Consumers’ Research is proud to announce that Kyle Burgess will be serving as the organization’s new Executive Director. In her role as Executive Director, she will guide the organization’s mission to educate consumers, regulators, and policy makers on how federal and state laws and regulations, as well as emerging trends, impact the American consumer.
Despite the continued public outpouring of strong feelings in response to the 2016 presidential election, a new Consumers’ Research holiday survey shows that when it comes to the mood of Americans this holiday season, the election results will have surprisingly little impact. The survey also found that, for the third consecutive year, people look forward to spending time with loved ones much more than receiving presents. Two-thirds (66%) of respondents said the election would have no impact at all on their holiday cheer. Of the approximately one-third of respondents (33%) who expect the results to impact their holiday merriment, about 16% said it would have a positive effect and 17% said it would have a negative impact.
The Blockchain Conference, Washington, D.C. will be held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at The Cloyd Heck Marvin Center at The George Washington University. Fintech Worldwide, presenting this event as part of a series of blockchain conferences around the globe, is partnering in D.C. with Consumers’ Research, the nation’s oldest consumer organization. Sponsors include tØ and BlockBridge Advisory.
July 7, 2016 – Consumers’ Research, the nation’s oldest consumer organization, will host Bretton Woods 2016 from Sunday, July 10 – Wednesday, July 13 in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. This is the second annual Bretton Woods workshop held by Consumers’ Research to study bitcoin and blockchain technologies. The goal of this year’s workshop is to produce guiding principles on consumer protection best practices for blockchain businesses. Workshop participants will include representatives from relevant legislative and regulatory bodies, as well as a diverse array of fintech, blockchain, and traditional financial industry experts.
Washington, DC, May 17, 2016 — Today, Consumers’ Research will release a comprehensive analysis of the threats posed by Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) events and what is being done to protect against them. EMPs, which can be caused by a nuclear detonation or solar storms, can wipe out electrical grids and other critical infrastructure. Despite widespread recognition that an EMP event is inevitable, little has been done to guard against one.
Consumers’ Research hosted an intimate discussion of “Learning by Doing” with author James Bessen on the evening of July 22, 2015 at the DACOR Bacon House. The event consisted of a presentation by the author followed by a book signing and cocktail reception.
Consumers’ Research hosted “Bretton Woods 2015” from July 13, 2015 – July 15, 2015, an “under the radar” workshop at the Omni Mount Washington Resort held in the spirit of the original Bretton Woods Conference. The purpose of the workshop was to gather a small group of experts from various backgrounds to drive consensus on the future of the perception, regulation, and adoption of blockchain technologies.