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The CERSA is research laboratory of the CNRS. The eGov department of the CERSA is a European think tank focusing on interdisciplinary research on the dynamics of governance in the digital era. It is the affiliated institution of Creative Commons in France, in charge of transposing Creative Commons licenses to better adapt them to the specificities of French law, and promoting the use of theses licenses in the scientific and academic realm. The CERSA has been part of the EC-funded COMMUNIA thematic network on the digital public domain from 2007 to 2011 and the P2Pvalue project funded by the 7th Framework for the development of a techno-social platform for sustainable models and value generation in commons-based peer production. Finally, the CERSA has coordinated two projects funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche: ADAM and Legilocal.
The main role of the CERSA in the project will be to analyse the legal issues and regulatory challenges that will be faced during the development of this platform, most notably with regards to problem of preserving the privacy of users. The CERSA will also investigate the viability and sustainability of alternative governance models and system of rewards that will be emerge within the initial testbed communities. It will also develop guidelines and policy recommendations with a view to promote and support the shift towards a non-market based ecosystem.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

HKUST – A dynamic, international research university, in relentless pursuit of excellence, leading the advance of science, technology, business and humanities, and educating the new generation of front-runners for the world. Since its official opening in October 1991, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has established itself as an intellectual powerhouse, energizing the community’s transformation into a knowledge-based society, and securing a place on the academic world map in record-breaking time.

In just two decades, they have established themselves as a top university globally, rising fast through our leading research breakthroughs and top international faculty, their holistic education for undergraduates and postgraduates, and their drive to change lives for the better.

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MIT MediaLab

Actively promoting a unique, antidisciplinary culture, the MIT Media Lab goes beyond known boundaries and disciplines, encouraging the most unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas. It creates disruptive technologies that happen a the edges, pioneering such areas as wearable computing, tangible interfaces, and affective computing. Today, faculty members, research staff, and students at the Lab work in more than 25 research groups on more than 350 projects that range from digital approaches for treating neurological disorders, to a stackable, electric car for sustainable cities, to advanced imaging technologies that can “see around a corner.” The Lab is committed to looking beyond the obvious to ask the questions not yet asked–questions whose answers could radically improve the way people live, learn, express themselves, work, and play.


The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world.

LSE is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance. Founded in 1895, the School has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence. 16 Nobel prize winners have been LSE staff or alumni.

LSE offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the social sciences. From its location in the heart of London, the School links communities across the world, from formal academic partnerships to advisory work with governments and international organisations.

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Cambridge University

With more than 18,000 students from all walks of life and all corners of the world, nearly 9,000 staff, 31 Colleges and 150 Departments, Faculties, Schools and other institutions, no two days are ever the same at the University of Cambridge.

At the heart of this confederation of Departments, Schools, Faculties and Colleges is a central administration team. It is small because the Colleges are self-governing and teaching staff carry out much of the daily administration at Cambridge.

Oxford University

Oxford is a collegiate university, consisting of the central University and colleges. The central University is composed of academic departments and research centres, administrative departments, libraries and museums. The 38 colleges are self-governing and financially independent institutions, which are related to the central University in a federal system. There are also six permanent private halls, which were founded by different Christian denominations and which still retain their Christian character.


UCL was founded in 1826 to open up university education in England to those who had been excluded from it. In 1878, it became the first university in England to admit women students on equal terms with men.

UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength. According to independent analysis, UCL won the largest funding allocation from the UK research councils in 2013 (£135m). UCL also has the greatest number of prestigious Doctoral Training Centres.

Imperial College London

Imperial College London is a science-based university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

Consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial is committed to developing the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics through collaboration across disciplines.

Located in the heart of London, Imperial is a multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges.

Berkman Center

The Berkman Center was founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. We represent a network of faculty, students, fellows, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and virtual architects working to identify and engage with the challenges and opportunities of cyberspace.

It investigates the real and possible boundaries in cyberspace between open and closed systems of code, of commerce, of governance, and of education, and the relationship of law to each. We do this through active rather than passive research, believing that the best way to understand cyberspace is to actually build out into it.

Its faculty, fellows, students, and affiliates engage with a wide spectrum of Net issues, including governance, privacy, intellectual property, antitrust, content control, and electronic commerce. Our diverse research interests cohere in a common understanding of the Internet as a social and political space where constraints upon inhabitants are determined not only through the traditional application of law, but, more subtly, through technical architecture (“code”).

As part of its active research mission, we build, use, and freely share open software platforms for free online lectures and discussions. We also sponsor gatherings, ranging from informal lunches to international conferences, that bring together members of our diverse network of participants to swap insights – and sometimes barbs – as they stake out their respective visions for what the Net can become. We also teach, seeking out online and global opportunities, as well as supporting the traditional Harvard Law School curriculum, often in conjunction with other Harvard schools and MIT.

European Commission

Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission that contributes to the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan.

