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Trust & Technology Initiative



Dr. Ann Sofie Cloots, member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, and Dr. Pali Surdhar, Chief Security Officer at Cambridge-based nCipher, will discuss the security and legal risks connected to the usage of blockchain and smart contracts in the context of immunity passports. They will introduce the topics of blockchain and smart contracts broadly, in a non-technical way, before relating them to the current issue of immunity passports and discussing in more detail the risks and benefits associated to these recent technological opportunities when it comes to dealing with emergency measures.

The event will be run as Zoom Meetings, with Q&A and breakout rooms, without recording. Attendance is free. 
Please register your interest on Zoom; this will help us with the running of this virtual event.

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The Meetings are planned as a way to help you connect with other people who share your same interest in the digital world, so just bring a glass of any drink you like and enjoy an informative as well as refreshing digital happy hour. The series is supported by 




Dr. Ann Sofie Cloots is the Slaughter & May Lecturer in company law at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, where she teaches corporate finance law, company law and (from next year onwards) the legal aspects of DLT, digital assets and smart contracts. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and an LLM from Columbia Law School. Previously, she worked as a corporate and competition lawyer at two US  law firms in Brussels, where she was admitted to the Bar.
Dr. Pali Surdhar is the Chief Security Office at nCipher, supporting global customers with cryptographic keys for their systems. He is responsible for security oversight and certification of cryptographic products that are developed by nCipher Security. He holds a BEng in Electronic Engineering, a MSc by Research in Device Physics and a PhD in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and has worked exclusively in security related industry for the last 15 years.
Friday, 17 July, 2020 - 18:00 to 19:00
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