Open Public Forum
Legal Definition of Blockchain & Smart Contract
UPDATE Octover 6, 2016: We have created an open forum at MIT.edu/Blockchain to foster public dialog on the legislative definition of blockchains and smart contracts, in collaboration with the US House of Representatives, the Chamber of Digital Commerce, and the DC Blockchain Center.
Key links: Use this Google form to contribute definitions to the process, follow the progress in the LegalCode/Blockchain public repository on GitHub andregister on EventBrite to attend an in-person discussion at the US House of Representatives on October 13th, 2016.
UPDATE Sept 13, 2016:
The law.MIT.edu team will be producing a special session of this event focused on Blockchain for Electronic Transaction, starting at 3:10pm Eastern September 13, 2016. Please note that this session has been signficantly updated and improved from what appears in the paper and registration materials! The current program is:
3:10 pm Blockchain and Electronic Transactions: Dazza Greenwood, law.MIT.edu
(and Michael Casey of the MIT Digital Currency Initiative / DCI,
tentatively) will provide overview of blockchain for business transactions and commerce, then examples of non-cryptocurrency uses (eg contracts, evidence, automation, etc) by DCI's Mark Webber is a speaker in the session and will go over the Mexico project and Caitlin Rooney on saving circle credit union project in Dominican Republic as an examples of the Media Lab and DCI approach to blockchain business value. Dazza Greenwood will demo with bitcoin and ether wallets and an integrated connection flow from bitcoin to a live purchase on Amazon.com and then invited startup Valcu.com will demo web-based corporate and commercial transactions solutions spotlighting eContracts, eSignature and eTransactions legal tools integrated with Blockchain technologies to highlight what is different and potentially much better. The final segment of this special session will feature Tommy Leander (Legislative Aide Office of U.S. Congressman David Schweikert) and Dazza Greenwood kicking-off a month long public engagement on development of federal legislative definitions of blockchain and smart contracts. This session will be co-facilitated by Dazza Greenwood and invited moderator Amy ter Haar to engage participation of those in the room and those of you seeking to engage online (online participatings are invited to provide ideas and other contributions using the public form on the project page). For more information, see: https://law.mit.edu/Blockchain-Legislative-Definition
TRANSACT Tech Boston event page: http://www.electran.org/conferences-events/2016-transact-tech-boston
Hashtag for event #ttmit
Update: The in-person event will be October 12 or 13, 2016