CoinGeek\u2019s Stephanie Tower spoke with Lt. Gen. (Ret) James Clapper on how governments can harness blockchain technology. https:\/\/youtu.be\/kbQw3lZ7yBg Lt. Gen. (Ret) James Clapper, former director of national intelligence for the U.S. government, participated in the recent Block Seoul conference in South Korea, which he found appealing for personal reasons as well. \u201cAnytime I get an excuse to come back to Republic of Korea, I\u2019ll jump at it, because I was stationed here in the military in the mid-80s for two years, and it was one of the best assignments I had in the Air Force, and my family had a wonderful time. And of course, like a lot of people, I\u2019m concerned about cybersecurity and the potential for blockchain and related technologies to enhance cybersecurity,\u201d he said. Even with changing technologies, each person or group should approach the matter of security the same cautious way, according to Clapper. \u201cf you\u2019re connected to the internet, no matter how, you\u2019re vulnerable, and you may as well just accept that fact and do all the classical things that you can do, and even then assume you\u2019re going to get attacked. And the big thing is how to respond to an attack, and the extent to which you are resilient, and this applies to a nation-state, an institution, a company, or an individual,\u201d he said. Clapper also finds blockchain technology interesting due to its applicability to a wide number of fields. \u201c has great potential for anything that involves transactions that are disaggregated, so medical, to financial, and defense arena, it has great potential.\u201d He pointed out that so far, the government has not had much use of the technology for its operations. \u201cWe don\u2019t use it very much,\u201d Clapper said, explaining that \u201cthe government is always a little behind industry and technology. There are potentially great applications, not so much from an intelligence exploitation standpoint, as much as protecting information.\u201d Clapper warned that the U.S. government should be seriously exploring the use of blockchain. Implementation of blockchain-powered systems, he said, \u201cbetter progress, because both the Chinese and the Russians are very aggressively pursuing blockchain applications.\u201d If you\u2019re interested in helping the growth of merchant adoption of Bitcoin BCH, join the\u00a0bComm Association,\u00a0an industry group that intends to be the focal point for miners, merchants, exchanges, developers and members of the BCH community. Developers and merchants of the Bitcoin BCH community will also be on hand for the\u00a0CoinGeek Week Conference happening in London on Nov. 28-30. Tickets to the three-day conference are still available via\u00a0Eventbrite.