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How Should the Law Tackle Rapidly Evolving Financial Technologies?

The use of technology to provide financial services (FinTech) represents one of the most fascinating interplays in economic history in the last 150 years. Beginning with the introduction of the telegraph in 1838 and the first transatlantic cable in 1866, technological innovation defined the development of global financial markets throughout the 19th century. Similarly, Barclay’s introduction of the automatic teller machine in 1967 represents one of the most important financial innovations in the banking sector in the last century and initiated financial players’ shift toward digital infrastructure. Over the last half-century, the global financial industry has become one of the top purchasers of IT products. Regulation has struggled to keep apace.

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