This is the final of four articles on the program and goals of Convergence – The Global Blockchain Congress. For more on the event, and to purchase a ticket, visit www.blockchainconvergence.com.
In the previous three articles of this series, we have tried to give you an in-depth view of the program at Convergence, and what you can expect if you go to Malaga.
But why does this all really matter?
As one of the suite of emerging disruptive technologies, along with artificial intelligence and IoT, blockchain has the potential to disrupt important economic, social and political structures. We think Convergence matters because the changes that blockchain may help support are profound, and because we take a look at them – both on a high level and in detail.
As we have seen with the discussions around Libra and central bank digital currencies, or blockchain and the GDPR, or data sovereignty and new digital asset classes, there are tensions on the horizon between large, open, decentralised ecosystems and traditional legal, regulatory and financial structures. Convergence matters we think because we address these issues head on, with Libra and Facebook, with the ECB and the European Data Protection and many others who are on the front lines of these developments.
Convergence matters because governments, corporations, entrepreneurs and activists around the world have seen in it both a tool for radical innovation, as well as – depending on how it is used – a potential risk that needs to be understood and properly managed. And because representatives from these types of organisations from all over the world are coming to discuss how they see the blockchain future, both its potential and its challenges.