Startup Europe’s objectives are:

ICT startups can access support services such as advice, networking and legal assistance, from EU funded projects on the Startup Europe Hub website. We are creating as well a Dynamic Mapping of the startups ecosystem. Have a look at some great success stories in Europe.

Deutsche Bundesbank

The Deutsche Bundesbank is the central bank of the Federal Republic of Germany and, thus, the “bankers’ bank”. Since 1999, it has been part of the Eurosystem, sharing responsibility with the other national central banks and the European Central Bank for the single currency, the euro. The Executive Board of the Bundesbank currently comprises six members. Half are nominated by the Federal Government and half by the Bundesrat, with all members being appointed by the President of the Federal Republic. The Bundesbank is independent of instructions from the Federal Government. In this respect, its status is comparable to that of the Federal Constitutional Court. Some 10,000 people are employed at the Bundesbank’s Central Office in Frankfurt am Main, the nine regional offices and 38 branches (as at April 2015) throughout Germany. The Bundesbank uses this nationwide network to perform its operations in the areas of refinancing, cash supply, cashless payments and banking supervision.
The overriding aim behind all of the Bundesbank’s activities is to safeguard the stability of the general price level and the financial system. For this, in-depth analyses, long-term goals and impartiality towards individual interests are essential. The Bundesbank’s stability policy also relies on the support of economic, fiscal and wage policies.
The Bundesbank’s participation in the Eurosystem, the integration of the international financial markets and innovations in the fields of payments and finance are creating new challenges for its stability policy. In order to better meet these challenges, the bank has identified five core business areas and is aiming to hone its profile in these areas in the future.

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Bryan Cave

Bryan Cave LLP has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 1,000 attorneys across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia serve clients’ needs in the world’s key business and financial markets.ernment on matters of monetary policy.
Two aspects common to all core business areas are active participation in international organisations and research. In all its business areas, the Bundesbank is represented – at all levels – in the relevant European or global international organisations. Consequently, it is involved in most consultations and agreements concerning the monetary and financial system. The international nature of the debate in this area has increased with growing European integration and higher global cash flows. This is also why the Bundesbank is expanding its research in all its core business areas. The Bundesbank will have a role to play in the Eurosystem’s monetary policy decision-making process and in the international debate about the stability of the financial system only as long as it is recognised as a voice of authority among its peers. And this can be achieved only through research and analysis. The Bundesbank’s Research Centre, which was established in 2000, focuses primarily on research into the potential impact of monetary policy and the requirements and effects of a stable financial system.

Buckley Sanders

With more than 160 lawyers in Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London focused on financial services law and litigation and enforcement matters, BuckleySandler has quickly gained a reputation for solving litigation, enforcement, compliance, regulatory, and transactional challenges for clients, and even turning them into business opportunities.
Focus on Financial Services
As the financial services industry continues to face a once-in-a-generation overhaul, having the right legal counsel on your team can mean the difference between business success or failure. The attorneys at BuckleySandler LLP have decades of experience representing banks, mortgage lenders and servicers, credit card companies, insurance companies, securities firms and other financial services companies in matters affecting their industry.


ID3 is a research and educational nonprofit, headquartered in Boston Massachusetts, whose mission is to develop a new social ecosystem of trusted, self-healing digital institutions. This endeavor seeks to address the severe structural limitations of existing institutions by empowering individuals to assert greater control over their data, online identities and authentication, and in so doing, enable them to design and deploy a new generation of trusted digital institutions and services globally.

Key elements of the new infrastructure include a new architecture of five layers for open digital services and APIs for the mobile Internet, Trust Frameworks for secure, authenticated digital interactions, and a range of customized applications for specific circumstances. Using these tools, people will be able to ensure the privacy of their personal information, leverage the power of networked data, and create new forms of online coordination, exchange and self-governance. They will be able to forge new “social contracts” and participate in new types of legal and regulatory systems for managing organizations, markets and their social and civic lives. These systems will conform to both international legal standards and to the specific social norms and priorities of its members.

All ID3 software is open source and designed to enable a community of users, at differing skill levels, and to develop their own social contracts, applications and services. We envision entrepreneurs, organizations, social networks and ordinary people using the platform to launch next-generation applications in the financial, educational, commercial, agricultural and urban sectors that build on pro-social values and behaviors.


Eris is free software that allows anyone to build their own secure, low-cost, run-anywhere data infrastructure using blockchain and smart contract technology. Eris helps developers to build, test, deploy, and operate interactive applications where application logic is reliably and securely executed by a distributed network. With Eris, communities, businesses, governments, and anybody else can use smart contracts to manage their data-driven relationships on their own.


Barclays is a British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London. It is auniversal bank with operations in retail, wholesale and investment banking, as well as wealth management, mortgage lending and credit cards. It has operations in over 50 countries and territories and has around 48 million customers. As of 31 December 2011 Barclays had total assets of US$2.42 trillion, the seventh-largest of any bank worldwide.

