Blockchain Bites: What You Need to Know About the Last Day of Consensus: Distributed

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The sun rises on the last day of Consensus: Distributed, our first foray into the world of virtual events.

We’ve heard from former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers describe the current monetary system as too private, Governor Harvesh Seegolam of the Bank of Mauritius inch closer to a central bank digital currency and World Economic Forum Blockchain head Sheila Warren say digital cash might open the door for niche privacy coins.

So where does that leave us? With a full day of programming.

This is what my colleague Leigh Cuen will track throughout the day:

We’ve finally reached the last day of Consensus: Distributed and there’s still so much going on.

If you haven’t perused the Sponsors section of Brella and talked with companies such as eToro, CME Group and Kraken, many of which are hiring, that’s a great way to start the morning.

Then there’s a show on cryptocurrency in Japan, starting at 11 a.m. ET with experts from the Financial Services Agency Japan, Coinbase and Soramitsu Holdings. Japan is the quiet juggernaut in Asia, home to BTCPay founder Nicolas Dorier, the Bitcoin Core contributors of DG Labs, and a careful regulatory climate ever since the infamous Mt. Gox hack. As such, the market arguably has fewer scams coupled with a robust bitcoin community.

Japan’s cultural impact on the global crypto industry shouldn’t be underestimated. After all, Satoshi Nakamoto is a Japanese alias.

Next, I recommend Bailey Reutzel’s show about bitcoin mining, with Edge CEO Paul Puey and Alejandro De La Torre of Poolin at 3:30 p.m. ET. It’s titled “Subsidies and Secret Messages: All About Mining.”

Then your brain will probably need a break from all that blockchain chatter. Luckily, we’ve got an after-party led by a group including the artist Josie Bellini, Travis Blane of ConsenSys and Reckless VR founder Udi Wertheimer. Starting at 5 p.m. ET, the virtual reality meetup will open with a panel about spaces, both virtual and…

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