By Godson Umejiego, Senior Correspondent USA
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)is organizing the “DC3 Conference – From Cryptocurrencies to CBDCs” scheduled to take place virtually from 25 – 27 January 2022. The Digital Currency Conference is organised by the Digital Currency Global Initiative which is a joint collaboration between the ITU and the Future of Digital Currency Initiative at Stanford University.
The DC3 Conference aims to bring together industry thought leaders, policy makers, standards development bodies, international organisations, Central Banks, digital currency platform providers, stablecoin and cryptocurrency industry experts to exchange and share their experiences and pilot project implementations. It also provides an interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners, and industry to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends and standards as well as practical challenges encountered, and solutions adopted in the fields of digital currencies.
The conference will highlight the work of the Digital Currency Global Initiative as well as emerging industry trends and initiatives in digital currencies, in particular, with regards to:
- Sharing insights on the latest trends in central bank digital currency, cryptocurrency and stablecoins;
- Discuss emerging developments and areas where standards are needed for the architecture and interoperability of digital currencies and their integration with existing payment systems;
- Conduct deep dive sessions on topics such as interoperability for central bank digital currencies and stablecoins and securing digital currency systems; and
- Foster dialogue among digital currency ecosystem stakeholders and regulators on key lessons learned from digital currency pilot implementations.
The three-days event will consist of:
- Three thematic tracks on Central Bank Digital Currencies; Stablecoins and Security.
- Three deep dive sessions on interoperability for central bank digital currencies, implementing interoperability for stablecoins and security validation model for digital currency systems respectively.
- High level panel discussions on topics such as the efficiencies that stablecoins can bring to financial inclusion and to payment systems; architecture models for CDBC and stablecoin implementations, definition of a digital currency ontology model and security assurance for digital currency systems amongst others.
Participation in the conference is free of charge and open to all ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates and Academic Institutions and to any individual from a country that is a member of ITU, who wishes to contribute to the work.