Blockchain 

Mexican Crypto Exchange Bitso Seals DLT License from Gibraltar Regulator

Mexican cryptocurrency exchange Bitso will from now on be regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC), a July 19 announcement revealed. An apparent first in Latin America In what Bitso claims is an apparent first in Latin America, as of August 1, the custody, withdrawals, deposits and trading of cryptocurrencies on its platform will be overseen by the GSFC under a framework specifically evolved to regulate businesses in the distributed ledger technologies (DLT) sector.  GSFC’s Distributed Ledger Technology Regulatory Framework — finalized in January 2018 — focuses on ensuring…

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Ethereum 

Canadian Securities Regulators Include DLT in 2019–2020 Business Plan

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) are focusing on understanding and regulating distributed ledger technology (DLT) and its related components. The Canadian securities regulatory agency included a section on DLT and crypto assets in its Business Plan 2019–2022 that was published on July 13.  The CSA’s business plan for 2018–2022 was approved on May 28, and represents a collaborative effort by the CSA to define its priorities over the next several years. Among a range of priorities such as fair and efficient markets, regulatory advancement and reduction of risks, the CSA…

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Ethereum 

Fidelity, Deloitte, and Amazon Now Support Workshops for DLT Startups

Major global firms Fidelity, Deloitte and Amazon, have begun supporting a new blockchain accelerator program called Startup Studio, according to a press release on July 11. The companies are backing the program along with 20 other firms, including Ethereum Foundation and ETH Global, Stellar Foundation, crypto analytics firm Messari, and Coinbase-backed NEAR Protocol, among the others. The new blockchain accelerator is an initiative of IDEO CoLab Ventures, the venture capital division of United States-based design consultancy firm IDEO. Supported by Fidelity, Deloitte and Amazon, as well as major crypto industry…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain Browsers — How DLT Could Affect Web Surfing

The appearance of blockchain technology can be compared with the emergence of internet at the initial stage of its development: Users were cautious about a decentralized system and failed to understand many of its subtleties. But just as firms opened up to the internet, almost all corporations are now working on integrating blockchain into their processes — at least as a trial. And there are some reasons for this trend: With the acceleration of data transfers, globalization and the amount of information, the security questions concerning personal data are becoming…

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Ethereum 

Hong Kong Extends Migrant Policy to Facilitate DLT and FinTech Professionals

A new Hong Kong government initiative seeks to attract professionals in Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) by simplifying the immigration policy, according to a press release published August 28. On Thursday, the government of Hong Kong published its first Talent List aimed at attracting “highly skilled” experts in 11 different fields, including fintech, DLT, and cyber security, from around the world. The move designates the government’s intention to “support Hong Kong’s development as a high value-added and diversified economy.” According to the press release, Hong Kong will facilitate successful applicants under…

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Blockchain 

IOTA to Enter a New Partnership to Track Potentially Fatal Food Allergens With DLT

Non-profit blockchain organization IOTA Foundation has teamed up with digital food safety management firm Primority to track food allergens via blockchain, IOTA tweeted on June 20. The new partnership aims to reduce risks associated with potentially fatal food allergens, targeting 220 million people with food allergy worldwide, as IOTA noted in the tweet. The collaboration includes the development of a prototype of an application that would enable consumers to check food products for allergens, particularly those that go under usual radars for a number of reasons, including cases when products…

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Blockchain 

Think Tank Tells Swiss National Bank to Launch Swiss Franc Token, Embrace DLT

Switzerland’s national bank should work with large industry players to develop a Swiss franc token, according to a report by the Avenir Suisse think tank on June 4. Avenir Suisse is an independent privately funded think tank, with a yearly budget of reportedly 5 million Swiss francs ($5 million). Despite the opportunities that distributed ledger technology (DLT) is creating in the country’s finance industry — especially in trade finance, asset management and capital markets — researchers argue that the debate surrounding digitization is focused too much on the risks. Avenir Suisse’s report claims that…

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Blockchain 

Russian State-Owned Holding Giant Proposes to Apply DLT in All Gov’t Data Systems

Russian state-owned holding conglomerate Rostec proposed a roadmap on applying blockchain in all the governmental data systems, local financial newspaper Kommersant reports on May 24. An institution under Rostec has reportedly developed a blockchain roadmap worth up to 85 billion rubles ($1.3 billion) that claims to provide an economic impact of up to 1.6 trillion rubles ($25.4 billion) in five years. The project was presented by Rostec’s structural body, the Novosibirsk Institute of Programming Systems (NIPS), during a blockchain conference held in the Republic of Tatarstan on May 23. According…

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Blockchain 

Maltese Government Awards 19 Blockchain Scholarships Using DLT Fund

The Maltese government has awarded 19 students blockchain scholarships worth a total of 160,000 euro ($179,000), local publication the Malta Independent reports May 23. The scholarships were granted by Silvio Schembri, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, using the $351,000 scholarship fund that was set up by Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MITA) and the University of Malta in August 2018. According to the Malta Independent, all the awardees will further apply for a Master’s degree in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT), with separate groups of students…

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Blockchain 

Luxury Fashion Brand Alyx to Use Iota’s DLT for Supply Chain Tracking

Luxury fashion brand Alyx intends to use Iota’s distributed ledger technology (DLT) for supply chain tracking, cryptocurrency news outlet The Block reports on May 15. Per the report, Iota’s system will be implemented in partnership with global manufacturing company Avery Dennison to allow Alyx’s customers to have full insight into their supply chain. By scanning QR codes with an app, it will reportedly be possible to track the course traveled by the item from its creation to the point of sale. The Block claims that data concerning the apparel’s production…

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