The Ripple Drop: Developing the XRP Ledger and the Future of Crypto Regulation within the US


The newest episode of The Ripple Drop appears to be like forward to the longer term improvement of the XRP Ledger and the way US crypto regulation must evolve to assist tech innovators.

Changing the Face of Global Payments

Vidya Mani accepted the position of Ripple’s new VP of Engineering as a result of she believes the corporate has a compelling alternative to supply nice funds experiences, particularly for purchasers in underserved markets.

Her workforce continues to make the On-Demand Liquidity expertise much more seamless, environment friendly and dependable for RippleWeb clients. But she additionally desires them to use their power, ardour and variety of thought and tradition past cross-border funds, telling The Ripple Drop:

“My goal for the team is to build a platform which can anticipate and support a wide variety of solutions that can fundamentally change the way global payments operate.”

External Core Contributions 

The XRP Ledger (XRPL) options contributions from each Ripple and non-Ripple engineers and Ripple’s Director of Engineering, Nik Bougalis, appears to be like ahead to the continued evolution of the XRP Ledger in partnership with the group. The just lately launched XRPL v1.6, which incorporates developments like adverse UNL code and hardened validations, characteristic exterior contributors to the core code.

Not solely are exterior contributors constructing on the XRPL, however exterior builders are additionally discovered engaged on wallets and different crypto instruments the place they profit from XRPL’s velocity, low price and excessive volumes of transactions, in addition to assist for a wealthy set of functionalities like time locks, escrows and multi-sign.

“It will be interesting to see the community develop more and build up their knowledge base.” Nik says.

The US Risks Being On The Wrong Side of Innovation And History 

Ripple’s General Counsel, Stuart Alderoty welcomes the current announcement from the Office of the Controller of the Currency saying that banks can present custody of crypto belongings for shoppers. He additionally factors to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s recognition of Ripple and XRP as consumer-friendly cross-border funds options as indicators of hope for the US trade.

Yet the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to pursue the identical method it first took within the face of 2018’s wave of fraudulent Initial Coin Offerings by regulating by way of enforcement. With different international locations now implementing regulation that protects shoppers and markets with out suffocating innovation, Stuart believes the US will miss out if the SEC doesn’t change its method. 

“If I’m a young innovator and I’m looking at the U.S. regulatory landscape,” Stu explains, “I’m not really sure whether what I’m about to do is going to be considered good or bad. I may never even start the innovation or I may take it to Singapore, to Japan, to Switzerland, to the UK.”

To hear extra from Stuart on how US policymakers can encourage homegrown innovation and from Vidya and Nik on the thrilling progress made by Ripple’s Engineering workforce and exterior builders, try the most recent episode of The Ripple Drop.  

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