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The Benefits of the Blockchain Technology to Africa

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The Blockchain technology is one of the hottest and most intriguing technologies currently in demand in the market. The rise of the technology is similar to that of the internet. The blockchain technology has the potential to cause a disruption across multiple industries. It is secure, makes processes more democratic, efficient and transparent. The technology has been embraced by African entrepreneurs, startup companies and governments like Kenya, South Africa and Ethiopia have identified the technology as a revolution. The technology has the ability to transform the developing continent and processes numerous benefits to the continent.

The benefits were better elucidated by Chris Maurice, the CEO of Yellowcard a decentralised gift card that allows you purchase cryptocurrencies. While speaking on the topic, “the general advantages of the blockchain”, he explains his thoughts on the potential the technology has to improve services in the continent. Here are some benefits of the technology to Africa:

Trustless Exchange
Cryptocurrencies makes the exchange of goods and services easier. Before now, it was difficult for  two parties to make an exchange without the oversight or intermediation of a third party. Banks for instance keep ripping people off with outrageous bank charges, making it difficult to carry out transaction without incurring a huge amount, beneficiary to the banks. Chris explains, “I think, one of the things the blockchain can do is to remove third parties and drive down cost for  the average person.”

Lower Transaction Costs

Chris explained that at one time he was at the bank for a specific reason when he noticed that the Kenyan man trying to send $200 to his family in Kenya but he was charged $100. But these third party intermediaries and overhead costs for exchanging assets are drastically reduced by using blockchain solutions.

Empower its Users
Instead of having the bank control your information and transactions users control these data as they are visible in their wallets. Also, by investing in cryptocurrencies, Africans have been able to change their life and situations. For instance, Eat BCH organised a charity by providing food for the people of Sudan. Also, so many Blockchain solutions and startups are helping individuals across Africa change their life.

Faster Transactions
Cross border transactions can be tasking. If someone was to receive a particular amount of money from the US, it could take a while and also incur some extra charges. But Blockchain transactions have lessened remittance problems to the African continent. Chris had a suggestion as he advises banks saying, “start supporting these currencies and the solutions provided by these currencies.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Survey: 40% Freelancers Receive Payments via Cryptocurrency.

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Freelancing has become so popular now as people can easily ditch the routine 9-5 hour schedule of the traditional workplace. However, a recent survey conducted by Humans.net has revealed that cryptocurrency is becoming appealing to freelancers. The survey was carried out on 1100 freelancers and revealed that cryptocurrency eliminates the need for a middleman for payments especially for those with international clients.

According to the survey, about 38% of the population surveyed admitted to having used cryptocurrency at a time. On the other hand, 41% had never made use of cryptocurrency while 24% had no idea what cryptocurrency was as they had never heard of it. For most freelancers, the appeal of cryptocurrency is the fact that it aids in faster payment with low cost for international transactions.

The Humans.net survey also found that 29% of freelancers preferred to get crypto payments to being paid through the traditional banking system. 18% of those surveyed revealed that they would prefer to receive their entire income through crypto payments, while 11% said that they would prefer to receive a part of their income in cryptocurrency.

Freelancers find cryptocurrency to be of an advantage to them, it enables them to transact with clients who they may not know or trust. The survey revealed that 13% found it to be an advantage for international payment, 12% considered it a bonus for eliminating middlemen, 8% liked its low commission status. Also, 9% of those surveyed found it advantageous in its transparency, while 11% chose all the qualities mentioned and 4% did not choose any of the qualities.

However, Founder and CEO of Humans.net, Vlad Dobrynin has revealed that they will be integrating the blockchain technology to their freelancing platform. He explained that the technology will help people get faster search result regardless of their geographical location as well as protect users data.


 

 

 

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Cryptocurrency Prices are Plunging Again and Here’s the Reason

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It has been a tough week with news of a sharp decline and a looming bear market. It seems cryptocurrency is taking a harder hit as compared to the traditional market. Bitcoin fell as far as 75% from its ATH in December. There are a few possible negative catalysts for the plunging of cryptocurrency prices as bitcoin is not the only one to take a hit. Other digital currencies have experienced their fair share of loss this past week. But what could be the reason for the bear market?

