DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
LEGAL SUMMIT 2021

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021

Recordings and Supporting Materials

Defining Geopolitics in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Disruptive technological change is impacting the way we relate to one another as individuals, companies, governments, and governing organizations, both domestically and internationally. This session explored the implications of the increasing pace and scope of innovation on traditional notions of geopolitics and the ways in which private entities are coping with attendant risk.

Jon Blattmachr – Deputy General Counsel, INX Limited
Danielle Coleman – Director & Assistant General Counsel, Global Litigation, VMware, Inc.
Mark duBose – Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, Centre
Chris Hoofnagle – Professor of Law in Residence, UC Berkeley Law
Danielle Williams – Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP (Moderator) 

Please note, you must view the recorded sessions through Winston’s online CLE portal to receive CLE credit. Please contact CLE@winston.com to receive access. 


The Evolution of the “Crypto Revolution”: Digital Assets Beyond Bitcoin, National Crypto Banks, and Central Bank Digital Currencies 

The explosion and mainstreaming of cryptocurrency has been referred to as part of a “Crypto Revolution” or “The Industrial Revolution 4.0.” This panel explored the latest trends, including stablecoins, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and the government’s conditional approval of national “digital trust companies” and their transformative impact on money, borrowing and lending, and the financial and banking ecosystems; the way we think about value; and the way we store, collect, and trade value. 

This panel also discussed two seemingly broader opposing trends that have emerged: the rise of decentralized finance or “DeFi,—a block-chain based form of finance which does not rely upon central financial intermediaries such as brokerages, exchanges, and banks—and an increasing worldwide interest in centralizing the financial system (“CeFi”) through central banking authorities issuing government-backed cryptocurrencies known as “Central Bank Digital Currencies” (“CBDCs”). 

Diana Barrero Zalles – Director, Emergents @ Weild & Co.
Brent McIntosh – Adjunct Senior Fellow for International Economics & Finance, Council on Foreign Relations; Former General Counsel, U.S. Treasury
Mark McKenzie – Senior Financial Sector Specialist, The SEACEN Centre
James F. Vivenzio – Director for BSA/AML Policy, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Carol Alexis Chen – Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP (Moderator)

Please note, you must view the recorded sessions through Winston’s online CLE portal to receive CLE credit. Please contact CLE@winston.com to receive access. 


Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Financial Instruments: Edging Toward a New Trading Paradigm?

Smart contracts—and, in particular, smart contracts on a public blockchain—have been hailed as revolutionary and “disruptive” to many industries, including finance, banking, transportation, real estate, and manufacturing. These labels are warranted to some extent: blockchain and smart contracts present a dizzying array of potential use cases and promise to present more as innovators continue to develop and utilize the technology. But they also pose a host of challenges in terms of implementation and enforceability. This panel explored the promise and perils of blockchain and smart contracts, with a particular focus on the technology’s potentially profound—and increasingly imminent—implications for the equities, derivatives, and securities lending marketplaces.

Gates S. Hurand – Senior Trial Attorney, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Division of Enforcement
George Mastoris – Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP 
Andria van der Merwe – Executive Vice President, Compass Lexecon

Please note, you must view the recorded sessions through Winston’s online CLE portal to receive CLE credit. Please contact CLE@winston.com to receive access. 


The AI Bias Paradox: Underdelivering to the Underserved

Has algorithmic bias compromised AI’s promise to create new opportunities for the underbanked, underinsured, and underserved? This session explored how to unleash the full potential of AI to create products that avoid reinforcing the inequities AI seeks to overcome, while remaining consistent with the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This discussion also outlined challenges faced by in-house counsel in addressing AI bias, the evolving legal landscape in this area, and best practices to minimize AI bias.

Anjelica Dortch – Technology Policy Executive, IBM
Dr. Cheryl Martin – Chief Research and Development Officer, Alegion, Inc.
Ghazal Niazi – Product Counsel, Square, Inc. 
Peter Turk – Senior Counsel, AI and Platform, Change Healthcare
Susannah Torpey – Co-Chair, Technology Antitrust Group, Winston & Strawn LLP (Moderator)

Please note, you must view the recorded sessions through Winston’s online CLE portal to receive CLE credit. Please contact CLE@winston.com to receive access. 


Pushing Into Post-Pandemic Technology Frontiers in Health Care and Life Sciences

The COVID-19 pandemic solidified wider government and private sector acceptance of the benefits of the many applications of digital health, such as telehealth, medical devices, and software apps for monitoring patient health conditions. This has resulted in larger investments and collaboration across all health and life sciences sectors, including managed care, pharma, medical devices, and providers. As the pandemic eases, government regulations will also evolve to adjust and encourage innovative care models while maintaining regulatory enforcement vigilance.  

This panel discussed:

  • Health IT trends in serving existing and new markets
  • Converging medical device and health care services to foster new opportunities
  • Regulatory developments impacting business models
  • Government enforcement trends to watch

Shelby Buettner – Principal Legal Counsel, Medtronic
LeToia Crozier – Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer, naviHealth
Jason Hamilton – Director, Legal Affairs & Litigation, Alphatec Spine, Inc.
T. Reed Stephens  – Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP (Moderator)

Please note, you must view the recorded sessions through Winston’s online CLE portal to receive CLE credit. Please contact CLE@winston.com to receive access. 


The Dream of Universal Computing

The dream of universal connectivity is within striking distance. Between the U.S. government’s emphasis on 5G rollout and broadband initiatives, and the private sector’s investment in bandwidth improvements for consumers and innovation related to connected devices, we are on the cusp of making the dream a reality. This session considered the upcoming steps necessary to achieve the dream of universal connectivity and the hurdles that remain. The session also investigated the expected benefits and potential risks of a truly connected world, and how companies and consumers alike can maximize those benefits and minimize any exposure from those risks.

Dr. Eric Burger – Research Professor of Computer Science, Georgetown University
Steven B. Carlson – President, High Speed Design, Inc.
Krishnan Padmanabhan – Co-Chair, Technology, New Media & Telecommunications Industry Group, Winston & Strawn LLP
Saranya Raghavan – Associate, Winston & Strawn LLP (Moderator)

Please note, you must view the recorded sessions through Winston’s online CLE portal to receive CLE credit. Please contact CLE@winston.com to receive access. 


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