Consensus 2018: Regulators Ready to Promote but Monitor Blockchain | ThirtyK

Robert A. Cohen, chief of the SEC’s newly created Cyber Unit, said his agency’s role is to facilitate and regulate new ways of raising capital. “We don’t regulate the technology, we regulate the financial industry,” he said. “Whenever a new technology or way to raise capital [emerges], a fundamental part of the mission is to facilitate that.”

At the same time, the creation of the SEC’s Cyber Unit reflects the idea that the sector “is a high priority for the commission” at a time of shrinking budgets, Cohen said. That’s in large part due to what he called “a significant risk of fraud… as in any area with new and exciting technology and the opportunity to invest.”

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