包括主席Jay Clayton在内的SEC五位委员都将出席。此前Jay Clayton曾在普林斯顿大学发表了关于加密货币和ICO的演讲。当他被问及是否认为ICO本质上有欺诈性质时，Jay Clayton说“绝对不是”。他希望SEC提出的监管措施能够通过剔除不良行为者，促进合法项目蓬勃发展，从而对加密货币领域产生积极影响。
不过，Jay Clayton表示，SEC真正关注的是ICO代币，而不是比特币，这让社区成员安心了一些。以太坊联合创始人Joseph Lubin已表明，ETH不是证券。
The US Securities and Exchange Commission are holding the SEC Investor Conference in Atlanta this year on June 13 at Georgia State University.
There will be a town hall event followed by break-out events wherein attendants can meet with members of the SEC for a more informal discussion on issues regarding regulation in the world of fintech, mutual funds, fraud prevention, and cryptocurrency.
All five SEC commissioners will be in attendance including Chairman Jay Clayton, who had a speech earlier this year about cryptocurrencies and ICOs at Princeton University on April 5. When asked if he thought ICOs were inherently fraudulent Clayton said “absolutely not”, stating that his hope was the regulation introduced by the SEC would have a positive impact on the cryptocurrency space by stamping out bad actors and allowing legitimate projects to thrive.
Many members of the cryptocurrency community have been concerned recently that the SEC is gearing up to classify cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum as securities, meaning that the tokens represented an underlying asset as opposed to being utility tokens. The security classification would have disastrous effects on the market with strict regulations on taxes and even who can or cannot legally own and invest in crypto.
However, Clayton set some minds at ease by saying it was ICO tokens that the SEC were really looking at, not Bitcoin. Meanwhile, the Ethereum co-founder has stated that he is “extremely comfortable” that Ethereum does not qualify as a security.
The confusion over how to classify crypto-tokens and on the processes involved in ICO investment, in general, are the reason discussions like the one being held in June are necessary, and the SEC Bitcoin and ICO session may help to clarify the government’s stance on some of the pressing legal issues being widely discussed in the cryptocurrency community.