UPDATE 2018-05-31: This blog post has been revised and extended into an article: Legal Personality for Blockchains, DAOs and Smart Contracts (PDF), published by RTDF, 1-2018, p. 39, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets Review, Thomson Reuters Transactive.
On March 2, 2018, the Blockchain Malta Association hosted an event entitled “Reflections on the DLT Regulation.” A number of lawyers and industry experts were invited to debate the consultation document issued by the Government of Malta and wherein the country’s intention to regulate the sector was presented. The consultation document proposed three new bills, which cover a broad range of issues.
The second of the three bills is about “Technology Arrangements and Service Providers” (TAS Bill). It is understood that the term “technology arrangement” was chosen to leave space in the future to cover not only Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies, but also other “arrangements” such as Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things.
In my earlier post Malta the Blockchain Island: The Story so Far I described the sequence of events that led to Malta to announce a legal framework governing Blockchain technologies; and that it was all guided by an overarching National Blockchain Strategy. In this post, I will highlight what thinking actually drove me to create and design that strategy.
The ideas underpinning the strategy can be visualized as follows:
Let’s look at each element in more detail.
When the Government of Malta announced the launch of a legal framework for Blockchain technologies on February the 16th, 2017, it was a major goal for me, personally. It represents the culmination of almost twenty months of work.
This is a brief recollection of the major of how Malta’s Blockchain strategy came to be and how it unrolled to this event.
The timeline of events looks like this:
On February 16, 2018, the Government of Malta announced a consultation document on “The Establishment of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority; the Framework for the Certification of Distributed Ledger Technology Platforms and Related Service Providers; and a Virtual Currency Act.” The consultation period will close on March 9, 2018. Then the proposed bills will go to Parliament to become effective laws/regulations.