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Blockchain Rules Online Executive Education Programme

Cykube in association with UCL CBT and DIFC Academy is offering a course on blockchain designed for executives. This course is primarily aimed at decision-makers and lawmakers who are looking to adopt Blockchain Rules Online Executive Education Programme within their organizations or to understand how to deal with these disruptive technologies.

This course is for individuals who are in mid to senior directors/leadership roles with over ten years of work experience. This course is also beneficial for individuals who want to upskill and improve their career prospects by demonstrating knowledge of this emerging technology. In addition this course is highly recommended for those who want to switch to the blockchain industry or simply want to keep abreast of emerging technologies.

This can also be for those who wish to switch to the blockchain industry or those who simply want to keep abreast of emerging technologies.

The course will be taught / delivered by University College London, Centre for Blockchain technologies (UCL CBT). On successful completion participants will get “Certificate of Participation” from University of College London. UCL is one of the leading British universities offering emerging technology education.

The future is full of opportunities and it is time you make the most of it.

  • Course Objectives

    Thorough the analysis of the main rules that govern today’s digital economy (e.g. antitrust law, Internet and data regulation) as they are related to Distribute Ledger Technology (DLT), participants will:

  • Understand the impact that a rule can have in driving today’s digital markets and the development of emerging technologies (e.g. blockchain) to be able to evaluate them critically;
  • Understand how to leverage blockchain technologies in their business or profession considering the legal issues involved.
  • have a greater appreciation of global reg-tech scale in the innovation technology process.
  • The course Blockchain Rules is a “deep dive” into the key legal issues related to breakthrough blockchain technologies. In particular, it will be discussed how blockchain technologies work, how they are regulated and how blockchain technologies can be adopted as a tool of regulation. The similarities between blockchain and the Internet are compelling and they will be here explored from a legal perspective to predict the future blockchain regulation.

  • Course Strcture

  • Course Start Date: Tue, January 26, 2021
  • Afternoon/Evening Education Program: 9 evenings (2 hours per evening class/module)
  • Module: Each class will be a combination of lecture and group activities and/or discussion over the topics covered in class.
  • Course Timings: 5:00-7:00pm (UAE time)
  • Course Outline

    • 1- What are the rules for technology?

      Intro to the key legal concepts and issues (e.g. the telecommunication regulation, antitrust and IP law) concerning technologies: from the Internet to blockchain

      This Session provides an overview of the key legal subjects and issues related to information technologies relevant for blockchain. In particular, it investigates the interconnection among:

      The Telecommunication regulation;
      Antitrust
      IP law

      In the field of software and networks. This investigation will be conducted through the analysis of critical cases, including Intel and Oracle v. Google.

    • 2- The Internet and data regulation

      Blockchain combines existing technologies. An understanding of how the Internet and data are regulated is fundamental to investigate the present and future blockchain regulation.

      Blockchain combines existing technologies, such as the Internet and Software. This Session sheds lights on the logic behind economic regulation through the investigation of:

      The Internet Regulation
      Data Regulation (GDPR)

      An understanding of how the Internet and data are regulated is fundamental to investigate the present and future blockchain regulation.

    • 3- Is code law?

      Crypto-anarchy movement and the foundation of blockchain technologies. Code is Law and Trust the Code.

      Blockchain technologies stem from the so-called “crypto-anarchy movement” on the Net. An understanding of blockchain origins and philosophy is necessary to grasp the meaning of blockchain technologies, its community and future trends. Specific topics include:

      Cryptoanarchy movement
      Bitcoin precursors (DigiCash and BitGold)
      The issues of Code is Law
      Trust the government v. Trust the Code
    • 4- Distributed Ledger Technologies

      Intro to Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and smart contracts—how they work and applications.

      This Session explores Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) and how they are related to each other. In particular it examines:

      Blockchain
      Cryptocurrencies and tokens
      Smart Contracts

      A clear understanding of how DLT work and how they are related to each other is necessary to deep dive into the present and future legal framework.

    • 5- Bitcoin – Cryptocurrencies and the law

      What is money and the concept underlying a crytocurrency. Intro to legal issues related to cryptocurrencies. Cases, such as Libra, will be analyzed and developed.

      This Session focuses on Cryptocurrencies and the main legal issues involved, with a focus on the USA jurisdiction. Topics covered include:

      The issue of “What is money?”
      Why Cryptocurrencies?
      Intro to legal issues related to cryptocurrencies
      Cryptocurrencies and Crimes (e.g. money laundering and scams)
      Analysis of the security regulation as it is related to cryptocurrencies; the distinction between security tokens and utility tokens.
      Investigation of the U.S.A. legal framework for cryptocurrencies through the analysis of cases, such as Gram of Telegram and Facebook Libra.
    • 6- Blockchain regulation

      What are the rules for blockchain technologies? An overview of the most recent developments in the blockchain regulation.

