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Blockchain 201: Policy Questions for 2019
March 15, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
As firms continue investing in blockchain, which has endured its first boom-bust cycle, policymakers are considering whether and how to regulate this new technology. In this panel, we will discuss whether policymakers are speeding or slowing the rollout of blockchain and what Congress can do to encourage innovation and protect consumers. For private blockchains, are policies supporting continued investment in auditability, interbank settlement networks, and supply chain safety? For public blockchains, such as Ethereum and Bitcoin, will open protocols usher in new innovations in networked communications, or might the technology fail to gain traction? Should light-touch regulation, if any, apply to crypto-asset markets?
Join us for a lively discussion about what Congress should consider as it seeks to make policy.
Jerry Brito, Executive Director, Coin Center
Daniel Gorfine, Chief Innovation Officer and Director of LabCFTC
Mark O’Riley, Technology Policy Counsel, International Business Machines
Diego Zuluaga, Policy Analyst, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute
Sarah Oh (moderator), Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute