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Bringing the Blockchain Technology to the Legal Sector

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The Blockchain technology has the potential to be a transformative agent across diverse industries. The blockchain offers immutability, transparency and is a distributed and shared ledger that accommodates the storage of information. This makes it a choice for most industries constantly in need for a better means and technology as opposed to their way of doing things. But one industry that doesn’t pop into your mind when you think of high tech will be the legal sector. Paper work seems to be synonymous with the legal profession however, the blockchain technology can be a transformative agency for the legal sector in Africa.
The world is already leaning towards change as there exist a Global Legal Blockchain Consortium  with the aim of standardizing and promoting the adoption of the technology. But what about Africa in general and Nigeria in particular. During an interview on “Inside Blockchain” at the Cryptotvplus studio, Senator Ihenyen, a partner at Infusion Lawyers, a digital law firm that helps innovators in Africa protect their intellectual property. He was discussing on the topic, “how the blockchain technology will revolutionise law.”
Considering the numerous challenges facing the legal system in Nigeria, a newer, better and more sophisticated way of doing things will surely turn things around. Senator explained why the law is slow saying,

“the law should regulate competing interest of the society. The law should bring about about law and order. There should be orderliness and some level of predictability about people’s rights, liabilities and actions. What the law is facing right now is a lot of challenges and it is trying to meet up with the realities of our time. Especially with the disruptive technology you hear about everywhere. We talk about digital currencies for instance, digital age (the age of e-commerce), and the law is supposed to catch up with these. It is a big struggle for the law.

Counterfeiting
The legal sector is constantly struggling in many sectors, what can the blockchain technology do to bring the legal sector up to par with its shortcomings? The blockchain technology and its transparency is well suited for supply chain management. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is constantly battling counterfeit drugs. Recently some major pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria were shut down because of evidences that was revealed by investigative journalism that revealed that codinene was been sold illegally. With the use of the blockchain technology, drugs can be tracked from manufacturer to patient and this can help curb counterfeit drugs as if a counterfeit drug is discovered, not is easy to trace its source.
Land Registry
Determining the real owner of a landed property can sometimes prove to be difficult because of the bulky paperwork involved.  Senator described the African Land registry system as “terrible”. He goes on to say that, “Over 60% of litigations today are land related issues.” He explained further, “Right now we use an analogue system. If I do an assignment of a property in Lekki to Party today and tomorrow I do the same thing to Party B. They would not be able to trace it immediately. But, when you have a land registry system on the blockchain, they will be able yo use the blockchain to record the title owners name, address and history of the property.” This would prevent a lot of court cases that tend to drag on for years. He talked about how Ghana was using Bitland, a blockchain land registry platform to revolutionise land ownership in the country.
Smart Contracts
Nigeria still depend largely on an analogue system ridden with paperworks requiring a significant amount of time to accomplish all that is needed for a binding legal agreement. The  blockchain can change this into a digital process called ‘smart contracts’. Senator affirms, “Smart contracts can enable transactions verification”. This means that smart contracts can be built on the blockchain and executed between stakeholder involved without having to go through rigorous paper works.
Intellectual Property
The law is in a constant struggle when it comes to intellectual property protection, infringement especially in the digital age. Protecting images, audio, and video files, designs and symbols, efforts of artists and musicians keep proving difficult as most their works get used without their permission and profits do not get to them. Senator used “content ID” from YouTube as an example. He explained that it was a means of protecting an original song every time a cover is made.
As technology advances, so does the question of security. Smart contracts makes it easy to protect your intellectual property across borders. When this technology will be adopted in the Nigerian legal sector, we cannot say. Nigerian lawmakers have remained silent on the tecnology since its mention in the National Assembly early this year.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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I Didn’t Own Any Cryptocurrency Before Beam, Not Even Bitcoin – Beam CTO, Alex Romanov 

I did not have any relation or experience with any other cryptocurrency or blockchain.

