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CITI Fellows Seminar: Dan Castro

January 9, 2018

Dan Castro, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). “Restricted data access that reduces competition in industries such as banking and real estate and what may be a potential remedy, looking at both US and EU policy.” 

The Role of Digital Financial Services in Humanitarian Crises Responses

January 17, 2018

This global roundtable organized by the Digital Financial Services Observatory @ CITI in New York, looked at how DFS provides assistance to refugees, those affected by natural disasters, and to those affected by disease outbreaks. It will cover the technical, humanitarian, operational, financial and donor perspectives of the responses, with case studies from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Speakers included:

  • Khurram Sikander, Director, Digital Finance and Payments, Enclude, Washington DC
  • Dr. Drew Propson, Project Lead, Financial Inclusion, World Economic Forum, New York
  • Mark Latonero, Lead, Human Rights & Data Program, Data & Society Research Institute, New York
  • Arjun Jain, Senior Policy Advisor, UN High Commission for Refugees, New York
  • Ricardo Pareja, Public Private Partnership, Mastercard, New York
  • Shiva Bissessar, Director, Caribbean Blockchain Association, Trinidad
  • Jenny Casswell, Disaster Response Program, GSMA, UK
  • Prof Neeraj Kaushal, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York
  • Beth Porter, Policy Advisor, Financial Inclusion, Better Than Cash Alliance, New York
  • Christine Martin, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID, Washington DC
  • Peter McConaghy, Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank, Washington DC

CITI Fellows Seminar: Tom Hazlett

February 6, 2018

Tom Hazlett, Clemson University. “The Political Spectrum: addressing Ithiel de Sola Pool's 1983 challenge of whether we will conduct electronic communications under the conditions of  freedom established for print or get buried in the confusion under existing rules and political incentives of control for new technologies.” 

CITI Fellows Seminar: Fred Goldstein

March 6, 2018

Fred Goldstein, Interisle Consulting Group. “Internet by Agreement.” 

CITI Fellows Seminar: Michael Nathanson

April 3, 2018

Michael Nathanson, MoffettNathanson. “The consequences of the current Facebook fiasco on social media and digital advertising.” 

CITI Fellows Seminar: William Lehr

May 1, 2018

William Lehr, MIT. “What is the purview of communications policy: Does the U.S. (or anyone)  need a Federal Communications Commission?”

CITI Fellows Seminar: Hal Varian

June 5, 2018

Hal Varian, Google. “The Future of Work: Automation and Demographics.”

Crypto-economics: The Macro Effects of Digital Private Moneys and Payment Systems

June 7, 2018

This two-hour video webinar went beyond the well-covered topics of crypto-currency technology, policy, and players. It instead dealt with the potential impact of such private and central bank issued digital payment mechanisms, if they take off, on the macro-economy of countries, as well as the tools of central banks to conduct monetary policy and engage in economic stabilization.

Are the new technologies an impediment to governmental controls – and what are the economic policy implications? Do they also provide new tools for macro policy, including governmental digital currencies?

The webinar is part of CITI’s project on “The New Technologies of Money”, which is supported by the Columbia School for Public Affairs (SIPA) with support from the Nasdaq Educational Foundation.

Speakers included:

  • Anna Loseva, Faculty of Economics, Moscow State University
  • Diego Zuluaga, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives
  • Sina Motamedi, Tanna Tuva Initiative, Canada
  • Neil Gandal, Professor and Chair, Tel Aviv University
  • Ole Bjerg, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School
  • Gabriele Camera, Professor of Economics and Finance, Chapman University
  • Stefan Kooths, Head of Forecasting, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany

Blockchain and Development Roundtable

June 11, 2018

The roundtable surveyed emerging foundational issues in the evolving crypto-economy which uses distributed ledger technologies (DLT). 

Sessions covered the following:
- Blockchain use in development
- Investment strategies
- The global legal & regulatory impact
- Cryptocurrencies & Initial Coin Offerings 
- Technical components of blockchains & smart contracts
- The macroeconomic effects of crypto-currencies & central-bank issued cryptocurrencies

Speakers included:

  • Valerie Szczepanik, Senior Advisor for Digital Assets and Innovation, SEC
  • Nick Scannavino, Scannavino Law LLP
  • Lance Koonce, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Gary de Waal, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Jenny Leung, ex-regulator at ASIC, Australia
  • Clemens Wan, R3
  • Edward Iskra, Bitcoin Gold
  • Nina Nieuwoudt, Mastercard
  • Michael Zochowski, Promethean Labs
  • Professor Robert Farrokhnia, Columbia Business School
  • Matt Wilson, GSM Association
  • Rodrigo Mejia Ricart, Better Than Cash Alliance
  • Xavier Faz, CGAP
  • Hasley Huth, HODL
  • Emre Okay, RenGen
  • Josh Nussbaum, Compound
  • Eric Cantor, Consensys
  • Reggie Middleton, Veritaseum
  • Mike Lightman, Dominode
  • Maxime Tondre, EthLend
  • Josh A. Klayman, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance / Morrison & Foerster LLP

Cybersecurity and Payments Roundtable

August 16, 2018

Continued growth in adoption of payments requires that the industry, the public, and regulators have confidence in the ability of providers to safeguard their platforms and protect consumer and business users from suffering losses from cyber-attacks. Our cyber-security summit explores how the public and private sectors, mobile networks, and law enforcement, cyber-security innovators are dealing with these threats.

