Charles Hoskinson, the co-founder of Cardano, has told Congress it should make regulations for crypto but leave compliance up to the software developers.
It has been reported that Hoskinson likened the ideal arrangement for crypto regulation to the way banking self-regulation works during a Thursday congressional hearing, telling legislators, “it’s not the SEC or the CFTC going out there doing KYC-AML, it’s banks.”
The announcement stated:
“It’s a public-private partnership. What needs to be done is to establish those boundaries, then what we can do as innovators is write software to help make that happen.”
However, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) are two of the financial regulators battling over jurisdiction of the crypto industry. Representative Austin Scott from Georgia posed that neither the SEC nor the CFTC has the manpower to oversee the thousands of cryptocurrencies on the market, saying “it’s not possible to regulate all these currencies.”
The report said that Hoskinson replied that the ability of cryptocurrencies to store and transfer data meant they could carry out much of this regulatory work automatically. He also used it as justification for allowing the crypto industry to create self-regulating organizations (SRO) to guide regulatory compliance like the private banking industry does.
Likewise, Hoskinson suggested that the industry could create a “self-certification system” that could automatically monitor compliance until an anomaly is encountered, at which point a financial authority would review it. Further illustrating why manpower should not be a concern for crypto regulation, Hoskinson hypothesized that even quadrupling the size of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would not be enough to audit every American. Rather, Hoskinson told Scott that cryptocurrencies can be programmed to prevent transaction settlements until legally-mandated checks are performed.
Hoskinson’s Thursday testimonial released via the Input Output Hong Kong website demonstrated that he was keen to work with federal regulators on developing new rules, stating that compliance with regulation and legislation coming out of the US “must be a guiding value for the blockchain industry.
Thus, he said:
“However, this is a new technology and a radically new asset class that can not readily fit within the confines of the laws and tests created almost a century ago.”