will shine a light on the battle-lines drawn between freedom and security in our seemingly perpetual privacy crisis. Each day of the summit will focus on a different aspect of digital privacy, from how we communicate, to how we transact, to how we live in an era of pervasive digital surveillance.


EDWARD SNOWDENWhistleblower & Cybersecurity Expert

The author of the new memoir, Permanent Record, former CIA officer and National Security Agency (NSA) consultant Snowden risked everything to expose the U.S. government’s system of mass surveillance. He is the subject of the Oscar-winning best documentary Citizenfour and the critically acclaimed Oliver Stone film, Snowden. Appearing live from Moscow, Snowden continues to speak out about technologies and practices (increasingly by nongovernmental entities) that have created “the most effective means of social control in the history of our species.” “Everything we do now lasts forever. Not because we want to remember, but because we are no longer allowed to forget,” he says, evoking the key theme of Permanent Record. “Helping to create that system is my greatest regret.” As one of the world’s most passionate and authoritative voices on privacy and cybersecurity, Snowden continues to warn us of the growing threats of our digital age.

Edward Snowden shocked the world in 2013 when he broke with the intelligence establishment and revealed that the U.S. government was pursuing an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the potential to collect every single phone call, text message and email of every person on earth. Fearing arrest, he fled to Hong Kong, where he secretly met with journalists from The Guardian newspaper and filmmaker Laura Poitras. Poitras later won an Academy Award for Citizenfour. The Guardian and The Washington Post were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their role in reporting on the NSA leaks. Snowden saw this honor as “a vindication” of his efforts to bring the secret surveillance programs to light. Snowden himself has received numerous honors for his public service, including the Right Livelihood Award, the German Whistleblower Prize, the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling and the Carl von Ossietzky Medal from the International League of Human Rights. He currently serves as president of the board of directors of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Since gaining asylum in Russia, Snowden has remained in the headlines as an impassioned and authoritative champion of privacy, civil liberties and cybersecurity during what he calls “the greatest redistribution of power since the Industrial Revolution.” Based on Snowden’s revelations, both the US and UK governments have faced court challenges to their surveillance laws, prompting new legislation in both countries. Internet companies, reacting to public outrage over privacy concerns, have made encryption commonplace. Snowden continues to sound the alarm on mass surveillance and the collection of data by both governments and corporate entities. He has been invited to speak at venues ranging from international investment conferences to the TED stage and the Sorbonne—receiving glowing reviews and passionate applause from audiences around the world.


  • Mass Surveillance, Secrecy & Democracy: When Data Collection Becomes a Threat to Free Societies
  • Restoring Trust: How To Solve The Next Generation of Privacy & Security Dilemmas
  • National Security Agency or National Surveillance Agency: Our Cyber Defenses Examined
  • AUDREY TANGDigital Minister, Executive Yuan

    Audrey Tang is Taiwan’s digital minister in charge of Social Innovation. Audrey is known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell, as well as building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin.

    In the public sector, Audrey served on Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and the 12-year basic education curriculum committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project.

    In the private sector, Audrey worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design.

    In the social sector, Audrey actively contributes to g0v (“gov zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government.”

    SHEILA WARRENHead of Data, Blockchain, and Digital Assets and Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum

    Sheila Warren is the Head of Data, Blockchain, and Digital Assets, and a member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

    She began her career as a Wall Street attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore before turning to philanthropy and civic technology over a decade ago. Over the course of her career, Sheila has represented banks, philanthropists, and progressive nonprofits, most recently serving as the VP of Strategic Alliances and General Counsel at TechSoup. She also designed and launched NGOsource, a groundbreaking service focused on international grantmaking.

    Sheila currently serves on the boards of the ACLU of Northern California, the Equal Justice Society, and TechSoup, and on advisory boards for the World Bank, the OECD, and others.

    Sheila is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

    CINDY COHNExecutive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

    Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. From 2000-2015 she served as EFF’s Legal Director as well as its General Counsel. Ms. Cohn first became involved with EFF in 1993, when EFF asked her to serve as the outside lead attorney in Bernstein v. Dept. of Justice, the successful First Amendment challenge to the U.S. export restrictions on cryptography. Recently, Ms. Cohn was named to TheNonProfitTimes 2020 Power & Influence TOP 50 list, and in 2018, Forbes included Ms. Cohn as one of America's Top 50 Women in Tech.

