Blockchain 

New Jersey Governor Signs Bill to Establish Blockchain Task Force

Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy recently signed bill S2297, which is an act to create a so-dubbed New Jersey Blockchain Initiative Task Force. The purpose of the task force is purportedly to study blockchain solutions for the benefit of the state. The news that Murphy passed this bill comes by way of an announcement on the official site of the state of New Jersey on Aug. 8. According to the press release, the taskforce will study the risks and rewards related to blockchain and distributed ledger technology; public blockchains,…

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Ethereum 

Bank of English Governor on Libra as a Solution to Financial Problems

Bank of England governor Mark Carney said that people need to acknowledge the issues Facebook is attempting to solve with Libra, regardless of the project’s potential downsides. Carney delivered his remarks at the Financial Stability Report press conference as seen on the Bank of England’s YouTube channel on July 11.  Carney said: “It’s way too expensive to do domestic payments. It’s way too slow, and that hurts consumers and businesses. It stifles innovation, and it’s far too expensive to send money cross-border, and there are huge financial inclusion issues related…

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Blockchain 

Iran Plans to Allow Crypto Mining, Central Bank of Iran Governor Says

Iranian authorities are planning to authorize cryptocurrency mining, as the governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) declared, news agency PressTV reported on July 10. CBI governor Abdol Hemmati reportedly claimed that the Iranian government has approved some parts of an executive law that would authorize mining of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) in Iran. Hemmati’s claim follows a lengthy back-and-forth on the legal status of cryptocurrencies in Iran. As Hemmati explained, the planned law will require crypto mining in Iran to abide with the price of electricity for…

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Ethereum 

CBDCs Hold No Interest Without Full Anonymity: Banxico Deputy Governor

Central bank digital currencies (CBDC) will not hold much interest for the general public unless they provide full anonymity, the deputy governor of Mexico’s central bank has argued. The executive’s remarks were published by the Bank for International Settlements on July 11. Javier Calafell, deputy governor of the Bank of Mexico (Banxico), delivered a speech on potential strengths and weaknesses of CBDC during an event held by the United States Federal Reserve Bank and the OMFIF Foundation on July 9. While outlining CBDCs’ advantages such as security of payments and…

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Blockchain 

Former Financial Regulator Deputy Governor to Serve as Blockchain Association Chief

The former deputy governor of South Korea’s financial regulator, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), has been nominated to lead the Korea Blockchain Association. The news, revealed by the association on Monday, was reported by local English-language daily The Korea Times on June 13. The Korea Blockchain Association seeks to create regulations for blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency sector, and counts crypto exchanges, crypto-related enterprises and public institutions as members. It is reportedly set to appoint Oh Gap-soo, 70, to the role at a forthcoming general meeting scheduled for June 24.…

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Bitcoin 

Bank of France is Closely Watching Stablecoin Developments, Says Governor

The Bank of France has taken an interest in stablecoins, as indicated by the bank’s governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau in a Bloomberg report on May 14 . Villeroy has said that the bank is “observing with great interest” growing networks that allow members to exchange stablecoins for tokenized securities, goods, and services. He makes a point to distinguish stablecoins from cryptocurrency tokens at large, however, saying that stablecoins “are quite different from speculative assets like bitcoins, and more promising.” Villeroy has been an outspoken critic of bitcoin in particular,…

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Blockchain 

California Governor Talks Blockchain and Data Privacy in State of the State Speech

The governor of California Gavin Newsom supported the development of blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI)-based products in his “State of the State” speech, local news outlet CALmatters reported on Feb. 12. In his speech delivered on Tuesday, Feb. 12, Newsom said that “California needs a comprehensive statewide strategy to uplift and upskill our workers, to ensure technological advancements in AI, blockchain, big data, are creating jobs, not destroying them, and to reform our institutions so that more workers have an ownership stake in their sweat equity.” Newsom further revealed that…

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Blockchain 

Former Governor of French Central Bank Joins Board of Directors of Blockchain Firm Setl

British blockchain technology group Setl has hired former governor of the French central bank Christian Noyer as a member of its board of directors. The new appointment was confirmed in a blog post published on Jan. 17. Founded in 2015, Setl is a financial company with a focus on blockchain technology. Setl  has built a blockchain-based infrastructure for institutional payments and settlements, with a reported capacity of over 1 billion transactions per day. According to the most recent announcement, Noyer has joined the board of directors of Setl, bringing a…

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Bitcoin 

Chinese Central Bank Governor Defines STOs as ‘Illegal Financial Activity in China’

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), the country’s central bank, highlighted the illegality of Security Token Offerings (STOs) in the country, English-language local news outlet South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports Dec. 9. A deputy governor of China’s central bank, Pan Gongsheng, reportedly told a summit in Beijing “that ‘illegal’ financing activities through STOs and ICOs [Initial Coin Offerings]  were still rampant in the mainland despite a nationwide clean-up of the cryptocurrency market last year.” Gongsheng also said that if the government had not stepped in, the chaotic crypto market…

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