Distributed Systems, the Fintech Revolution and the Public Sector

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Nick Davies, Innovation Lead, HMRC and Simon Taylor, Co-Chair, Global Digital Finance

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Technology will enable very different models for the exchange of data, trust, identity and value in the near future. There will be more reliance on algorithmic and cryptographic assurance and consensus and less on received authority and fiat. This raises some fundamental questions for government about what distributed systems mean for the delivery of monetary, fiscal, welfare and other major policy strands and how the state can play a role in ensuring that the tech develops in ways that protect the rights of citizens and deliver as much public, utility benefit as possible to the polity. We will also be joined by a panel of experts to discuss how government, academia, established industry and the open source community can work together to better to prove concepts and value for both the public and private sectors. Panel: Simon Taylor, Co-Chair, Global Digital Finance Nick Davies, Innovation Lead, HMRC Jody Cleworth, CEO, Machine Transport International Helen Disney, Co-founder, British Blockchain & Frontier Technologies Association

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