CSPRI Discussion: Blockchain Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management - Part 1

Presenters: Dr. Neil Wasserman, GW; Dr. Costis Toregas, GW; Prof. Jean-Fabrice Lebraty, Universite de Lyon; Phoebe Tonge, Frontiers in Blockchain

December 16, 2020

Blockchain Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management Part 1

Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI)


Blockchain Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management - Part 1


Dr. Neil H Wasserman, Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University
Dr. Costis Toregas, Director, CSPRI, The George Washington University
Professor Jean-Fabrice Lebraty, Université de Lyon, Lyon, France
Phoebe Tonge, Frontiers in Blockchain

December 16, 2020 at 8:00 am EST

(The webinar is scheduled to start early, enabling international attendees to join)



Blockchain: Introduction and Challenges (Costis Toregas, GWU; Phoebe Tonge, Frontiers in Blockchain; Jean-Fabrice Lebraty, Université de Lyon)

CSPRI Blockchain - DRR Research Themes To see the future in real time (Neil Wasserman, GWU)


In a typical year, there are hundreds of natural disasters with 12,000+ deaths. Pandemics now dwarf that figure with global mortality now exceeding 1.22 (Nov. 5, 2020) million. 

Blockchain technology, developed and proven over the last decade, offers unique capabilities to support rapid response to natural disasters, whether the incidence is a flood or threat of contagious disease. Timelines and reach of response are always determinative in limiting negative impact. Blockchain offers a common widely accessible platform for transaction recording, immutable records, identity validation, permissioned data access, monetization, and trustful access to critical data across information systems and geographies. With these capabilities, blockchain can directly address critical challenges of disaster response such as coordination, rebuilding trust, or maintaining safety. 

All types of organizations are involved. Regarding NGOs, for example, blockchain may support the registration of volunteers, rewards to volunteers and other contributors, demand identification, and tracking the delivery of supplies, such as vaccines and food, and services in complex supply chains.

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Access recordings and information from Part 2 and Part 3 in our series on Blockchain Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management. 


Dr. Neil H Wasserman, Adjunct Faculty at George Washington University and Managing Partner at Timewave Analytics, focuses on engineering behavior change — on how innovative solutions emerge from understanding the impact of persistent, networked behaviors.  He has been involved with IT strategic planning, enterprise architecture, systems analysis and software implementation for twenty-five years.  Now he works at the boundaries of behavior change, healthcare , and data analytics.  He sees opportunity in the transformation of the medical culture to serve patients through creation of patient neighborhoods, which achieve long-term engagement in individual health, and change the costs and outcomes for chronic disease. His award winning book, From Invention to Innovation (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press) examined the foundations of innovation in telecommunications at AT&T.  He has spoken frequently on networked behaviors and complex systems at IEEE conferences and other venues. 


Dr. Costis Toregas is the Director of the Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute at The George Washington University, where he manages and conducts research projects in cybersecurity. His research interests include workforce development, the role of insurance in cyber risk management, and exploring a fuller utilization of Community Colleges in the cybersecurity work force strategies.  He is a Senior Advisor & Director, Scholarship for Service (SFS) Four-Year to the National CyberWatch Center. He is a respected consultant to national governments and intergovernmental organizations, and a much sought-after speaker on the impact of technology in government and society. Dr. Toregas has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Cornell University.


Jean-Fabrice Lebraty is a full-time professor in management at the IAE Lyon School of Management. He is a member of the Magellan Research Center and specializes in Information System Management. His main areas of interest are extreme decision-making, crowdsourcing, and new tech such as blockchain. He is also a member of the French Foundation for Management Education (FNEGE), serving as international program manager. Finally, he is a member of the University National Committee.


Phoebe Tonge, Frontiers in Blockchain


The intent of this and future Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI) webinars is to give GW faculty and students glimpses of the vibrant security and privacy private sector in the Washington region and to promote dialog and debate regarding breakthrough initiatives. The potential for support for research or conference papers on related topics will be part of the discussion.