CoinDesk quoted Alan Cohn in a December 30 article titled “A Slow Awakening: 2016 in US Blockchain Policy.” In the article, which discusses blockchain regulatory developments of the past year and what may lie ahead in 2017, Alan Cohn says: “If 2016 was the year that the blockchain burst into public view, 2017
In prior posts we’ve observed that the technology underlying Bitcoin – the “blockchain” – presents a world of possible applications unrelated to the use of Bitcoin as a currency. From securities settlement to remittances to asset transfer to the Internet of Things, the possibilities are endless, and some of the best and brightest minds in the world are investing their time, energy, and money to unlock the blockchain’s potential.
But the crisis in Greece is shining a brighter light on Bitcoin as a currency. With capital controls, restrictions on withdrawals, and widespread fears of a banking collapse, there has reportedly been a significant increase in the acquisition of bitcoins by users in Greece. With Greeks reportedly resorting to IOUs to obtain needed goods because of a lack of access to their money, the crisis underscores the advantages of Bitcoin as a way of paying for goods and services and transferring money across town or around the world without having to depend on traditional financial institutions.