Policy Framework Workshops Underway

A group from Harvard and MIT with support from the digital asset non­profit DATA and the collaborative crowdfunding platform SWARM, has organized two collaborative workshops on policy issues around cryptoledger technologies. The workshops, focusing on addressing the governance gap in the blockchain ecosystem, will span both campuses from January 15th to 18th.

Convened by Primavera de Filippi of Harvard’s Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, Constance Choi of Seven Advisory and DATA, John Clippinger of ID3 and MIT Media Lab, and Joel Dietz of SWARM, the collaborative workshop is organised into focused working groups of subject matter experts, entrepreneurs and technologists. The contributors will build a living document that may guide policy decisions in developing sound oversight and fostering of blockchain technologies.

“It’s been a pleasure to see a spirit of collaboration emerging,” said Primavera de Filippi, “It is what we need most in the bitcoin 2.0 space and world at large.” Constance Choi stated, “blockchain requires us to collaboratively re­imagine the rules of the legacy world in the context of distributed architecture, with all of its vast potential and perils, and we hope more stakeholders will engage in this foundational groundwork at the next iteration of these workshops at Stanford, as well as another workshop addressing the legal framework for these technologies in Europe.”

Many of the leading players in the blockchain ecosystem are participating as well as sponsoring the event, including the new research and advocacy center Coin Center, Perkins Coie, Buckley Sanders, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Robin Hood Cooperative and the Blockchain­ powered crowdfunding platform Swarm.

Joel Dietz stated, “Venture capital was founded with the ideal of collaboration but a lot of the innovation has disappeared into silos. It’s nice to see the 2.0 space working hard to create shared public goods in an innovative way.”

A final public presentation on the findings of these working groups will be made on Sunday the 18th at 2pm at the MIT Media Lab and streamed on YouTube Live.

Image courtesy of Justin Brockie.

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