Despite our awareness of the critical issues stemming from Big Tech’s approach to personal data use, privacy, governance, and anti-competitive practices, we have yet to establish rules, or support realistic alternatives that mitigate the harms of these platforms.
Attendees will leave with an understanding of the current landscape of case studies across industry and academia on the subject matter, potential strategies which present an antidote to the harms of Big Tech, and a strong network among those who can make a difference.
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Please see below for the current agenda (subject to change).
Rep. Jake Auchincloss
Congressman Jake Auchincloss is serving his second term representing the Massachusetts Fourth. In addition to his work on the committees for Transportation & Infrastructure and the Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the United States and China, his areas of focus include healthcare, clean energy, and gun violence.
Jake was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of a surgeon and a scientist. They showed him the value of curiosity and hard work. From the moment he could read, Jake loved American history.
After graduating from Harvard College, Jake joined the Marines. He commanded infantry in Afghanistan and special operations in Panama.
Upon returning home, Jake continued his service as a three-term city councilor in Newton. While working at City Hall on nights and weekends, Jake built a career in business, running product development at both a Fortune 100 insurance company and a cybersecurity startup. He has degrees in Economics and Finance from Harvard University and MIT Sloan.
Today, Jake lives in Newton with his wife, Michelle, and their children, Teddy and Grace (along with their Labrador Retriever, Donut).
Danielle Allen is James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director of the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics. She is a professor of political philosophy, ethics, and public policy. She is also a seasoned nonprofit leader, democracy advocate, national voice on pandemic response, distinguished author, and mom.
Karan is a lawyer specializing in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector for the past 7 years. He is CLO at Gnosis, a blockchain infrastructure development group that builds tools for the Ethereum and DAO ecosystems. Karan also consults for Isolas LLP, a Gibraltar law firm, through which he has been supporting the growth of the local DLT industry. He has worked closely with the Gibraltar Government on developing and implementing its DLT Regulatory Framework, and is ranked by Chambers & Partners as a leading Fintech lawyer in the jurisdiction.
Karan participates in various education and training initiatives, for example through the University of Gibraltar, where he is a guest lecturer for their introductory course on Blockchain & Smart Contracts.
Marta Belcher is president and chair of Filecoin Foundation as well as the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web, and general counsel and head of policy at Protocol Labs. She is also special counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Marta serves on the Boards of the Zcash Foundation and the Blockchain Association and is a member of Paradigm’s Crypto Policy Council. Marta is a pioneer in cryptocurrency law and policy and has testified in U.S. Congress and state legislatures as well as speaking in European Parliament. Marta has been recognized by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer awards, by Law360’s list of Top Attorneys Under 40, by CryptoWeekly’s list of Most Influential Women in Crypto, and as Business Intelligence Group’s Woman of the Year.
Camille Canon is a leading expert in governance, organizational design, and new institutional models. In 2022, she founded Apiary to build systems and solutions that make collective decision-making in distributed organizations and communities possible. Canon previously co-founded Purpose, a social enterprise on the forefront of new institutional models of ownership and governance. She is based in Los Angeles.
Jake is Blockchain Association’s Chief Policy Officer, leading policy efforts in Washington on behalf of the crypto industry. Jake is an industry veteran, joining the Association from Compound Labs, the developer of a leading DeFi protocol, where he served as General Counsel. Prior to this role, he represented individual and corporate clients in cryptocurrency-related securities and commodities litigation at Kobre & Kim LLP. Jake earned his B.A. from the George Washington University, and his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
Dorothy D. DeWitt serves in the U.S. Senate as Chief Finance Counsel to Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand of New York. Prior to that, she served as the Director of the Division of Market Oversight (DMO) at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the first woman appointed to serve in the role since the agency was founded in 1974. At the CFTC, Dorothy was responsible for the licensing, regulation and examination of derivatives trading platforms and exchanges. She also oversaw the $400 trillion (notional) commodity derivative markets, including market structure and emerging risks and trends. During her tenure, Dorothy led the team that proposed and finalized the CFTC’s Dodd-Frank rulemaking.
