This episode is sponsored by Ciphertrace.

"The Hash" tackles today's hot topics, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) being ordered by a U.S. court to respond to cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase's complaint over how it applies securities laws to digital assets. Separately, Nigeria's government approved a national blockchain policy. And North Carolina's House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill prohibiting the state's agencies and institutions from accepting payments in central bank digital currencies. Plus, the former head of product at OpenSea was convicted of money laundering and wire fraud in a federal court, according to a report from Reuters.

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This episode has been edited by Ryan Huntington. The senior producer is Michele Musso and the executive producer is Jared Schwartz. Our theme song is “Neon Beach.”