      What rules/laws for blockchain technologies? An overview of the most recent developments in the blockchain regulation. Topics covered include:

      Blockchain and GDPR
      Blockchain and Patents
      Blockchain and Antitrust
    • 7- Smart Contracts

      Analysis of the present and future adoption of smart contracts from a legal and business perspective

      Analysis of the present and future adoption of smart contracts from a legal and business perspective. Topics covered include:

      Ethereum
      Smart contracts v. legal contracts
      Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) / Artificial Responsibility
      Lex Cryptographica
    • 8- Government and regulation in blockchain

      Analysis of the present and future adoption of smart contracts from a legal and business perspective.

      Investigation of the variety of blockchain types and applications with a focus on regulatory/ government applications. This Session analyses some blockchain projects and opportunities for government applications:

      Blockchain for Digital Government
      Use cases (e.g. citizens’ ID management, blockchain notary services)
      Blockchain-Based Agencies
      Discussion on the main advantages and challenges
    • 9- The future of blockchain rules

      An exploration of the future global regulation through and for blockchain technologies.

      This Session draws some conclusions on the future global regulation through and for blockchain technologies. In particular, it will be analyzed:

      The main blockchain future developments
      What Rules for Blockchain?
      Is the State Still Necessary?

    About your Instructor

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    Dr. Giovanna Massarotto
    /Expert in antitrust, economic regulation and IP law in the field of information technology
    Dr. Giovanna Massarotto is an international expert on antitrust, economic regulation and IP law in the field of information technology. She has a PhD from Bocconi University in Milan where she researched and taught Competition Law as an Adjunct Professor.

    She is currently Research Associate of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies and serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Iowa, in addition to teaching IT Law at H-FARM in Italy. Dr. Massarotto has been invited to lecture on antitrust and legal issues related to blockchain and digital markets by several organizations in the U.S. and EU, including Harvard, the Global Antitrust Institute in Washington DC, multiple European universities, such as University of Oxford and EU regulating authorities, including the Competition and Markets Authority and Autorita’ per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni.

    Dr. Massarotto spent two years in the United States as a visiting research fellow for her PhD at Fordham University in New York and Washington D.C. working for an economic consulting firm specialized in IP law, economic regulation and antitrust in telecommunication and high-tech industry. She was an Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford, worked at the Italian Antitrust Authority and for various international law firms in Milan.

    Her book ‘Antitrust Settlements–How a Simple Agreement Can Drive the Economy ‘presents the antitrust consent as a tool to combine law, economics and computer science in both U.S. and EU jurisdictions. In addition to the book, she has published multiple articles that investigate antitrust and regulatory issues related to blockchain, digital markets and software.

    CYKUBE Certificate of Participation

    By successfully completing this course you can gain a Certificate of Participation that can be used to evidence Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours. This will be from Cykube Academy for Master Class in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Series: Blockchain & Finance

    Guest Speakers — Global experts who will share their experiences and in-depth subject knowledge of the core elements of the programme will be confirmed soon.

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    Dr Paolo Tasca
    Executive Director UCL, CBT
    Dr Paolo Tasca is an Executive Director UCL, CBT. He is a Digital Economist specialising in P2P financial systems. An advisor on blockchain technologies for different tech companies and international organisations including the EU Parliament and the United Nations, Paolo is the founder and Executive Director of the UCL CBT. Previously, he was Lead Economist on digital currencies and P2P financial systems at the Deutsche Bundesbank. He is also an entrepreneur and inventor of several blockchain-related technologies including Overledger.
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    Mr Nikhil Vadgama
    Deputy Executive Director at UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (CBT)
    Nikhil Vadgama is the Deputy Director and a Research Associate of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies. He is also an Adjunct Teaching Fellow in FinTech and Emerging Business Technologies at the UCL School of Management and Computer Science Departments. He has orchestrated numerous educational programmes including the Master’s in Financial Technology and Master’s in Emerging Digital Technologies at UCL and a Blockchain MOOC on the Future Learn platform. His commercial experience has spanned multiple sectors including Education, Real Estate and FinTech globally. Most recently he has been involved in the commercialisation of and publication of academic research in the AI and Blockchain domains. He has previously worked globally as an Investment Banker for HSBC. Nikhil holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MPhys from the University of Oxford and has passed all three levels of the CFA Programme.

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    Prof. Tomaso Aste
    Professor of complexity science at UCL Computer Science
    Prof. Tomaso Aste is Professor of complexity science at UCL Computer Science. He has substantially contributed to research in financial systems modelling, complex data analytics and machine learning. He is passionate in the investigation of the effect of technologies on society, and currently, focuses on the application of blockchain technologies to domains beyond digital currencies. He is the principal investigator for the largest UK project on blockchain for automatic regulation and compliance. He is Scientific Director of the UCL CBT; Head of the Financial Computing and Analytics Group and Member of the Board of the ESRC LSE-UCL Systemic Risk Centre.
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    FEE $2000
    SESSION Tue, January 26, 2021
    WHERE 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm GMT+4
    SESSIONS 9 Evening Sessions
    DURATION 2hrs/class
    EARLY BIRD $1500
    EARLY BIRD (Date) Mon, January 11, 2021
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