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Symposium: The Future of Money, Governance & the Law at George Mason University – Arlington, VA (USA)

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm UTC-5

The George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government and the Government Blockchain Association is pleased to bring you an interdisciplinary perspective on blockchain technology and the future of money, governance & the law.  Come and join over 400 government, industry and academic leaders in the fields of Art & Entertainment, Business, Conflict Resolution, Education & Human Development, Engineering, Healthcare, Law, Public Policy, Science. and Sociology.

The event will include keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops from many perspectives. Thought leaders from all of the GMU schools are invited to interact with Government Blockchain Association (GBA) members and invited dignitaries and guests. This event is open to all government employees, GMU students, faculty and staff, and GBA members. To request an invitation, please RSVP to the event. Invitations will be sent out in August 2019. Areas of exploration during the event will include:

  • Public Policy – Every government organization in the world will be impacted by blockchain technology. Examples include any government agency that:

    • is responsible to collect revenue, appropriate, budget, account and distribute funds
    • issues and manages grants, licenses, permits or contracts
    • manages assets, produces regulations, monitors and enforces legal and statutory requirements

GMU faculty, staff, and students are armed with the skills and the practical knowledge to lead government agencies and nonprofit organizations, develop public policies and programs, create innovative consulting solutions, or provide expert policy analysis. The GBA includes blockchain professionals with deep experience in legal and policy matters from around the world. GBA legal professionals are resources available to GMU faculty, staff and students. They have deep and broad experience providing blockchain policy recommendations to governments. GBA, GMU students, and invited dignitaries and guests will jointly explore the policy implications that blockchain and cryptocurrency will have on governments and financial institutions. 

  • Law – The GMU Antonin Scalia Law School focuses on an integrated approach to studying finance, economics, and law. This breakout session brings together members of the Government Blockchain Association’s financial, economic and legal community with the future financial, economic and legal professionals. By blending the expertise and wisdom of the GBA’s leading experts along with the leaders of tomorrow, we will have an enlightening dialog about the future impact of this transformative technology.

  • Law Enforcement – George Mason University leads a multidisciplinary academic consortium known as the Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis Center (CINA). It pursues innovative strategies and solutions to advance criminal network analysis, forensics, and investigative processes. CINA researchers are developing tools and technologies, as well as innovative educational and training solutions to advance our nation’s abilities to counter transnational criminal activities. CINA is a DHS Center of Excellence and is sponsored by the Science and Technology Directorate’s Office of University Programs. The Government Blockchain Association’s GBA Law Enforcement Working Group focuses on helping law enforcement and government agencies to forensically investigate and monitor illicit cryptocurrency use. This group supports the development of techniques and advanced search algorithms to reliably detect suspicious activities within cryptocurrency transactions and the “Dark Web”. The focus is supporting cases “threat tagged” to virtual currencies such as human trafficking, illicit drug sales, kidnapping and ransomware attacks. The GMU and GBA communities will come together to discuss what the future of law enforcement looks like in a blockchain enabled environment.

  • Healthcare – There is no question that one of the industries that will be the most impacted by blockchain technologies is healthcare. The faculty, staff, and students of the GMU College of Health and Human Services are equipping the next generation of healthcare, public health, and social services professionals. Government Blockchain Association professionals are working with government and industry leaders to find solutions in the areas of clinical trials, healthcare data management, pharmaceutical supply chains, insurance, healthcare administration, and value-driven healthcare solutions. They are developing new models for the delivery of health services including studying the role of tokenization, and changes to the regulatory environment. By bringing together the leading experts today and the future leaders in healthcare, we will have a better insight into how blockchain technology will impact healthcare in the future.

  • Education & Human Development – Blockchain technologies will impact how we teach, what we teach and how we credential students. It will potentially impact the next generation from childhood to the end of life. This includes education, healthy living, recreation, and travel. The Government Blockchain Association members have been studying and working in these fields for years and bring innovative technologies, solutions, and proposals to this discussion. They will engage with members of the GMU College of Education and Human Development for an insightful look at how this technology will impact the lives of the next generation.

