The Role of Digital Financial Services in Humanitarian Crises Responses

January 17, 2018

This global roundtable organized by the Digital Financial Services Observatory @ CITI in New York, looked at how DFS provides assistance to refugees, those affected by natural disasters, and to those affected by disease outbreaks. It will cover the technical, humanitarian, operational, financial and donor perspectives of the responses, with case studies from Africa, the Carribbean, and the Middle East.

Crypto-economics: The Macro Effects of Digital Private Moneys and Payment Systems

June 7, 2018

This two-hour video webinar aims to go beyond the well-covered topics of crypto- currency technology, policy, and players. It instead deals with the potential impact of such private and central bank issued digital payment mechanisms, if they take off, on the macro- economy of countries, as well as the tools of central banks to conduct monetary policy and engage in economic stabilization.

Are the new technologies an impediment to governmental controls – and what are the economic policy implications? Do they also provide new tools for macro policy, including governmental digital currencies?

The webinar is part of CITI’s project on “The New Technologies of Money”, which is supported by the Columbia School for Public Affairs (SIPA) with support from the Nasdaq Educational Foundation.

Blockchain and Development Roundtable

June 11, 2018

The roundtable surveyed emerging foundational issues in the evolving crypto-economy which uses distributed ledger technologies (DLT). 

Sessions covered the following:
– Blockchain use in development
– Investment strategies
– The global legal & regulatory impact
– Cryptocurrencies & Initial Coin Offerings 
– Technical components of blockchains & smart contracts
– The macroeconomic effects of crypto-currencies & central-bank issued cryptocurrencies

Cybersecurity and Payments Roundtable

August 16, 2018

Continued growth in adoption of payments requires that the industry, the public, and regulators have confidence in the ability of providers to safeguard their platforms and protect consumer and business users from suffering losses from cyber-attacks. Our cyber-security summit explores how the public and private sectors, mobile networks, and law enforcement, cyber-security innovators are dealing with these threats.

The Future of Employment in the Digital Economy

September 7, 2018

This conference, “The Future of Employment in the Digital Economy” deals with those topics.  It is a joint event of the Columbia Business School and SIPA.  Its starting point is the unveiling of a new book, Digitized Labor: The Impact of the Internet on Employment, edited by Lorenzo Pupillo (Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels), Leonard Waverman (Dean, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Canada), and Eli Noam (Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility, Columbia Business School and Director, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information.) The book and the three panels of the conference will address these topics: 

  • Is the Internet a net creator of jobs? What are the impacts on income distribution?  
  • How are job profiles changed by the digital economy?
  • What models can facilitate adjustment without slowing innovation?

Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Blockchain/DLTs

September 21, 2018

Some of the top legal minds on blockchain and DLT technologies discussed not only regulatory aspects of blockchain/DLTs but also the legal aspects.

This includes discussion of the effect on contract, evidence and criminal law as well as updates on legal and regulatory frameworks in a number of key jurisdictions.