Crypto-Economy Working Group
Crypto-Economy Working Group at IFTF
A monthly meeting to investigate strategies for the next decade of the crypto-economy
The global economy is not a single economy but rather the intersection of diverse economies: the corporate economy, the consumer economy, the creative economy, the civic economy, the game economy, the criminal economy, and emerging new economies like the collaborative economy and the crypto-economy, among others. In the networked and distributed world that is emerging, our traditional understanding of economic, legal, financial, and institutional boundaries is blurring. Sacred cows of business practice will be shattered, as everything from currency to market leadership is redefined.
In this period of disruptive transformation, new tools and technologies are forcing us to ask ourselves:
- What is the value we’re creating and how will we tally it?
- What are the rules that govern our exchanges, and how might those rules change?
- What new strategies can we develop to direct our economic actions more meaningfully?
The Crypto-Economy Working Group, launched in August 2014 and based at the Institute for the Future, explores the many ways we can proactively re-imagine the technology, decision-making architectures, and regulatory frameworks for the next decade.
The group meets to research and discuss the following topics, among others:
- Underlying legal principles and objectives of proposed regulations relating to the crypto-economy
- The use of cryptographic tools to achieve legal objectives of existing regulatory frameworks
- New frameworks for resilient regulation that incorporates block-chain architectures and other tools
- The preventative capabilities of cryptographic tools to eliminate certain cases of fraud and malfeasance
- The application of cryptographic tools and block-chain architectures to new domains of social and economic activity
- Policy tools and new strategies for economic reinvention based on a ten-year vision of the working group’s research for state and federal government audiences
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The Crypto-Economy Working Group at IFTF explores the many ways to proactively anticipate the technology, decision-making architectures and regulatory frameworks associated with crypto-currencies over the coming decades.
Institute for the Future (IFTF) is a 47-year-old non-profit, independent research institute dedicated to convening diverse voices and perspectives to understand and anticipate the most urgent futures that confront society today. We do not advocate for specific political, policy, or technological solutions but rather serve as a platform for thinking systematically about complex future issues. IFTF has not funded, nor has it received funding for the work of the Crypto-Economy Working Group on the Bitlicense comment; rather it has simply provided an online platform and monthly meeting space for the group to consider the various issues and arguments.
The opinions expressed in the comment are those of the individual signatories and are not representative of IFTF or its directors.