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Smart Ledgers: Learning From Past Financial Scandals



Thursday, 1 February 2018






85 Gresham St, London EC2R 7HE Map


Professor Michael Mainelli
Z/Yen Group
Professor Tim Connell
Honorary Life Fellow, Gresham College
Bob McDowall
Cardano Foundation



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The Distributed Futures research programme is launching a project entitled “Smart Ledgers: Learning From Past Financial Scandals”, another in a series of exciting projects in the programme. We are delighted to invite you to a workshop on Thursday, 1 February, from 14:00 - 16:00, to discuss our approach, scope, and likely recommendations.

Smart Ledgers are based on a combination of mutual distributed ledgers (multi-organisational databases with a super audit trail) with embedded programming and sensing, thus permitting semi-intelligent, autonomous transactions. Smart Ledgers are touted as a technology for fair play in a globalised world. There are numerous projects building trade systems using this technology with announcements from governments, shipping firms, large IT firms, and the like. The research is intended to inform policy makers and business people making decisions about moving towards these systems.

“Smart Ledgers - Learning From Past Financial Scandals”, is being led by Professor Tim Connell (Honorary Life Fellow – Gresham College) and Bob McDowall (Cardano Foundation) and is intended to be a survey to inform Smart Ledger communities of the basic tricks that fraudsters, conmen, and the incompetent use.


Smart Ledgers - Learning From Past Financial Scandals

Date : Thursday, 1 February 2018

Time : 14:00 to 16:00

Venue : 85 Gresham Street, London, EC2R 7HE


  • 14:00 - Registration opens
  • 14:15 - Introduction & Background by Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group
  • 14:30 - Preliminary Findings by Tim Connell and Bob McDowall
  • 14:45 - Round Table Discussion
  • 15:45 - Summary
  • 16:00 - Close


Attendance is free but registration is required. If you would like to attend this event please book your place here.