Why are central banks and governements looking at issuing state-backed crypto-currencies?

After studying illustrations of digital coins already launched in social networks, Stéphane Eyraud, Patrick Bucquet and Marie Lermite made an analysis on state-backed crypto-currencies. 

What is the difference between cryptocurrency and fiat currency? 

Contrary to cryptocurrency, which is a virtual currency with cryptography and based on blockchain technology, fiat currency is “legal tender” backed by a “central government”. However, fiat currencies are already digital.

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