Here is our conference agenda on April 24th, 2018 at Sofia Tech Park (John Atanasoff Hall) in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The organizers reserve the right to make last-minute changes in the schedule. Changes will be reflected on this page in real time. Click on each time slot to find any details and talk summary!

08:00 - 08:45 #Organizational - Registration and Coffee

Quickly check in with your ticket, get a cup of a tasty coffee for a fresh start of the day and have a seat! It is going to be a great info and a mind-shifting day. You need your printed ticket or better have the QR code on your smartphone. We don’t want more wasted paper and polution, right?

08:45 - 08:50 #Opening - Opening words

A warm welcome and honoring our sponsors.

08:50 - 09:10 #Blockchain - Ivan Vankov: Blockchain - What is it all about?

With all the cryptocurrencies, ICOs and blockchain everywhere hype people are getting lost and confused. I will explain you the objective reality behind all of them and will explain to you how they will evolve in the future. If you are crypto-fanatic, you may not like what you will hear in this talk.

09:10 - 09:30 #Blockchain - Svetlin Nakov: How the blockchain will affect businesses and industries?

Computing models and software systems are evolving: from standalone software, through client-server systems, to cloud-based infrastructure and platforms. Now, the next big transformation for the computing models is coming and it will affect many industries: the decentralized model, which consists of a new type of decentralized organizations, executing decentralized processes, using decentralized data storage, decentralized computing systems, operating and evolving under decentralized governance. The blockchain and the other distributed ledger technologies (DLT), along with the upcoming decentralized databases, storage systems and other decentralized computing components will be the heart of the new “decentralized cloud”, which will allow running decentralized IT infrastructures and “software organizations” (DAO) with no owner, with no employees, under decentralized governance. Due to its transparency, security, traceability, reduced costs and ability to cut the middle-man, this blockchain and decentralization movement brings innovation and transformations to many industries: finances, supply chain, healthcare, government, forecasting, insurance, mobility, voting, IT infrastructure, telecom and others. So, remember: the blockchain is about decentralization of computing and economy, not about cryptocurrencies, coins, tokens, and exchanges!

09:30 - 09:50 #Blockchain - Martin Kuvandzhiev: Cryptocurrencies vs. Fiat Currencies

Why the banks/governments are not (really) happy?

09:50 - 10:10 #Blockchain - Radoslav Penchev: Token Economy

The emergence of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and decentralization is opening up a wide range of previously unavailable markets as well as new ways to compete against entrenched incumbents. Sure, many of the new crypto entities coming into being today will die out, but many of the ones that survive will be epic.

I believe that one of the most under-appreciated factors that will determine success and failure of many of these entities is Token Economics. The token economy is the soil that feeds a token’s utility and as such will be vital to the success and credibility of emerging blockchain startups. We will take a look at the what and why as well as the possible approaches.

10:10 - 10:30 #Blockchain - Vladislav Dramaliev: The Decentralized Sharing Economy

The lecture will explain why decentralized applications and services might win users and how millions of people can be empowered by a sharing economy based on decentralized systems.

10:30 - 11:00 #Break - Coffee Break #1

It is good to move around, to chat with some new guy and get a second cup of coffee or tea, isn’t it? 🙂 And have an eye on your watch, please! You don’t want to be late for the next set of talks.

11:00 - 11:20 #Blockchain - Emiliyan Enev: Why blockchain will be a game changer and how it will remodel the ways we consume, interact and behave?

How will this technology help us escape the zero-sum game and regain control over our data? How transparency and traceability could help us measure contributions and distribute value in a fair manner? Which are the aspects of responsible consumer behavior that blockchain will enable? What if people could see the story behind products and verify the origin of goods?

11:20 - 11:40 #Blockchain - Evgeniya Gancheva & Vassil Kostov: Blockchain and Legal (R)evolution

Soon enough it will be safe to say that there aren’t any industries left in the world of business and science that haven’t been influenced in any way by blockchain technology. Same applies to the area of Law.

11:40 - 12:00 #Blockchain - Blagovest Belev: Perspectives on investing in crypto assets

Balancing risk and reward in a portfolio of crypto assets. A long-term view and general asset class comparison.

12:00 - 12:20 #Blockchain - Asen Kovachev: Automaton - Beyond the Blockchain
  • The Blockchain Hype: Let’s review some real problems
  • Beyond the Blockchain: Decentralization comes in many shapes
  • Automaton Smart Protocols: The need for P2P protocol formal specifications
12:20 - 12:40 #Blockchain - Nikolay Chakinski: Blockchain Infrastructure - benefits of a data center for mining

We are witnessing a life changing technological infiltration of the blockchain technologies in our lives and in the economy. This means more storage space, more energy consumption, specialized equipment, networking and infrastructure.
Traditional data centers are not designed to meet these needs. They need to change their business strategies and to adapt to the new technologies, in order to meet the customers’ needs.

