Foam Turns to Token Grants to Build Out Decentralized Mapping Platform

Foam is accomplishing what few token issuers have: A consistently engaged community that actually uses its token beyond speculation. Following a $16.5 million token sale in 2018, the geolocation data startup has launched a token-curated registry (TCR) with about 140 monthly participants in April and a scavenger hunt that garnered 500 user contributions to its […]

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Murder, Censorship and Syria: Crypto and the Future of Uprisings

Rachel-Rose O’Leary is a reporter at CoinDesk, covering how cryptocurrencies are being used in areas of economic, social and political unrest. This article is part of her ongoing dispatches from Rojava, Syria.  In August 2011, a hackerspace in Damascus, Syria, was stormed by armed guards. Known as Aikilab, the guards stripped the place; televisions, computers and […]

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The Hidden Effects of Crypto Money Laundering Rules

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and a member of CoinDesk’s product team. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a free newsletter for the institutional market with news and views on crypto infrastructure delivered every Tuesday. Sign up at the link below.  Ever since Emperor Vespasian held up a […]

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China’s New Policy Isn’t An Automatic Bitcoin Mining Ban – Here’s Why

The Takeaway: A draft proposal from China’s economic planning commission labels bitcoin mining as an industry that needs to be “eliminated.” But even if finalized in its current form, this would not automatically amount to an outright mining ban. While local governments are supposed to follow the commission’s guidance, to take action against an industry […]

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The Ultimate Irony of Crypto Trading

David Weisberger is co-founder and CEO of CoinRoutes and a veteran of building trading desks and financial technology businesses. The opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not reflect CoinDesk’s position. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a free newsletter for the institutional market, with news and views […]

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Why Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey Are Warming to Blockchain

Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. “Left to their own devices, computer scientists would recreate the Soviet Union.” That line belongs […]

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From Law to Lawlessness: Bits of the Untold QuadrigaCX Story

Christine Duhaime, BA, JD, CAMS, practices law with Duhaime Law in Vancouver. Many of the stories being told about the early operation of the digital currency exchange, QuadrigaCX, are based more on fiction than fact. How do I know? I know because in 2015, I was QuadrigaCX’s regulatory attorney, hired to help their securities attorney […]

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JP Morgan’s Stablecoin: A Feat of Engineering or Marketing?

Ben Jessel is head of enterprise blockchain at Kadena, a next-generation blockchain company offering both public and private blockchain solutions.  –––––––––– The world of blockchain and banking was set alight last month by the announcement that JP Morgan has created its own stablecoin. It was a rare move that has simultaneously excited the banking and enterprise […]

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