Op-Eds

The SAFT Is a Symptom of Regulatory Uncertainty

In his first monthly column for CoinDesk, Brito argues that the SAFT framework, despite its limitations, is a reasonable path forward for token issuers.

This article originally appeared in CoinDesk.

SEC hasn't quashed blockchain innovation. Let's keep it that way

Utility tokens that are pieces of future network technology represent real innovation, and the SEC should resist any urge to overregulate them.

This article originally appeared in American Banker.

The Uniform Law Commission Has Given States a Clear Path to Approach Bitcoin

States wanting to pursue a licensing approach have been handed the best possible path to encouraging digital currency innovation by a trusted body of lawmakers.

This article originally appeared in CoinDesk.

What Bitcoiners Are Doing to Fight Ransomware

How the digital currency community is helping law enforcement agencies get the information and tools they need.

This article originally appeared in Fortune.

Why Bitcoin Needs Washington to Go Mainstream

By sensibly modifying existing laws, the government can give open blockchains the same support it did the early internet.

This article originally appeared in Fortune.

Securities Laws Aren't the Only Rules Token Sales Have to Consider

Peter Van Valkenburgh discusses potential AML/KYC issues for cryptographic token sales.

This article originally appeared in CoinDesk.

Bitcoin's DC Debut: All Eyes Watch the US Government's Response

Jerry Brito recounts the the first time policymakers in DC took a formal look at Bitcoin, back in 2013.

This article originally appeared in CoinDesk.

Dear Mr. Trump: To ‘Cyber’ Better, Try the Blockchain

An internet infrastructure built on open, permissionless, blockchain networks would be far more resilient to cyberattack than the centrilized system in place today.

This article originally appeared in Wired.

IRS Quest for Coinbase Data Sets Dangerous Precedent

Millions of Americans are at risk of losing their financial privacy because of the agency's flimsy assumption that all Bitcoin users are tax cheats.

This article originally appeared in American Banker.

Let Bitcoin into the campaign

Rand Paul is the first presidential candidate to let donors contribute to his campaign using Bitcoin—but just barely.

This article originally appeared in The Hill.

Bitcoin May Be What Gets Us Real Net Neutrality

The recent net neutrality victory at the FCC is not a silver bullet.

This article originally appeared in WIRED.

The Price of Bitcoin Doesn’t Matter Right Now

Why we don't worry about the price that much.

This article originally appeared in WIRED.

Regulators Need to Take It Easy on Bitcoin Startups

Where the web made it cheaper to successfully start up a company, licensing makes it very expensive to start up.

This article originally appeared on Wired.com.

Bitcoin: More than Money

The digital protocol promises to change more than just the future of currency, despite government attempts to rein it in.

This article originally appeared on Reason.com.

US regulations are hampering Bitcoin's growth

Many countries are putting out the welcome mat for Bitcoin. If the US doesn't change its approach, Bitcoin will go elsewhere.

This article originally appeared on TheGuardian.com.

Why Regulators Should Embrace Bitcoin

Policymakers and law enforcement should work with the Bitcoin community to realize the potential benefits of censorship-resistant money–and to develop tools and techniques to address the technology s potential misuse.

This article originally appeared in American Banker.

A Shift Toward Digital Currency

As we move toward being a cashless society, we must defend consumers’ privacy and limit the power of government and businesses.

This article originally appeared in the New York Times.

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