Blockchain and The Internet of Value - WISeKey Roundtable in Davos

Titled Blockchain and The Internet of Value, the gathering of global technology, finance, government, academic and media leaders was a notable feature of the Davos agenda. With a capacity audience of over 300 delegates, a panel of industry experts engaged in an interactive debate about the opportunities and challenges presented by the adoption of Blockchain technology during this time of unprecedented digital transformation. Since 2013, when the company hosted the first Davos Roundtable on Cybersecurity, WISeKey’s Founder and CEO, Carlos Moreira has been at the forefront of the industry, leading dynamic and revealing discussions with market experts about the future of securing internet technology. The 2017 Roundtable opened with a keynote address by the bestselling author of Blockchain Revolution, Don Tapscott. Considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on Blockchain, Tapscott is respected industry wide for writing 15 additional leading technology books including the Digital Economy and Wikinomics. Tapscott’s presentation concluded with the introduction and demonstration of WISeKey’s Internet of Things (IoT) technology, allowing the book to be digitally signed by the author and certified by a Crypto Chip that connects to a Blockchain establishing a trusted ecosystem between the author and his readers. This represents a publishing first. “I’m pleased to have participated in this important session. In my new book Blockchain Revolution, we explained our belief that Blockchain technology represents nothing less than the second generation of the Internet, and as such we want to ensure it reaches its full potential. It is great to see WISeKey showing leadership in the realm of cybersecurity,” noted Don Tapscott. Roundtable host Carlos Moreira moderated the session together with David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor, engaging the expert panelists Matthew Bishop, Senior Editor of The Economist; Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth & ICT, Government of Rwanda; Blockchain investor Wang Wei, Chairman of China Mergers & Acquisitions Association; leading Legal Technology Research Professor, Primavera De Filippi; global venture capital expert, Professor Martin Haemmig and the CEO of Blockchain startup Stratumn, Richard Caetano together with Don Tapscott, in a dynamic discussion about the future of securing internet technology. During the roundtable, a dynamic industry-wide initiative - The HUMAN-IT Manifesto - was introduced. Co-authored by Carlos Moreira and David Fergusson, and sponsored by WISeKey, the Manifesto is a series of Declarations to encourage and empower the person to be at the center of gravity in the dynamic relationship between humanity and technology. “Seismic shifts to the major physical systems of the world - transportation, food production, energy consumption, scientific discovery, education and healthcare are occurring at an increasingly rapid pace,” stated WISeKey’s CEO, Carlos Moreira. “David and I have developed The HUMAN-IT Manifesto to engage technology creators and users around the world to establish a responsible protocol for our future.”