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David Chaum, Vitalik Buterin to highlight Deconomy 2018

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[Seoul, South Korea] Block in Press, a Korean blockchain media, will host its first annual blockchain forum ‘Deconomy’ on the topic of ‘Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and the Distributed Economy’ from April 3 to April 4, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. The event will take place in Vista Hall, Grand Walkerhill Hotel.

Over 50 industry insiders will join Deconomy in various sessions discussing the following topics:

    • Paradigm Shift to Open Protocols
    • Bitcoin, Controversy over Principle
    • Ethereum, The Future of World Computer
    • State of Blockchain and Market Trends
    • Regulation and Mainstream Adoption
    • Industry Evolution through Distributed Ledger

David Chaum, who laid the foundation of the cypherpunk movement, will present the keynote address.

Chaum’s work in online cryptography and privacy played a critical role in the development of Bitcoin. He was the founder of Digicash, widely accepted as the first cryptocurrency. His research in cryptographic signatures became a foundation on which cryptocurrencies were built upon.

The first session, ‘Paradigm Shift to Open Protocols’, will invite: Partner Ian Grigg, Lightning Network Co-Founder Joseph Poon, Bloq CEO Jeff Garzik as well as Ripple Chief Cryptographer David Schwartz. A discussion of cryptographers, including David Chaum, will take place.

In the second session, CEO Roger Ver, Blockstream CSO Samson Mow and nChain Chief Scientist Craig Wright will present on ‘Bitcoin, Controversy over Principle’. They will also discuss on the topic of ‘Can Bitcoin Scale?’

The second day of the forum will begin with a keynote address by JungA Lee, Vice President of Bithumb.

The first session of the second day will discuss the ‘Industry Evolution through Distributed Ledger.’ R3 Research Director Antony Lewis, IBM Global Lead Stanley Young, Consensus Managing Director John Lilic will share their insights. The panel will discuss central bank issued cryptocurrency and the future of distributed ledger technology.

The second session of the day will invite Red Flag Consulting Head of U.S. Office John Collins, Post Oak Labs CEO Tim Swanson and Forbes Financial Writer Frances Copolla to examine ‘Regulation and Mainstream Adoption’ of cryptocurrency. Various experts in the legal field will be invited to debate the issue.

The last session of the forum will be led by Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ethereum. Buterin, joined by Ethereum developers, to present and debate ‘Ethereum, The Future of World Computer.’

To register for this event, contact Jeff Paik at For more information about Deconomy 2018, visit

This is a sponsored press release and does not necessarily reflect the opinions or views held by any employees of The Merkle. This is not investment, trading, or gambling advice. Always conduct your own independent research.


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