• UNHCR
    Ethereum,  Technology

    United Nations turns to blockchain technology

    The international body casts a wide net in its experiments

    The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime is reportedly planning to partner with telemedicine and telepsychology firm doc.com to provide free basic medical services in East Africa, where Focus Economics says three of the 10 poorest countries in the world are located.

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    Technology,  United States

    Here’s the best way for the government to use blockchain technology for secure documents

    U.S. Dept of Homeland Security offers $800,000 for what could be a revolutionary development

    The U.S. government is finally dipping its toes into blockchain projects and is getting on board with new ways to offer secure documents. Having written previously on the topic—and having done similar projects around supply chain—we want to offer some suggestions on how it can be done right. If implemented properly, it can be a revolutionary way for Americans to store, share, and protect their personal data in ways they could never before. (For the full technical paper we wrote, take a look on Github). The Department of Homeland Security, in their request for proposal (RFP) document, is offering $800,000 for anyone to develop a new way to improve on…

  • Santa
    Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Opinion

    A crypto writer’s letter to Santa Claus

    Everything we need to make crypto great in 2019

    Dear Santa, This is a letter in regards to two letters you received in 2014 and 2015 when I asked you for bitcoin. In 2014, I got 4 BTC in my decentralized stocking (thanks!) for $419 each. By 2015, they had risen to “just” $890. Last year they went to $20,000 each. Thanks, Santa! They’re back down to about $3,900 as of the end of December 2018, but you won’t hear me complaining. Since you’ve effectively 50x’ed crypto in the time you’ve been involved, I’d like to ask you for several special other things that don’t depend on the markets in 2019. I’ve been a very good boy. I have…

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    Asia & Australia,  Europe,  Regulation

    As the US dithers on regulating cryptocurrencies, other regions move forward

    Support for blockchain technology is stronger both in the US and abroad

    Cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiasts were excited about the ​announcement​ this week that President Donald Trump plans to name Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, a longtime supporter of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, as his interim White House chief of staff before the end of the year. As a congressman, Mulvaney was a co-founder of the ​Congressional Blockchain Caucus​. When it comes to actually embracing cryptocurrencies, the U.S. has been generally skeptical. As a recent opinion piece in the ​Harvard Business Review​ by law firm Jones Day blockchain initiative leaders Stephen J. Obie and Mark W. Rasmussen noted: ​“Without clear regulations, cryptocurrency innovation in the United States is being stifled.…