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Bill Clinton to Deliver Address at Upcoming Ripple Swell Conference

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming Ripple Swell conference. The former U.S. President will also participate in a question and answer (Q&A) during the meeting.

Clinton: The President who Presided Over the Dawn of the Internet Age

Former president Bill Clinton helped usher in a period of extreme growth and adoption of the internet. When groundbreaking technology and regulation were on a collision course, Clinton’s activities shaped the internet to what it is today. He also gave communities and individuals access to the internet by initiating programs which bridged the digital divide.

Ripple commenting on the importance and relevance of blockchain technology and digital assets said:

These learnings are perhaps more relevant now than ever before. Like the Internet boom of the 90’s, we are at an impasse: digital assets and blockchain technology offer a way for value to be exchanged as quickly as information – creating more financial inclusion and economic opportunity. However, with this new technology comes with the potential for concern, requiring thoughtful policy to protect consumers from risk without hampering innovation.

About the Ripple Swell Conference

The Swell Conference 2018 will highlight the following three crucial areas. These areas consist of the following:

  • Financial services companies using blockchain technology in production
  • New market opportunity in remittances, e-commerce, and corporate marketplaces
  • Frameworks for regulating digital assets across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

This year’s Swell Conference will hold in San Francisco, California, from October 1 – October 2, 2018. There will also be a question and answer (Q&A) session that will be moderated by Gene Sperling. Gene Sperling was the former National Economic Council Director and Advisor under former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Sperling is currently on Ripple’s board of directors.

Ripple’s Expansion Plans

Ripple continues to pursue an aggressive expansion agenda that aims to see increased use of both the Ripple ledger and the XRP cryptocurrency. Recently, the company partnered with pop icon Madonna on the occasion of her 60th birthday, to raise funds for vulnerable children.

Apart from charitable activities, Ripple is also trying to enter into new markets like India and Malta as the company strives to create a global presence for the XRP cryptocurrency. The company also recently announced its Q2 2018 performance with a decline in sales but an increase in user adoption. A recent Weiss report revealed that XRP is the best cryptocurrency for moving funds between exchanges.

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Former US President Bill Clinton to Give Keynote Speech at Ripple’s Fall Tech Conference

Ripple’s global payments tech conference, Swell, will start off this fall with a keynote speech from 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton, according to Ripple’s July 31 blog post.

Former President Clinton’s keynote and Q&A in San Francisco on Oct. 1 will be moderated by Gene Sperling, the National Economic Council Director and Advisory under both Presidents Clinton and Obama.

The blog post notes that former President Clinton helped to “usher in a period of extreme growth and adoption of the Internet, shaping what it is today,” as well as bringing new technologies to underprivileged communities globally.

Ripple notes that today’s technologies like digital assets and blockchain present the same challenges as the growth of the Internet in the 1990s, as both phenomena require striking a policy balance between preventing risk and allowing for innovation.

Cryptocurrencies and politics have drawn ever closer together this year, as U.S. regulators have begun to call for more regulation of the crypto sector. Crypto-focused companies have leaned more into politics as well — recently released documents revealed that major U.S. crypto exchange and wallet Coinbase has formed its own political action committee (PAC), allowing it to potentially pool donations for crypto-friendly campaigns.

Back in 2016, Bill Clinton reportedly received his “first” Bitcoin (BTC) in form of a physical coin from crypto entrepreneur Matt Roszak — who also gave celebrity Kim Kardashian a similar physical Bitcoin earlier this week at a charity poker tournament.

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Ripple Taps Bill Clinton to Give Keynote at Upcoming Conference

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will headline Ripple’s Swell conference later this year, the cryptocurrency payments startup announced Tuesday.

The 42nd President of the United States will both give a keynote address and participate in a question-and-answer session, Ripple said in a press release. The conference will take place in San Francisco over the first two days of October.

Clinton “helped usher in a period of extreme growth and adoption of the internet” as president, according to the release. He also oversaw programs which helped communities and individuals gain access to the internet during his presidency.

The release added:

“These learnings are perhaps more relevant now than ever before. Like the Internet boom of the 90’s, we are at an impasse: digital assets and blockchain technology offer a way for value to be exchanged as quickly as information – creating more financial inclusion and economic opportunity. However, with this new technology comes potential for concern, requiring thoughtful policy to protect consumers from risk without hampering innovation.”

The question-and-answer session will be hosted by former National Economic Council director and advisor Gene Sperling, who served under both Clinton and President Barack Obama, and is currently on Ripple’s board of directors.

Bill Clinton image via Anthony Correia / Shutterstock

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