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Blockchain Against Evil

December 5, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm PST



Imagine that you’re a supervillain and you want to fund your dastardly plans. You know what might come in handy? Decentralized, censorship-resistant, anonymous payments technology.

As members of the nascent blockchain industry, we plan to keep building that technology anyway, but we want to minimize the opportunities for supervillains. (Or even regular villains.)

The organizers of Blockchain Against Evil believe that an open, permissionless financial system will have tremendous benefits for civil society. At the same time, it will enable bad actors to wreak havoc in new ways. Even if the harm doesn’t outweigh the good, limiting harm is still a worthwhile goal.


Blockchain Against Evil is an opportunity to come together and brainstorm: What might bad actors come up with? How can the rest of us can design around their ill intentions without limiting everyone’s freedom?

The planned format is for moderators to lead informal group discussions, divided by specific sub-topics. For example, one session could discuss potential abuses of the data available on the $BTC blockchain, while another could discuss how to disincentivize funding terrorism. We’re still working out the details — please let us know if you’re interested in leading a session!

The conversations at Blockchain Against Evil will be held under the Chatham House Rule.


The organizers’ respective employers are sponsoring the event.

All ticket proceeds will be donated to Open Privacy, a Canadian nonprofit. “Open Privacy’s mandate is to build tools for people and for communities, tools that cannot be used against them, tools that give them control.”


Wednesday, December 5th

11am – 11:30am
registration, coffee

11:30am – 12pm
event introduction

12pm – 1pm
first workshop

1pm – 2pm
break for lunch

2pm – 5pm
more workshops

5pm – 6pm
happy hour


We had to switch venues, unfortunately. The new one is located at 1436 Polk Street in San Francisco, between the Nob Hill and Tenderloin neighborhoods, within a 20-minute walk of either the Powell or Civic Center BART stations.

We will provide snacks and refreshments, including beer and wine during the happy hour, but attendees are expected to either bring their own lunch or visit one of the many delicious local restaurants.


Email [email protected]


December 5, 2018
11:00 am - 6:00 pm


1436 Polk Street
1436 Polk St
San Francisco, California 94109 United States
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