CFTC explains cryptocurrency to general public through their new website

CFTC unveils a new informational portal for educating the public about digital commodities
19 December 2017   308

Just as the bitcoin futures become a thing, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) fires up a website in hopes of educating general public about cryptocurrencies and digital assets in general. The site features a variety of materials and links, such as CBOE and CME Group futures launch dates and CFTC own releases, like an October primer about CTFC siding with US SEC on the matter of ICO tokens being commodities.

The press release about the website states that financial technologies have the potential for significant, if not transformational impact on markets regulated by the Commission, and even the agency itself. One of the recent marketplace developments, which proved this point, is the rise in the prominence of virtual currencies, especially Bitcoin.

The release probably represents the trend of normalization and acceptance of Bitcoin in the eyes of the agency. In 2015 CFTC classified Bitcoin as a commodity, and now, the CFTC's chief commented, that even up to this day Bitcoin is still an unusual kind of commodity by any old standard. And today, when the same challenge is presented to SEC, the CFTC aims to support its fellow government branch.

Genesis Conference to be Held in London

Genesis Conference will cover research and development, regulation, economics and applications issues, taking place in London on February 22
22 February 2018   71

Genesis London Conference will take place on February 22, tackling the most pertinent issues in blockchain space: research and development, regulation, economics and applications.

Genesis London is a platform for researchers, developers and generally anyone interested in blockchain, and its priority is to share knowledge, facilitate productive discourse and filter out the hype.

Location: The CityPoint building, 1 Ropemaker St, London, EC2, UK
Date and time: 9:30AM - 8PM, February 22, 2018

The agenda of the conference includes Privacy and Confidentiality Techniques for Blockchains; Permissioned Business Blockchain Applications and Use-cases; Scalable, Transparent and Post-quantum Secure Computational Integrity, with Applications to Cryptocurrencies; A Rational Protocol Design Treatment of Bitcoin, and more.

The headline speakers include Patrick de Laive, co-founder of TNW; Margarita Khartanovich, head of insight at Binary District; Jack Gavigan, chief operating officer at ZCash; Jeremy Kahn, technology writer for Bloomberg, and many more.