Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper (Image: Denverite)

Colorado Governor Appoints Blockchain Council

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appointed 12 members to the Council for the Advance of Blockchain Technology last week.

The council is tasked with recommending a “comprehensive legal framework to support blockchain technology that considers potential applications and boundaries of the technology and protections for consumers,” according to a press release. Gov. Hickenlooper’s office also said the council will recommend “guidelines for relevant agencies concerning policies that will allow for the natural evolution of this young and promising technology, while simultaneously ensuring protection for data and consumers.” Council members, which include local political and industry leaders, will serve one-year terms expiring on June 30, 2019.

Last month the Colorado state legislature passed a bill requiring state agencies to develop ways to use encryption and blockchain to securely store sensitive information. The legislation that created the council included a $250,000 budget for the state technology office.

Hickenlooper appointed:

  • Blake Samuel Cohen to serve as a blockchain industry leader;
  • Stephanie Copeland to serve as the executive director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade;
  • Stephen Fenberg to serve as a member of the Colorado State Senate and as a Democrat;
  • Paul Nicholas Foley to serve as a blockchain industry leader;
  • Honorable Tracy Ann Kraft-Tharp to serve as a member of the Colorado House of Representatives and as a Democrat;
  • Sumana Nallapati to serve as the secretary of technology and CIO of the Office of Information Technology;
  • Hannah N. Parsons to serve as a blockchain industry leader;
  • Paul Quigley to serve as a blockchain industry leader;
  • Lang Sias to serve as a member of the Colorado House of Representatives and as a Republican;
  • Sasha Shtern to serve as a blockchain industry leader;
  • John A. Tate to serve as a member of the Colorado State Senate and as a Republican;
  • Eric Voorhees to serve as a blockchain industry leader.
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