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Gemini Announces Self-Regulatory Organization, CFTC Chairman Praises Initiative

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 02:54
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David Dinkins
Gemini exchange announces the creation of an organization to self-regulate the crypto industry; idea is praised by top US regulator.
Gemini Announces Self-Regulatory Organization, CFTC Chairman Praises Initiative
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Gemini, the US-based cryptocurrency exchange founded by twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, has announced the creation of a self-regulatory organization (SRO) called the Virtual Commodity Association (VCA). The VCA’s stated purpose is to:

“Foster financially sound, responsible, and innovative virtual commodity markets through a system of industry-sponsored standards, sound practices, and oversight that promotes price discovery, efficiency, and transparency."

“Incentivize the detection and deterrence of manipulative and fraudulent acts and practices, including partnering with regulators and particularly the CFTC to share or refer information, as appropriate."

“Require member firms to commit in writing, upon joining VCA, to operating their virtual commodity markets in compliance with Sound Practices, described below; and provide sanctions based accountability program to compel ongoing member compliance.”

Regulator’s praises

The Chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the regulator in charge of US commodities markets, praised the initiative, writing:

“I congratulate Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss on their energetic leadership and thoughtful approach in outlining a virtual commodity self-regulatory organization (SRO) concept. Ultimately, a virtual commodity SRO [has] the strongest ability to discover, reveal, and punish wrongdoing [and] will add the most integrity to these markets.”


Regulation of digital currency is a hot topic these days. Many who consider themselves “purists” oppose any regulation on ideological grounds. Others are more pragmatic, accepting that regulation is inevitable but fearing that clueless regulators might insist on standards that can’t be met.

Self-regulation is a solution to the latter. If a self-regulatory organization demonstrates success regulating its industry, government regulators need not step in with additional, potentially onerous, rules. If the cryptocurrency industry in the US, through the VCA or another self-regulatory body, proves capable of regulating themselves, then calls for additional regulation at the federal level may die down.

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David Dinkins is a freelance writer who holds a Master of Arts in history from Louisiana Tech University and has extensive teaching experience both at LSU – Shreveport and University of Phoenix. He got involved with cryptocurrency in early 2014 working as part of the Dash Core Team and have served in the role of writer/editor (mostly editor) during that time. He has edited a huge number of documents for the Core Team, including the Evolution whitepaper, the PrivateSend whitepaper, and many of Evan Duffield’s communications with the Dash Community.