Crypto to develop in the medium-term: Merkle Science CEO

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The United States of America is accused by Crypto industries and individuals involved in buying and trading of evidently hampering the development of the crypto sphere in the state. The state through rigorous provision and regulatory norms is causing impediments in crypto development.

Amid these strict regulations and legal provisions, Mriganka Pattnaik, the co-founder and CEO of Merkle Science, believes that crypto activity will remain in the country, at least in the medium term.
He further noted that regions like India, China and the United Arab Emirates have “strong consumer markets,” and the U.S. commands a much higher level of innovation and has a “deeper talent pool.”

Pattnaik also pointed to the “general market dynamics” of the American economy, specifically the clarity around taxation, as the key reasons why crypto firms will likely choose to maintain the bulk of their operations in the United States.

As the Biden administration has worked in recent months to develop cryptocurrency regulations, the U.S. government finds itself caught between two extremes: unwilling to actively block cryptocurrency transactions for fear of restricting a growing and potentially lucrative industry but also determined not to give up completely on policing illegal cryptocurrency payments and going after their role in the cybercrime ecosystem.

In a recent executive order and subsequent strategy documents, President Biden has pledged to both support the development of cryptocurrencies and to restrict their illegal uses, two goals that the United States has long struggled to reconcile when it comes to digital money. And the Biden administration made clear in their executive order just how much the U.S. government wants to have it both ways, touting the potential benefits of virtual currencies for “responsible financial innovation” as well as the risks they pose to consumers, investors, and the “financial stability and financial system integrity.”

The executive order extended to all digital assets, not just cryptocurrencies, including other property that exists only in a digital form, such as non-fungible tokens. But of all forms of digital assets, cryptocurrencies are the kind that presents the biggest security risks, as well as the greatest potential economic benefits.

In the past year, the balance struck by the U.S. government between encouraging entrepreneurial cryptocurrency ventures and discouraging criminal activities leveraging cryptocurrencies seems to have shifted somewhat, due both to the volatility of the virtual currencies themselves as well as the growing concerns about the types of crimes enabled by those currencies.

The United States seems increasingly interested in developing domestic cryptocurrency policies that can have a global impact on overseas criminal enterprises, including sanctioning cryptocurrency exchanges and individual cryptocurrency wallets, as well as recovering cryptocurrency payments made to criminals.

While these are restrictions on the behaviour of U.S. individuals and companies, they are ultimately aimed at overseas criminal operations and make it more difficult for those foreign actors to profit from international cybercrime. They mark a significant step forward in the history of U.S. cryptocurrency regulation in terms of how aggressive the government is willing to be about going after criminal virtual currency enterprises and also how willing it is to enter the virtual currency space itself with a potential central bank digital currency (CBDC).

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