Speakers included:

  • Dr Jon Brickey - SVP & Cybersecurity Evangelist, Mastercard
  • Deborah A. Snyder - Chief Information Security Officer, New York State Office of Information Technology Services
  • Sidney Gottesman - Senior Vice President, Corporate Security Commercialization, Mastercard
  • Margaret MacAlpine - Founding Partner, Nordic Innovation Labs
  • Dave Masson - Director of Enterprise Cyber Security, Darktrace, Canada
  • Brian DeMuth - CEO, Grimm
  • Nick Kael - Group CTO, Global Service Providers, Symantec
  • Prof Kevin Butler - Univ of Florida
  • Elad Yoran - CEO, Koolspan
  • Alan Basmajian - Payments and Market Infrastructure Policy, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Dov Yoran - Senior Director, Security Business Group, Cisco
  • Dr Leon Perlman - Head of DFSO @ CITI, Columbia Business School
  • Rachel Marmor, Davis, Wright Tremaine, Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Alex Niejelow, Mastercard, Senior Vice President, Cybersecurity Coordination and Advocacy
  • Daniel Dobrygowski, Head of Governance and Policy, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum
  • Jason Healy, Senior Research Scholar at SIPA, Columbia University
  • Jason Oxman, CEO, Electronic Transactions Association
  • Deborah A. Snyder, CISO, New York State Office of Information Technology Services
  • Aquiles Almansi, Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank
  • Leo Taddeo, CISO, Cxtera
  • Mark Norberg, US Secret Service, NY Field Office
  • Colonel Carlos Vega, Army Cyber Institute at West Point
  • Bryson Bort - CEO, Scythe
  • Sunil Madhu - Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Socure
  • Eric Hay - Director, Field Engineering, Quantum Xchange
  • Janine Darling - CEO, STASH
  • Prof. Arun Sood - CEO, SCIT Labs
  • Howard Hall - Managing Director, Consult Hyperion, USA

The Future of Employment in the Digital Economy

September 7, 2018

A joint event of the Columbia Business School and SIPA.  Its starting point was the unveiling of a new book, Digitized Labor: The Impact of the Internet on Employment, edited by Lorenzo Pupillo (Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels), Leonard Waverman (Dean, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Canada), and Eli Noam (Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility, Columbia Business School and Director, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information.) The book and the three panels of the conference addressed these topics: 

  • Is the Internet a net creator of jobs? What are the impacts on income distribution?  
  • How are job profiles changed by the digital economy?
  • What models can facilitate adjustment without slowing innovation?

Speakers included:

  • Linda Bell, Provost, Barnard College, moderator and speaker
  • Eli Noam, Professor of Economics, Columbia Business School
  • Haig Nalbantian, Senior Partner, Mercer Workforce Sciences Institute
  • Lorenzo Pupillo, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, moderator and speaker
  • Paolo Naticchioni, Associate Professor, University of Roma Tre, Italy
  • Robert Cohen, Fellow, Economic Strategy Institute
  • Leonard Waverman, Dean, DeGroote School of Business, Canada, moderator and speaker
  • David Viviano, Chief Economist, SAG-AFTRA (Labor Union)
  • Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology an Innovation Foundation

2018 IMMAA Annual Conference, Stuttgart, Germany

September 13-15, 2018

IMMAA Stuttgart 2018 was hosted by Hochschule der Medien (Stuttgart Media University), Germany.

While the range of topics addressed at the IMMAA’s 2018 Annual Conference in Stuttgart (Germany) were as broad as the issues that must be addressed by managers and policy makers in media markets (Strategic Media Management, Media Business Models), the 2018 conference also organized special tracks on eSports and Media Management Education.

Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Blockchain/DLTs

September 21, 2018

Some of the top legal minds on blockchain and DLT technologies discussed not only regulatory aspects of blockchain/DLTs but also the legal aspects.

This includes discussion of the effect on contract, evidence and criminal law as well as updates on legal and regulatory frameworks in a number of key jurisdictions.

Speakers included:

  • Prof Dirk Zetzsche, Professor of Law, University of Luxembourg
  • Prof Joe Tanega, Professor of Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
  • Dr Leon Perlman, Head of DFSO, Columbia University

CITI Fellows Seminar: Michelle Connolly

October 1, 2018

Michelle Connolly, Duke University. “The implications of the outcome of auctions for the future.”

CITI Fellows Seminar: Harold Furchtgott-Roth

November 5, 2018

Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Furchtgott-Roth Enterprises. “WiFi and Competition for Communications Services.”

CITI Fellows Seminar: Simon Flannery

December 3, 2018

Simon Flannery, Morgan Stanly. “Investors' perceptions and concerns about the deployment of 5G and how 5G may cause a return to pricing power and changes in industry structure.”