Bitcoin Hash Wars

The bitcoin cash network forked from Bitcoin (BTC) last year after a bitter fight between the developers who managed the community. This year another argument arose in the Bitcoin Cash camp that led to the network splitting into two groups. The new fork created two new cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin SV. What this disagreement in the BCH camp has caused is a chaos in the market. Exchanges had to go through a tough time decoding which cryptocurrency they wanted to trade while the market was hit with a panic as bitcoin dropped.

Unregulated Exchanges

Cryptocurrency exchanges often enjoy a certain freedom. There’s no watchdog watching over their neck and this has led most investors into dumping in a lot of funds. Bitfinex a crypto exchange has been called out for using Tether Coin to artificially pump up the price of bitcoin and other digital tokens. Researchers at the University of Texas published the evidence and investigation are ongoing to determine if the price manipulation is true.

Tough Regulations

The Securities and Exchange Commission is clamping down hard on companies violating the securities law with their offerings. Across the world countries like India and China are taking crypto regulations seriously and clamping down on crypto companies. Just last week, the SEC fined two companies $250,000 each for failing to follow the proper laws for registering securities. Paragon, one of the firms, is working to legalize cannabis and utilising cryptocurrencies.

We do not know how long the bear market would hold, however, some crypto analysts are sure it wouldn’t be for long. Some even think it’s the market’s way of testing those with weak hands and shaking them out.

 

 

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Chinese Principal Fired for Mining Crypto on School’s Electricity

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Free electricity is usually seen as an opportunity to mine cryptos. However, luck ran out on the Principal of a school in China who was discovered to be using the school’s electricity for mining. The principal, Lei Hua has been fired for using the electricity of the school to mine Ethereum. Lei Hua who was the principal of Puman Middle School, Chenzhou had set up an Ethereum mining operation with 8 mining rigs, which had been running for an undisclosed period of time.

South China Morning reports that the principal started the mining operations from home last year in June. However, his mining machine which is worth 10,000 yuan, consumed more than 21 kilowatt-hours power per day. The principal had to switch to another source of power in order not to pay the rising bill. His solution was to relocate the machine to the school.
For 12 months, the principal managed to deceive everyone and even when the electricity bill became high, he blamed the power consumption on the school’s air conditioners (ACs) and heaters. The principal was not the only one involved as the deputy headmaster of the school was also mining Ethereum using the same power supply of the school. However, the mining activity kept interfering with the school’s computer network making it difficult to teach normally.

Things came to a halt when the operation was eventually uncovered by staff members who were curious about the whirring noise that was heard continuously all day and night in the school. In October, principal Lei was fired from his post, while the deputy headmaster was given a warning. The money realized from the illicit mining has been seized by the local authority. Although Officials did not specify how much money was recovered.

China has placed strict restrictions on over the counter (OTC) and pair to pair (P2P) trading. However, despite the government’s strictness on bitcoin mining,  the mining of cryptocurrencies is still ongoing in China.

 

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Property Agents begin accepting cryptocurrency to Distinguish its Service

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Real estate brokers are seeking ways to stay ahead and tech-savvy real estate agents and brokers are now experimenting with cryptocurrency by accepting it as a means of payment. Recently, Ronnie Rickner, director of Rickner Charles in Dartford, Kent revealed that one vendor has already paid their fees in bitcoin. Ronnie revealed that the seller paid their fees in bitcoin for the sale of a £600,000 property in Rochester.

Ronnie is not the only agent thinking forward. Property Industry Eye reported that other agents are already utilising digital currencies for their transactions. Go Homes reported last year that it sold a property worth £350,000 in bitcoin. On the other hand, some property agents have started taking rent and deposits in the form of cryptocurrency.

Ronnie believes that agents need to stand out in the highly competitive market. With the rise of online agents, any agent not willing to embrace change might “risk becoming extinct”. Agents need to go beyond the box of corporate structure and give clients multiple choices of how they can purchase a property. He also added: “I hope that we can lead and innovate in ways we can help our customers and move with the times by not sitting in the same box.”
Ronnie revealed that he offers his clients the unique option of paying in other digital currencies such as ethereum and ripple. He also claims that the benefits are enormous as clients find the payment system more flexible and faster and overseas buyers equally benefit from lower transfer rates. However, the agent is still faced with meeting anti-money laundering obligations. Ronnie there was no law surrounding the money launching and cryptocurrency sector at the moment. He added, “We are closely monitoring any change in this legislation or our duties but we make sure that we do all the required checks on clients before we provide any services.”

 

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