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Bitcoin: The Future of Money or a Flash in the Pan?


December 9, 2013 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Room 290

The rise of Bitcoin, a peer-to-peer digital currency that functions without the intermediation of any central authority, has been phenomenal. Bitcoin relies on cryptographic techniques and is designed to allow the electronic exchange of value through a peer-to-peer system without the participation of a third party, such as a bank or government. However, the rise of Bitcoin (now a global market valued in the billions of dollars) is not exempt from complex legal and regulatory issues that have yet to be tested in the courts, including concerns over money laundering and potential violations of a range of banking and securities laws.

To discuss the potential evolution of the Bitcoin market, we have assembled a unique panel of experts including a venture capitalist with a strong stake in the Bitcoin market, a Bitcoin entrepreneur, the promoter of the Bitcoin Investment Trust, a former general counsel of the CIA, and a leading securities law professor who is also a former Commissioner of the SEC.