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Don Tapscott, WEF Senior Advisor, Joins Chamber of Digital Commerce’s Advisory Board

Op-ed - Don Tapscott

The Chamber of Digital Commerce, a trade association focused on promoting digital currencies and assets, announced today, at Money 20/20, that Don Tapscott had joined its board of advisors.

The goal is for him to advise on government affairs and public policy related to technology and economic policy. He will also be working on a framework for best practices on blockchain technology for regulators. 

Tapscott is the author or co-author of more than 15 books about technology, such as The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril in The Age of Networked Intelligence
and Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World.
Along with his many books, Tapscott is also CEO of Tapscott Group, a senior adviser to the World Economic Forum, and the Chancellor of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. 

“I am delighted to join the Chamber of Digital Commerce in its mission to develop pro-growth public policy for digital assets,” Tapscott said in a statement. “The blockchain will radically transform the way we do commerce, redefine the very nature of industries worldwide and has the potential to fundamentally shift the way in which our society’s is [sic] hierarchically organized. However, without a regulatory framework that allows for such innovation, the blockchain could be severely stifled.”

"The digital asset industry has significant public policy challenges to overcome. We look to our Advisory Board to provide thought leadership in developing policy proposals and solutions. Don Tapscott's influence in technology and financial services will be helpful in building relationships and credibility in Washington for the digital asset industry,” said Perianne Boring, founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, in an interview with Bitcoin Magazine. 

Originally a skeptic on bitcoin, Tapscott has since changed his mind and said, in an interview at a Toronto school: “Bitcoin. Well, I’ve changed my mind. I used to think it would never fly, and now I think it’s not only going to fly as a currency, but the underlying blockchain technology is part, core part, of a next generation of the Internet, that it’s going to radically transform commerce, or the nature of the corporation, but many of our institutions of our society, and everybody needs to pay attention to this.”

Along with his son, Alex Tapscott, he is writing a book titled The Trust Protocol: How Blockchain Technology is Changing Money, Business and the World
, which will be published by Penguin Random House in Spring 2016. 

Jacob Donnelly is a full-time product manager and freelance journalist covering stocks, business and bitcoin. He runs a weekly digital currency and blockchain newsletter called Crypto Brief.

Photo Dan Tapscott / Flickr (CC)