Ms. DeWitt joined the CFTC from Coinbase, where she served as General Counsel for Business Lines and Markets. She previously served in senior legal and compliance roles for Citadel Securities, a broker-dealer and swaps dealer provisionally-registered with the CFTC, S&P Global, and as an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Ms. DeWitt spent nearly a decade in an investment capacity as a portfolio manager of alternative investment funds that relied heavily on derivatives and swaps. At Cadogan Management, Ms. DeWitt served as a partner and portfolio manager who co-led the investment group. Prior to that, she served at GAM in London, a global fund of hedge funds, as the portfolio manager for the GAM Multi-Arbitrage Fund, managing arbitrage, credit, event-driven, and fixed income investments. Before that, she served as a research analyst at a merger arbitrage and event-driven hedge fund at ING Furman Selz.
Ed’s research interests include computer security and privacy, and public policy issues relating to information technology. Specific topics include software security, Internet security, electronic voting, cybersecurity policy, technology for government transparency, network neutrality and Internet policy.
Ed is the Director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), a cross-disciplinary effort studying digital technologies in public life. CITP has seventeen affiliated faculty members and maintains a diverse research program and a busy events schedule.
Primavera De Filippi
Primavera De Filippi is a Director of Research at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute.
Her research focuses on the legal challenges and opportunities of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, with specific focus on governance and trust. She was a founding member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain Technologies at the World Economic Forum, and co-founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s dynamic coalitions on Blockchain Technology (COALA).
Lizzy Fallon serves as Financial Services Policy Director to Majority Whip Tom Emmer, leading his financial services portfolio on the Whip Policy team and his work as a member of the Financial Services Committee. Lizzy specializes in policy related to fintech and blockchain/crypto. Additionally, Lizzy manages Whip Emmer’s co-chair responsibilities on the Blockchain Caucus.
Joe Greenspan is Head of Partnerships at Toku (previously known as WorkDAO), where he leads Toku’s relationships with leading organizations such as Gnosis, Hedera and Protocol Labs to simplify token compensation. Toku is the first comprehensive solution that allows its partners to employ and compliantly compensate global teams in both fiat and tokens.
Prior to joining Toku, Joe led business affairs and legal operations at Skillz, a platform company for mobile games, and helped take them through their IPO on the NYSE (Ticker: SKLZ). Joe also focused on compliance and policy advocacy in the private sector to ensure equal access to the largest app stores and distribution channels.
Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Philosophy from Georgetown University.
Chris Grieco is the General Counsel of Rain, a fintech startup dedicated to empowering DAOs with fiat spending capabilities for their on-chain assets. Previously, Grieco served as General Counsel at Fei Labs, a decentralized stablecoin project.
Before his work in DeFi, Grieco held several high-level positions within the Federal Government, including Associate White House Counsel in the White House Counsel's Office and as a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of Virginia. He also served on Capitol Hill, where he led multiple high-profile investigations as part of the Judiciary Committee. His most recent public service culminated with a senior position at the Department of Justice, where he served as Associate Deputy Attorney General, advising the Deputy Attorney General and the Department on various technological issues. His work at the Department included helping draft the 2020 Google Antitrust complaint and leading the Department's review of Section 230, among other tech issues. Grieco has clerked for Judge Edith Clement on the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and graduated from Stanford Law School.
Sara Horowitz is the founder of the Freelancers Union and the Freelancers Insurance Company. Formerly chair of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Horowitz is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and has been featured on NPR and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic, among other publications. In her recently released book Mutualism: Building the Next Economy from the Ground Up, Sara takes a profound look at the crisis of work and the collapse of the safety net, and gives a vision for a better way forward, rooted in America’s cooperative spirit. In 2021 She Founded the Mutualist Society to begin to gather mutualists across the union, cooperative, faith, social enterprise, mutual aid and alternative currency communities together as a sectoral strategy.
Sarah Hubbard is currently a Technology and Public Purpose Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Justice, Health & Democracy Fellow at the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics where she is focused on researching DAOs and public policy. She is a product leader and strategist with a focus on building emerging technologies at scale. As a Senior Product Manager, Sarah has led various cross-functional teams building products in artificial intelligence and machine learning, mixed reality, Azure IoT, and new intelligent devices at both Apple and Microsoft. She has a passion for human-centered design, building communities, and guiding the ethical and equitable use of technology in society.
Previously, Sarah worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she collaborated on launching the Climate Education and Literacy Initiative, a variety of White House Women in STEM projects, and multiple computer science education initiatives such as having President Obama write a line of code. She is also one of the authors of the research paper "Toys That Listen: A Study of Parents, Children, and Internet-Connected Toys", through her work at the Tech Policy Lab, which focused on the security and privacy implications of internet-connected devices featured at CHI 2017 & FTC PrivacyCon 2018. These experiences in technology policy have influenced her career as a technologist in industry, sparking a life-long interest in understanding and guiding the impact of the emerging technologies she is building.
Amritha Jayanti is the Associate Director of the Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Before assuming this role, she served as a Research Associate, supporting both TAPP and the Belfer Center’s Director and former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter. Her work focuses on emerging technology, international security, and public purpose.
Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Amritha was a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk where she primarily researched the governance of artificial intelligence in Western military organizations. She has also worked at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation researching the application of artificial intelligence in various sectors, including defense and education.
Prior to her policy-oriented focus, Amritha served as the lead product manager at Clara Labs, a San Francisco-based, Sequoia-back startup. She also served as the Executive Director of a San Francisco-based non profit, Interact, focused on supporting young technologists interested in social impact. Additionally, she founded a nonprofit, Technica, which encourages gender diversity in computer science and STEM more broadly; she remains a member of the board.
Amritha received her degree from the University of Maryland, where she studied computer engineering, economics, and public policy.
David is the principal of Cowrie LLC, where he assists clients in developing risk mitigation and business development strategies within web3. He has over 10 years of experience in tax strategy, financial accounting and risk advisory in gaming, telecom and software-based sales.
David is a member of FWBs treasury team, a contributor to the World Economic Forum / Wharton School’s DAO Project Series and is the Head of Research for the DAO Research Collective, which is dedicated to open-sourcing research foundational for effective DAO operations.
A prolific author on the subject of DAOs, David and Miles Jennings’ (Head of Decentralization & GC, a16z) definitive series on DAO Legal Frameworks was a significant contribution to the development of legal thinking on DAOs.
Dr. Morshed Mannan
Dr. Morshed Mannan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the BlockchainGov ERC Project at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute. He completed his PhD dissertation on the emergence of democratic firms in the platform economy at Leiden Law School, Leiden University. He is currently researching blockchain governance, platform cooperatives, and data cooperatives. He has also acted as an expert or consultant on matters regarding decentralized autonomous organizations, cooperative law and governance for the International Cooperative Alliance and NCBA Clusa International, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the OECD, the European Commission, as well as several local and national government bodies.
Jessica Mason is an entrepreneur, startup coach, educator, and angel investor whose work is focused on the power of cooperative entrepreneurship to lay the foundation for a more equitable and resilient economy. She is the Executive Director of Start.coop, a U.S. nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate the next generation of cooperative businesses with ambitions of scale. Jessica has deep experience leading innovation ventures in the social and public sectors -- from nonprofits to philanthropy to social enterprise. Her previous roles include founding a social impact consulting firm and directing a portfolio of social innovation labs in Latin America while working at Harvard University. In addition to her role at Start.coop, Jessica founded and leads the sustainability startup Island Eats MV, is an Omidyar Network Luminary, an elected member of the board at platform cooperative Ampled, is a 2023 Post Growth Fellow, and is an investor in 16 early-stage startups and 2 venture funds serving underestimated founders.
Timothy Massad is currently a Research Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Director of the Center’s new Digital Assets Policy Project. He is also a nonresident scholar at the Brookings Institution and a consultant on financial regulatory and fintech issues.
Mr. Massad served as Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2014-2017. Under his leadership, the agency implemented the Dodd Frank reforms of the over-the-counter swaps market; harmonized many aspects of cross-border regulation, including reaching a landmark agreement with the European Union on clearinghouse oversight; declared bitcoin and virtual currencies to be commodities; and enhanced cybersecurity protections.
Previously, Mr. Massad served as the Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that capacity, he oversaw the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the principal U.S. governmental response to the 2008 financial crisis. During his tenure, the Treasury recovered more on all the crisis investments than was disbursed. Mr. Massad was with the Treasury from 2009 to 2014 and also served as a counselor to the Treasury Secretary.
