The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting a FinTech gathering on 9th March, dedicated in part to blockchain tech and its impact on consumers.

Announced on Friday, the FinTech Forum – the third the US commodities trade regulator has hosted – will feature panels on the subjects of blockchain and artificial intelligence. The agency hosted two events last year in the series, focused on crowdfunding and peer-to-peer payments.

According to the FTC, the event will largely center on the implications for consumers stemming from both blockchain and AI – and, perhaps, the confluence of the two.

The agency said in a statement:

“The half-day event is designed to bring together industry participants, consumer groups, researchers, and government representatives, to examine the ways in which these technologies are being used to offer consumers services, the potential benefits, and consumer protection implications as these technologies continue to develop.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, is being hosted at the University of California, Berkeley, starting at 9 am local time. The agency has yet to make a schedule or list of speakers available, but said in its announcement that those details would be forthcoming.

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