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Primavera De Filippi is a Permanent Researcher at the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute. Her research focuses on the legal challenges and opportunities of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, with specific focus on trust and governance. She is the author of Blockchain and the Law, published by Harvard University Press. She was awarded a €2 million grant from the European Research Council to investigate the implications of blockchain technology on institutional governance and global governance. Primavera is also an artist and legal expert for Creative Commons in France. She was a founding member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain Technologies at the World Economic Forum and co-founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s dynamic coalitions on blockchain technology.

Tony Lai unleashes collective potential at a human and a systems level. He is a lawyer, researcher, and technology entrepreneur, advising and working with companies, government agencies, law firms, and nonprofits to build the future of trust, transactions, and dispute resolution. He is an Entrepreneurial Fellow and Founder of the Blockchain Group at CodeX, Stanford's Center for Legal Informatics. Tony founded the company, Legal.io, to deploy technology to scale legal access worldwide, and serves on the boards of various companies and non-profit organizations working on improving data governance and legal interoperability. He consults on collaboration design with DSIL Global and learnt design thinking at Stanford’s d.school. He helped design and research the first legal technology course at Stanford Law School, and was on the founding team of StartX, the Stanford-affiliated startup accelerator. He advises government agencies, startups, enterprises, and legal service organizations at the intersection of computational law, smart legal contracts, digital identity, and service technologies and protocols.