Mr. Massad received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Harvard College.
Nolan McCarty is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs and Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. He served as the chair of Princeton Politics Department from 2011-2018.
He has written on a variety of topics related U.S. politics and political economy ranging from the causes and consequences of political polarization, economic and politic inequality, regulation, and the political role of business. He has also engaged in the development of statistical methodologies and the application of game theoretic models to political questions. He earned his A.B. in Economics from the University of Chicago and his PhD in Political Economy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Scott is a co-founder of Gitcoin, an internet-native organization for building and funding digital public goods. Using democratic and participatory tooling, Gitcoin's community has helped to allocate over $50m+ to a wide range of causes across open source, education, climate, and more. Scott also participates in a number of other DAOs building public infrastructure including ENS, Gnosis Safe, and Optimism. Previously, he helped kickstart related projects with the Digital Public Goods Alliance and Ethereum Foundation Grants.
Aaliyah Nedd serves as Director of Government Relations for the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA). In this role, she leads NCBA’s federal, state, and local outreach and advocacy work to develop, advance and promote cooperative enterprise.
Prior to joining NCBA CLUSA, Aaliyah worked on a variety of policy issues at the National Association of Counties (NACo). Most recently she served as the Associate Legislative Director for Agriculture/Rural Affairs and Immigration. Aaliyah holds degrees in International Studies and Russian and is a graduate of the University of Florida.
Joni is a passionate advocate for web3 innovation and DAO-first thinking, founding LawFi DAO in July 2022 to further her contribution to web3 education and responsible policy development. BADAS*L was opened in early 2021 to operate as a distributed law practice where Joni provides legal and non-legal services to a range of law firms in various web3 matters spanning tax, securities and financial services, IP, labour, litigation and AML/CTF compliance. The learnings from Joni’s distributed law practice filter through in the thousands of hours spent on policy contributions since 2018, available at https://badasl.com/policy. Joni was a contributor to the recently released World Economic Forum DAO Policy Toolkit and sits on the DAO Panel for the UK Law Commission.
Jacqueline R. Radebaugh., Esq.
Jacqueline assists mission-based, values-forward entrepreneurs and businesses in identifying and addressing their legal needs, from start-up phase through financing rounds, to conversion and exit strategies. Committed to advancing racial equity through social entrepreneurship, the sharing economy, and community & economic development strategies that promote local sustainability, Jacqueline aims to bring about social and economic change. For that, she collaborates with coop incubators, community-based organizations, and instigate conversations about community land trusts, cooperatives, DAOs and other shared equity models. She focuses on democratic governance and employee ownership models, and DAOs and their overlap with cooperative practices and principles. She’s a partner and shareholder attorney at Jason Wiener p.c., a public benefit corporation, and a Legal Fellow with the Sustainable Economies Law Center.
Over the past 25 years, Sarah has managed campaigns with some of the largest grassroots mobilizing groups in the country, including U.S. PIRG and MoveOn PAC, and understands how to stimulate grassroots engagement and convert it into effective political results using the best technology, communications, and alliance building. She now heads the digital rights advocacy organization, Fight for the Future. The group developed the strategy and online tools that have shaped policies to protect net neutrality, stop online censorship and surveillance, and defend alternatives to Big Tech and Big Banks. Known for its massively viral effort at dontkillcrypto.com that drove 40,000+ calls to senators to oppose last minute additions to the infrastructure bill, Fight has emerged as a leading human rights advocate in the crypto space, opposing financial surveillance, defending the right to code, and ensuring that lawmakers and consumers alike understand the stakes of these complex technologies.
Nathan Schneider is an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he leads the Media Economies Design Lab and the MA program in Media and Public Engagement. He is the author of Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy, published by Nation Books, and two previous books, God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet and Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse, both published by University of California Press. He edited Vitalik Buterin’s book Proof of Stake: The Making of Ethereum and the Philosophy of Blockchains and co-edited Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet. Recent scholarship has been published in New Media & Society, Feminist Media Studies, the Georgetown Law Technology Review, and Media, Culture & Society, among other journals. He has also reported for publications including Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and others, along with regular columns for America, a national Catholic magazine. He has lectured at universities including Columbia, Fordham, Harvard, MIT, NYU, the University of Bologna, and Yale. Follow his work on social media at @ntnsndr or at his website, nathanschneider.info.