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The Chief Technical Officer of Beam Alex Romanov has revealed the first cryptocurrency he ever owned. He said in the CryptoTvplus AMA Series on the 25th of November that Beam was the first cryptocurrency he owned. Not even bitcoin, he emphasized. 

He said the Beam project was the first blockchain related project he undertook. Before I started, he explained, “I did not have any relation or experience with any other cryptocurrency or blockchain. In fact, I didn’t even own any other cryptocurrency before Beam. Beam was the first cryptocurrency I actually first owned.”

This is like true for most of the team I think. We were new to this space and had to learn everything from scratch very quickly, which we did and eventually we produce Beam, Alex added. 

In the AMA session which was focused on the Beam Confidential DeFi Ecosystem, Alex also revealed the project did a hard fork in July and added a feature amongst others called Confidential Assets. 

This feature allows anyone to create a confidential token easily without special development skills. 

He also expressed his opinion on the future of the industry with emphasis on regulations as it affects privacy coins.

He said “we’ll see regulations moving forward to adapt to the new reality and understanding privacy is not something bad but something good that people need to be able to trade on blockchain”

You can watch the full session here. 

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Beam is building Decentralized Bridges Between Chains to allow Interoperability- Beam CTO, Alex Romanov 

According to Alex Romanov, there’s a current strong trend in the industry in terms of interoperability. Beam is building  decentralized bridges between Beam, Polkadot and Ethereum. These bridges will enable anyone to move value between either of these networks and Beam in a completely decentralized way. 

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The CTO of Beam and Tech Lead has been revealed Beam is building decentralized bridges between blockchains. The bridge is designed to allow interoperability between blockchain networks such that values can be easily transferred between chains. 

This was made known on the CryptoTvplus AMA Series which aired on Wednesday, the 25th of November, 2020.

According to Alex Romanov, there’s a current strong trend in the industry in terms of interoperability. Beam is building  decentralized bridges between Beam, Polkadot and Ethereum. These bridges will enable anyone to move value between either of these networks and Beam in a completely decentralized way. 

The Beam CTO went on saying Beam definitely will lead the direction of building blockchain connecting tools. In his words 

Alex Romanov, CTO & Tech Lead, Beam
Alex Romanov, CTO & Team Lead, Beam.

Interoperability is happening, there will be more projects that connect to each other in the future and Beam will definitely lead this direction by building completely decentralized bridges that will allow to freely move value across chains and trade confidentially.”

Considering the development in the industry as regards to regulatory impact on privacy coins which Beam is one such, Alex Romanov said, in few years, we’ll see regulations moving forward to adapt to the new reality and understanding that privacy is not something bad but something good that people need to be able to trade on blockchain. 

He also said the industry will see much more serious trading on blockchain because it’s convenient and has lots of advantages. 

You can watch the AMA Session here below:

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Cypherpunk Ditches its Investment in Monero and Ether to Purchase BTC 

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A Canada-based investment outfit dubbed Cypherpunk Holdings recently ditched its store of value in two different Altcoins, Monero and Ether and stashed its gains from both into Bitcoin BTC.  

Cypherpunk Holdings revealed on Thursday the 26th of November,  2020 that its store of BTC is now worth 276.479 BTC. Its Bitcoin holdings rose from  72.979 BTC to its current 276.479 BTC estimated to be the remainder for the second quarter of 2020. This stands as a whopping 279% increase.

The holding company liquidated their investments in the privacy coin dubbed Monero, and Ether, one of the most valuable cryptos. They in turn used the money they got to buy more and more BTC. 

Cypherpunk also used monies obtained from the private placement of CA$505,000 which is approximately USD 400,000, a deal closed on the 27th of August to buy BTC. 

Cypherpunk is not the only company that took the BTC route, publicly quoted companies like MicroStrategy and Square have diversified their investments into BTC in 2020.

These trends suggest that BTC is a worthy store of value and an alternative hedge for inflation. 

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