2017: The year regulators engage with blockchain

In the grand scheme of things, distributed ledger or blockchain technology has not been around very long – less than a decade – and for most of that period, it has flown beneath the radar of most people, including the various regulators around the world. That clearly changed in 2016. In the US, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hosted a public forum to discuss, among other things, blockchain technology; J. Christopher Giancarlo, commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), gave numerous speeches focusing on blockchain technology; and even the Department of Health and Human Services sought white papers exploring how blockchain technology could be leveraged for healthcare purposes. Read more: coindesk.com