Perianne Boring is spending a lot of time in North Carolina these days. 

The former finance industry journalist and legislative analyst on Capitol Hill founded the only Washington D.C. industry association dedicated to digital commerce, including Bitcoin and blockchain technology, and leads the year-old Chamber of Digital Commerce as its president  She participated in a panel of lobbyists, investors and local enthusiasts at the first meeting of the NC Triangle Bitcoin Meetup on Tuesday at RTP’s The Frontier.

North Carolina is of special interest to her organization because it could be the first state to pass a law to govern cryptocurrency transmitters and bitcoin-affiliated companies, providing necessary protections for consumers but potentially damaging limitations on startups and Bitcoin 2.0 companies.

By Bitcoin 2.0, she means the companies who aren’t transmitting digital currency but who use bitcoin technology to transact other business.

“North Carolina is taking a leadership role in coming up with a way to regulate virtual currency—a different approach than what New York is doing—and many within the industry are very supportive of the efforts here,” says Boring.

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