Wed, May 12, 2021

Reading list: Central bank digital currencies

A comprehensive collection of the most relevant articles on central bank digital currencies.

Blog Post by Niels Graham

China Digital Currencies

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Wed, Jun 10, 2020

Central bank digital currency can contribute to financial inclusion but cannot solve its root causes

In Part II of the Central Bank Digital Currency Series series, the GeoTech Center and guest author Nikhil Raghuveera examine how CBDCs can contribute to financial inclusion in a post-COVID-19 world.

GeoTech Cues by Nikhil Raghuveera

Digital Currencies Digital Policy

Wed, May 27, 2020

A new era in financial diplomacy: The third evolution of Bretton Woods

China has made significant waves by introducing its own digital yuan this past month. The United States should turn to its allies for support and cooperation in building an alternative to the Chinese solution for digital currencies.

Digital currencies by Michael Greenwald

China Digital Currencies
gtc photo of currencies in jars

Tue, May 26, 2020

Going deeper: Central Bank Digital Currencies and how best to design them to benefit everyone

On May 19, 2020 - Lisa Pollina, Gabriel Abed, George Bachiashvili, Shane Glynn, Aditi Kuma shared perspectives on "The digital dollar: Do we need it and how do we build it?" as part of a live video discussion moderated by Michael Greenwald. The discussion focused what exactly is a digital dollar? How would it work, how could it best be designed, and who would manage it?

Digital currencies

Cybersecurity Digital Currencies

Wed, May 13, 2020

Revamped Libra takes further steps to gain credibility

In hiring Stuart Levey, Facebook has exhibited a doubling down on their desire to create a digital currency that will be recognized and used by governments around the world.

Digital currencies by Michael Greenwald

Digital Currencies Financial Regulation
gtc photo of the dollar as a puzzle piece

Thu, Apr 23, 2020

Design choices of Central Bank Digital Currencies will transform digital payments and geopolitics

In this analysis, the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center examines the geopolitical implications of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and calls for the United States to lead on setting standards for CBDC and financial technology.

Digital currencies by Nikhil Raghuveera

Civil Society Digital Currencies

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Breaking the buck: What Libra’s demise means for central banks

There is little evidence to suggest that Libra can address the needs of those without bank accounts. With its structure working against the benefits of a central bank digital currency, Libra is less of a call to action and more a solution in search of a problem.

Digital currencies by Michael B. Greenwald

Digital Currencies Financial Regulation

Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Libra: Balancing Risks and Opportunities

Facebook has disclosed its plans to launch the ambitious new digital currency, Libra, in the first half of 2020. Operating on a version of blockchain, Libra hopes to become a widely adopted payment method, supported by Facebook's 2.4 bn users and a coalition of global corporations including Uber, Visa, and Spotify that form the Libra Association.

Digital currencies by Global Business & Economics Program

Digital Currencies Economic Sanctions