  • Humanities & Social Science – Many people have described blockchain as transformative. Some have even claimed that it is the most transformative technology in human history. However, do we really understand the impact that this technology will have on our economies, cultures, and societies? The students, faculty, and staff of the GMU College of Humanities and Social Sciences merge rich scholarly traditions with innovative, experiential learning. They develop the creative and critical thinking skills that prepare them for successful careers. Members of the GBA have been working with government leaders to help them understand how this technology impacts social structures. They will study this together and gain insights from around the world to peer into the future and help current leaders prepare for change.

  • Science – Blockchain will benefit scientific research in ways that are yet unimaginable. However, some applications currently being explored include the sharing of scientific research data in ways that protect privacy, facilitate collaboration and creativity, while protecting proprietary information. Blockchain allows for the sharing and protection of data at the same time. And, the intersection of blockchain and related technologies like cryptography, advanced algorithms, IOT, RPA, and AI enable the discovery of entirely new concepts and breakthroughs. Members of the Government Blockchain Association will interact with members of the College of Science to expand the horizons of conventional thought. GMU students have access to state-of-the-art labs and world-class scientists that attract many research opportunities and highly motivated students from across the country and around the world, creating a stimulating, collaborative environment.

  • Art & Entertainment – The global art and entrainment industry is expected to grow to $2.14 trillion by 2020. A major concern for artists is protecting their intellectual property rights. The Government Blockchain Association (GBA) has working groups and members that are dedicated to helping performers, managers and entrepreneurs protect the resources that they work so hard to create. The College of Visual and Performing Arts develops world-class professionals in the fields of art, dance, film and video studies, music, theater, arts management, art education, and computer game design. GBA faculty, staff, and students engage with GBA members to understand how blockchain technologies will impact their future and their livelihood.

  • Conflict Resolution – In 2018, the GBA was asked to provide advice to an African government when they had separatist rebels using cryptocurrency to fund the acquisition of arms and weapons to fund their revolution. Blockchain is often referred to as the trust protocol. However, it can have ramifications both positive and negative. It can be used to increase the confidence and trust in public institutions. It can also be used to tear societies apart. The GMU faculty, staff and students at the GMU School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution lead in research, teaching and real-world practice of conflict resolution. GBA also has experience using blockchain technology to work towards establishing a more perfect union between and among governments and the citizens they serve. They are committed to using this technology to promote justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense of citizen’s rights and welfare and secure the blessings of liberty in a free society. GMU and GBA will discuss these topics to explore how blockchain will impact conflict resolution in the future.

  • Business – Blockchain technologies will have a dramatic impact on business processes, cost and time of transactions, and the effective utilization of resources. Every industry will be impacted. It will impact competitiveness and open up global markets. It will impact the friction of doing business internationally and even help to automate and expedite compliance with international laws, regulations and contract requirements. Every aspect of the business from supply chain to cash flow management will be impacted. The students, faculty, and staff of the GMU School of Business understand that it’s no longer business as usual in our global economy, and future business professionals will need new tools. Members of the GBA will share their knowledge and experience as we look to see how this technology will impact the future of business.

  • Engineering – Blockchain technology is enabling advances in engineering that have not been possible until now. Blockchain technology has applications in bioengineering, robotics, sustainable infrastructure, health care technologies, communications, and cybersecurity. Members of GBA working groups have experience with these use-cases. The students, faculty, and staff of the Volgenau School of Engineering work closely with a number of corporate partners that give students opportunities to apply their classroom learning to real-world situations to help make the world safer, cleaner and healthier. GBA and GMU will review and explore and predict how this technology will impact computer science and electrical engineering applications in the future.

We are still looking for speakers for this event and many others in our global series of events. If you are interested in a speaking opportunity, please submit an application on the GBA Public Speaking Opportunities Page. This event is part of the GBA Global Series on the Future of Money Governance & the Law. To learn more about the entire global series, please visit 2019 Conference Planning – The Future of Money, Governance & the Law.


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September 14
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Gerard Dache


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