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US Telecom Agency Calls for Suggestions on Blockchain Policy

The U.S. government telecom agency has called on all interested stakeholders to submit recommendations for new policies surrounding a host of areas, comprising of emerging technologies and trends like the blockchain, cybersecurity and privacy, internet governance and information free-flow.

The National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA), a wing of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a notice of inquiry on Tuesday, June 4, asking expertise suggestion on blockchain technology from interested stakeholders, including but not limited to businesses, civil society groups, the technical community, academics, and the general public.

NTIA administrator David Redl wrote that the input from all the stakeholders would then inform NTIA’s international internet policy priorities going forward.

Redly who also serve as NTIA Assistant Secretary for Communication and information further stated that “We want to know how we should take part in international discussions of these issues.”  Adding that stakeholders input will encourage growth and innovation for the internet and internet-enabled economy

According to the NTIA website, the sub-agency is principally responsible for briefing the President of the U.S. on telecommunications and information policy issues.

All suggestions, recommendations, and comments must be submitted via email on or before July 2, 2018.

While NTIA has not made any strong policies in the blockchain technology yet, its parent department, the Department of Commerce, has discussed using the emerging technology to record digital copyright information.


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