Are you a disruption hippie or an early adopter or a visionary or a cryptocurrency evangelist? Are you a sceptic, a doubter or an agnostic? In any case, there is definitely a mania surrounding cryptocurrencies. A mania that has perhaps transcended all logical limits. Or could it be the future of financial transactions? There are cryptocurrency advocates who believe them to be the response to bank corruption. For sure there is an angry public, who lost their life's saving because of banker misbehaviour and they are in search of some solution. But can cryptocurrencies improve financial ethics? Can technology make corruption more difficult? What are the ethical issued raised by this new financial and trade reality?
This was discussed on the GTF Agora Session on September 28, 2017 at 16.00 BST and was moderated by Geoffrey Goodell, Deputy Executive Director, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies.
Geoff Goodell is a research associate at University College London and Deputy Executive Director of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies, as well as an honorary research associate at the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the British Standards Institute and Co-Convenor of the ISO working group on Foundations of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies.
Dr Garrick Hileman is a Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and a Researcher at the Centre for Macroeconomics. He was recently ranked as one of the 100 most influential economists in the UK and Ireland and he is regularly asked to share his research and perspective with the FT, BBC, CNBC, WSJ, Sky News, and other media.
Jon Matonis is Vice President of Corporate Strategy for nChain Holdings in the UK and a founding director of the Bitcoin Foundation. Jon also serves as an independent board director to companies in the Bitcoin and blockchain sectors.
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