The 21st Atlanta Roundtable will feature Richard Rahn, who will discuss the technologies associated with the electronic transfer of funds globally and their implications for government tax and privacy policies.

The roundtable, which is chaired by Atlanta attorney Kenneth Cutshaw and sponsored by GlobalFax, will be held at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

Dr. Rahn will discuss advances in fiberoptics, encryption and smart-card technologies, which make it easier to transfer funds without the use of paper and coins.

In a recently published book, “The End of Money and the Struggle for Financial Privacy,” he argues that these technological advances are creating a new “digital money” requiring significant changes in U.S. tax laws and financial and trade regulations.  His paper, “Electronic Cash Could Kill the Income Tax,” is well known among policy makers and academics.

He is a frequent commentator on economic issues in the new media and is a senior fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, a think-tank.  He also is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute in Washingon, D.C., and an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute in Hudson-on-Croton in New York.

Formerly vice president and chief economist of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, he is president of Novecon LTD and vice chairman of Novecon Technologies Corp.

The roundtable is free of charge and is open to the public.  Call (404) 377-7710 or send a fax to (404) 377-7386 if you plan to attend.  For directions to the chamber, call (770) 513-3000.  To learn more about the Discovery Institute, go to