Aiden Slavin is the project lead of the World Economic Forum’s Crypto Impact and Sustainability Accelerator. At the Forum he leads initiatives across the public and private sectors to advance the Web3 policy and impact agenda. Prior to the World Economic Forum, he led policy and partnerships programs at ID2020, an alliance focused on realizing the benefits of blockchain-based digital ID. He holds a BA from Columbia University and an MSc from the University of Oxford.
Connor is a decentralized internet researcher and advocate, primarily focused on DAOs. Connor is the Executive Director of the DAO Research Collective, which accelerates DAO functionality by procuring and open sourcing targeted research foundational to effective DAO operation.
Connor also advises DAO foundations and nonprofits on initiatives designed to improve the ecosystem with a particular focus on equitable access to legal information and improving policy.
He co-founded the Blockchain Association and the Canadian Web3 Council, and previously worked as a Venture Partner at Hangar and a technology lawyer at Goodmans LLP.
Allison Stanger is the Russell Leng ’60 Professor of International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College; Research Affiliate (Co-lead, Theory of AI Practice Initiative) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University; and External Professor and Science Board member at the Santa Fe Institute. She is the author of Whistleblowers: Honesty in America from Washington to Trump and One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy, both with Yale University Press. Professor Stanger is also the co-editor (with W. Brian Arthur and Eric Beinhocker) of Complexity Economics, co-editor and co-translator (with Michael Kraus) of Irreconcilable Differences? Explaining Czechoslovakia’s Dissolution (foreword by Václav Havel) and the author of numerous articles and essays. She is working on a new book tentatively titled Who Elected Big Tech?
Peter Van Valkenburgh
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 and Ethereum. He’s a founding board member of the Zcash Foundation, a non-profit charity dedicated to building financial privacy infrastructure for the public good, and an advisor to StarkWare, a company on the forefront of developing trust-minimized scaling solutions for blockchains using zero-knowledge proof cryptography. He is a graduate of NYU Law, has a BS in economics from George Mason University, and is a self-taught web developer.
He drafts Coin Center’s public regulatory comments, and helps shape its research agenda. He has testified before the Senate Banking Committee, and the House Financial Services and Energy and Commerce Committees. He has 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. In a former life he was a working actor in New York City and Washington, DC theater.
E. (Eric) Glen Weyl is Founder and Research Lead of the Microsoft Research Special Project the Plural Technology Collaboratory,, Founder of the RadicalxChange Foundation, the leading thinktank in the Web3 space, and Founder and Chair of the Plurality Institute, which coordinates an academic research network developing technology for cooperation across difference. He previously led Web3 technical strategy at Microsoft’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, was Co-Chair and Technical Lead of the Harvard Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Rapid Response Task Force on Covid-19, whose recommendations were endorsed by a dozen leading civil Society organizations and the Biden Campaign and taught economics at the University of Chicago, Yale, Princeton and Harvard.
He is co-author with Eric Posner of the 2018 Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society, with Puja Ohlhaver and Vitalik Buterin of the 2022 paper “Decentralized Society: Finding Web3’s Soul” (which reached the 25 most downloaded papers of all time on the Social Science Research Network during its first year) and is working on an open, Web3-based collaborative book project with Taiwan’s Digital Minister, Audrey Tang, Plurality: Technology for Cooperative Diversity and Democracy. He is also the author of dozens of scholarly and popular articles in journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Economic Review, the Harvard Law Review, the Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation and the New York Times. He graduated as Valedictorian of his Princeton undergraduate class in 2007 and received his PhD in economics also from Princeton in 2008.
Katherine Wu is one of three Lead Stewards of the ENS DAO, where she oversees the working group responsible for providing governance oversight and supporting the management and operation of working groups through DAO tooling and governance initiatives as well as treasury management for the DAO.
Katherine is also a Venture Partner at Archetype, an early-stage venture firm focused on accelerating the decentralized future. Most recently, Katherine was the Senior Lead on the Coinbase Ventures team, where she led investments on behalf of Coinbase and scaled the investment team. During her tenure at Coinbase, Katherine oversaw a record-breaking year in deal-making, putting Coinbase Ventures among the most active corporate venture funds in operation.