Jason Thomas, manager of Innovation for the Government segment of Thomson Reuters, kicked off LegalTech New York this morning, setting the tone for an exciting week.

His keynote, titled “TOR, Bitcoin, Silk Road and the Anonymous Web: Drugs, Bombs and Murder-for-Hire,” had attendees on the edge of their seats at the Midtown New York Hilton and Towers. Thomas spoke about his views on modern technology and the issues our legal system – and the world at large – will face in years to come.

Jason Thomas delivering the keynote at LegalTech New York

Jason Thomas delivering the keynote at LegalTech New York

“When you look at how pervasive technology has become, particularly mobile devices, it becomes easy to see how quickly change can come to society, almost without noticing,” Thomas said. “And that’s where we stand with things like digital currency, augmented reality, and such – we will see these things become a regular part of our lives, and the law will need to keep pace.”

From the evolution of social media and augmented reality, to the burgeoning underground economy of the Deep Web and the challenges of online anonymity, Thomas detailed the risks and opportunities inherent in these technologies.

Thomas emerged as a key opinion leader for Thomson Reuters last spring when the Fraud Prevention and Investigations team released its white paper on digital currencies and money laundering. His perspective on these critical issues helped to advance a new understanding of the escalating risks associated with digital fraud.

Since then, Thomas has spoken before the World Bank Forum on emerging payment trends in South Africa and the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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