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:
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.
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.”
What other benefit of the blockchain to Africa can you name? Share your opinion with us in the comment section below.
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Renowned Basketball Team Owner says that he Sees Bitcoin and Gold as the same.
A billionaire and owner and owner of the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team Mark Cuban, had issued a statement saying that be dislikes hold as a form of investment and basically sees Bitcoin and Gold as the same thing.
Cuban had said this in an interview with Kitco News on August 9. He also made reference to the Bitcoins as having a definite supply which in his view was awesome and adds more to its value.
“They’re both collectables. The value is based off supply and demand. And the good news about Bitcoin is there’s a finite supply that’ll ever be created.”
He expressed his deeply rooted prejudice for the precious metal while and expressed totally, his view of it. He specifically said that:
“Hate with extreme prejudice is not enough. Hate with double-extreme prejudice with an ounce of hot sauce.”
Gold Vs digital gold
It is still unclear how the term “digital gold” which refers to Bitcoin had gained this much recognition in the space. However going back in time in a bid to retrace its origin, we could legitimately make reference to a time when The New York Times journalist Nathaniel Popper published his book “Digital Gold” back in 2015. And seeing that Bitcoin had successfully rivalled the precious metal, the name stuck.
We could see now that in 2019, the response has been seen by experts as to whether or not they should Bitcoin should be seen as Gold o the digital world. The head of communications at the Zcash Foundation, Sonya Mann, made reference to its finite supply as well as demand and supply factor, from her remark it had seemed that she happens to be more optimistic about the digital currency than Cuban:
“Bitcoin is deflationary by nature, due to the capped 21 million supply and the clever incentive structure that has reliably safeguarded its inviolability. The emergent order governing Bitcoin, as both a software product and a phenomenon, is undeniably path-dependent, attributable in large part to Satoshi Nakamoto’s design decisions. There is no guarantee that BTC will increase in value, but past trends and the underlying supply-demand dynamics suggest that it’s a reasonable long-term prediction.” She had said.
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
Trump Expresses his opinion on Crypto, Libra; Binance to burn $2.4 billion worth of BNB
Trump via a tweet has posted hours ago expressed his opinion on cryptocurrency clearly defferentiating Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrency as well as on Libra the Facebook Global Cryptocurrency which it unveiled in June 2019 and to commence operations in January 2020.
According to Trump, he is not a Fan of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies which he describe as not money and highly volatile and basede on thin air. He went further to say unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including, drug trade and other illegal activities.
….Similarly, Facebook Libra’s “virtual currency” will have little standing or dependability. If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations, just like other Banks, both National…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019
On Libra, the 45th President of the free world openly said Libra will have little standing and Facebook and other firms want to be come a bank they should and must seek a banking charter and be subject to all banking regulations both nationally and internationally.
As a true President and the first man in the country, he declared the US Dollars as the only currency in the USA and that it is stronger than ever, dependable and by far the most dominant currency worldwide.
As usual, the crypto enthusiast on Twitter had their own opinion to comment on the post by POTUS.
Bitcoin is a threat to Trump and his massively failing enterprises. How would he be able to launder money as he's done to keep his flailing businesses afloat ? His golf clubs are in need of immediate cash etc. This man was the only person to bankrupt a casino
— failingtrump (@failingtrump1) July 12, 2019
In another news, top exchange Binance has announced after burning their quarterly alloted BNB tokens that they will burn their Team allocated Binance Coin BNB which is a total of 80BNB currently worth $2.4 billion.
During one of the first IEOs on the Exchange, investors were unable to participate thus a public outcry with Binance coming to the rescue by instituting a Lottery system which saw users holding a certain number of BNB before being able to participate in IEOs on the exchange. This cause a rise in the value of the BNB.
This move by Binance amongst others will see Binance Coin hitting astronomical height in the next few months to years. We can’t wait to see what the chats will say in few five years time.
Facebook’s Libra Project White Paper Is Officially Out: Pushes for the Internet of Money
After months of speculation and a nonofficial statement from the Facebook team after the news break by Bloomberg reports on the rumoured cryptocurrency project secretly being worked, Facebook’s Libra Project White Paper is officially out.
Facebook clearly outlines its mission and vision for the Switzerland registered project.
It’s mission according to the whitepaper reads
“Libra’s mission is to enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people.”
Facebook is clearly ready for another phase of its reign as a social media giant housing more than a quarter of the world’s population. It is home to more than 2 billion users with its aggregated user base for WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and Messenger.
With the Libra’s project cryptocurrency dubbed the Globalcoin, Facebook is going to have an impact in the cryptosphere coupled with the influence of the founding members such as Coinbase, Visa, Spotify, Mastercard, Uber, Paypal, and others who have invested about $10million each into the project.
Facebook wants to make Libra the evolution of Paypal with the wish that it will be simpler to establish, easier to use as a payment means with fewer transaction fees, more accessible to the unbanked, more flexible and durable through decentralisation.
In its Libra document, Facebook writes:
“Success will mean that a person working abroad has a fast and simple way to send money to family back home, and a college student can pay their rent as easily as they can buy a coffee.”
Alongside Libra network, Facebook is also launching Calibra, a subsidiary company that will handle the transactions and protect users privacy. The goal of Calibra is “to provide financial services that will let people access and participate in the Libra network,” and it will be readily available in Messenger and WhatsApp and also as a standalone app.
The control of the Libra network will not be solely Facebook’s duty since it is decentralized to include all the 28 founding members. It is the association’s duty commonly referred to as “Libra Association” to promote the open-sourced Libra blockchain and also sign up businesses to accept Libra for payment. It rests upon them to recruit more founding members as Facebook says it wants to reach 100 members before the official launch of Libra.
The unit of the Libra cryptocurrency is Libra just like the unit of a dollar is cent. Libra is represented by a three wavy horizontal line Unicode character ≋ like the dollar is represented by $ or the naira by #. The value of a Libra is meant to stay largely stable since it is a stable coin. Its stability will make it be a good medium of exchange, as merchants can be confident as they will be assured they won’t be paid a Libra today that will be lesser than the amount tomorrow.
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