Primavera De Filippi is an internationally recognized authority on blockchain technology and the opportunities of emerging digital technologies. These include decentralized architectures, such as, peer-to-peer networks, mesh networking technologies, and the various blockchain-based applications, like Bitcoin or Ethereum.
She specializes in:
- the legal frameworks in which blockchain and other decentralized peer-to-peer networks operate
- how blockchain technologies can influence the future of work, by facilitating large-scale decentralized collaboration and participatory decision-making
- how laws and code can regulate autonomous systems and machines powered by blockchain technology and artificial intelligence
- how commons-based peer-production communities rely on emerging technology in order to create and redistribute value more equally
Blockchains Technologies. Blockchains technologies enabled the emergence of new organizational structures that significantly differ from those that we know today. Just as Bitcoin eliminated the need for banks and other financial intermediaries, blockchain technology can eliminate intermediaries in many other sectors of activity, using code to coordinate a wide range of interactions between humans and machines. Primavera De Filippi is a genius on explaining this important and exciting new technology, along with the implications it may have on the current regulatory framework, on the way people work and organize themselves, and on society as a whole.
“Backfeed” — trust layer on top of a trustless technology. In addition to her academic career, Primavera is committed to create distributed governance systems that can be deployed as a “trust layer” on top of existing blockchain-based infrastructure, in order to improve the governance of these trustless networks. She calls the system Backfeed.
Decentralized Autonomous Organizations. In the future, we might witness the emergence of autonomous blockchain-based organizations that operate in an autonomous and self-sufficient manner, independently of their creators. In order to illustrate this point, Primavera has created the first blockchain-based lifeform — the Plantoid, which is to a plant what an android is to a human. It’s reproductive process is an astounding new business model that enables the Plantoid to reproduce itself, by hiring humans in order to help them in the reproduction process. As an artistic experiment, the Plantoid illustrates the mostly unexplored business potential of blockchain technologies.
- Permanent researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris
- Faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School,- where she studies the legal aspects of these technologies
- Member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain Technology at the World Economic Forum
- Co-founder and coordinator of the Dynamic Coalition on Blockchain Technology an the Internet Governance Forum
- Researcher on commons-based peer-production for the European Commission (P2Pvalue.eu)
- Legal expert for the Creative Commons France affiliate group
- Associate Editor of the Digital Finance Journal, Springer; and Member of the Editorial Board of Ledger, the Journal of Cryptocurrency Research
She is fluent in Italian, French and English.