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The long-awaited FATF crypto guidance is not as bad as it could have been, but still flawed

Here’s the good, bad, and ugly

After a half-year delay, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is back with crypto guidance. The good news is that it’s not as bad as last spring and even includes...

Open Blockchains and Decentralized Identity Standards

An open letter to the W3C Director, CEO, team, and membership

Coin Center is the leading non-profit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies. Our mission is to build a better understanding...

Proposals for Clarifying Laws Around Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technologies in Response to Requests for Feedback from Senator Pat Toomey

A direct download of this comment is available here.  

An unworkable and arguably unconstitutional tax change tucked away in the infrastructure bill

§6050I requires counterparties to surveil each other, even without an intermediary

Much has been said of the dangerously ambiguous revised definition of “broker” in the infrastructure bill and its potential to stifle cryptocurrency innovation in the U.S. There is, however, another...

Senate Banking Committee – Cryptocurrencies: What are they good for?

Coin Center testified before the Senate Banking Committee in a hearing entitled "Cryptocurrencies: What are they good for?" Jerry Brito's written testimony is available here.  For more information and...

House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Coin Center's Peter Van Valkenburgh testified before the subcommittee. His written testimony is available here.  Additional questions for the record, published after the hearing, are available here.  More...

Presentations from the Cryptocurrency and Hayek conference

Hosted by Coin Center and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Nic Carter: What is cryptocurrency for Hayekians?  Nevin Freeman: Private Money Balaji Srinivasan: The Pseudonymous Economy Erik Voorhees: Decentralization & Use of Knowledge in Society Peter Van Valkenburgh: Fatal...

“Expansive” standards for surveillance threaten human autonomy—our message to FATF

The global body’s draft guidance makes a substantial departure from the balance struck by existing standards

Today Coin Center submitted a comment to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) about their recent draft guidance on virtual assets and virtual asset service providers (VASPs). Additionally, this morning...

Comments to the Financial Action Task Force on the March 2021 Draft updated Guidance for a risk-based approach to virtual assets and VASPs

Read the blog post accompanying this comment here.  A direct download of this comment is available here.  

A quick analysis of FATF’s 2021 draft cryptocurrency guidance

An undemocratic process results in stronger calls for even more mass warrantless surveillance

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has released an updated draft of its “Guidance for a Risk-based Approach to Virtual Assets and Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs).” Several proposed changes...