CFTC Official: Cryptocurrencies ‘Are Not Going Away’


Speaking at a Blockchain for Impact Global Summit, held at the United Nations Plaza on Monday, Rostin Benham, a commissioner at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC), said that cryptocurrencies are here to stay. Benham underlined the significant potential for blockchain to address issues in healthcare, employment and crime, and other public sectors. He said,

“But virtual currencies may – will – become part of the economic practices of any country, anywhere. Let me repeat that: these currencies are not going away and they will proliferate to every economy and every part of the planet … Virtual currencies could transform the economic and social landscape.”

Benham also warned against the flip-side of cryptocurrencies if they are not properly overseen, saying,

“if we are not thoughtful, if we do not remain ever diligent to the movements within the transformation, we may unleash corruption, criminality and division on a greater scale.”

“Blockchain could become a source for repression and totalitarianism,” 

This isn’t the first run through which Benham has communicated alert about the potential use cases for blockchain. In an earlier address a month ago at the FIA Law and Compliance gathering, he shared worries over the likelihood of cryptocurrencies debilitating the stability of the financial industry.

In any case, his estimations over blockchain remain ever insightful of the new innovation’s capacity to redo “our economic, social, and political relations.”

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