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Title: Blockchain towards legal recognition in the major economic countries Authors:  Stephane Blemus - Paris Sorbonne University (France) [presenting]
Abstract: In just a few years, the blockchain has become a major topic for regulators. As this disruptive and decentralized technology has emerged as a key business topic for start-ups and market participants, the central banks and financial regulators have changed from an initial strong hostility to a more cautious and market-friendly position, notably in the United States and in the European Union. The aim is to extensively cover and compare the current regulatory trends in some relevant financial centres on the various applications enabled or issues raised by the blockchain technology (Bitcoin/cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, DAO or decentralized autonomous organization, ICO or initial coin offering).