Trust Square Lecture Series: Future of Open Hardware in a (Verifiable) Decentralised World

Open Source Hardware has a vivid history already, but still hardware is the least trusted part of cryptographic and decentralised systems. HSMs and TEEs are introducing trusted third parties and are challenging the general notion of zero-trust by being (in the worst case) not verifiable. We need Open Source Hardware to foster education and literacy about the devices and technologies at use. As Open Source Hardware does not necessarily mean that all components are fully open (or fully verifiable), we need to make sure to regain control by questioning the current status-quo. Open Silicon (RISC-V) in this context offers a possible solution, but only if we carefully look at which licenses are used for cores and SoCs, otherwise we are just re-introducing unverifiable parts into open systems.

This talk is part of "Open Hardware Dialogues", a program organized by the RIAT Institute for OSHWA Open Hardware Month.


About the speaker

Matthias Tarasiewicz is the director of RIAT (Institute for Future Cryptoeconomics), an independent research organisation with a focus on decentralisation, open hardware and privacy technologies. RIAT designs and undertakes R+D projects with institutions, NGOs and corporations, with a strong focus on high-tech and distributed systems. Tarasiewicz also is board member of the Open Source Hardware Association OSHWA. In the past he has led research projects including "Artistic Technology Research" and the "AXIOM Gamma – Open Hardware Cinema Camera" project as best-practice Open Hardware project for the EU Horizon 2020 programme. Tarasiewicz is active at research designer, project developer and technology communicator - recent publications include "Future Cryptoeconomics Magazine #1" (2018) and "Openism - Conversations in Open Hardware" (2016-2019).