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Researchers, journalists and businesses questioned on blockchain uses

23 June 2022

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee examines current and possible future uses of blockchain technology, in a session featuring researchers, journalists and businesses with expertise in this area.

Witnesses

Wednesday 29 June 2022, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Panel 1

At 9.30am

  • Izabella Kaminska, Editor, the Blind Spot
  • David Shrier, Professor of Practice, AI and Innovation, Imperial College London

Panel 2

At 10.15am

  • David Gerard, Journalist and Author
  • Dr Tom Robinson, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder, Elliptic

Panel 3

At 11.00am

  • Professor John Naughton, Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Craig O’Kane, Chief Operating Officer, Everledger

Public, political, and regulatory attention to date has largely focused on blockchain-based digital assets such as cryptocurrencies (including Bitcoin) or non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

The session will examine this and other uses of blockchain, including in the public sector, hearing from witnesses on its benefits, limitations and key considerations for policymakers. It will also examine the extent to which the possible deployment of blockchain has been considered in the UK Government’s science and technology policy. In April the Treasury set out its plans to make the UK “a global cryptoasset technology hub.”

Further information

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