Do We Need a National I-Media Commission?

January 25, 2019

In an era of accelerating technological and business change, the question is whether the existing regulatory institutions fit the changing environment.  The pressure points include:

  1. New types of media and applications, in particular the Internet, online video, apps, and the Internet of Things
  2. The global reach of providers
  3. Emerging issues such as:
  • Data privacy and security
  • Social media control of usage
  • Algorithms in the individualization of content, pricing, and advertising
  • Anonymity and cryptography
  • Non-discrimination by networks and platforms
  • Big data and marketing practices
  • Media trade barriers

Dealing with such issues can be done in several ways:

  1. A libertarian regime with vanishing regulation.
  2. Status quo regulation, with issues dealt with by existing government agencies
  3. Creation of new single-issue agencies for new issues, such as a Federal Privacy Commission along the European model.
  4. A converged agency to cover the emerging issues of the wider electronic information sector.

Each of these approaches has shortcomings such as overlaps, gaps, single-issue perspectives, lack of expertise, and lack of coordination. Others may run counter to basic policy principles of Western democracies.

The purpose of the conference is to:

  1. Identify new types of issues,
  2. What regulatory structure– if any—to deal with them.

De-Risking and Financial Inclusion: Challenges and Solutions

April 15, 2019

Topics to covered:

  • Overview of de-risking
  • The regulator’s perspective
  • Who is driving de-risking
  • What is driving de-risking
  • Who is impacted Solutions in the market

Introduction to Payment Systems & Faster payments

May 9, 2019

About This Webinar: Beginning with the introduction of UK Faster Payments in 2008, there are now dozens of faster payment systems in operation or being developed.  This webinar traces the emergence of these systems, exploring how faster payment systems are both different from and similar to traditional bank-based payment systems.  Importantly, the webinar will explore the implications of faster payment systems for emerging economies, issues for industry participants and policymakers and where these systems sit alongside other innovations.Click here to register.

AML Trends in the Developing World, and the Impact of 30 years of FATF Integrity Standards

June 21, 2019

This week the Financial Action Task Force celebrated its thirtieth birthday at its plenary meeting in Orlando, Fl. This webinar will provide a brief review of 30 years of integrity standards with a focus on AML/CFT in relation to DFS and especially on collaborative CDD and related KYC innovation.

Cyber-Risk in Financial Services Conference

June 28, 2019

Cyber risks are persistent and manifest, ranging from vulnerabilities in mobile network infrastructure; customer and merchant devices; business processes; and payment provider and national payment infrastructure.

This conference will host some of the world’s top cyber-security experts who will provide their expertise on cyber-threats to the private sector, public sector, payments, blockchain and telecommunications networks.

State of the Global Blockchain Ecosystem

July 30, 2019

Topics of Coverage

  • Commercial rollouts
  • Facebook Libra
  • Stablecoins
  • Crypto-assets types and use
  • Legal and regulatory developments
  • Emerging security vulnerabilities
  • Implementation in the developing world

Regulating the Libra Crypto-Currency

September 24, 2019

  • Libra is the first private crypto-currency with the potential to change the worldwide payment and monetary system landscape.
  • Overview of European and US regulators assessment of if and how Libra should be regulated
  • Overview of the Libra Association
  • Discussion of the impact of Libra on monetary systems

Opportunities for Expanding Financial Inclusion Through Digital Technology

October 30, 2019

The Global Findex database is the world’s most comprehensive data set on how adults save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk. The data are collected in partnership with Gallup, Inc., through nationally representative surveys of more than 150,000 adults in over 140 economies. This webinar will discuss global trends in access to and use of formal and informal financial services and on the use of fintech, including the use of mobile phones and the internet to conduct financial transactions. We will also discuss how digital technology is being leveraged to deliver financial services to the underserved, including women and poor and rural adults. 

Can and Should We Enhance Human Capabilities to Deal with Artificial Intelligence?

November 7, 2019

Evolution of The Global Blockchain Crypto-Economy: Goals, Risks, Benefits and Challenges

November 22, 2019

This conference will address the business, technical, social and legal/regulatory aspects of the emerging ‘crypto-economy.’

Fintech Regulation: Data is the New Regulatory Hotspot

December 2, 2019

Dr. Leon Perlman will discuss how new forms of regulation for fintech, ‘big data’ and artificial intelligence are becoming the new focus of regulators.

Combating Cyber Crime Through Regional Resource Centers

December 13, 2019

This webinar will discuss the trends, challenges and relevance of cyber security for the development of inclusive financial systems. To address the resource and capacity gap, CGAP is proposing that developing countries consider banding together to form regional cyber security resource centers to help manage  risks and respond to cyber-attacks.