The Wharton Cryptogovernance Workshop is part of a larger effort that began in 2017, with the launch of the Wharton Reg@Tech roundtable series. Both the public and private sectors were struggling to understand the regulatory challenges posed by the rapid growth of cryptocurrency token offerings. We assembled an international group of regulators, academics, legal practitioners, and industry participants that has blossomed into an evolving community of diverse international experts.
The project has evolved in scope to encompass other financial regulatory issues for blockchain networks and applications, such as regulation of exchanges, custody, decentralized finance, payment systems, stablecoins, and central bank digital currencies. It has also expanded to encompass governance — the means by which blockchain-based communities make and execute decisions, with particular emphasis on mechanisms beyond formal legal authority.
Hosted by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the workshop offers a neutral academic environment for industry and government, researchers and practitioners to build bridges of shared understanding. It is international in scope, with regular participation by leading experts from Europe, Asia, and the United States.