- Perianne Boring Bio
- Founding the Chamber of Digital Commerce
- Member Companies, Events, and International Efforts
- Bitcoin Uncensored Podcast
- Boring's Reaction to Podcast Release
- Speeches, Advocacy, and Accomplishments
Many people consider Perianne Boring to be an important advocate for blockchain and cryptocurrency. With over 23.6k Twitter followers (as of November 2018) and a long resume of policy work, Boring has become a top influencer in the space. In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about Boring’s background and current work.
Perianne Boring Bio
According to LinkedIn, Perianne Boring is a communications expert and public speaker. Throughout her career, Boring has focused on the role of government in shaping finance regulations. In 2010, Boring graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management, Economics.
From 2011 to 2013, she served as a legislative analyst in the United States House of Representatives. From 2013 to 2014, Boring was a television host and anchor of RT America’s international finance television program called Prime Interest. The show had 650 million viewers and aired in more than 100 nations.
In 2014, Boring became the founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Beginning in January 2018, Boring began teaching as an Adjunct Professor courses on FinTech and Blockchain at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Founding the Chamber of Digital Commerce
For the past few years, Boring has focused mainly on her work at the Chamber of Digital Commerce. In October 2014, this organization received 501(c)(6) non-profit status from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The goal of the Chamber of Digital Commerce is to promote the adoption of blockchain technology, bitcoin, digital currency, and digital assets.
The Chamber of Digital Commerce has a number of initiatives and working groups. These include Token Alliance, Smart Contracts Alliance, Blockchain Intellectual Property Council, Digital Assets Accounting Consortium, Global Blockchain Forum, State Working Group, DC Blockchain Center, and Blockchain Alliance. The specific role of each group varies. However, all of these efforts are intended to “reflect the priorities relevant to the blockchain ecosystem.” Primarily, the goal of this organization is to influence public policy related to blockchain and cryptocurrency.
Member Companies, Events, and International Efforts
The Chamber of Digital Commerce’s membership companies span across a variety of industries. These include leading-edge start-ups, software companies, global IT consultancies, financial institutions, insurance companies, law firms, and investment firms. Some notable member companies include Accenture, Bittrex, BNP Paribas, Cisco, and Microsoft. The organization hosts several events each year. For example, some events in 2018 included Code-a-thon, DC Blockchain Summit, and DC FinTech Week.
The organization is also aiming to guide policy development on a global level. For example, in October 2017, the Chamber of Digital Commerce partnered with the United States Department of Commerce. Together, they led the first Blockchain Certified Trade Mission to the United Arab Emirates. In September 2018, the Chamber of Digital Commerce published a document commenting on Canadian policy. This was in response to the proposed policy regulations of the “Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act, 2018.”
Bitcoin Uncensored Podcast
In 2016, Boring was a guest on an episode of the Bitcoin Uncensored podcast. This appearance created a lot of controversy on various social media platforms. The hosts of the podcast asked Boring simple questions about blockchain. According to the hosts, she either couldn’t answer them or gave an incorrect answer. Some people sided with the hosts saying that Boring didn’t know enough about blockchain or crypto, and that Boring relied too much on buzzwords and strict talking points. The hosts of the podcast also accused Boring of promoting scam projects.
Other people were slightly more supportive of Boring after hearing the podcast. They stated that she never claimed to be a technical expert (i.e. a blockchain developer) and that the hosts were being rude. One objective person summed it up as “Bitcoin Uncensored’s MO is to grill. Going on their podcast and expecting otherwise is much like letting The Daily Show do a piece on you and expecting to be coddled.”
Boring’s Reaction to Podcast Release
Boring’s reaction to this interview also brought on additional, negative attention. She threatened to sue the podcast hosts for harassment and slander if the episode was posted. In fact, the podcast was posted and is still available on Soundcloud. According to one reaction article, this interview wasn’t anything close to the accusations Boring made. The article goes on to say that the hosts didn’t need Boring’s authorization to post the podcast episode.
Unfortunately, this did make some people question whether or not Boring should be the person to lead a blockchain and cryptocurrency advocacy organization. Meanwhile, others have argued that more advocates who have experience with government policy like Boring are needed. Despite this controversy, Boring continues to be a major proponent of blockchain and crypto.
Speeches, Advocacy, and Accomplishments
Perianne Boring has served as a speaker at a number of high-profile blockchain events. She also is a frequent contributor to various television and internet-based media programs. For example, Boring has appeared on Nasdaq’s TradeTalks program to discuss the state of cryptocurrency regulations and the role of utility tokens. In September 2018, she spoke at the OECD Blockchain Policy Forum in Paris. In October 2018, Boring participated in Finance Disrupted, an event hosted in New York by The Economist.
Technical innovations will continue to make blockchain/crypto more viable. Still, we also can’t ignore the importance of non-profit organizations like Chamber of Digital Commerce or individuals like Boring. A lot of efforts are needed to establish and clarify public policy towards blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.
As we have seen too often in the media, things like price volatility or cryptocurrency scams have given many people a negative impression of the space. Given the current climate of government regulations and bans of cryptocurrency, it’s essential to have advocates that can help build a more positive future for the industry.
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