US: Gov’t Telecoms Agency Seeks Feedback on Blockchain for Its International Agenda

A U.S. government telecoms agency reached out for feedback on blockchain policy June 4 as officials forecast “increasing focus” on the technology in the coming years.

In an announcement, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, said that it wanted stakeholders’ input in “shaping its international agenda.”

Broadly pertaining to internet governance, that agenda is set to pay specific attention to “emerging technologies and trends” such as blockchain, as well as freedom of information online, privacy and security.

“We expect that in the coming years, our focus will increasingly be on artificial intelligence, automated workforces, blockchain technologies and more,” David J. Redl, assistant secretary for communications and information and NTIA administrator explained, adding:

“We want to know how we should participate in international discussions of these issues.”

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