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Lawmakers push for New York cryptocurrency

Legislators have also proposed for a New York cryptocurrency in the U.S.

The proposed cryptocurrency will act as a form of hyper-localized digital cash that would run on a peer-to-peer payments platform.

Proposed by New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim, Senator Julia Salazar, and Cornell Law Professor Robert Hockett, the digital cash is dubbed Inclusive Value Ledger.

The lawmakers to back their proposal published a whitepaper to elaborate on the idea as it comes with crypto’s common claims of cutting out the middleman.

The New York cryptocurrency, instead of being a truly distributed ledger, it would be maintained by a New York Master Account Administrator and a Master Account.

The account can take the form of either the public fisc of the governmental unit in question or of a legal trust settled and administered by that unit.

New York cryptocurrency’s operation

The submitted white paper gives information on the proposed New York cryptocurrency and is titled Public Venmo. It means a way for the citizens of the state to get on to the digital economy of the internet.

Kim said in a public statement he believes the proposal has the potential to be truly revolutionary as the creation of a free public savings and payment platform could fundamentally reshape New York into a fairer, healthier, wealthier, and more inclusive place for all.

The cryptocurrency is also expected to be implanted in the day to day lives of New Yorkers as the government would remit credits, and other benefits using the digital debit-credit ledger system.

Continued demand for digital money

In the past, the U.S shunned the idea of building a state-run digital currency. However, things are beginning to change now.

The world now is beginning to demand more digital assets as world leaders are also beginning to adopt the technology.

China President Xi Jinping spoke about the promise of blockchain technology in October after Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, defended Facebook’s Libra.

Zuckerberg told U.S. congress they needed to innovate to keep its monetary dominance in the world.

China is also about to launch its own digital Yuan, while several other private companies have recently launched cryptocurrencies in Asia.

Muhaimin Olowoporoku
Muhaimin is a journalist and a crypto enthusiast. He believes in the Africa project and sees blockchain technology as a possible solution alongside developmental journalism


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