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Discussion on crypto and major tech firms combine in hearing over decentralization of digital ecosystem

Blaine Luetkemeyer, a House representative from Missouri, revisited the issue of major companies exerting tenancy over vast swaths of the internet, something he expressed concerns well-nigh encroaching in the crypto space.

Speaking at a Wednesday hearing on digital resources with The House Committee on Financial Services, Luetkemeyer addressed Bitfury CEO and former vicarial Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks in saying that major tech firms including Instagram, Facebook — now Meta — and Twitter “control people on their platforms.” Luetkemeyer asked whether this level of tenancy could proffer to undue influence for the rollout of a digital dollar.

“The point of crypto is to have true decentralization,” said Brooks. “The projects that succeed will be the projects that unzip that. Bitcoin succeeded considering there were literally millions of participants in the node network, and so there is no CEO of Twitter to deplatform you, there’s no CEO of JPMorgan to take yonder your credit card.”

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Bitfurty CEO Brian Brooks addressing the House Committee on Financial Services on Dec. 8

The Bitfury CEO widow that he believed companies unable to meet this standard would be relegated to the “ash heap of history” — that is, lose their relevance and largely be forgotten. In his written statement to the committee, Brooks implied that a decentralized internet would be largest “than an Internet largely controlled by five big companies”:

“Crypto policy should take into worth not only any new risks introduced into the system, but moreover the risks in the present system that are stuff solved by decentralization.”

Related: Bank of International Settlement calls the rise of decentralized finance ‘an illusion’ in latest quarterly review

For many of the lawmakers in ubiety at the Digital Resources and the Future of Finance hearing, the goal seems to be gaining a greater understanding of the existing space rather than how they might be worldly-wise to provide a well-spoken regulatory framework for crypto and blockchain for the future. The six CEOs in ubiety from Circle, Paxos, Coinbase Inc., Stellar Development Foundation, FTX and Bitfury have fielded questions including those on ransomware attacks, quantum computing and price volatility.

This story is developing and may be updated, as the House committee hearing is still ongoing.

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