Barclays is organised within these business clusters: Corporate and Investment Banking, Wealth and Investment Management; and Retail and Business Banking. The Corporate and Investment Banking, Wealth and Investment Management cluster comprises three business units: Corporate banking; Investment banking; and Wealth and investment management. The Retail and Business Banking cluster comprises four business units: Africa Retail and Business Banking (including Absa Group); Barclaycard (credit card and loan provision); Europe Retail and Business Banking; and UK Retail and Business Banking.


ECUREX is the Swiss-based digital finance marketplace for professional traders and financial institutions.

Incorporated and headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, with representative offices in Frankfurt, Germany and London, UK, ECUREX is dedicated to provide a professional, secure and fully compliant access to advanced financial instruments and information services ensuring speed of operations, reliability and convenience.
Our multi-level secured platform provides our users with unprecedented security and total control of their own deposits throughout the entire trading cycle. ECUREX is committed to setting the industry standard for transparency, safety, and digital currency market accessibility, under fully legally compliant protocols. To ensure this, our digital finance marketplace is fully compliant with Swiss and U.S. AML acts and FACTA.

At the heart of ECUREX is a team of financial professionals, entrepreneurs and experienced scientists. Our team combines outstanding backgrounds in trading and finance, technology and complex systems with unique experience gained at central banks, top-tier strategy consulting firms, major investment banks and leading research institutions.

Robin Hood Coop

e established Robin Hood in June 2012 in the middle of the financial crisis. The lesson from our background analysis was clear: The financialization of the economy is a fact. The financial market has nothing to do with free competition. The number of banks in the world has decreased in the last 30 years by 40%. Only 10 big investment banks control over 90% of the entire derivative market whose size is estimated to be around 1200-1400 million billion dollars (over 20 times the entire world GNP). The power to create money is in the hands of the financial market, but we have no access to it. Our ability to pay taxes, assume debt, and take on austerity measures creates direct vehicles for financial asset accumulation. Our money is obliged to take part in the market, but we never profit from it. We just carry the risks. There is a deep asymmetry between those who are able to create money by transforming it into financial capital (income not tied to the necessity of work) and those whose only access to money is to work (possibly at any cost) – or first to take debt, and then work.
Could we bend the financialization of the economy to the advantage of precarious workers? Could we challenge the debt mechanism of control, the command to submit to any work and the limited options we have for financing our living? Could we think of sharing the means of creating money that financial capital has in its use, of putting them to work for us also? Could we think of a relation to money, not as binding us with debt and to capital relations, but as a means of freedom, escape, and increased independence? Could we appropriate the power of money, not only as a means of payment and exchange, but as a power to command the future?
We think we can. Robin Hood is a counter-investment cooperative of the precariat. We operate a massive data-mining algorithm – we call it the “Parasite” – which logs into the brains of the bankers at Wall Street without them realizing. We know who are the best players. We know exactly what they do and when. Robin Hood is our means to share this knowledge. In the first year, the value of our portfolio rose 30.74%. We were the third best hedge fund in the world. Now, after the second year, we are up 40.15% and have about 0.65M$ assets under management.
Robin Hood’s business is minor asset management. This means sharing and democratizing the power of finance: building on its basis a possibility for basic income, for the production of commonfare, for radical project funding, for no interest loans for financing one’s studies or life, all in the form of an investment cooperative. We call it minor asset management, a possibility for political operation of building from our minor assets financial out-onomy in cooperation.

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Let’s Talk Payments

Let’s Talk Payments is the fastest growing global destination for news, insights & data-driven research, for industry insiders, business leaders, FinTech investors and entrepreneurs. With subscribers engaging with the platform from all across the world, LTP covers various segments of this interconnected space, ranging from consumer financial services, lending & banking to mobile- and cloud- enabled payments, shopping & commerce, also including the latest innovations in fashion technology and wearables. LTP content is fiercely independent, always thoughtful and continues to inform, engage and inspire a growing audience of industry professionals and enthusiasts globally.

Hub Culture

Hub Culture is a global collaboration network founded in 2002.  Over 25,000 global urban influentials are connected, giving the network far reaching ability to build worth through leveraged collaboration.
Hub Culture operates around three functions – Pavilions (places to collaborate), Knowledge Brokerage (consulting and deal services) and Ven, a global digital currency. Ven is the first private currency to move into the financial markets and is priced from a mix of commodities and currencies.  Ven delivers singular global pricing, a great currency FX hedge and green DNA to help support more sustainable economies. Pricing is available from Thomson Reuters worldwide (.VEN).
Hub Culture uses collaboration technology to drive high value deals.  Tools include Groups with file sharing and wikis, and Knowledge Brokerage for rapid dealmaking.  These tools support the Hub Culture Pavilions, real, low-carbon places designed for meetings and connections. Hub Culture Pavilions include amazing spaces, like beach clubs, clubhouses, and the NooRepublic, an island project.
Membership to the Network is free by invitation.  Membership upgrades are available to use the Pavilions and some areas of the website, and these costs can be ‘earned’ by members who contribute knowledge to others. Hub is a positive, value creating feedback loop.  Content is highly curated and often member generated.