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cybersecurity and biomedical technology research for healthcare

Friday, August 11 at 4:00 PM

Anne Kim and Michele Orrù

Can I put my DNA on the blockchain, mom?

In this talk, we'll show how zero knowledge proofs could be used to prove statements about your health without disclosing the entirety of your DNA. Although this could unlock various use cases in healthcare such as community airdrops and authentication, there are possible abuses like genetic discrimination and reporting by anonymous adversaries. Concluding the talk, we will discuss frameworks that the (hopefully not depressed) audience can use to inform their decision making and activism on the topic of blockchain and healthcare.


I believe that privacy is a human right and that cryptography can help foster an open society. My research focuses on the intersection of authentication and anonymity. Anne sees accessibility to healthcare as a right by using biology, healthcare policy, and technology.

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