OECD conference to examine blockchain’s impact

4 September, 2018

Blockchain technology continues to see increasing support from major commercial and public industries—and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is taking notice.

Blockchain conference in Paris

The OECD is hosting the first major international blockchain conference today through tomorrow in Paris, in order to evaluate the technology’s impact across a plethora of public initiatives and institutions.

Titled the OECD Blockchain Policy Forum, the conference will focus in part on how blockchain development is affecting government services, and will feature OECD Secretary-General José Ángel Gurría as well as the State Secretary of Slovenia and the prime ministers of Bermuda, Serbia, and the Republic of Mauritius. The event will also be live-streamed on the OECD website here.

Conference details

According to CoinDesk’s Anya Baydakova, the event will address the risks and rewards of using blockchain tech to isolate effective public policies and regulatory approaches for cybersecurity, worldwide economic development, environmental sustainability, and more effective local governance.

The event schedule shows that the first day of the conference will focus mostly on blockchain’s major security and efficiency features, including self-sovereign identities, cybersecurity, and blockchain’s predicted effect on national economies.

The second day will cover more specific applications of the technology, like greater blockchain inclusiveness across industries in healthcare, SME financing, transportation, agriculture, supply chain management, and financial markets.

These use cases are especially important to consider for blockchain’s future since they show the impact of the technology’s improvements in concrete contexts for both established and potential supporters. The OECD’s focus on both theoretical and applied examples of blockchain development is a strong step toward greater public trust and familiarity with what this industry-changing tech has to offer.


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