12:40 - 13:00 #Blockchain - Discussion Panel

Have your questions ready for our experts on the stage!

13:00 - 14:00 #Break - Lunch Break

Yes, you’ve deserved it and will be rewarded for your patience! Go outside and look around what’s cooking, Doc! 🙂

14:00 - 14:20 #Privacy - Liz Steininger: Privacy for everyone
  • Secure cloud storage solutions (Tahoe-LAFS and similar)
  • The role of cryptocurrency and blockchain projects in this space
14:20 - 14:45 #Privacy - Bernd Fix: All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace

What foreseeable impact will the emerging cybernetic society have on our social interactions, the existing political system, and its underlying economy? What will the collusion between Cybernetics (N. Wiener) and Behaviorism (B. F. Skinner) mean for us as human beings that value freedom, privacy, compassion, independence, and change? Freedom does not compute for an algorithm…

14:45 - 15:05 #Privacy - Hernani Marques: Actually Existing Mass Surveillance and Targeting: Mind-Sets and Methods

This talk wants to raise awareness that our Internet infrastructure is clearly under attack and fundamental technical counter-measures are utterly necessary. Since the EU’s ECHELON reports, some evidence becomes evident that a global mass surveillance complex exists in practice, which is embedded into a “private-public partnership” with firms collecting our personal data. So then the Snowden revelations as of June 2013 and WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 and other releases clearly show that basically, the conclusion to take is: if there are ten attack vectors, all ten are used — only costs for attackers being sometimes the limiting factor.

15:05 - 15:25 #Privacy - Nana Karlstetter: pretty Easy privacy: the foundation and the tools

With pretty Easy privacy (pEp) the pEp Foundation set off to provide tools for automatic message encryption: starting with email. The foundation behind this effort has three Human Rights it technically wants to enforce: the right to Privacy, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Information. This presentation will show which activities the pEp Foundation pursues and which end-user tools are emerging to ship tools for citizens, public offices and enterprises such as to protect their confidentiality, security and privacy needs.

15:25 - 15:45 #Privacy - Klaus Herberth: Take back control over your data and communication

More and bigger silos are emerging where you are the product and you are being milked for your data and metadata. But there is good news: It’s a breeze to get your freedom back with federated FLOSS applications. In this talk, you will learn how to take back control over your data and communication with XMPP and Nextcloud.

15:45 - 16:05 #Privacy - Patrick Stählin: E-voting, miracle or menace?

Being one pillar of the digital-strategy of Switzerland e-voting is being pushed forward. Politicians see it as a tool to engage voters and to appear modern and technically savvy, calling those opposed to it as conspiracy theorists. A look at e-voting from a societal standpoint.

16:05 - 16:25 #Privacy - Discussion Panel

The microphone is yours now! Have your questions ready for our experts on the stage!

16:25 - 16:55 #Break - Coffee Break #2

The last set of talks is coming. We know you can make it! Go out, get some fresh air, stretch your arms and legs and look around for some water, coffee or tea.

16:55 - 17:45 #FreeSoftware - Richard Stallman: Computing, Freedom and Privacy

The way digital technology is developing, it threatens our freedom, within our computers and on the internet. What are the threats? What must we change? We will have a LIVE stream from Boston (USA) with Richard Stallman.

17:45 - 18:05 #Off-The-Grid - Natalia Aleksandrova: The energy revolution - new relationship between customers and energy companies

The speaker will talk about energy revolution and prosumers – consumers who can produce energy and sell it back to energy companies. How new energy resources and technologies force grid companies to apply new business models in order to manage the grid. The application of smart home devices to new energy concepts and how customers can get money from energy companies.

18:05 - 18:25 #Off-The-Grid - Elena Lalova: EXERON - the Off-Grid Beast, top innovation for off-grid electrification

The presentation will show the innovative, award-winning technology EXERON used for off-grid electrification in multiple sectors of the economy. The applicability is relevant to sites where a grid is not available, or it is unreliable. IPS has realized projects in 58 countries across all 7 continents and the success stories of some of them will be shared with the audience.

18:25 - 18:30 #Closing - Closing words and hitting the END button

Closing words, thanking and honoring our speakers and sponsors, anouncing the rest of the day. See you again on #LibertyBits2019!

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