Still-young crypto industry could grow stronger — if SEC allows it to thrive

By Charles Gasparino. September 19, 2021. (New York Post).

The noise surrounding the $2.2 trillion crypto industry often drowns out the reality that we are on the verge of something revolutionary. If things go right, crypto and the blockchain technology could usher in the next Internet revolution. 

Things are now going terribly wrong. The US stands the very real chance of killing this business here by driving digital innovation overseas and ceding advancements to other countries including Communist China.

Why? Because our regulators, mainly those at the Securities and Exchange Commission, are either too feckless or too turf-hungry (or a combination of both) to understand the dangers of their asinine approach to overseeing a nascent and important technology.

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SEC’s Peirce Updates Safe Harbor Proposal for Token Sales

By Nikhilesh De. April 13, 2021. (Coindesk).

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Hester Peirce has an updated version of her proposal to let crypto startups sell tokens as initial coin offerings (ICOs) to fund their development efforts without running afoul of U.S. securities laws.

The Token Safe Harbor Proposal 2.0, published Tuesday, updates Peirce’s 2019 proposal which suggested a three-year grace period that would let blockchain projects actually develop their networks or tokens after raising funds. Under the proposal, a company could sell tokens before building the project but would be exempt from federal requirements that securities issuers register with the SEC.

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SEC’s Hester Peirce hopes 2021 will be a ‘turning point’ for crypto regulation in the U.S.

By Michael McSweeney – March 21, 2021. (The Block)

SEC commissioner Hester Peirce remarked during a virtual conference appearance last week that “evidence-based rulemaking is not yet the norm in crypto-regulation” as part of a wider exploration of the topic.

Peirce spoke on March 15 during an event organized by the British Blockchain Association. According to a transcript of her speech, Peirce once again outlined an expansive and positive viewpoint on cryptocurrencies, noting in her speech authorities perhaps spend too much time focusing on the “illicit” use of the technology compared to its potential benefits.

“Perhaps, government officials should pause to consider the flip side of crypto—its value in protecting people from illicit activity,” Peirce said. “Because of its ability to reach people without intermediaries and its ease of storage, transport, and access, crypto can be an important part of the survival story of people living under the threat of harm by their families, people in their communities, or repressive governments.”

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