In recent years we have seen a drastic expansion in the types of data being used to evaluate credit-worthiness. This opens up new opportunities to deliver services to underserved populations, ideally services that are catered to their specific needs and lifestyles. However, much of this data are locked-in to the applications in which they were generated, making it nearly impossible for consumers to leverage it to access a broader set of opportunities. In this project, we develop a toolkit that enables consumers in East Africa to knit together a credit identity from across a variety of data silos. We will then develop a blockchain-enabled back end infrastructure that empowers our target users to leverage the data generated from these devices in an open marketplace of credit lenders, in a “credit bureau of the 21st century.”
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According to FactSet, investors have poured more than $240 million into the blockchain ETFs in less than two weeks, an incredible amount of cash inflow for new ETFs. RealityShares says the BLCN ETF will top the $100 million mark within days.
“Liquidity is important for many holders of tokens, coins and cryptocurrencies, and if this SEC activity reduces access to the existing token, coin and cryptocurrency markets, that could result in increased volatility in the trading and pricing of tokens, coins and cryptocurrencies,” Kornfeld said.
Already, there are signs of trouble on the horizon. This week, after Chinese authorities announced a crackdown on virtual currencies, the value of Bitcoin briefly tumbled 30 percent before partially recovering. The value of Dogecoin fell more than 50 percent last week. Its market value by midday Friday was about $100 million.
Bitcoins are stored in a “digital wallet,” which exists either in the cloud or on a user’s computer. The wallet is a kind of virtual bank account that allows users to send or receive bitcoins, pay for goods or save their money. Unlike bank accounts, bitcoin wallets are not insured by the FDIC.
NEO — It’s a smart contract network that allows for all kinds of financial contracts and third-party distributed apps to be developed on top of it. It has many of the same goals as Ethereum, but it’s developed in China, which can potentially give it some advantages due to improved relationship with Chinese regulators and local businesses.
Why is using blockchain and decentralizing a currency so important to its success? The answer to this question boils down to the ability to cut out the proverbial middle man responsible for verifying all transaction who in the real world charge the users for this action. What does this mean for the user? The transaction fees are set by the users. In theory, there doesn’t have to be a transaction fee at all to complete each transaction, but there is the matter of speed and how quickly you want your transaction to be added to the blockchain. If you need everything done now and want your transaction to be accelerated to the top of the list, then expect to pay a small amount for your transaction. The thing is, it doesn’t matter how much money you are sending in your transaction, low or high it is all equal to the roughly the same amount of data. Because of this, the fee will entirely be reflected only by how fast you want the transaction to be complete.
To Groce, bitcoin was an inevitable evolution in money. People use printed money less and less as it is, he said. Consumers need something like bitcoin to take its place. “It’s like eight-tracks going to cassettes to CDs and now MP3s,” he said.
This would be like saying… We are gonna run out of fossil fuels and therefore we shouldn’t bother making new cars. Crypto currency is here to stay. Why..? Because there’s a big paradigm shift that people are beginning to realize how much they are being robbed by the banksters and their FIAT currency.
It appeared, though, that Nakamoto was motivated by politics, not crime. He had introduced the currency just a few months after the collapse of the global banking sector, and published a five-hundred-word essay about traditional fiat, or government-backed, currencies. “The root problem with conventional currency is all the trust that’s required to make it work,” he wrote. “The central bank must be trusted not to debase the currency, but the history of fiat currencies is full of breaches of that trust. Banks must be trusted to hold our money and transfer it electronically, but they lend it out in waves of credit bubbles with barely a fraction in reserve.”
It was a foggy Monday morning in mid-August, and dozens of college cheerleaders had gathered on the athletic fields of the University of California at Santa Barbara for a three-day training camp. Their hollering could be heard on the steps of a nearby lecture hall, where a group of bleary-eyed cryptographers, dressed in shorts and rumpled T-shirts, muttered about symmetric-key ciphers over steaming cups of coffee.
Ethereum is a cryptocurrency and a blockchain platform with smart contract functionality. It’s basically a decentralized platform for developers to build apps on top of and it was invented by Vitalik Buterin in 2013.
In July 2014, the New York State Department of Financial Services proposed the most comprehensive regulation of virtual currencies to date, commonly called BitLicense. Unlike the US federal regulators it has gathered input from bitcoin supporters and the financial industry through public hearings and a comment period until 21 October 2014 to customize the rules. The proposal per NY DFS press release “sought to strike an appropriate balance that helps protect consumers and root out illegal activity”. It has been criticized by smaller companies to favor established institutions, and Chinese bitcoin exchanges have complained that the rules are “overly broad in its application outside the United States”.
While bitcoin is fairly welcomed in many parts of the world, there are few countries which are wary of bitcoin because of its volatility, decentralized nature, perceived threat to the current monetary system, and link to illicit activities like drug dealing and money laundering. Some of these nations have outright banned the digital currency while others have tried to cut off any support from the banking and financial system essential for its trading and usage.
So if we aren’t saving our money with you and we aren’t using our debit and credit cards, then why do we need you? Everything else we can buy on the open market, there is no loyalty for mortgages and loans, we’ll get them from whoever is offering the best rate, that might not even be a bank, that might be our supermarket. We don’t care; we just want the best rates.
