February 10–12 2016 – Geneva, Switzerland

Primavera De Filippi

Investigates emergent decentralized technologies to design new governance models
Researcher at CNRS, Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center, Harvard Law School

Primavera De Filippi is a permanent researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. She is a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where she is investigating the concept of governance-by-design as it relates to distributed online architectures. Most of her research focuses on the legal challenges raised, and faced by emergent decentralized technologies - such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and other blockchain-based applications - and how these technologies could be used to design new governance models capable of supporting large-scale decentralized collaboration and more participatory decision-making.

Primavera holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. She is a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & IT Services at the World Economic Forum, as well as the founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s dynamic coalition on Blockchain technologies.

In addition to her academic career, Primavera acts as a legal expert for Creative Commons France and the P2P Foundation. She is also the co-founder of Backfeed (backfeed.cc) - an initiative aimed at developing the foundational tools for distributed blockchain-based applications - and Okhaos - an artistic collective that produces interactive works released under open licenses.


Talk "Blockchain Technology and the Future of Work" given at Lift16: