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Hillary Clinton's new tech agenda mentions blockchains.

The extent of the mention in the factsheet on her "Tech & Innovation Agenda" is this:

We must position American innovators to lead the world in the next generation of technology revolutions –from autonomous vehicles to machine learning to public service blockchain applications –and we must defend universal access to the global, digital marketplace of ideas. 

Pretty unassailable stuff. It is interesting to note, though, that blockchains are mentioned only in the context of public service applications. Most public service applications I can think of, such as identity provision, require open permissionless blockchain networks to achieve universal interoperability and verifiability. We'll be reaching out to her campaign to offer our expertise.


Cryptocurrency: The Policy Challenges of a Decentralized Revolution.

Coin Center teamed up with the Cato Institute to put on a free daylong conference in Washington, DC, to examine the policy challenges of a decentralized revolution. Speakers include Representative Mick Mulvaney, Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo of the CFTC, Joseph Lubin of Consensys and the Ethereum Project, Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn of Zcash,’s Patrick Byrne, and many more. The full agenda and session videos can be found at