Jul 16, 2019

SEC Commissioner: We need disclosure rules for token offerings

Fortune's Jeff Roberts (L) and SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce (R). Photo: Stuart Isett/FORTUNE Brainstorm Tech

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce advocated for a safe harbor approach to cryptocurrencies and digital tokens, while speaking on Tuesday at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. Such a move would effectively permit offerings so long as issuers complied with set disclosure requirements.

Why it matters: The crypto industry has long struggled with a lack of regulatory clarity, often taking guesses as to how it can apply current laws. Thus far, the SEC has mostly expressed its views via one-off enforcement actions.

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Facebook spoils the cryptocurrency party

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Thanks to Facebook entering the space, the grown-ups have come in to turn on the lights and throw cold water on the cryptocurrency party.

The big picture: Facebook's dive into cryptocurrency with its Libra project has put digital payments squarely in the bullseye of government regulators, just as Bitcoin and other cryptos had started to rebound in value.

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The end of tech's laissez-faire era

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This week's series of big government moves against big tech platforms dropped a curtain on the era of hands-off regulatory policy that shaped the firms.

Why it matters: A generation of firms led by Google and Facebook that grew rich and powerful while the Feds stayed out of their way must now adjust to government action as a way of life. Meanwhile, legislators and regulators will have to figure out how to protect the public while preserving the industry's vitality and creativity.

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The NCAA's "Decade of Realignment," revisited

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UConn recently announced that it's leaving the American Athletic Conference to rejoin the Big East (in all sports besides football) — a fitting full-circle moment to what was a "Decade of Realignment" in college sports.

Rewind: In 2010, TV money was exploding, and universities were suddenly willing to abandon traditions and extinguish rivalries in the name of revenue.

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