A group of tech experts and academics wrote to U.S. lawmakers criticizing cryptocurrency and blockchain technology in the first concerted attempt to counter lobbying by the crypto industry.
- The 26 signatories include Harvard lecturer Bruce Schneier, former Microsoft engineer Miguel de Icaza and principal engineer at Google Cloud, Kelsey Hightower.
- "We urge you to resist pressure from digital asset industry financiers, lobbyists, and boosters to create a regulatory safe haven for these risky, flawed, and unproven digital financial instruments," the letter says.
- Crypto companies spent around $9 million on lobbying in 2021, more than triple the $2.8 million spent the previous year. Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase was the biggest spender accounting for $1.5 million of this figure.
UPDATE (14:10 UTC June 1): Removes FT references and links to letter published online
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