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Scarcity raises the price of a good. This economic law has been drummed into us as a result of the numerous booms and slumps that have molded our societies over the centuries.

The debate on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) was triggered by the emergence of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin on the one hand, which may compete with traditional central bank money, and the trend towards the disappearance of cash in some countries on the other hand.

GovTech is every technocrat’s dream. The extraordinary technological transformation we have seen in sectors such as financial services and retail trade has also reached the public sector. In a surprisingly short time, all types of interaction…

In this issue we focus on: The framework for digital regulation in Latin America: How to balance innovation and safety?; Decentralized Applications (DApps): The building blocks of the future Internet; Instant payments; The cloud vs. mainframe c…

In a world where the rise in the use of the Internet is increasing exponentially, the ability to prove your identity is crucial for the economic, financial and social development. Individuals and companies need identity solutions valid across d…

Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs, constitute a new financing method for start-ups specialising in blockchain technology. It consists in the sale to investors of a percentage of their own cryptographic tokens issued by the company, normally in exchange for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin or ether.

In this issue we will focus on: Digital markets: challenges for competition policy; Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) ): investment in crypto tokens: fad, madness or vision?; Towards a new digital identity: identification systems and digital environment; Fintech: implications for regulation and supervision; and Artificial Intel…

In this issue we will focus on: Banks and new digital players: is there a level playing field?; The paradox of the digital consumer: more demanding but less aware of his rights; PSD2 implementation: transposition deadline draws closer; Central …

Various recent studies have explored the possibility of central banks issuing virtual currencies similar to Bitcoin to replace banknotes. Until now it has been technically impossible to create “digital cash” that is exchangeable anonymously…

In this issue we will focus on: Algorithms challenge the banking industry; Does blockchain fit into current legal frameworks?; Turning the spotlight on shadow banking: pros and cons of the darkness and; The Internet of Things and digital banking

Distributed ledger technologies (DLTs), including blockchains, are increasingly getting a massive interest from established industries. The interest is especially strong among financial services firms, which are starting to see DLTs as a potential driver of huge savings in infrastructure and back-office processes.

In this issue we focus on: E-commerce in Spain; the EU General Data Protection Regulation; Turkish banks’ digitalisation; the blockchain technology; and Electronic money.