Peter Van Valkenburgh

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Congress to IRS: Proof-Of-Stake block rewards should not be taxed as income

Comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on National Bank and Federal Savings Association Digital Activities

Federal regulator: National banks can hold cryptocurrency

Do anti-encryption bills in Congress pose a risk to cryptocurrency?

What’s in the Bitlicense’s 5-year update?

Without privacy, do we really want a digital dollar?

How to trace a virus without surrendering our privacy

On SEC vs. Telegram

A bill focused on stablecoins has been introduced in Congress

Coin Center has published a new plain English explainer on forks and airdrops to highlight ambiguities in recent IRS guidance.

IRS Cryptocurrency guidance answers some questions while raising messy new ones

Hard Fork

This week’s EOS and Sia settlements with the SEC reinforce Coin Center’s 2016 policy recommendations.

A national alternative to onerous state-by-state regulation of cryptocurrency intermediaries

Don’t make these five common mistakes about blockchains and cryptocurrency.

The differences between Bitcoin and Libra should matter to policymakers

The upcoming FATF interpretive note is not doomsday for cryptocurrency

Comment to Her Majesty’s Treasury on Transposition of the Fifth Money Laundering Directive

FinCEN’s new cryptocurrency guidance matches Coin Center recommendations

Coin Center analysis of SEC cryptocurrency guidance

New regulation would effectively ban crypto exchanges in Mexico

Brookings has published a report by former CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad on cryptocurrency regulation.

Texas cryptocurrency bill threatens financial privacy

The Constitution Protects Software Developers and Users from Surveillance Overreach

Electronic Cash, Decentralized Exchange, and the Constitution

Comments to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Response to the Request for Input on Crypto-asset Mechanics and Markets

What can the EtherDelta settlement tell us about how decentralized exchanges are regulated?

Writing and publishing code alone cannot be a crime

The public internet needs public payments infrastructure

The Comptroller of the Currency is making the case for a Federal Fintech Charter, a welcome alternative to state-by-state licensing for cryptocurrency and other payments companies.

The Federal Reserve of St. Louis has published an excellent paper on payment systems and privacy.

51% Attack

An updated Framework for Securities Regulation of Cryptocurrencies

Framework for Securities Regulation of Cryptocurrencies

Understanding Bitcoin’s role in the Russia investigation

What could “decentralization” mean in the context of the law?

Principles for Clarifying SEC Jurisdiction over Cryptocurrencies and ICOs

Why treating all tokens as securities would harm innovation

SEC Commissioner doesn’t want to pick cryptocurrency winners and losers.

Congressman Emmer stands up for cryptocurrency innovation and gets important regulatory clarification from the SEC.

No, ether is not a security.

SEC’s Clayton: Use of a token can evolve toward or away from being a security

Comments to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on the Proposed Interpretation on Virtual Currency “Actual Delivery” in Retail Transactions

FinCEN raises major licensing problem for ICOs in new letter to Congress.

Money Transmission Licensing is broken. Here’s how to fix it.

Cryptocurrencies are far from unregulated

The Need for a Federal Alternative to State Money Transmission Licensing

Five myths about Bitcoin’s energy use

Coin Center statement on Long Island money laundering arrest.

How Bitcoin could drive the clean energy revolution.

Munchee Settlement Puts the Utility Token Argument to the Test

Good news: Ethereum’s CryptoKitties are probably not securities.

Coin Center statement on IRS Coinbase order.

How do token sales fit with securities regulations?

What is “open source” and why is it important?

The SAFT is a reasonable approach to securities law when preselling useful network tokens

A token airdrop may not spare you from securities regulation.

Visualizing Digital Currency Regulation State-by-state

Coin Center amicus brief in U.S. v. Coinbase

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

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

The SEC today has said that some tokens can be securities.

The ULC’s model act for digital currency businesses has passed. Here’s why it’s good for Bitcoin.

The Bank Secrecy Act, Cryptocurrencies, and New Tokens: What is Known and What Remains Ambiguous

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

What does it mean to issue a token “on top of” Ethereum?

Sixth Letter to the Uniform Law Commission

The CSBS is suing the OCC to stop the new special purpose national bank charter for fintech firms.

What’s a blockchain, anyway?

Amazon, Apple, Google, Intuit, and Paypal just asked Congress for a unified federal alternative to state money transmission licensing.

Comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Exploring Special Purpose National Bank Charters for Fintech Companies

Comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Exploring Special Purpose National Bank Charters for Fintech Companies

California is back at it; a new (old) virtual currency licensing bill is pending in the Assembly.

