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Why decentralized technology matters

Alex Gladstein (Human Rights Foundation)
9:05am-9:45am Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Location: Imperial B

Governments throughout history have always bent technology to their advantage. Today, nation states have built staggering surveillance systems and continue to exert more control over their citizens. Can decentralized networks like Bitcoin help strengthen civil liberties and challenge this consolidation of power?

Alex Gladstein provides a tour of how technology is being used against us and shows how it just might be the one thing that can save our privacy and freedom.

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Alex Gladstein

Human Rights Foundation

Alex Gladstein is chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation and vice president of strategy for the Oslo Freedom Forum, where he has served since its inception in 2009. In his work, Alex has connected hundreds of dissidents and civil society groups with business leaders, technologists, journalists, philanthropists, policy makers, and artists to promote free and open societies. Alex’s writing and views on human rights and technology have appeared in media outlets across the world, including the Atlantic, the BBC, CNN, Fast Company, the Guardian, Monocle, the New York Times, NowThis, NPR, Quartz, Time, Wired, the New Republic, and the Wall Street Journal. He has spoken at universities ranging from MIT to Stanford, presented at the European Parliament, and lectured at Singularity University summits from Berlin to Johannesburg. He has also spoken at a range of blockchain events about why Bitcoin and decentralized technology matter for freedom. He currently lives in San Francisco. You can reach him at