The growing worldwide acceptance of the Internet has made electronic currency more important than ever before. Purchases can be made through a Web site, with the funds drawn out of an Internet bank account, where the money was originally deposited electronically. People are earning and spending money without ever touching it. In fact, economists estimate that only 8 percent of the world’s currency exists as physical cash. The rest exists only on a computer hard drive, in electronic bank accounts around the world.
Cryptocurrency are digital currency that use encryption techniques for payment transactions for goods and services. They can also be used to settle contracts. You are not purchasing stocks with dividends, instead it uses tokens with valued returns…
Simply put, whenever a user sends a certain amount of Bitcoins to another user, a third user verifies this transaction and publicly notates it in a ledger which is accessible by anyone. This ledger is called the “blockchain.” As time goes on, more and more users see the transaction in the blockchain and are able to verify it again. The more times each transaction is verified, the more secured it becomes.
With bitcoin, no one can do either of those things. The only authority on the network is whatever the majority of bitcoin users agree on, and in practice that means nothing more than the basic rules of the network are ever enforced.
Belgium’s Proton: An electronic purse application for debit cards in Belgium. Introduced in February 1995, as a means to replace cash for small transactions. The system was retired in December 31, 2014.
To tackle that problem, there are now mining pools. Miners around the world can band together to combine the power of their computer systems and then share the profits between participants. The most popular one is Slush’s Pool, where smaller, more steady payouts are given instead of a lump sum.
If You Can Cough Up the Cash, Coinbase Has a Crypto Index Fund Ready to Take It: Earlier this week, Coinbase–perhaps the world’s most popular place to buy and sell popular coins for cash–announced that it would be establishing its own cryptocurrency index fund. Heralded as the Dow Jones of crypto, the Coinbase Index Fund will consist of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin, and will be open only to accredited investors. Calling it the Dow Jones of crypto may be a bit embellishing. Sure, it’s the first index fund from one of crypto’s big boys, but the Dow Jones is open to all investors and includes an average 30 stocks at a given time, not 4.
The developers behind the platform has promised both and long-term changes to solve this, including switching to a “Proof of Stake” (PoS) transaction verification system that’s supposed to be much more efficient than the Proof of Work (PoW) system that most cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, use.
One of the first partnerships obtained by the Singapore-based company behind VeChain was with D.I.G, China’s largest fine wine importer, which was trying to prevent counterfeit wines from reaching its shelves. Ownership of the wines would be determined based on private keys. The bottle’s ID would be scanned each step of the way in the supply chain to ensure its authenticity.
The development team believes that Qtum’s applications should be easier to develop and that they should also be more secure than those on the Ethereum network. They further believe that the industries that will benefit most from its platform will be mobile telecommunications, counterfeit protection, finance, industrial logistics (shipping, warranty, etc), and manufacturing.
The company behind Tether claims the coins are backed 1-to-1 by USD reserves and its holdings are published daily and frequently audited. However, the company also says it won’t convert your tether coins to USD itself. You will have to exchange your tether to other currencies on online exchanges. Tether hasn’t been audited yet, and the last auditing company to try quit recently.
I told him I had read about his work for Allied Irish, as well as his paper on peer-to-peer technology, and was interested because I was researching bitcoin. I said that his work gave him a unique insight into the subject. He was wearing rectangular Armani glasses and squinted so much I couldn’t see his eyes.
A lot of the quirks of the currency come down to the collective agreement about what constitutes “legitimacy”. For instance, since the first bitcoin was created in 2009, the total number in existence has been growing slowly, at a declining rate, ensuring that at some point around 2140, the 21 millionth bitcoin will be mined, and no more will ever be created.
In the fiat currency world, most financial institutions see these ICO transactions as “unregulated” investments of cryptocurrencies where users can make Bitcoin or other digital currencies. The key word here is unregulated. Unlike share or traditional IPOs, ICO coins, the representation of your investment into a certain digital currency startup, aren’t linked to any ownership rights and thus can be trade or exchanged at will. In the fiat world, this is a huge no-no.
On the other hand, global equity markets were relatively stable and mostly holding above the support, following sharp drops in previous weeks. In most cases, major stock markets continue to evolve a potential bottom other than India, which as of last week has fallen through key support levels.
When a piece of work is created or performed, the digital rights to that piece are oftentimes complex and spread across many different organizations and entities. This makes it difficult for artists to get paid for their work and many large platforms, like Spotify, suffer from lawsuits because they don’t do a good enough job of navigating the labyrinth. How might you build a system to help artists get paid for their work? In partnership with the Berklee College of Music, Harvard Berkman Center, and several industry partners in the Open Music Initiative, we are investigating the design of a blockchain-inspired open and interoperable digital rights management platform.
The former Yale English professor William Deresiewicz stirred up quite a storm earlier this month with his New Republic essay “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League”—a damning critique of the nation’s most revered and wealthy educational institutions, and the flawed meritocracy they represent. He takes these arguments even further in his upcoming book, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. Part cultural commentary, part philosophical treatise on the meaning of education itself, the book reads like a self-help manual for ambitious yet internally adrift adolescents struggling to figure out how to navigate the college system, and ultimately their own lives. Deresiewicz, who is also the author of A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship and the Things That Really Matter, spoke to me on the phone from his home in Portland, Oregon.
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