The Blockchain technology has been fashioned into many industries. The technology has outgrown its first intended use case, cryptocurrency and is now being employed in diverse industries. While some countries are regulating the technology, some other countries are interested in big data and recording and management costs that the blockchain reduces. Well, we will be looking at some countries with really small economies that are adopting and utilizing the blockchain technology and cryptocurrency in different sectors.
Malta offers a friendly jurisdiction for cryptocurrencies. The country is currently regulation free and is home to Binance Headquarters. The cryptocurrency exchange had earlier in the year announced it was moving its headquarters to Malta from Hong Kong due to strict regulations. The island country is located in the Mediterranean Sea near Italy. Unlike other countries, Malta has established itself as the number 1 spot for crypto trading. Malta is writing laws that would be relevant in a future economy. The country now legally recognizes smart contracts and DAOs. The Island proposed the creation of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA) earlier this year.
The MDIA would help to advance the utilisation of digital ledger technology and its design and uses in the country.
Georgia is the world’s third largest miner of cryptocurrencies. The small country located on the eastern side of Turkey is home to one of the largest mining companies in the world. About 5% of households in the country are involved in cryptocurrency mining or investments. With a total population of about four million, the country of Georgia has minimal regulations over cryptocurrency. Asides that, the country has affordable electricity with hydropower. This has attracted many miners although majority of the cryptocurrency mining in Georgia comes from the US-based tech company Bitfury. The company has a data center near the edge of the country’s capital Tbilisi.
Cyprus is also an island country located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey. The small country is the home to The University of Nicosia, this was one of the first schools to offer courses in blockchain and cryptocurrencies. With programmes such as a Masters of Science in Digital Currency.
Liechtenstein, a small country sitting between Switzerland and Austria is also involved in the blockchain technology. The country is making it easy for cryptocurrency businesses to flourish. Starting a cryptocurrency business in Liechtenstein is easy, you do not need a bank account. Rather than using fiat, the registration process can be done using Bitcoin (BTC) or
Ethereum (ETH). The founder of Aeternity blockchain, Yanislav Malahov claims that he founded the company with 50,000 Swiss francs worth of ETH.
Thailand is gradually integrating the blockchain into its industries. From the country’s postal service which announced last year that it will be using the blockchain to track packages to its electrical sector. The country’s Electronic Transaction Act 2001 was amended to include the support and use of blockchain-powered smart contracts. The financial sector was not left out as Kasikornbank launched a “completely paperless” Letter of Guarantee network in conjunction with IBM Blockchain last year. By March this year, 14 Thai banks have joined forces to create the Thailand Blockchain Community Initiative, which will be built on the LINUX Hyperledger platform.
Estonia is a blockchain hub famous for its e-Residency program. A large number of ICO’s and blockchain related companies choose Estonia to launch their projects due to the regulatory environment and technologically advanced infrastructure. Although it seems the country is planning on launching a national cryptocurrency.
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Binance To Launch Open Blockchain Project Venus To Develop Stablecoins Pegged to Local Currencies
Binance announces plans to initiate an open blockchain project. The project named ‘Venus’ is a initiative to develop stablecoins pegged to fiat currencies of nations.
Opening the new week, Binance announces plans to initiate an open blockchain project. The project named ‘Venus’ is a initiative to develop stablecoins pegged to fiat currencies of nations. This was announced in a blog post made by the exchange. The initiate will see to the creation of hundreds of stablecoins pegged to the local currencies.
In order to successfully execute the vision of project Venus, the firm stated that they will need new alliances and partnerships with governments, corporations, technology companies and other cryptocurrency companies and projects developing ground breaking solutions for the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry.
According to the Binance, Project Venus will utilize the public chain of Binance – BinanceChain for secure operations of the stablecoins that will be created. The Binance Chain was released early this year and has currently in itself several blockchain projects including two stablecoins which are the BTC pegged stablecoin BTCB and the Binance BGBP Stablecoin.
Binance had earlier in recent weeks completed the audit of its British Pound backed Stablecoin BGBP. The audit was carried out by an audit firm CertiK. At current the BGBP is listed on Binance against a couple of trading pairs.
Promoting the accelerated development and actualization of the initiative, Binance has revealed it will provide full technical support, compliance risk control system and multi-dimensional cooperation network that are needed to build Venus while leveraging existing infrastructure and regulatory establishments.
Calling for partners, Binance encourages like-minded people and organizations to contact it and discuss the “infinite possibilities of the digital world together”.
Launched over two years ago, Binance continues to be innovative, resilient and despite various challenges such as hacks, leaks etc, the top cryptocurrency exchange continues to forge on with greater intensity.
Cardano to Release Version 1.6 of Its Software Product In A Few Days – Charles Hoskinson
We are shipping the version 1.6 update over the next few days tweeted CEO of Cardano Charles Hoskinson. In the tweet, Charles also requested for some “screenshots” of the new Daedalus and users’ comments on the product whether they like it or not.
