WEF 2020

Circle Founder: Digital Currencies at Key Growth Moment as Governments Take Notice

Throughout the seven volatile years during which Circle founder Jeremy Allaire has been developing crypto products, he has consistently warned there’s much work to do before the technology is ready for mass usage. Now, with governments starting to explore digital currencies, new stablecoin models emerging and big tech platforms like Facebook getting involved, he finally …

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Catalonia Is Moving to Achieve Digital Independence Using Blockchain

The burgeoning autonomous community of Catalonia has been struggling for political freedom from Spain for years. Now, according to Jordi Puigneró, Minister of Digital Policies and Public Administration, the group is also angling for digital independence. “Just as the Internet brought us universal connectivity, blockchain will bring us new universal governance. It will affect the …

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When Will We See the Digital Dollar? ‘Crypto Dad’ Says Soon

Former CFTC Chairman Chris Giancarlo aka “CryptoDad” sees the current set of financial systems – the older systems associated with the pre-digital age – as hopelessly obsolete. He aims to fix them. “During my five years at the commission we saw this sort of new wave of the digitization of our world that’s taking place,” …

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Prof. Michael Sung Talks About the Rise of the Digital Yuan

Michael Sung, a professor at Shanghai’s Fudan University, spoke to CoinDesk’s Michael Casey on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The topic? The intertwined growth of digital currency and blockchain projects in China. How big a deal is it? And what are they actually doing? Sung had some surprising answers. “So …

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Bermuda Is Planning a Comprehensive Crypto Ecosystem

In what must have been a drastic change for Denis Pitcher, chief fintech advisor to the Premier of Bermuda, he and CoinDesk’s Michael Casey took to the chilly streets of Davos to talk about his government’s steps to enable blockchain adoption in the island nation. “In the summer of 2018, we launched a comprehensive regulatory …

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Hyperledger’s Brian Behlendorf Says Blockchain’s Potential Is “Hitting a Tipping Point”

Last December Brian Behlendorf is the Executive Director of Hyperledger said that 2019 was a year of “careful, prosaic BUIDLING.” Now, in an interview with CoinDesk’s Michael Casey at Davos, Behlendorf said he believes a lot of what the blockchain ecosystem was building is getting closer to becoming a net positive in the world. Citing …

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WEF Launches Global Consortium for Crypto Governance

The World Economic Forum has created an international consortium to design a governance framework for cryptocurrencies, including stablecoins. Announced Friday, the consortium seeks to bring together financial institutions, government representatives, developers and other members of the global community to determine what sort of governance around cryptocurrencies can best further the goal of financial inclusion. Digital …

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Notes From WEF: Oil-Producing Nations Want Dollar Alternatives, Just Not Bitcoin

DAVOS, Switzerland – Most Middle Eastern elites at the World Economic Forum are highly skeptical of bitcoin, but there are whispers about its potential for cross-border settlements in the energy sector.  According to Egyptian businessman M. Shafik Gabr, chairman of the ARTOC Group for Investment & Development, some Middle Eastern nations are already exploring the …

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Crypto News Roundup and Interviews for Jan. 24, 2020

In addition to our news roundup, for the next few episodes we’ll also be highlighting select interviews from the CoinDesk crew reporting inside the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  Today, we’ll hear from former Monero head “Fluffypony” and more from cypherpunk Harry Halpin. Listen or subscribe with your preferred service: Disclosure Read More The …

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Notes From the WEF: Cash Is Dead, Long Live Digital Cash

DAVOS, Switzerland – Consensus is building on one issue at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland: Cash is dead. “Physical money is out,” said B.S. Kohli, an economic advisor to the head of the Indian state of Punjab. Mothanna Gharaibeh, Jordan’s minister of digital economy and entrepreneurship, agreed. As of this year, Gharaibeh said, Jordanians …

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