An Annual Affair
The Bretton Woods Experience
This June, Consumers' Research will host its 5th annual meeting of the minds at Bretton Woods. Over the last four years, Consumers' Research has brought together experts, regulators, and policymakers to tackle and demystify contemporary consumer challenges and opportunities in the financial services industry. This year's summit will examine how innovation, emerging technology, and evolving business models affect the legal and regulatory consumer protection landscape, which consequently affects consumer welfare. Participants will also explore the challenges facing regulators tasked with fostering technological innovation while preventing consumer harm.
Schedule of Events
The goal of the summit is to bring together experts in their respective fields to discuss and debate the merits, shortcomings, assumptions, and frameworks we use to asses, administer, and ensure consumer protection and consumer welfare in the U.S. Our aim is for participants to mutually challenge each other's perspectives on what is in the best interest of consumers and collaboratively develop new, informed frameworks around which to understand and address consumer protection and well-being.
Below is a sampling of panel and working group topics. The event is conducted under Chatham House Rules, so none of the workshop conversations are attributable to participants, but they are critical for framing the output Consumers' Research will develop after the summit.
Consumer Protection & Contemporary Competition
21st Century Consumer Protection
The Role of Technology in the Modern Economy
The Year of the Sandbox
Fostering Innovation & Balancing Consumer Protection
Balancing Consumer Privacy with Portability
Long-run Effects and Considerations
- Helen Wong, Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
- Kelvin Chen, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
- Paul Grassi, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
- Keith Ammon, New Hampshire State Representative
- Natalee Binkholder, U.S. House of Representatives
- Beau Brunson, U.S. House of Representatives
- Michael Casey, MIT Media Lab, Digital Currency Initiative
- Yorke Rhodes III, Microsoft
- Neha Narula, MIT Media Lab, Digital Currency Initiative
- Peter Van Valkenburgh, Coin Center
- Juan Llanos, Skry
- Eric Martindale, Blockstream
- Todd Miller, ChromaWay
- Mark Weber, MIT Media Lab, Digital Currency Initiative
- Mercina Tilleman, Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC)
- Kyle Burgess, Consumers' Research
- Jinyoung Lee Englund, Digital Currency Council & FE Ventures
- Dan Casey, Global Investment & Development Institute
- Victoria Van Eyk, Bitcoin Strategy Group
- Michael Zeldin, BuckleySandler LLP
- Brian Knight, The Mercatus Center at George Mason University
- Tom Miller, Jr., Jack R. Lee Chair in Financial Institutions and Consumer Finance at Mississippi State University & Senior Affiliated Scholar at The Mercatus Center at George Mason University
- Srikanth Sarasam, The World Bank
- Yoshiyuki Yamamoto, United Nations Operations (UNOPS)
- Preeta Bansal, MIT Media Lab
- Sandra Ro, UWINCorp
- Jacqueline Karlin, Amazon Lending
- Andrew Hinkes, Berger Singerman LLP
- Lance Koonce, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
- Berin Szoka, Techfreedom
- Jared Marx, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
- Berin Szoka, TechFreedom
- Carol Van Cleef, Baker Hostetler, LLP
- Paige Peterson, Zcash
- Perianne Boring, Chamber of Digital Commerce
- Alicia Carmona, Identity 2020
- Patrick Deegan, Open Mustard Seed & Personal BlackBox
- Priya Samra, Chamber of Digital Commerce
- Victoria Adams, Booz Allen Hamilton
- Michael Gronager, Chainalysis
- Chris Groshong, CoinStructive
Publications & Press
CONSUMERS' RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS BENEFITS OF BITCOIN FOR POLICY MAKERS
Consumers' Researchhas published a new white paper on blockchain technology. The paper, released today, sets out to identify the opportunities presented by the technology, the challenges present today and potential solutions to those concerns.
BITBEAT: BITCOINERS DECAMP TO BRETTON WOODS, ASSESS THE FUTURE OF BITCOIN
A small group of insiders gathered in the New Hampshire hills in July with the goal of producing a comprehensive assessment of where bitcoin is, where it may go, and what might prevent it from getting there.
The idea moreover was to write a paper that would be broad enough to appeal to both policy makers and regulators, the business community, the bitcoin community, and even the general public.
BITCOIN WHITE PAPER BY CONSUMERS' RESEARCH EXPLORES BLOCKCHAIN OPPORTUNITIES AND OBSTACLES
Consumers’ Research, the nation’s oldest consumer organization, gathered 17 digital currency regulators, law enforcement officials, lawyers, financial services staff, and industry representatives at Mt. Washington Resort, the Bretton Woods, NH site of the historic 1944 agreement that established major monetary and foreign-exchange systems.
THE PROMISE OF BITCOIN AND THE BLOCKCHAIN
At the core of Bitcoin is the ability to send money faster around the globe, improve property rights, and enable people who have never met to fully trust one another. This paper identifies and explains the opportunities presented by blockchain technologies, the challenges faced by those opportunities, and potential ways to address those challenges.