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Blockchain Copyright US Commerce Department

Blockchain Copyright will be the major topic to be discussed by the US Commerce Department on Friday 9th November, 2016.

The even is organized by the Internet Task Force department, supported by the US Patent and Trademark Organization (USTPO), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the International Trade Administration (ITA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

This group was created to study a wide range of topics, from blockchain copyright to digital privacy and cybersecurity.

The Commerce Department will be hosting a live streaming of the conference.

According to an agenda published by the Commerce Department, the event is being organized at the Silicon Valley office.

However, the blockchain copyright topic is not so new, as the idea that distributed ledger technology can be very useful in the digital copyright filed is being explored by several startups worldwide.

The idea is that a creative project can be linked to a transaction or digitized asset on an immutable ledger, so its provenance can be traced to its origin, verifying the true author behind it.

The one-day event, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. UTC, will include a panel session on registries and rights expression languages, and a conference that is expected to be focused on the use of the distributed ledger.

The next sessions will be focused on the blockchain and smart contracts as topics of discussion. And while no specific details about projects have been revealed, the conference will include a technology preview.

The department explained during its press release:

“We will discuss the potential for interoperability across digital registries and standards work in this field, and consider the relevant emerging technologies (eg, blockchain technology, open-source platforms). We will also explore potential approaches to guide their adoption and integration into the online marketplace.”


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ISITC Survey Reveals Financial Industry focus on the Blockchain

On March 1st, 2016, ISITC, the International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication, published the results of its annual survey about the financial services progress which it gives also a specific forecast on how the industry will be during the current year.

This annual survey polled 45 members who work in several sectors within the financial industries.The survey revealed that 62% of companies want to invest in technology with a lot of interest in blockchain and cybersecurity technology and 55% of those companies are studying or already developing solutions based on blockchain technology.

Also 74% of those companies have concrete plans to invest in cybersecurity by the end of 2016/17, up from 57% in the 2015 survey.

Interesting facts about the 2016 survey

This annual survey also revealed:

  • 82% anticipate no operational issues related to the move to a T+2 settlement cycle in 2017
  • 80% of firms see cost reduction as the biggest challenge for them in 2016/17
  • 63% of firms measure operations success on the ability to reduce risk and cost
  • 62% of firms named investment of infrastructure an area of operational focus in 2016

A word from the experts…

Jeff Zoller, Chair of ISITC and Vice President at T. Rowe Price commented:

“New and emerging technologies have taken the financial services industry by storm. The results of our annual member survey confirm this sentiment, as firms plan increased investment in blockchain and cybersecurity technologies, as a method for combating long-term risk and cost. We look forward to continuing the dialogue around the challenges and opportunities these disruptive technologies bring to the industry at our March event in Boston”. In addition, according to Nigel Solkhon, CEO of ISITC Europe, the current interest and investment in the blockchain among financial companies will have a significant impact within the next 18 months.

The ISITC 22nd Annual Industry Forum and Vendor Show will be held March 20-23, 2016 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.

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