A group of cryptocurrency exchanges has joined up with Gemini founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss to launch a new industry-focused self-regulatory organization (SRO).
First proposed in March, the Virtual Commodity Association aims to "foster financially sound, responsible and innovative virtual commodity markets" by developing industry standards and encouraging cryptocurrency exchanges to prevent market manipulation and other fraudulent actions.
On Monday, the proposal took its next step, with Gemini launching a working group to begin developing these standards.
As explained by an introductory post on the VCA's website, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has legal jurisdiction over commodities, such as bitcoin and ether, though it does not necessarily have jurisdiction over cash and spot markets derived from commodities.
However, under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), the CFTC can regulate fraud or market manipulation.
The post explained:
"The purchase and sale of commodities in the spot/cash markets has been historically exempt from the CEA and CFTC jurisdiction. Nevertheless, cash markets for virtual commodities – as it is a less well known industry – can benefit from an additional layer of oversight. We believe that adding this layer can provide even more protection for consumers and ensure the integrity of these markets and growing industry."
To that end, the VCA will appoint a board of directors to oversee the organization, which will commit to remaining a non-profit, independent group that can "help set and adopt global standards and best practices."
Image via Shutterstock
The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.
IBM Says Blockchain Can Power 'Open Scientific Research' in New Patent Filing
A patent application published Thursday claims the process of conducting scientific research can benefit from the blockchain.
Led by a team at IBM's Watson Research Center, the patent application p
CFTC Fines Bitcoin Trader $1.1 Million for Crypto Fraud
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has jailed a bitcoin trader and fined him over $1 million for running a fraudulent bitcoin and litecoin scheme.
According to a press release iss
Japanese Firms Claim Success in Marine Insurance Blockchain Trial
One of Japan's largest insurance companies, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, and IT firm NTT DATA have completed a trial that put the paperwork for marine cargo insurance claims on a blockchain.
Accenture Puts Software License Management on a Blockchain Platform
Global professional services giant Accenture has rolled out a new software license management application built with tech from distributed ledger startup Digital Asset.
Accenture announced in a pre
Singapore's Central Bank, SGX Develop Blockchain Settlement System
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the country's stock exchange, Singapore Exchange (SGX), have developed a settlement system for tokenized assets that can work across different blockchains
Colorado Regulators Crack Down on Four More ICOs
Colorado regulators took action against four ICOs Thursday, bringing the state's total number of cease-and-desist orders against crypto startups to 12.
The state's "ICO Task Force" rebuked Bitcoin
Ethereum Sets Tentative January Goal for Next Blockchain Upgrade
Developers are eyeing January 16th as the date on which Constantinople, ethereum's upcoming network hard fork, could launch.
The upgrade for the world's second-largest blockchain was originally tar
For Bitfinex Users, Dollar Withdrawals Are Now a Weeks-Long Struggle
Three weeks after being assured that everything was running smoothly, some customers of cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex are wondering why they still can't withdraw their money.
On Oct. 15, the cry