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Op Ed: Is There a Future for Banking in a Cryptocurrency-Dominated World?

What is the future of banking, central banking and financial intermediation in a world in which cryptocurrency is dominant? Let’s speculate a bit, with the proviso that no one can fully anticipate how these markets will evolve. We can find hints in the speech by IMF head Christine Lagarde at a Bank of England conference ...

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Hyperledger and Linux to Offer a Massive Open Online Blockchain Course

Hyperledger, the international blockchain collaboration of corporate giants and young startups in partnership with the Linux Foundation, is launching a new free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to meet the rapidly accelerating worldwide demand for blockchain education. The pace at which the “red hot” blockchain technology market is evolving and increasing in popularity makes it difficult for the established education ...

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India Trials a Power Grid on the Blockchain to Incentivize Sustainable Energy

Access to reliable energy is the foundation of economic development and human society. Yet reliable energy can come at a steep environmental cost. Today’s energy systems are being rapidly reexamined and transformed by both private businesses and public organizations. Innovation coupled with changing policy and consumer demands has prompted The World Economic Forum’s System Initiative On Shaping the Future of ...

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GoldMint Brings the Blockchain to Global Gold Markets

Buying, selling and trading gold is about to become easier, safer and more efficient than ever thanks to GoldMint’s innovative new blockchain models. Gold has a long history with investors as a revered store of value. As an asset, it provides a reputable alternative amid the instability of fiat money and can serve as a safe haven during a global ...

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Interview: Cryptographer Silvio Micali on Bitcoin, Ethereum and Proof of Stake

Silvio Micali is an MIT professor and Turing Award–winning cryptographer known for his work in technologies that form the bedrock of blockchains today: public-key cryptosystems, digital signatures, pseudorandomness and multiparty computations. He is also the co-inventor of the zero-knowledge proof. In the ’90s, he worked on Byzantine agreement, a protocol for getting nodes in a distributed system to agree on ...

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China’s ICO Ban Puts GigaWatt In Unique Territory

China has long been a dominant player on the global Bitcoin map. By 2016 over 90% of Bitcoin’s global trading volume took place there. Moreover, mining operations were in abundance due to China’s cheap electricity. It is no coincidence that Bitmain, the world’s largest Bitcoin mining equipment manufacturer, is a Chinese company. While China still dominates crypto mining and mining ...

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Op Ed: A Roadmap For How the Blockchain Can Open Up Foreign Property Investment

For most individuals, investing in foreign property seems out of reach. The barriers, however, have far less to do with one’s income and more to do with issues around information, namely quality and verifiability. It is not just the cost of property but also the expense in hiring local advisers that makes foreign real estate a rich man’s game. Blockchain ...

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Central Banks and the IMF Warm Up to (Centralized) Digital Currencies

Sweden’s central bank, the Riksbank, is considering whether the country should introduce a purely digital form of government-backed money, perhaps using distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) similar to the blockchain technology underlying Bitcoin. This move is part of a recent trend: around the world, nations are considering cryptocurrencies issued by central banks; and recently, the managing director of the International Monetary ...

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