UCLA to host conference on digital cash


A two-day conference at UCLA will focus on the past, present and future of electronic cash. The event will gather humanities scholars, engineers and science fiction authors to explore historical and current payment systems as well as speculative representations of currency in novels, film and games.

Panel discussions will cover topics including digital cash and the state, future and speculative currencies, and legacies of existing payment systems.


9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28


Decafe at UCLA’s Perloff Hall (map)


Speakers include:

Ron Rivest, cryptographer and professor of computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Karl Schroeder, author, “Lady of Mazes” and “The Sunless Countries” 
Emin Gün Sirer, hacker and professor of computer science, Cornell University
Bill Maurer, cultural anthropologist and professor of social sciences, UC Irvine
Sandra Harding, philosopher and professor of education and gender studies, UCLA

Other speakers are listed at the conference website.


Hotel and travel information is available at the conference website.


Professor Christopher Kelty, ckelty@ucla.edu, 310-267-4775

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