Digital currency criminals, beware: Here comes the Blockchain Alliance.
This week, Coin Center and the Chamber of Digital Commerce announced the creation of the Blockchain Alliance, an ongoing public-private forum between the bitcoin community (that is, startup executives and policy pundits) and law enforcement groups like the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Despite the usual connotation of the term “forum,” the Blockchain Alliance will not be a single event, but rather an email list to foster an ongoing exchange with the dual purpose of fighting digital currency crime and improving the public image of the technology.
The digital currency industry remains new, and the entities coming together to create this forum are themselves newly created. Coin Center, a policy-organization-slash-think-tank, formed in 2014 and has quickly become a voice of reason in the industry. The Chamber of Digital Commerce launched about six months later as a nonprofit advocacy group, helmed by financial analyst and bitcoin columnist Perianne Boring. Both organizations are based in Washington, D.C.
There are also participants from within the digital currency community. At launch, the alliance will include policy folks like Brian Forde of the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative, developers like Gavin Andresen and others from