    ZOOKO WILCOXFounder and CEO, Electric Coin Company

    Zooko has more than 20 years of experience in open, decentralized systems, cryptography and information security, and startups. He is recognized for his work on DigiCash, Mojo Nation, ZRTP, “Zooko’s Triangle”, Tahoe-LAFS, BLAKE2, and SPHINCS.

    Dr. Steven Waterhouse (Seven)CEO & Co-Founder, Orchid Labs

    Dr. Steven Waterhouse (Seven) is the CEO and Co-founder of Orchid. Waterhouse previously served as a partner at blockchain-focused venture Pantera Capital from its inception in 2013 through July 2016 and worked at Fortress Investment Group, where he founded the Digital Currency Fund with Mike Novogratz and Pete Briger.

    Seven was a Co-founder and CTO of RPX (Nasdaq: RPXC) and served as Director of the Honeycomb product group at Sun Microsystems, one of the first computer and software technology companies to evolve during the dot com era. He holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

    KEN LIUTechnologist & Author, Dandelion Stories Limited Company

    Ken Liu ( is an American author of speculative fiction. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he wrote The Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series (starting with The Grace of Kings), as well as The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and The Hidden Girl and Other Stories. He also authored the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker.

    Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Liu worked as a software engineer, corporate lawyer, and litigation consultant. Liu frequently speaks at conferences and universities on a variety of topics, including futurism, cryptocurrency, history of technology, bookmaking, the mathematics of origami, and other subjects of his expertise.

    Ryan SelkisCEO & Co-Founder, Messari

    Ryan is co-founder and CEO of Messari, a leading crypto asset data and research company. Prior to founding Messari, he was an entrepreneur-in-residence at ConsenSys, and was on the founding teams of Digital Currency Group, where he managed the firm’s seed investing activity, and CoinDesk, where he led the company’s restructuring and annual Consensus conferences. He has been an investor and prolific writer in the crypto industry since 2013.

    Rohan GreyAssistant Professor of Law, Williamette University

    Rohan Grey is an assistant professor at Willamette University College of Law, where his research focuses on the legal design and regulation of digital currency. He is the president of the Modern Money Network, a network manager of the FreedomBox Foundation, and Vice-Chair (Privacy) for the Policy & Governance Working Group of the International Telecommunications Union's Digital Currency Global Initiative. In 2020, he helped draft the Automatic Boost to Communities (ABC) Act, which directed the Treasury to establish an anonymous, privacy-respecting e-cash system, as well as the Stablecoin Tethering and Bank License Enforcement (STABLE) Act, which would require stablecoin issuers to obtain a bank charter and submit to federal regulatory supervision.

    Brian BehlendorfExecutive Director, Hyperledger

    Brian is Executive Director of Hyperledger, an open source software consortium hosted by the Linux Foundation. Since 2016, Hyperledger has led the way in driving adoption of blockchain technology by enterprises for all sort of uses now in production, from trade finance to supply chain traceability to digital identity.

    Previously, Brian has had a career founding technology startups Organic Online and CollabNet, advising the US White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy and HHS under President Obama, and serving as CTO at the World Economic Forum.

    Brian also serves on the boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation.

    Jorge RiosCEO, Bridgefy

    Jorge is CEO at Bridgefy. Bridgefy's technology helps companies offer apps that millions of people can use without Internet.

    Peter Van ValkenburghDirector of Research, Coin Center

    Peter is Director of Research at Coin Center, the leading non-profit research and advocacy group focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies such as Bitcoin. He is a graduate of NYU Law, as well as a self-taught web developer.

    He drafts the Center’s public regulatory comments, and helps shape its research agenda. He has testified before Congress, briefed staff and members of the EU parliament, and educated policymakers and regulatory staff around the world on the subject of cryptocurrency regulation and decentralized computing systems. Previously, he was a Google Policy Fellow and collaborated with various digital rights organizations on projects related to privacy, surveillance, and digital copyright law.

    Vinay GuptaCEO, Mattereum Ltd

    Vinay Gupta is the founder of Mattereum, a London-based fintech company using legally-enforceable smart contracts to enable the sale, lease, and transfer of physical property and other legal rights.

    He is a technologist and policy analyst with a particular interest in how specific technologies can close or create new avenues for decision makers. This interest has taken him through cryptography, energy policy, defence, security, resilience and disaster management arenas.

