Episode 10 - Blockchain in Parliament

Nov 30, 2022, 11:29 AM

Sean Kiernan interviews Lord Holmes (Chris Holmes) about championing blockchain in parliament, how FinTech could open up routes to support the levelling up agenda and the key challenges surrounding funding for UK SMEs.

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Chris is Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer winning a total of 9 golds, 5 silvers and 1 bronze. He was also Director of Paralympic Integration, responsible for the organisation of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Chris is a passionate advocate for the potential of technology and the benefits of diversity and inclusion. He campaigns for more accessible environments for disabled people and has conducted an independent review for the Government that made recommendations on opening up public appointments to disabled people.

In Parliament Chris sits on the influential Science and Technology Select Committee but has previously been a member of specialist House of Lords Select Committees dealing with:
‚Ė†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Democracy and Digital Technologies
‚Ė†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Artificial Intelligence¬†
‚Ė†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Digital Skills¬†
‚Ė†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Social Mobility ¬†
‚Ė†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Financial Exclusion
He is co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on:
‚Ė†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Assistive Technology
‚Ė†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Fintech
‚Ė†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Blockchain¬†
‚Ė†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†AI
‚Ė†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†4th Industrial Revolution.


‚Ė∂ The crypto opportunity for society
‚Ė∂ Tackling digital identity
‚Ė∂ Building a thriving ecosystems for SMEs
‚Ė∂ Crypto and financial inclusion




00:00:00 Intro
[00:01:10] Politics and crypto
[00:02:07] Politicians contributing to the crypto space
[00:03:40] How can the industry contribute to the political conversation
[00:05:19] If we don't make a success of these new technologies, that will not be a failure of the technologies that will be a failure of us as humans
[00:07:26] Crypto and SME funding
[00:10:28] On Financial inclusion
[00:12:02] Blockchain as a community of interest
[00:13:12] Combining technologies
[00:15:36] On Digital Identity
[00:18:04] Closing remarks: The 4th industrial revolution