Praising the team Cardano team, the Charles Hoskinson said lot of work went into this release and he is extremely proud of the team.
Daedalus is an extensive open source cryptocurrency and highly secure wallet for the Ada cryptocurrency.
It is built with web technologies and features unlimited accounting with advanced security.
We are shipping the 1.6 Cardano update over the next few days. Send me some screenshots of the new Daedalus and let me know if you like it. A lot of great work went into this release and I'm extremely proud of the team
— Charles Hoskinson (@IOHK_Charles) August 13, 2019
Charles formerly was worked in Ethereum as a Co-founder is moved to Cardano where he is building ground breaking innovations using blockchain technology.
Cardano according to the IOHK website is a blockchian platform with more advanced features that any protocol yet developed, and the first to evolve out of a scientific philosophy.
Launched in 2017, Cardano is a product of IOHK created using the Haskell code, a technology firm committed to using peer-to-peer innovations to provide financial services to billions of unbanked individuals all over the world.
It prides itself as a decentralized company that loves innovative teams forming and executing ideas that cause “cascading disruption“.
Cardano’s protocol is designed towards protecting privacy rights of users, while also taking into account the needs of regulators. It is the a blockchain platform with more advanced features than any protocol yet developed by a large team of experts engineers and researchers from various field.
Did the Binance Breach Really Occur, And Who is to Blame if it Did?
On August 7, Binance is the world largest cryptocurrency exchange as at today (based on its 24hrs trade volume), was reported to have been hacked. This was said to have occurred when an unscrupulous person had gained access to a massive chunk of the Exchangers Know Your Customer (KYC) data. The hacker was reported to have demanded 300 Bitcoins (which is worth approximately $3.5 million as at the time of this report) after gaining access to about 10,000 personal photos from the Exchanger’s website, threatening to release all the data at his disposal.
It is noteworthy to state that the perpetrator of this hack had set up a couple of dedicated telegram groups where he was said to have allegedly released these sensitive materials. Although the group has since shut down permanently, the Exchanger had taken drastic measures to nail any further moves by other miscreants. However, seeing that there were no digital watermarks, there are no doubts regarding the authenticity of this material. The Binance security team had a follow up with an official statement:
“At the present time, no evidence has been supplied that indicates any KYC images have been obtained from Binance, as these images do not contain the digital watermark imprinted by our system.”
The CEO of Binance sent out a tweet:
yes, old news, different spin. https://t.co/2B1WdOxqdc
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) August 7, 2019
The cryptocurrency Exchanger had claimed that all the images that have been released so far could be dated back to February and that this stunt was simply old news with a new spin, a time when the Exchanger was still making use of third party service to be able to provide KYC services. The Exchange had also tried to get the supposed perpetrator to disclose how he gained access to pull off the breach or give any irrefutable evidence to his claims, instead, he simply continued to demand 300BTC which further leads us to believe that this might have just been a bluff
Surveyors Make a Move For the Integration of Blockchain Technology in Real Estates
Professionals in the real estate sector, have begun to make moves to implement the application of the blockchain technology to advance transparency and speed of transaction between clients and practitioners in the field.
According to them, the implementation of this technology would go a long way in enhancing transparency, low level of liquidity in the sector, amongst other benefits.
The blockchain technology also referred to as the decentralised ledger technology (DLT), is characterized by a time-stamped series of an immutable record of data that is managed by so many computers around the world not owned by any single entity. Cryptographic principles are being used to enable the security of each block and data in the system.
Speaking at its Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Nigeria Group, in their second continuous professional development series titled, ‘Blockchain: The brick & mortar of its growth in today’s world’, the Managing Partner, Blockchain Asset Management, Deji Soetan clearly stated that the blockchain technology being a disruptive technology gradually gaining ground in today’s world presents the real estate sector with limitless possibilities in the real estate sector.
According to a news report by The Guardian, he also made reference to other aspects of the technology, such as smart contracts which could eliminate the cases of frauding of property owners. He said that the technology has created the possibility of linking digital ownership of documents, properties and contracts to the blockchain, laying emphasis on the fact that when all of these have been linked to the blockchain there is no chance of any form of alteration.
Soetan also made mention of the fact that this technology would soon gain notoriety even in the least expected industries. He further explained that transactions on the system are verifiable as every who including those who are part of the network and those who are not can have access to the open ledger and that every transaction can be traced right back to its origin.
“Within the context of payments, introduction of smart contracts into blockchain real estate ledgers and transactions have clear potential in streamlining various real estates processes, such as releasing apartment ownership, or rental documents upon completion of a crypto-currency transfer. One important area where it would be used is in the speed of transaction because nowadays, the process is still slow, making it be so archaic and needs to be modernised”, he said.
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