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DIGI-FI@PEARC18 workshop

July 23, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

23 July 2018

DIGI-FI@PEARC is a “Blockchain for Social Good” themed workshop that will be held during the Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 22-25, 2018. Elizabeth Leake (STEM-Trek) and Alana Romanella (Virginia Tech) will co-chair a full-day of presentations, hands-on exercises and a cybersecurity panel discussion.

Blockchain experts from public and private organizations will participate, including computational science research and cybersecurity specialists who use blockchain for a variety of applications. Participants will be acquainted with blockchain’s strengths and weaknesses, and use-cases will be presented where this emerging technology underpins irrefutable data provenance, transparency and efficiency to: improve value chains for smallholder farms; protect the safety of the food supply; prevent counterfeiting and other fraud; assure the origin, quality and safety of medical supplies; curtail human trafficking, provide a digital identity for undocumented people, and provide a means for the “unbanked” to transfer money (and more).

Two primary objectives for the workshop are to inspire the development of socially-responsible digital products that will foster economic empowerment for those who live in under-served regions; and to enlighten those who manage federated cyberinfrastructure about blockchain’s ability to ensure data integrity, security and provenance across multiple and diverse scientific workflows.

Click here to see the tentative agenda.



July 23, 2018
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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