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  • Mathew Jacob


In a recent announcement, Commissioner Christy Goldsmith Romero of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) revealed that the Commission's Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) is set to convene on July 18. This meeting, following the TAC's inaugural session on March 22, will be held at the CFTC's headquarters in Washington, D.C., from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT). Notably, the public will have the opportunity to watch the live meeting via webcast on

Commissioner Goldsmith Romero expressed enthusiasm about the TAC's meeting, highlighting the importance of technology integration in financial markets and the emerging technology issues faced by the Commission. She emphasized the need for the Commission to hear from technology experts serving on the TAC and their valuable insights. The meeting will primarily focus on responsible artificial intelligence (AI) and its use in the financial sector, as well as discuss decentralized finance (DeFi) models such as decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) and their implications, including the recent Ooki DAO case. Additionally, cyber resilience, including cyber threats to the financial sector, will be addressed, and a prudential regulator will deliver a presentation on the recently released interagency guidance on third-party cyber risk.

The TAC meeting will also introduce three subcommittees that have been approved by the Commission. These subcommittees include the Digital Assets and Blockchain Technology Subcommittee, the Emerging and Evolving Technologies Subcommittee, and the re-established Cybersecurity Subcommittee. By establishing these subcommittees, the CFTC aims to delve deeper into specific areas of technology that are relevant to its regulatory oversight.

The focus on digital assets and blockchain technology is particularly noteworthy, as it indicates the CFTC's increasing recognition of the role and potential of cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology. By discussing these topics, the TAC aims to explore the benefits, challenges, and regulatory considerations associated with integrating cryptocurrencies and blockchain into the existing financial ecosystem. This signifies a proactive approach by the CFTC to adapt to the evolving landscape of digital assets and ensure responsible innovation within the financial industry.

The outcomes of the TAC meeting hold significant implications for the crypto and blockchain sectors, as well as for market participants and investors. The discussions and recommendations put forth by the TAC will likely shape the future regulatory framework governing cryptocurrencies and related technologies in the United States. Clarity and guidance from the CFTC are essential for fostering innovation, attracting investment, and ensuring market integrity.

As the meeting date draws closer, anticipation builds among industry stakeholders, eager to witness the direction and potential impact of the CFTC's regulatory approach. The TAC meeting on July 18, 2023, presents a unique opportunity for the Commission to engage with technology experts, assess different viewpoints, and foster a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues at hand.

In conclusion, the forthcoming meeting of the CFTC's Technology Advisory Committee on July 18, 2023, signifies the Commission's commitment to exploring the integration of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology into the financial industry. With a focus on responsible AI, decentralized finance, cyber resilience, and the establishment of new subcommittees, the TAC aims to facilitate informed discussions and contribute to shaping the regulatory landscape. The outcomes of this meeting hold the potential to have a far-reaching impact on the future of digital assets, blockchain technology, and the broader financial markets.



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