a16z crypto’s Response to the Department of Treasury’s Request for Comment

Michele Korver

On August 8, 2022, a16z responded to the Department of the Treasury’s request for comment entitled, “Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets; Request for Comment.”

Treasury issued the request for comment in light of President Biden’s Executive Order, which directed the appropriate federal agencies to investigate the potential use of blockchain technology.

a16z crypto’s response focuses on five main issues:

  1. Treasury’s process in soliciting the request for comment and its approach to digital assets broadly.
  2. Current blockchain and web3 adoption, use cases, and future opportunities.
  3. Impediments to further adoption.
  4. General and specific risks in the digital asset ecosystem.
  5. The positive impact of digital assets on vulnerable populations.

A highlight of the response includes exciting facts about blockchain and web3 projects relating to the environment, identity management, enterprise, NFTs (non-fungible tokens), online gaming, wireless networks, media and content creation, and data storage.

You can read a16z’s comment letter in full at this link.


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