Kevin Werbach

Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School
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Kevin Werbach is a leading expert on the business, legal, and public policy implications of emerging technologies such as broadband, blockchain, and big data.

Werbach is Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and founder of Supernova Group, a technology consulting and events firm. A longtime thought leader in communications and internet policy, he served on the Obama Administration’s Presidential Transition Team, and later was an expert advisor on broadband issues at both the Federal Communications Commission and the US Department of Commerce. He is a pioneer in emerging fields such as gamification (applying digital game design principles to business), algorithmic accountability, and blockchain. With his current focus on the business and legal implications of blockchain technology, he heads the Cryptoregulation initiative of the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, bringing together regulators, experts, and business leaders from around the world.

Werbach is the author of The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust (MIT Press, forthcoming 2018), co-author of For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business (Wharton Digital Press, 2012), and editor of After the Digital Tornado: Networks, Algorithms, Humanity (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019). Over 400,000 students worldwide have registered for his top-rated Coursera Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), and he was named Wharton’s first-ever “Iron Prof” for his research.

Prior to joining the Wharton faculty, Werbach was the editor of Release 1.0, a renowned technology report for senior executives, and co-organizer, with Esther Dyson, of the annual PC Forum conference. Before that, he served as Counsel for New Technology Policy at the FCC during the Clinton Administration. Called “one of the few policy wonks who really got it” by Wired, he helped develop the U.S. Government’s e-commerce policies, and authored Digital Tornado, the first comprehensive analysis of the implications of the Internet on telecommunications.

A sought-after speaker and commentator, Werbach has appeared in print and broadcast media including CNN, PBS NewsHour, CNBC, NPR, ABC News, USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Financial Times, and The Economist. His writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Wired, IEEE Spectrum, Harvard Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, and Slate, among other publications, and he has testified before the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and FCC. He is a fellow of the Global Institute for Communications in Japan; a director of Public Knowledge; a member of the Institute for the Future advisory council; an editorial board member of Wharton Digital Press; and a member of the editorial boards of Info, The Journal of Information Policy, and I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society.

Werbach is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as Publishing Editor of the law review, and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

Twitter – @kwerb

Personal Site – http://werbach.com

Past Appearances

Mastering Innovation: January 10, 2019

Hosts Nicolaj Siggelkow, Harbir Singh, and Saikat Chaudhuri are joined by Charles Best (Founder & CEO, DonorsChoose.org) and Kevin Werbach (Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School) on the Thursday, January 10, 2019 edition of Mastering Innovation.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019

After the Blockchain Bubble

Host Kevin Werbach is joined by Marco Santori (President and Chief Legal Officer, Blockchain.com), Tonya Evans (Professor of Law, Chair of Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs, New Hampshire School of Law), Tim Swanson (Founder and Director of Research, Post Oak Labs), Amber Baldet (Co-Founder and CEO, Clovyr), Michael Casey (Senior Advisor, Digital Currency Initiative, MIT Media Lab), Caitlin Long (Co-Founder, Wyoming Blockchain Coalition), and Jalak Jobanputra (Founding Partner, FuturePerfect Ventures) on the Monday, December 17, 2018 edition of Specials.Read More

Air Date: Monday, December 17, 2018

Knowledge@Wharton: November 26, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Garret Martin (Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University), Daniel Kammen (Professor of Energy; Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment., University of California, Berkeley), Brian Berkey (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School), Brendan O’Leary (The Lauder Professor of Political Science, The University of Pennsylvania), Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton), Joao Gomes (Professor of Finance, The Wharton School), and Kevin Werbach (Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School) on the Monday, November 26, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Monday, November 26, 2018

Knowledge@Wharton: September 26, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Author and Presidential Historian), Dorothy Kronick (Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania), Mark Cohen (Director of Retail Studies, Columbia University Graduate School of Business), Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland), William Burke-White (Deputy Dean and Professor of Law; Inaugural Director, World Perry House, University of Pennsylvania Law School), Kevin Werbach (Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School), and Barbara Kahn (Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School) on the Wednesday, September 26, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: June 12, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Ryder Pearce (CEO, Founder, YoGov), Randy Day (CEO, Perdue Farms), Kartik Chandran (Professor and Environmental Engineer, Columbia University), Elizabeth DeSombre (Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies; Director of the Environmental Studies Program, Wellesley College), John Foley (Founder, CEO, Peloton), Shannon Schyuler (Principal Corporate Responsibility Leader, PwC), Pinar Yildirim (Assistant Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School), Kevin Werbach (Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School), and Barbara Kahn (Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School) on the Tuesday, June 12, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: March 23, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Timothy Jost (Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law, Emeritus; Co-Author of “Health Law” Casebook, Washington and Lee School of Law), Matt Gold (Adjunct Professor of Law; former Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for North America, Fordham University School of Law), Robert Field (Professor of Law and Public Health; Lecturer in Health Care Management at Wharton, Drexel University’s Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health), Mark Cohen (Director of Retail Studies, Columbia University Graduate School of Business), Jacques deLisle (Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science; Director, University of Pennsylvania’s Center for East Asian Studies), Scott Harrington (Professor, Health Care Management Department, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland), Marshall Meyer (Emeritus Professor of Management, The Wharton School), Pinar Yildirim (Assistant Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School), Kevin Werbach (Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School), and Barbara Kahn (Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School) on the Friday, March 23, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Friday, March 23, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: February 5, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Evan Sinar (Chief Scientist, Vice President, Development Dimensions International (DDI)), Kevin Winter (Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Town, UCT), Martine Visser (Professor, School of Economics, University of Cape Town), Carolyn Kousky (Director of Policy Research and Engagement, The Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center), David Reibstein (Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School), Rebecca Ray PhD (Executive Vice President of the Knowledge Organization, The Conference Board), Andrea Matwyshyn (Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science, Northeastern University), and Kevin Werbach (Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School) on the Monday, February 5, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Monday, February 5, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: December 18, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by David Woolner (Senior Fellow and Hyde Park Resident Historian; Professor of History; Senior Fellow, The Roosevelt Institute; Marist College; The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College), Alexandra Suich Bass (U.S. Technology Editor, The Economist), Christiaan Hogendorn (Associate Professor of Economics, Wesleyan University), Diana Drake (Managing Editor, Knowledge@Wharton High School), and Kevin Werbach (Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School) on the Monday, December 18, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Monday, December 18, 2017

Knowledge @Wharton: December 4, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Christian Catalini (Theodore T. Miller Career Development Professor at MIT, Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, MIT), Daniel Hemel (Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago School of Law), Alan Auerbach (Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law; Director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, University of California, Berkeley), Cathy O’Neil (Data Scientist, Author of “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy”, mathbabe.org), Paul Eisenstein (Publisher and Editor), and Kevin Werbach (Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School) on the Monday, December 4, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Monday, December 4, 2017

Knowledge @Wharton: November 21, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Christopher Yoo (John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania), Michael Kearns (Professor; Secondary Appointment in the Statistics and Operations, Information and Decisions Department of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Sally Wentworth (Vice President of Global Policy Development, Internet Society), Gigi Sohn (Special Council for External Affairs, FCC), and Kevin Werbach (Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School) on the Tuesday, November 21, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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