This is a live recording from a panel I moderated at the World Economic Forum Industry Strategy Meeting. The speakers included Shwetha Shetty Senior Director, Corporate Strategy Group, of SAP, Adam Ludwin, CEO of Chain, Brian Behlendorf, executive director of HyperLedger the Linux Foundation and Sheila Warren, project head of blockchain and distributed ledger technology at the World Economic Forum.We dive into the pros and cons of using blockchains for elections. which types of problems are best-suited to be solved by blockchain, why B2B applications of blockchain might come before B2C products and what kinds of identity-related data might be safe to put on a blockchain. Plus, Adam reveals some entertaining anecdotes about Silicon Valley safaris and how old World’s Fair tickets could have an analog to blockchain systems today.

Episodes I referenced during the discussion in case listeners want to dive more into the elections topic:

Tomicah Tillemann episode on the blockchain voting pilot in West Virginia:

Alex Gladstein episode with more on blockchain-based voting:

Tweets about blockchain-based voting:

Matt Blaze’s objecton to blockchain-based voting:

Vitalik’s response:

Tomicah Tillemann’s response:

To address the question at the end about blockchain-based passports:

2 Katie Haun episodes on using blockchain-based systems to solve the problems of “breeder documents” and fraud, waste and abuse:

Fraud, waste and abuse:

Breeder documents:

Episode with Vinny Lighal, founder of Civic, which is working on a blockchain-based identity solution:

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