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CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: Kevin Werbach – The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States + Google Map

Trust in established institutions is collapsing. Is blockchain the solution, a symptom that will make the problem worse, a fantasy, or something else entirely? Wharton professor Kevin Werbach, author of The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust, offers a balanced analysis of blockchain’s potential, as well as its limitations and what it will take to overcome them. He explains how law, regulation, and governance are, surprisingly, essential for blockchain to reach its potential.

Bio: Kevin Werbach is associate professor of Legal Studies at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His work examines the intersection of business, policy, and emerging technologies in areas such as broadband, big data, and blockchain. Werbach served on the Obama Administration’s Presidential Transition Team, founded the Supernova Group (a technology conference and consulting firm), helped develop the U.S. government’s approach to internet policy while at the Federal Communications Commission, and created one of the most successful massive open online courses, with over 400,000 enrollments. His books include For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business and the forthcoming The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust.

No RSVP required for current Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Open to members of the public by invitation only. Please contact Jean Butcher at if you are interested in attending a particular lunch.

To request accommodations for a disability, please contact Jean Butcher, , 609-258-9658 at least one week prior to the event.