Kevin Werbach

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Leading Expert on the Business, Legal and Public Policy Implications of Emerging Technologies; Authority on the Future of Blockchain and its Implications for Trust in Business and Society; Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School

Biography

Kevin Werbach is a leading expert on the business, legal and public policy implications of emerging technologies such as broadband, blockchain and Big Data.

Werbach is Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He served on the Obama Administration’s Presidential Transition Team, and later was an expert advisor on broadband issues at both the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is a pioneer in emerging fields such as gamification (applying digital game design principles to business), algorithmic accountability and blockchain governance. He heads the cryptoregulation initiative of the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, serves as faculty advisor to the Penn Blockchain Club, and teaches one of the first interdisciplinary courses on blockchain, cryptocurrency and distributed ledger technology.

Werbach’s books include “The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust” (MIT Press, 2018), “For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business” (Wharton Digital Press, 2012, with Dan Hunter) and “After the Digital Tornado: Networks, Algorithms, Humanity” (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020). Nearly half a million students worldwide have registered for his top-rated Coursera course, and he was named Wharton’s first-ever “Iron Prof” for his research.

Prior to joining the Wharton faculty, Werbach was the editor of Release 1.0, a renowned technology report for senior executives, and co-organizer, with Esther Dyson, of the annual PC Forum conference. Before that, he served as Counsel for New Technology Policy at the FCC during the Clinton Administration. Called “one of the few policy wonks who really got it” by Wired, he helped develop the U.S. government’s e-commerce policies, and authored Digital Tornado, the first comprehensive analysis of the implications of the Internet on telecommunications.

A sought-after speaker and commentator, Werbach has appeared in print and broadcast media including CNN, PBS NewsHour, CNBC, NPR, ABC News, USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Financial Times and The Economist. His writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Wired, Fortune, Slate, IEEE Spectrum, Harvard Law Review and Berkeley Technology Law Journal, among other publications, and he has testified before the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and FCC. He is an affiliate of Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy; a fellow of the Global Institute for Communications in Japan; treasurer of Public Knowledge; and an editorial board member of Wharton Digital Press, Info, The Journal of Information Policy and I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society.

Werbach is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as publishing editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

Kevin Werbach is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Books & Research

The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust

(The MIT Press, November 2018)

The Gamification Toolkit

(Wharton Digital Press, May 2015)

For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business

(Wharton Digital Press, October 2012)

Media

Kevin Werbach's Medium Blog

The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust, Book Review: Driving Networks to Consensus

March 27, 2019

Technology Vs. Trust: Why this Wharton Professor Thinks Blockchain's Time is Yet to Come

March 11, 2019

Trump's 5G Plan Is More Than a Gift to His Base

March 6, 2019

Business Bookshelf: How Blockchain Technology is a Form of Trust

February 22, 2019

People Don't Trust Blockchain Systems - Is Regulation a Way to Help?

February 5, 2019

How the Blockchain Ushers in a New Form of Trust (Audio)

January 14, 2019

Privacy, Trust, and Whether Blockchain Can Help Us Achieve Them (Audio)

January 10, 2019

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The Meaning of Blockchain

January 8, 2019

Building a New Architecture of Trust With Blockchain

December 28, 2018

Blockchain to Supply Chain: New Technology Could Make Big Impact on Big Oil (Video)

December 28, 2018

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Blockchain Builds Trust Using Math (Audio)

December 18, 2018

Why You Shouldn't Fear the Blockchain Regulators

December 8, 2018

One on One with Kevin Werbach, Author of the New Book; the Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust

December 5, 2018

How the Blockchain Brings Social Benefits to Emerging Economies

November 28, 2018

Why We Must Regulate the Blockchain

November 25, 2018

How the Blockchain Will Impact the Financial Sector

November 16, 2018

Can Employees Change the Ethics of Tech Firms? (Audio)

November 13, 2018

As the Founders Exit, What's Next for Instagram? (Audio)

October 3, 2018

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At Top Schools Like Wharton, Students Are Flocking to Classes on Bitcoin and Blockchain

September 12, 2018

Here's What One Judge's Decision Means for the Future of Cryptocurrencies

September 12, 2018

Penn's New Blockchain Course Gives Crypto Fans a Chance to Link Up

September 7, 2018

What the Russia Hack Indictments Reveal About Bitcoin

July 22, 2018

How the Blockchain Can Transform Government

July 5, 2018

What the End of Net Neutrality Actually Means (Audio)

June 14, 2018

When Crises Come, Ethically Challenged Firms Such as Uber are most Vulnerable, Wharton Prof Says

April 16, 2018

Why Blockchain Creates a New 'Architecture of Trust' (Audio)

June 16, 2017

The Promise - and Perils - of 'Smart' Contracts (Audio)

May 18, 2017

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Biography

Kevin Werbach is a leading expert on the business, legal and public policy implications of emerging technologies such as broadband, blockchain and Big Data.

Werbach is Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He served on the Obama Administration’s Presidential Transition Team, and later was an expert advisor on broadband issues at both the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is a pioneer in emerging fields such as gamification (applying digital game design principles to business), algorithmic accountability and blockchain governance. He heads the cryptoregulation initiative of the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, serves as faculty advisor to the Penn Blockchain Club, and teaches one of the first interdisciplinary courses on blockchain, cryptocurrency and distributed ledger technology.

Werbach’s books include “The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust” (MIT Press, 2018), “For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business” (Wharton Digital Press, 2012, with Dan Hunter) and “After the Digital Tornado: Networks, Algorithms, Humanity” (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020). Nearly half a million students worldwide have registered for his top-rated Coursera course, and he was named Wharton’s first-ever “Iron Prof” for his research.

Prior to joining the Wharton faculty, Werbach was the editor of Release 1.0, a renowned technology report for senior executives, and co-organizer, with Esther Dyson, of the annual PC Forum conference. Before that, he served as Counsel for New Technology Policy at the FCC during the Clinton Administration. Called “one of the few policy wonks who really got it” by Wired, he helped develop the U.S. government’s e-commerce policies, and authored Digital Tornado, the first comprehensive analysis of the implications of the Internet on telecommunications.

A sought-after speaker and commentator, Werbach has appeared in print and broadcast media including CNN, PBS NewsHour, CNBC, NPR, ABC News, USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Financial Times and The Economist. His writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Wired, Fortune, Slate, IEEE Spectrum, Harvard Law Review and Berkeley Technology Law Journal, among other publications, and he has testified before the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and FCC. He is an affiliate of Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy; a fellow of the Global Institute for Communications in Japan; treasurer of Public Knowledge; and an editorial board member of Wharton Digital Press, Info, The Journal of Information Policy and I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society.

Werbach is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as publishing editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

Kevin Werbach is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

The Blockchain as a New Architecture of Trust

The technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies could change business and society as profoundly as the internet did. Yet it remains wildly misunderstood, leading to rampant hype and dangerous speculation. The blockchain is fundamentally not about money; it is a new form of decentralized trust and collaboration. In an era when conventional trust is collapsing, the blockchain offers a set of extraordinary new opportunities – but also creates new risks. In this presentation, Kevin Werbach reveals how a successful blockchain strategy requires a clear understanding of the blockchain’s value proposition and, perhaps ironically, an appreciation of governance and regulation.

Big Data, Big Responsibilities

Big Data, machine learning and predictive analytics are transforming the business landscape in virtually every industry. For all their power, these techniques can also result in abuses of privacy, unethical manipulation and new forms of discrimination. In this presentation, Kevin Werbach explains that organizations seeking to benefit from Big Data and analytics must consider their limitations, as well as the emerging legal and technical mechanisms of algorithmic accountability.

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