Article: The Node: Regulating Intermediaries in a DeFi World

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Governance, Money

The Node: Regulating Intermediaries in a DeFi World

The pace of innovation in crypto is difficult for regulators to keep up with, especially considering that, until now, there hasn’t been a proactive, cohesive, industry-wide attempt to manage the industry. Despite operating under a hodgepodge of rules, frameworks and recommendations, crypto has ballooned. And regulatory attention with it.

“The existing framework is simply inapplicable to a system predicated on the absence of intermediaries,” Director of the Blockchain Association Kristin Smith said in an interview following her Consensus 2021 appearance. This is an important point: Decentralized tools exist as the antithesis of a financial system where trusted custodians are needed to manage one’s money.

Article: Don’t Let Them Kill Digital Assets

Crypto, Web 3.0

Don’t Let Them Kill Digital Assets

The large caveat here is geography. In many countries, innovators like LBRY are free to thrive, even if they do need to take special care not to accept U.S. users.

So try as they might, this won’t stop the revolution. It will simply chase it offshore. Web 3.0, the internet of value, is at this point inevitable. Even LBRY will move forward, regardless of the outcome of this case.

Perhaps someday soon, U.S. citizens will need to use a virtual private network (VPN) in order access large swathes of the internet, just like the Chinese do. Oh, wait…It’s already happening.

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Article: Government Ban on Bitcoin Would Be ‘Foolish’: SEC’s Hester Peirce

Crypto, Governance

Government Ban on Bitcoin Would Be 'Foolish': SEC's Hester Peirce - Decrypt  - FlipboardGovernment Ban on Bitcoin Would Be ‘Foolish’: SEC’s Hester Peirce

“I think we were past that point [of banning Bitcoin in the US] very early on because you’d have to shut down the internet,” Peirce said. “I don’t see how you could ban it. You could certainly make the effort. It would be very hard to stop people from doing it [trading Bitcoin],” she said. “So I think it would be a foolish thing for the government to try to do that.”

Though, as Peirce said, in reality this would be very difficult: technology will likely outpace the government’s attempts to limit Bitcoin use, since people will always be able to download Bitcoin wallet software, run a node, and make transactions as long as they have access to the internet. What may be more likely, in the short to medium term, are clearer Bitcoin regulations.

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Article: Bitcoin Is Going Mainstream. What Investors Need to Know

Crypto, Money

Bitcoin Is Going Mainstream. What Investors Need to Know

As Bitcoin becomes entrenched, it may only get harder for regulators to restrain. Its growing acceptance as an alternative investment or transaction currency is far outpacing regulatory controls. That, in turn, could improve the investment case for owning it, according to Piper Sandler.

“Many investors view this scale as a safeguard against potentially overbearing regulations from governments in the developed world,” Piper says. Investing in Bitcoin, the firm adds, is a “quasi call option for both individuals and institutions on this new and potentially disruptive technology.”

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Article: Bitcoin, crypto investors will be watching these 5 questions facing the Biden administration

Crypto, Governance

Bitcoin, crypto investors will be watching these 5 questions facing the Biden administration

Bitcoin BTCUSD, 0.78% has risen a staggering 548% during the past twelve months, while Ethereum ETHUSD, 1.61%, the second most valuable cryptocurrency, has gained roughly 690% during that time, according to FactSet, compared to a 71% rise for the S&P 500. But the fate of this rally could depend greatly on President Joe Biden and his administration’s regulatory stance to the burgeoning crypto economy, experts tell MarketWatch. Here are the five biggest regulatory questions the Biden administration will face in the coming months and years that will greatly impact cyrpto investors:

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