    He is known for his work on the hexayurt, a public domain disaster relief shelter designed to be built from commonly-available materials, and with Ethereum, a distributed network designed to handle smart contracts.

    Yele BademosiCEO & Co-Founder, Bundle Africa

    Yele Bademosi is CEO and Co-Founder of Bundle, the Africa-focused social payments app for cash and crypto, aiming to drive crypto adoption in Africa and bringing more economic freedom and prosperity to all Africans. Yele is focused on developing the blockchain ecosystem in Africa, accelerating Africa’s transition into a sustainable and developed economy by leveraging capital, innovation and policy. He is a Founding Partner at Microtraction, which funds Africa’s most remarkable teams at early-stage startups across multiple sectors including finance and cryptocurrency. Previously, he was a Director at Binance Labs--leading the Africa chapter of the Binance Labs Incubation Program--and General Manager of Starta Africa, an online community and resource platform for African entrepreneurs. He is a self-taught designer and developer and has created multiple apps and products, including a social app connecting university students in the UK. Yele holds a Bachelor of Medical Sciences from King’s College London.

    Jen Zhu ScottExecutive Chairman, The Commons Project Foundation

    Jennifer Zhu Scott is the Executive Chairman of The Commons Project, a non-profit public trust to build digital good as public service. She founded Radian Partners, a private direct investment firm focusing on Artificial Intelligence. Jennifer is a Forbes World's Top 50 Women in Tech in 2018 and a Co-Chair of Fortune Global Tech Forum in 2019. Jennifer is a China Fellow of The Aspen Institute and has a dual Fellowship at The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). In 2014, Jennifer was appointed as one of the 18 council members of China Council convened by the Global Agenda Council, the World Economic Forum’s think tank. In 2016, WEF re-appointed her to be one of 20 members of the inaugural Council of The Future of Blockchain, and in 2020, the Data Policy Council. Jennifer was honoured by WEF as a Young Global Leader in 2013. She studied Applied Mathematics at Sichuan University and MBA in Finance at Manchester Business School. She completed the public policy and leadership programme at Yale University in 2013, in Harvard Kennedy School in 2016, and in Oxford University in 2017. She also graduated from the inaugural executive programme on sustainability energy and leadership at Princeton University in 2018. In 2017, Jennifer debated against the notion of Universal Basic Income at Oxford Union and at the Davos 2018, she debated against Nobel Prize winner Prof. Robert Shiller and Swedish Central Bank Deputy Governor Cecilia Skingsley on Crypto Assets. She is a consultant to the Season 5 and 6 of the HBO show Silicon Valley and a frequent public speaker and published author on data ownership, AI, and digital monetary policies. Her TED talk “Why you should get paid for your data” was released in 2020.

    Micha BenolielCEO & Co-Founder, Nodle

    Micha is the CEO and Co-Founder of, a privacy-first, decentralized wireless network for connecting IoT devices to the internet, and Coalition Network, a non-profit foundation that provides an open source, secure exposure notification solutions for governments, universities and organizations to integrate into their health system to protect global citizens during the current COVID-19 crisis and future pandemics. The Coalition App, the open source Whisper Tracing Protocol, and the award-winning Nodle M1, a smart wearable device to promote social distancing, were developed by Micha, the Nodle team, and a few independents.

    Previously, Micha enabled Skype to launch Skype In And Skype Out and built several ventures and products in the space of telecommunications, networking and the Internet: Open Garden; FireChat App, which was (10M+ downloads) a peer-to-peer Bluetooth-based messaging technology used to stay connected and communicate in areas without internet access, including during the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution; and PiperChain (Sold to RightMesh).

    Bailey ReutzelJournalist & Media Professional

    Bailey Reutzel is a long-time crypto reporter and an all around media professional, working across mediums - print, audio, video and events. She's currently programming content for CoinDesk's Consensus 2021 conference. She, like most of you, has been losing sleep over crypto prices.

    Derek E. SilvaGlobal Community Manager, Orchid

    As the Global Community Manager for Orchid, Derek is responsible for communicating the core tenets and benefits of Orchid to thousands of people. Derek is a former IT professional, building his communication skills while working across multiple industries and demographics. He has read dozens of whitepapers, interviewed individuals from top technology companies, provided one-on-one support, and now dedicates his time to helping blockchain companies build communities.


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