Global Transactions in the Age of Trump and Brexit

13.06.2017 | Convene Midtown East, New York, NY

Blockchains + Digital Currencies

Joel S. Telpner joined other blockchain experts on a panel as they discussed Bitcoin, and many of the systems inspired by it, aiming to make good on the Internet’s early promise of frictionless commerce across the planet, often without regard to national borders. This vision appears to be in tension with the recent backlash against globalism across much of the West. What does the reassertion of physical barriers mean for the free exchange of digital value? What kind of equilibrium can be found between open financial networks and real-time transactions, on the one hand, and resurgent territorial sovereignty on the other?

The panel explored the likely scenarios as these global forces continue to play out.

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