The World Ethical Data Forum to Launch in Barcelona, Spain September 20th, 2018

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The World Ethical Data Forum is a world-leading platform for the discussion of the ethical and practical challenges arising from emergent technologies. Broadcast live on Russia Today, this year's forum will focus on the ethics of information and data control and the ever more rapid development of decentralized solutions.

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Jennifer Robinson, the human rights lawyer at the heart of the legal team representing Julian Assange and Wikileaks, will be the headline speaker at the World Ethical Data Forum in Barcelona this September.

The World Ethical Data Forum is a world-leading platform for the discussion of the ethical and practical challenges arising from emergent technologies. Broadcast live on Russia Today, this year's forum will focus on the ethics of information and data control and the ever more rapid development of decentralized solutions. Held on September 20th in the city of Barcelona and including headline and keynote talks, presentations, workshops, networking lunches and drinks, the WDF brings together experts, enthusiasts and investors in technology from around the world.

Talks and presentations will cover areas including mass data and data-analytic technologies, their use and safeguards, the importance of limits or lack of limits to access for security agencies and government, data rights, the commercial use of data by marketing, media organizations and big business, as well as recent innovations in artificial intelligence, the development of cryptocurrency and ICO regulation, and the benefits and pitfalls of blockchain technology and its future applications.

Jennifer Robinson, the human rights lawyer at the heart of the legal team representing Julian Assange and Wikileaks, will be the headline speaker at the World Ethical Data Forum in Barcelona this September.

After Julian Assange claimed asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012, and especially in the five months since Ecuador cut his internet and communication channels, effectively silencing him, Ms. Robinson has become increasingly prominent as a voice for Assange and WikiLeaks, winning profound admiration for her passionate, composed, eloquent and rigorous advocacy of civil liberties. Having represented many high-profile international clients, including journalists and media organisations such as the BBC, New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), and whistleblowers on all aspects of media law, free speech and human rights, Ms. Robinson has come rightly to be recognized as one of the most important human rights advocates of our time. Her speech at the World Ethical Data Forum will explore many issues, including data and information privacy, individual rights, and her experiences representing Julian Assange and WikiLeaks in the unambiguously hostile climate of the mainstream media and the adversarial relation to several states (including notoriously the US) they find themselves in.

The WDF will feature additional headline speakers including Ralph Merkle, one of the leading inventors of public key cryptography, scientist and best-selling author, David Brin, and Annie Machon, an ex-Mi5 officer whose insights into the use and abuse of data and information by government agencies and deep state powers will introduce a remarkable insight into the threat to our freedom and values this may pose. The WDF is also proud to announce the addition of world leading Blockchain and ICO entrepreneurs who will provide insights into the opportunities and challenges behind today's most innovative funding mechanisms. The WDF is hosted by VN3T Technologies and sponsored by some of the most innovative names in technology and blockchain technologies including: Crunchbase, Blockdigital, Autoxchange, Bitdepositary, Vaultoro, Dusk Foundation, 7MARKETZ and many more. For a full list of speakers, sponsors and media partners please visit WorldDataForum.com

One of the yet unannounced curiosities of the event is that the WDF also happens to be in possession of the last recording made by Julian Assange before his communication channels were cut off by the Ecuadorian embassy in March. An hour long, this never before seen video, covering subjects such as the conditions of his detainment, his reasons for beginning Wikileaks and his treatment at the hands of the press, the consequences for culture should Wikileaks disappear, the meaning and importance of cryptography, and the recent advances in AI hacking, cyber-warfare and surveillance technologies, is scheduled to be shown after Jennifer Robinson’s headline appearance.

About the World Ethical Data Forum 2018

The WDF will bring together experts and enthusiasts from around the world to discuss the complex ethical and practical questions that arise from the wealth of new decentralized technologies and distributed systems. Held at the SB Diagonal in the Catalan city of Barcelona and covering areas such as mass data and data-analytic technologies, their use and safeguards, the importance of limits or lack of limits to access for security agencies and government, data rights and the use of data by marketing, media organizations and big business, cryptocurrency and ICO regulation, the benefits, pitfalls and ethics of trustless distributed ledger technology, alternatives to peer arbitration, analytical AI, business applications of blockchain data and much more, the conference is an exploration of the ethics surrounding big data and its applications in the modern world.

For more information on the event, for sponsorship or ticket purchases, please visit:
WorldDataForum.com

Jean-Philippe Beaudet
Co-Founder & CEO @ VN3T Technologies
Director @ World Data Forum

John David Marshall
Chief of Research and Innovation @ VN3T Technologies
Director @ World Data Forum

Sergio Stephano
Managing Director @ Blockdigital
Director @ World Data Forum

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