Congress should create a blockchain technology safe harbor. Luckily they already figured it out in the ’90s.

The OCC has just taken another step toward a national fintech charter.

New Coin Center report: How lawmakers can protect consumers without harming digital currency innovation.

Fifth Letter to the Uniform Law Commission

State Digital Currency Principles and Framework

One of bitcoin’s best bets for sound regulation is about to wrap up.

Fourth Letter on the Uniform Law Commission’s Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act

The hedge fund Numerai is going to issue its own cryptotoken, and this article nails the policy issues.

North Dakota’s new money transmission bill fails to define “control” of bitcoins.

ESMA issued their final DLT report but continues to underestimate open networks.

Great news for bitcoin and other blockchain startups from Switzerland today.

What does “permissionless” mean?

Bitcoin innovators need legal safe harbors

Things are looking up for Bitcoin’s biggest regulatory hurdle

Comments to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in Support of the Proposed Digital Currency Regulatory Guidance

Does it matter that different government agencies define Bitcoin differently?

“Blockchain technology” is a buzzword with little meaning. Here’s what matters.

Open Matters: Why Permissionless Blockchains are Essential to the Future of the Internet

Zcash

Is your cryptotoken a security? This new tool will help you find out.

The OCC has decided to pursue the federal fintech charter for which we have been advocating.

Comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Receiverships for Uninsured National Banks

This OCC rulemaking could a make a big difference for digital currency exchanges.

An update from the recent Uniform Law Commission drafting meeting

Third Letter on the Uniform Law Commission’s Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act

Appcoins

New CFPB prepaid rules leave out Bitcoin, and that’s mostly a good thing.

Could your decentralized token project run afoul of securities laws?

Food for Thought: A Federal Safe Harbor for non-custodial cryptocurrency users

Law enforcement is learning about the benefits of open networks.

Comments to the European Securities and Markets Authority on its Consultation on Distributed Ledger Technology Applied to Securities Markets

New California digital currency bill is a step backwards

Neither the CFTC nor multi-sig are to blame for the Bitfinex hack

A Florida court just dismissed a money laundering case and said that bitcoin isn’t “money.”

Patents for an open source project sound scary, but it makes sense.

The UK’s new blockchain welfare benefits trial has privacy advocates freaking out.

DAOs: the internet is weird again, and these are the regulatory issues

Why we need a federal fintech charter

Slides from Consensus Workshop: Regulating the Blockchain

Second Letter to the Uniform Law Commission

When does a company actually control customer bitcoins?

Why Bitcoin is not the root cause of ransomware

Letter to the Uniform Law Commission

No, FinCEN Policy is not Relevant to the Bitcoin Forking Debate

Is Bitcoin a Security?

What are Forks, Alt-coins, Meta-coins, and Sidechains?

What last week’s European VAT ruling means for bitcoin fungibility

Letter to Conference of State Bank Supervisors

Released Today: Updated State Digital Currency Principles and Framework

Freshly Unveiled CSBS Model Regs: Good Goals, Poor Execution

Sponsor of California’s Bitcoin bill responds to critics, here’s our take

BitLicense: It’s not just for New Yorkers

Connecticut and Bitcoin: A legislative question mark

Bitcoin: Risk Factors for Insurance

The 325-year-old Company that’s Learning about Bitcoin

Our thoughts on the BitLicense: California is Winning

Tracking Bitcoin Regulation State by State

Wall Street is using Bitcoin, not just the blockchain.

Coin Center files comment on NY DFS revised BitLicense proposal

Comment on Revised NY DFS BitLicense Proposal

CFPB Proposed Rules Relating to Prepaid Accounts Comment

Coin Center comments on CFPB proposal to regulate digital currencies

Bitcoin: Our Best Tool for Privacy and Identity on the Internet

Bitcoin May Be What Gets Us Real Net Neutrality

Apple Pay isn’t enough to fix a broken payment system

Report: Bitcoin enables unprecedented financial privacy and security

Steady Sentiment and the Problem of Scams

CSBS Virtual Currency Framework Comment

Should You Trust This Secretive Chinese Bitcoin Mine?

Reporting from the EU Parliament: Building an Open Bitcoin Coalition

Coin Center’s new Bitcoin Public Sentiment Survey

Reporting back from the Blockchain Workshops at MIT and Harvard

Boston and the Blockchain this weekend; we’ll be there.

Some perspective on Bitstamp

What is Bitcoin mining, and why is it necessary?