Computer scientists and academics pursue efforts to stop crypto lobbying in US

Anti-crypto technology experts urged United States lawmakers to resist the influence of pro-crypto lobbying efforts. 

Bruce Schneier, a lecturer at Harvard, reportedly said that blockchain advocates’s claims are “not true.” He added that the technology is not secure and not really decentralized. According to Schneier, systems where you can “lose your life savings” when you forget your password is “not a safe system.”

Along with other computer scientists and academics, Schneier signed a letter criticizing crypto and blockchain and sent it to U.S. lawmakers in Washington. Software developer Stephen Diehl supports the idea and also signed the letter. Diehl noted that the letter is an effort for counter lobbying since crypto supporters only “say what they want” to the politicians.

Within the letter, the signatories claimed that cryptos are “risky, flawed and unproven digital financial instruments.” The academics attempted to dissuade regulators from supporting the efforts of pro-crypto lobbyists to create a “regulatory safe haven” for crypto.

The efforts to combat crypto lobbying came amid the growth of lobbyists representing crypto in 2018 to 2021 according to data from Public Citizen. Apart from lobbysts, the budget spent on crypto lobbying also grew from $2.2 million to $9 million during those years.

Related: Bitcoin drops 1.5% on US market open amid warning miners may ‘capitulate’ in months

Just yesterday, the U.S. Federal Reserve published a study that examined the potential effects of central bank digital currencies (CBDC) on the implementation of U.S. monetary policies. The study highlighted scenarious that could happen in the event that a CBDC is implemented.

Meanwhile, analysts expressed varying opinions on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s quantitative tightening that’s schedule to start Wednesday. Pav Hundal, executive at Swyftx exchange, told Cointelegraph that this may have a negative impact on crypto markets. On the other hand, Nigel Green, the CEO of deVere Group, thinks that it may have minimal impact.

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