Nolan was trained as a lawyer and worked on several Parliamentary committee studies in Canada, including studies on the financial crisis and a 2012 report on the global anti-money laundering regime. This was fertile ground for a longterm study of cryptocurrencies that started in 2013. Nolan helped convince the committee to take up the study, selected witnesses, and drafted the final report. Simultaneous to the report’s tabling in Parliament, Nolan arranged for it to be hashed into bitcoin's blockchain (block #361625 ). Since joining CoinDesk, Nolan aims to educate people on the history and importance of cryptography and contributed to the advancement of cryptoeconomics.
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