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With Assemblyman Clyde Vanel.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 06:00 PM   $20
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THINK TANK #6: Hacking the US Elections - the Case for Blockchain Technology & NY State Legislation with Assemblyman Clyde Vanel
Goal of this Think Tank
"In 2016, Kings County lost 120,000 voter records.I felt we needed to secure & safeguard our election system. I wondered if blockchain (technology) was the solution. " --Assemblyman Clyde Vanel
It was this dire concern in the wake ofallegationsby the Department of Homeland Security against Russiaforinterferingin the 2016 US elections, that was the impetus forAssemblyman Clyde Vanel(serving the 33rd Assembly district of Queens, NY) tointroducefour billsthat would address election fraud & hacking, & become an outline for blockchain legislation for financial markets.
Assemblyman Clyde Vanel. Photo Credit: Times Ledger, by Christina Santucci
Experts agree that states need help (States Need Federal Help to Protect Voting Machines from Russian Hackers). But is blockchain the answer to securing our voting process & protecting our democracy? Can we develop legislation now, while blockchain is in its infancy, that can help the financial markets & local businessesexperiment with blockchain technologies responsibly & with minimal risk?Who should be on the New York "digital currency task force" (see below) & how should it be constructed & monitored?
On November 27, 2017, Assemblyman Vanel (who is also an attorney & entrepreneur) introduced three bills to studyblockchain technology & the effects it would have on securing voting records, election results & government record storage.A fourth bill he introduced would createa digital currency task forceto analyze the impact of cryptocurrencies on New York financial markets.
JOIN USas our special guest, Assemblyman Vanel, steps into the Think Tank to present this crucial legislationand its potential impact on government, business & financial markets in New York State.As always, our Think Tank events are interactive & meant to be an exchange of ideas between attendeesand our speakersin a problem-solving format. Everyone gets anopportunity to express ideas & ask questionsabout this hot topic affecting us all!
AMVanel's ProposedBlockchain Bills
Assemblyman Vanelenlisted a bi-partisan group of legislators to co-sponsor the 4 bills he has introduced, includingRep. Edward P. Ra(R-Nassau County),Rep. Luis R. Seplveda(D-Bronx); andRep. Ron Kim(D-Whitestone). If these bills pass, New York will join a short but growing list of states moving swiftly to enact blockchain legislation including Arizona, Vermont, Illinois, North Dakota, Hawaii, California, & Delaware.

BILL#8780: Relates to allowing signatures, records & contracts secured through blockchain technology to be considered in an electronic form & to be an electronic record & signature; allows smart contracts to exist in commerce. (read more)
BILL #8783: Creates the digital currency task force to provide the governor & the legislature with information on the potential effects of the widespread implementation of digital currencies on financial markets in the state. (read more)
BILL #8792:Directs the state board of elections to study & evaluate the use of blockchain technology to protect voter records & election results. (read more)
BILL #8793:Relates to establishing a task force to study & report on the potential implementation of blockchain technology in state record keeping, information storage, & service delivery. (read more)
IBM recently published the results ofnew research(Building trust in government: Exploring the potential of blockchains) on how governments (international & state-wide in the US) are considering blockchain technologies. The study "revealed a group of government organizations that are embracing blockchain technology to reduce frictions to innovation & information & facilitate more extensive collaboration" and96 percent of blockchain-savvy government executives say they plan to useblockchain for financial transaction management by 2018. The U.S. Postal Service & the Department of Homeland Security werehighlighted for their impressive research on blockchain technologies.
The report named 14 trailblazer governments leading in blockchain innovation. The United States was not on the list., researchers did single out for their research into blockchain's potential.

Event Agenda:
The Think Tank will start promptly at 6:15pm. We do not allow any recording of the Think Tank except by our staff. Light food & beverages will beserved.

6PM - 6:15PM: sign in, networking,light food anddrinks served
6:15PM - 6:25PM: announcements, topic & speaker introduction
6:25PM - 7:00PM:Assemblyman Vanel's presentation
7PM - 7:20PM:Interactive, problem-solving Think Tank
7:20PM - 7:35PM: Informal presentations & Assemblyman Vanel's feedback
7:35PM - 7:45PM: Q&A with Assemblyman Vanel
7:45PM - 8PM: More mingling & then it's a wrap!

Assemblyman Clyde Vanel
Assembly member Clyde Vanelwas elected to the New York State Assembly on November 8, 2016. He serves the 33rd Assembly district of Queens, New York, encompassing the neighborhoods of Cambria Heights, St. Albans, Hollis, Queens Village, Bellerose & parts of Floral Park.
Clyde Vanel is an attorney, entrepreneur, private pilot & community advocate from Cambria Heights, New York. He previously served as the Chief of Staff for New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. Clyde Vanel is the owner & operator of Vanel Law Firm, P.C. where he focuses on intellectual property law, business law & wills & estate planning. Clyde is also an Internet entrepreneur. He is the owner & operator of which provides trademark filing & protection services. Additionally, Clyde was the owner & operator of Vanel on First; a restaurant, bar & lounge in lower Manhattan for five years.
Clyde is the founder of the New York Metro chapter of the Black Pilots of America The organization trains & exposes the community & youth to the field of aviation. Through the organization, many youth & community members have been trained in pre-flight of an aircraft & aviation-related trainings.
Assembly member Vanel has worked extensively in political community empowerment. He has helped many community members become involved with & informed the community regarding elections & political matters. Clyde has mentored young men with Eagle Academy in the Bronx & in Queens & the Young Men's Rites of Passage with the Allen A.M.E Church in Jamaica, Queens.
He holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science & Technology Law.He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Administration & an Associate of Applied Science in Aerospace Technology from Farmingdale State College, where he served as the Student Government President.
Clyde Vanel was raised in Cambria Heights, New York, with nine siblings. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Follow him on Twitter:@clydevanel / LinkedIn: /
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