• Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, Canada's most important export after William Shattner (via Wiki commons).
    Europe,  Libra

    England’s central banker touts digital currencies over U.S. dollar

    Even Facebook’s Libra might be a good way to end America’s ‘domineering influence’ as the provider of the world’s reserve currency, said Mark Carney

    The governor of the Bank of England just touted digital currencies as a possible replacement for the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Such a digital asset, whether backed by central banks or even Facebook’s Libra stablecoin, would “dampen the domineering influence of the US dollar on global trade,” Mark Carney said in a speech on August 23 to the 2019 Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

  • China's flag and bitcoin
    Asia & Australia,  Cryptocurrencies,  Libra

    Chinese central banker says digital yuan coming soon

    The central bank-issued digital currency will not be on a traditional blockchain and will not disrupt the existing financial system, according to the People’s Bank of China official

    The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Deputy Director Mu Changchun said the bank’s “digital currency can now be said to be ready” at the China Finance 40 Forum in Yichun this weekend, according to Shanghai Securities News.

  • The libra logo on a cellphone sitting on some coins. What else do you need to see? (via Shutterstock)
    Libra

    From privacy regulators to Walmart, Facebook’s Libra faces growing threats

    The US, EU, Canada, and Australia demand data protection guarantees; Walmart patents its own cryptocurrency

    In a joint statement on August 6, data protection regulators from the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Canada, and Australia came head-on, issuing a joint statement slamming the Libra project and Facebook for failing to address the fledgling cryptocurrency’s privacy risks.