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Trust has always been a key instrument of economics. Up until recently, central banks have acted as the metaphorical custodian of trust, employing complex processes that force populations to participate in bank accounts and credit cards to earn trust benefits, like credit scores. Yet, devastating moments such as the 2008 U.S. financial crisis that took an enormous taxpayer-funded bailout showed the same centralized and slow processes were weakening and could not adapt quickly enough in a digital economy. Further, banks have become the number one target for malicious hackers. As a result, banking systems, credit rating agencies and other traditional legal instruments no longer remain effective mechanisms for P2P reputation and trust measurement.
By Laura Jehl, Robert Musiala, Linda Goldstein, Fernando Bohorquez and Amy Mudge
While inflated expectations abound, the advertising industry is emerging as one of the more immediate, substantive and compelling use cases for blockchain technology.
By Thomas McThenia and Richard Markow
Like poorly-behaved school children, new technologies and intellectual property (IP) are increasingly disrupting the M&A establishment. Cybersecurity has become the latest disruptive newcomer to the M&A party.
By Michael Bahar and Kristen Bertch
Technologies are often pitched as solutions, if not game-changing solutions. Indeed, many times they are, but no solution comes without the seeds of its own costs and challenges. For pragmatic and regulatory compliance reasons, it is increasingly important for boards, senior executives and general counsel to sufficiently understand technologies, not just their potential promise.
By Jeffrey Atteberry
The social, economic, and political forces pushing for a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s privacy regime are numerous, and many see 2019 as presenting the best opportunity yet for passage of federal data privacy legislation.