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Blockchain technology is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.

Jan 5, 2021

This panel, from a panel for the fifth anniversary of Hyperledger, features Rob Palatnick, managing director of global head of technology research and innovation at the DTCC and chairman of the Hyperledger board, Matthieu Saint Olive, Codefi payments product manager and CBDC advisor at ConsenSys, and Robert Bench, assistant vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In this discussion on the current outlook on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), they cover: 

  • what main problems CBDCs can solve
  • whether CBDCs should be open sourced
  • why building a new technology for CBDCs is preferred over using existing tech
  • how concerns over CBDCs and their privacy implications differ across countries
  • what possible pain points or opportunities CBDCs pose for central banks
  • whether CBDCs should be blockchain-based
  • to what extent CBDCs will be distributed and open networks, and whether fees would be charged for transactions
  • how central banks are thinking about methods of adoption, like whether they will bank directly with retail customers or still use commercial banks 
  • how developers balance the drawbacks and benefits of blockchain-based CBDCs with different stakeholders
  • whether stable coins will be replaced by or coexist with CBDCs
  • and what the future holds for the continued development of CBDCs


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