The Potential of Blockchain Technology to Expand Global Human Rights
12 PM EDT
On September 24, 2018, the ABA Section of International Law International Human Rights Committee (IHRC) is hosting a presentation by Dr. Walid Al-Saqaf on blockchain technology and its potential role in expanding human rights.
Blockchain technology which famously forms the buildings blocks of cryptocurrency uses cryptography to store immutable records of transactions. Although designed initially to protect the integrity of cryptocurrency, it is believed to have applications in protecting digital intellectual property rights, securing online voting against fraud, and curtailing government corruption.
Dr. Walid Al-Saqaf will provide a 30-minute presentation on what blockchain is, how it functions, how it is currently being used to advance human rights, and possible future applications for expanding human rights. His presentation will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A.
Dr. Walid Al-Saqaf holds a Bachelor’s of Science in computer engineering from Middle East Technical University, a Masters degree in Global Journalism from Örebro University as well as a Ph.D. in communications and media studies from Örebro University. He is Senior Lecturer at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden, and a recognized free-speech activist. He has previously presented in multiple forms of media on the role of blockchain in expanding human rights and on the role of government censorship and social media platforms in the Arab Spring. He founded Sanaa Hub as part of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum as well as Yemen’s Internet Society Chapter. In addition, he designed and deployed a news aggregator to assist Yemenis during the Arab Spring in accessing news articles and information restricted by their government. His awards include a 2012 TED fellowship and Örebro University’s 2010 Democracy Award.
This program is non-CLE and teleconference only.
Moderator: Jeffrey Bartlett, Vice Chair, Section of International Law International Human Rights Committee
Speaker: Dr. Walid Al-Saqaf, Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden