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IEEE Blockchain Podcasts

IEEE Blockchain Podcasts: An IEEE Future Directions Digital Studio Production

Through the IEEE Blockchain Initiative Q&A podcast series, IEEE Future Directions interviews experts in the field of blockchain across various industries. IEEE Blockchain Podcasts provides you access to the industry’s blockchain innovators, experts and enthusiasts.

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Episode 13: A Conversation with Dr. Chris Elsden, Chancellor’s Fellow in Service Design, Institute for Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh

In this episode of the IEEE Blockchain Podcast Series, we speak with Dr. Chris Elsden, Chancellor’s Fellow in Service Design in the Institute for Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Elsden discusses the role of design as it relates to blockchain and how it can shed light on utilizing decentralized technologies in tangible, safe, and ethical ways.

Listen to Episode 13 (MP3, 32 MB)

Dr. Chris ElsdenDr. Chris Elsden, Chancellor’s Fellow in Service Design, Institute for Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh

Episode 12: A Conversation with Julie Frizzo-Barker, Lead Researcher, Maiden Global

In this episode of the IEEE Blockchain Podcast Series, we speak with Julie Frizzo-Barker. Julie Frizzo-Barker recently completed her PhD at Simon Fraser University's School of Communication, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Her dissertation investigated the social shaping of blockchain through interviews and participant observations with women working in the space. She is currently a lead researcher on a project conducted by MIT's Digital Currency Initiative (DCI) and Maiden Labs, funded by Financial Services for the Poor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, focused on whether and/or how central bank digital currency (CBDC) may influence financial inclusion for low- and middle-income populations in India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Mexico.

Listen to Episode 12 (MP3, 45 MB)

Julie Frizzo-BarkerJulie Frizzo-Barker, Lead Researcher, Maiden Global

Episode 11: A Conversation with Victoria Lemieux, Associate Professor and Blockchain@UBC Cluster Lead, University of British Columbia

In this episode of the IEEE Blockchain Podcast Series, we speak with Victoria Lemieux, Associate Professor of Archival Science at the School of Information and lead of the Blockchain research cluster, Blockchain@UBC at the University of British Columbia. Her research is focused on risk to the availability of trustworthy records, in particular blockchain.

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Victoria LemieuxVictoria Lemieux, Associate Professor and Blockchain@UBC Cluster Lead, University of British Columbia

Episode 10: A Conversation with Dr. Paul Dylan-Ennis, Assistant Professor of Business, University College Dublin

In this episode of the IEEE Blockchain Podcast Series, we speak with Dr. Paul Dylan-Ennis, an Assistant Professor of Business at University College Dublin. His research focuses on the social, cultural, and political dimensions of crypto, especially within the Ethereum ecosystem. Dr. Dylan-Ennis is a thought leader in the web3 and DeFi space and has published extensively on topics ranging from philosophy to political science.

Listen to Episode 10 (MP3, 41 MB)

Dr. Paul Dylan-EnnisDr. Paul Dylan-Ennis, Assistant Professor of Business, University College Dublin

Episode 9: A Conversation with Gün Sirer, Founder, Avalanche Protocol

In this episode of the IEEE Blockchain Podcast Series, Gün Sirer, Founder of Avalanche Protocol, explores the risks and rewards of moving from academia to entrepreneurship and shares his views on how blockchain can support credential management. He also discusses the science of distributed and applied systems and how new technologies are impacting governance and change management in blockchains.

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Gun SirerGün Sirer, Founder, Avalanche Protocol

Episode 8: A Conversation with Lana Swartz, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia

In this episode of the IEEE Blockchain Podcast Series, we speak with Lana Swartz, Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Her work focuses on money and new media technologies. She is the editor of Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks, and Other Money Stuff (MIT Press, 2017) and the author of New Money: How Payment Became Social Media (Yale University Press, 2020).

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Lana SwartzLana Swartz, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia

Episode 7: A Conversation with JP Vergne, Associate Professor at University College London, School of Management

In this episode of the IEEE Blockchain Podcast Series, we speak with JP Vergne, Associate Professor at University College London, School of Management. JP Vergne examines the evolution of capitalist societies since the early 17th century. In particular, he explores how socially contested organizations affect the renewal of industries at the vanguard of the economy. His award-winning research on piracy, on the global arms industry around 9/11, and on the rise of blockchain-powered organizations has been published in leading academic journals as well as in two books. His findings have been featured in such media outlets as the Financial Times, The Globe & Mail, The Economist, Bloomberg, CBC Radio and TV, Forbes, as well as in various cryptocurrency news sources. JP has given keynote presentations at international technology conferences (e.g. Google Zeitgeist, South by Southwest, TEDx) and at high-profile corporate events. In 2016-2020, JP was director of the fintech-focused Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School, in Canada, where he launched and chaired the first three editions of the Toronto Fintech Conference. In 2013, he published the book The Pirate Organization: Lessons from the Fringes of Capitalism with organization theorist Rodolphe Durand. In 2017, he co-authored a graphic novel entitled Déjà Vu with artist Sarah Legault. In his spare time, JP enjoys indie music, contemporary art, films with an edge, and wines with a soul. JP also advises start-ups and consults on strategic issues involving adaptation and technology innovation.

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JP VergneJP Vergne, Associate Professor at University College London, School of Management

Episode 6: A Conversation with Dr. Michael Zargham, founder and CEO of BlockScience

In this episode of the IEEE Blockchain Podcast Series, we speak with Michael Zargham, founder and CEO of BlockScience. Dr. Zargham holds a Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied optimization and control of decentralized networks. His earliest work on peer-to-peer effects in business decision making was developing algorithms to reverse engineer the word of mouth effect in enterprise software licensing decisions in 2005. In the intervening years, Dr. Zargham has designed data driven decision systems and built a data science team for a Media Technology firm, worked on the mathematical specifications of blockchain enabled software systems with a focus on observability and controllability of the information state of the networks.

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Dr. Michael ZarghamDr. Michael Zargham, founder and CEO of BlockScience

Episode 5: A Conversation with Shermin Voshmgir, author of Token Economy

In this episode of the IEEE Blockchain Podcast Series, we speak with Shermin Voshmgir, author of Token Economy and founder of Token Kitchen and BlockchainHub Berlin. She was the director and co-founder of the Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics at the Vienna University of Economics, a curator of TheDAO (Decentralized Investment Fund), and advisor to Jolocom, Wunder, and the Estonian E-residency program. She studied Information Systems Management at the Vienna University of Economics and film-making in Madrid. She works at the intersection of technology, art & social science.

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Shermin VoshmgirShermin Voshmgir, author of Token Economy

Episode 4: A Conversation with Jason Potts, Co-Director, RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, RMIT University

In this episode of the IEEE Blockchain Podcast Series, we speak with Jason Potts, distinguished Professor of Economics at the College of Business and Law at RMIT University. His work focuses on evolutionary economics, complex systems theory, innovation economics and institutional economics. His current research is on economics of blockchain and the digital economy, and on automated decision making. He is currently the Co-Director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT University.

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Jason PottsJason Potts, Co-Director, RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, RMIT University

Episode 3: A Conversation with Dr. Philipp Sandner, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC), Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

In this episode of the IEEE Blockchain Podcast Series, we speak with Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner, founder and head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC) at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. From 2018 to 2021, he was ranked as one of the “top 30” economists by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and belonged to the “Top 40 under 40” ranking by the German business magazine Capital. Since 2017, he has been a member of the FinTech Council of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Germany. The expertise of Prof. Sandner includes blockchain technology in general, crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, the digital programmable Euro, tokenization of assets and rights and digital identity.

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Dr. Philipp SandnerDr. Philipp Sandner, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC), Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Episode 2: A Conversation with Balázs Bodó, Associate Professor, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

In this episode of the IEEE Blockchain Podcast Series, we speak with Dr. Balázs Bodó, Associate Professor, and socio-legal researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. He has been a Fellow and Fulbright Visiting Researcher at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society and a Fulbright Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. In 2013 he moved to Amsterdam as a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2018 he received an €1.5M ERC Starting Grant to study the legal, and political implications of blockchain based technologies, and started the Blockchain & Society Policy Research Lab. He has been invited by the European Commission to serve as an expert for various blockchain related projects.

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Balázs BodóBalázs Bodó, Director, Associate Professor and socio-legal researcher, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

Episode 1: Q&A with John Greaves, Director, Global Standards, Architecture, Conformity and Propagation at ConsenSys Health

Hosted by Ray Dogum, Podcast Chair, IEEE Healthcare: Blockchain and AI Virtual Series, this episode kicks off a special podcast series covering blockchain and AI in the healthcare industry. In this episode Ray chats with John Greaves, a globally recognized leader in technology who has pioneered development in distributed ledger technologies (DLT) and blockchain. John shares about the importance of standards for the evolving blockchain and AI space, as it relates to healthcare.

Listen to Episode 1 (MP3, 49 MB)

John GreavesJohn Greaves, Director, Global Standards, Architecture, Conformity and Propagation at ConsenSys Health