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Oct. 31, 2017 11:42 am

Meet the Swiss NGO cracking down on slave labor through the blockchain

Brian Iselin, a former soldier, will speak about his nonprofit Nov. 7 at the next Blockchain for Social Impact meetup.

"The Blockchain" is essentially a descentralized ledger.

(Video by the UK Government Office for Science, used under a Creative Commons license)

We were intrigued when Rutgers student Piers Duffell told us he was setting up a Philly iteration of the Blockchain for Social Impact meetup, a project of Brooklyn-based ConsenSys.

Next Tuesday, the meetup group is convening for its third session with Brian Iselin — a former soldier and federal agent — as the evening’s main speaker. Iselin is the founder of Geneva-based Slave Free Trade, a nonprofit working on leveraging the might of the blockchain to rid the world of slave labor.

The 80-employee company is aiming to do this by helping business clean up their supply chains and get their products certified as slave-free through decentralized applications on the Ethereum blockchain that can vet consumer information, source retail and business connections, find suppliers and more.

The meetup is happening at Industrious in Center City.

slavefreetrade: Tackling Slavery in Supply Chains With Blockchain

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017, 6:45 PM

Industrious
230 S. Broad Street, 17th Floor Philadelphia, PA

46 Members Attending

About slavefreetrade:Intending to reduce trafficking by reducing demand for consumer products produced by slaves, slavefreetrade.org is a Geneva-based NGO aiming to promote a global slave-free product labelling and certification standard.Brian Iselin, Speaker:Brian Iselin is a former soldier and Federal Agent, turned from the drug wars to counte…

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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

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