What a pleasure to finally share the book with Damien Moore MP, who is a Member of Parliment in the UK. Damien has an exciting background in Retail, is Chairman of the All‐Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Blockchain and has been elected onto the Science & Technology Committee and the Petitions Committee.
Damien has added the foreword to Commercializing Blockchain and I thank him for his time and more importantly, his support of Blockchain within the UK Parliament and wider as he drives Blockchain adoption for the future of the UK as a technology leader.
Damien has spent two years within the Blockchain community, and here are his thoughts on Blockchain. I am very grateful to Damien for his contribution.
Before my election to Parliament in 2017, I must confess that my knowledge of Blockchain technology was underdeveloped. Of course, I knew of cryptocurrencies – who didn’t? Stories of people trading Bitcoin and making huge fortunes and losses were and continue to be widely reported. I certainly had little appreciation of the enormous importance of the Blockchain technology behind cryptocurrencies and how it has the potential to radically change our society. It may seem surprising, therefore, to find myself as the chairman of an exciting and active APPG in the heart of UK politics.
The reason behind my decision to set up the APPG was simple – I wanted to make government more efficient and believed that Blockchain was an opportunity to achieve this. A chance conversation with a col- league who was waxing lyrical about Blockchain technology got me intrigued, and I knew I had to act, thus the APPG for Blockchain was established.
In seeking to make a worthy contribution I wanted to establish a group that reached out to experts. Facilitated by the Big Innovation Centre, our first meeting received an overwhelming attendance. It was at this meeting that I met the author of this book, Antony Welfare, who became a board advisor to the APPG.
Antony’s enthusiasm for the possibilities of Blockchain technology on many areas from the economy, industry, and society is profound. It is this enthusiasm and characteristically easy‐to‐understand style that makes this book such an invaluable resource.