Blockchain Bites: Last Day of Consensus, Will Crypto Save the Internet?

Top Shelf Consensus: Distributed ended on a high note with a keynote address from Juan Benet, founder of Protocol Labs, who granted a rare interview as he closed out the week-long virtual conference.  Speaking widely on the topics of decentralization and Web 3.0, Benet said, “the internet has become dramatically more important to us.” Over a […]

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What to Watch at Consensus: Distributed Day 4 – IBM and the World Economic Forum

Top Shelf On Wednesday we learned less than a 1% of the total suspicious activity reports filed with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network since 2013 were crypto-related.   Speaking at a workshop on FATF’s Travel Rule, FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco said the financial watchdog uses these reports to map out IP and wallet addresses that are linked to potential criminals. Other speakers […]

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Bitcoin in Emerging Markets: Latin America

In advance of her “Crypto Across Emerging Markets” panel at Consensus: Distributed on May 11, Leigh Cuen is writing a three-part column on how cryptocurrencies are used in the developing world. The first installment explored bitcoin adoption in the Middle East and the second covered Africa. Some believe the broader economic crisis might lead to “dollarization” in emerging […]

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Experimenting With New Features At Consensus: Distributed

Crypto finance is far bigger now than four years ago when the first Consensus conference took place, and so is Consensus.  Since 2015, Consensus has quickly gained attention as a “must attend” event, growing from 500 attendees and 12 sponsors to 4,700 attendees and 175 sponsors in 2019.  Despite immense challenges this year from social […]

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