Beyond Silk Road: Potential Risks, Threats, and Promises of Virtual Currencies: Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, November 18, 2013 [open pdf - 9MB]
This is from the November 18, 2013 hearing, "Beyond Silk Road: Potential Risks, Threats, and Promises of Virtual Currencies," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Chairman Thomas R. Carper, "Over the past several months, this Committee has engaged in an investigation into the potential implications of virtual currencies. During the course of this inquiry, we've examined the issues and potential risks and threats that virtual currencies pose, as well as some of the potential promises that some believe they can bring. In addition, we have explored with several departments and agencies throughout government how they are approaching virtual currencies as an emerging technology. […] Indeed, based on conversations my staff and I have had with dozens of individuals both inside and outside of government, it is clear that the knowledge and expectation gaps are wide. Fundamental questions remain about what a virtual currency actually is, how it should be treated, and what the future holds." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jennifer Shasky Calvery, Mythili Raman, Edward W. Lowery III, Ernie Allen, Patrick Murck, Jeremy Allaire, Jerry Brito, Thomas R. Carper and Satoshi Nakamoto.
S. Hrg. 113-516; Senate Hearing 113-516
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