This Friday, famed privacy activist Edward Snowden will be talking to Gavin Wood—, Creator of Polkadot, co-founder of Ethereum and coiner of the term “Web3”,—for a fireside chat at the BlockDown DeData conference, an event exploring data ownership, privacy, Web3, personal information security and self-governance in detail through panels, keynotes, fireside chats and debates.
Wood and Snowden have an extensive history, of sorts. After Snowden’s paradigm-shifting revelations about NSA surveillance, and the ways the US government—with the help of its allies and big business—were systematically monitoring the world’s citizens, Wood coined the term “post-Snowden” web to describe a future where the internet was less dominated by large, centralised forces.
“Web 3.0, or as might be termed the “post-Snowden” web, is a reimagination of the sorts of things that we already use the Web for,” Wood wrote in a blog post in 2014. “But with a fundamentally different model for the interactions between parties.
“Information that we assume to be public, we publish. Information that we assume to be agreed, we place on a consensus-ledger. Information that we assume to be private, we keep secret and never reveal. Communication always takes place over encrypted channels and only with pseudonymous identities as endpoints… In short, we engineer the system to mathematically enforce our prior assumptions, since no government or organisation can reasonably be trusted.”
The discussion between the two privacy and decentralisation advocates will take place between 12:40 and 1:10pm Eastern Standard Time, and will be streamed across top media in the crypto space including CryptoSlate and Theta.tv.
Last month, Snowden—an enthusiast for blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies—revealed that he used Bitcoin to hide his identity when buying the servers that made the NSA leaks possible. “You know that whole NSA story from almost TEN YEARS AGO? I paid for the servers that made that possible… using Bitcoin,” he said in a tweet.
Snowden will be appearing alongside privacy and security experts, industry leaders and academics, including David Chaum—the inventor of digital currency and the “godfather of privacy”.
The NSA leaks of 2013 uncovered an extensive network of global surveillance
programs conducted by the United States and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance (UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand) with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments, which prompted a global discussion about individual rights, privacy and government monitoring and abuse of personal data.
ABOUT BLOCKDOWN DE:DATA
BlockDown DeData aims to educate the public about the use and abuse of data in a world where everybody is a digital citizen. Nowadays, security breaches and manipulation of data can be powerful enough to put entire countries at risk, cripple large institutions, affect the way we see the world and even turn the results of government elections.
“DeData’ puts the power back into the hands of individuals. We look forward to welcoming guests to Blockdown so they can find out more about what Decentralized Data is and the many different advantages and current possibilities of taking control of your data. Your crypto is making yields, so why not your data?”
Previous editions of BlockDown have already attracted some of the biggest names in the industry including Akon, CZ, Charles Hoskinson, Erik Voorhees, Sergey Nazarov, Roger Ver and Nicholas Merten from DataDash, all providing glowing feedback.
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