‘Sovereign’ Blockchains Will Change Monetary Policy, Bank Paper Argues

‘Sovereign’ Blockchains Will Change Monetary Policy, Bank Paper Argues A new research paper published by South Africa’s FirstRand Bank explores the world of central banks and blockchains, suggesting that the technology could usher in a “new epoch” of monetary oversight.     Titled “The Advent of Crypto Banking”, the report examines the question of central…

Iceland’s Pirate Party Declares Privacy Dead, Forms a Government

Iceland’s Pirate Party Declares Privacy Dead, Forms a Government The leading light of Iceland’s Pirate Party, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, has declared that “privacy is dead” after securing the power to form a government in a world first. Talks between Iceland’s major political parties following October’s elections failed to produce a viable government. Guðni Jóhannesson, the incumbent…

Solving the Blockchain Industry’s Number One Problem – Talent Shortage

Solving the Blockchain Industry’s Number One Problem – Talent Shortage With the amount of activity happening around Blockchain technology, companies are now hiring individuals with Blockchain related expertise, mainly including developers, security experts and business consultants. Due in part to the relatively new emergence of the technology, businesses are now competing with one another to…

Toward Metropolis: After Blockchain Repairs, Ethereum Looks Ahead

Toward Metropolis: After Blockchain Repairs, Ethereum Looks Ahead Ethereum’s developers are shifting focus. Following efforts to make the blockchain-based distributed application network more resistant to attacks, two planned hard forks and one unintentional split, ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin, at least, is turning his attention to a new milestone. In a blog post this week, Buterin revealed he’s now focusing…

Inside ‘Spark’: Circle’s New Bitcoin-Powered Smart Contract Platform

Inside ‘Spark’: Circle’s New Bitcoin-Powered Smart Contract Platform If you needed another sign that we’re living in a multi-blockchain world, Circle’s latest product reveal might have been it. Overshadowed by the clamor surrounding the startup’s decision to end consumer bitcoin services, it was almost lost that it announced it would soon open-source a smart contracts platform it described…

Hot Stuff Blockchained: Emercoin Rescues Russian Adult Site From Regulators

Hot Stuff Blockchained: Emercoin Rescues Russian Adult Site From Regulators Russian adult torrent resource Pornolab is leveraging Emercoin’s Decentralized Domain Zone to bypass Russia’s latest ban on certain websites. Pornolab, which was banned in Russia last month, used Emercoin to create a functioning mirror site in a manner similar to Localbitcoins, which the country’s regulator Roskomnadzor…