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The OECD Takes on Role to Help Develop Blockchain Policy

As the implementation of blockchain technology increases, so does the list of international organizations getting involved in its development. Some organizations on the list include the International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSC), which recently published a wide-ranging research paper that includes findings on blockchain tech; the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which partnered with Blockchain, the world’s leading software platform for digital assets, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) to explore the use of blockchain technology for development; and the World Bank, which launched a blockchain lab as part of a bid to pilot projects that can improve governance and social outcomes in the developing world. Recently, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) added itself to the list by launching a number of projects that focus the collaborative efforts of its thirty-six member states on blockchain research, development, and implementation.

Goldman Sachs to open a Bitcoin Derivatives Trading Operation

The finance giant Goldman Sachs has announced that the investment bank will begin using its own funds to trade a variety of derivatives contracts tied to the price of Bitcoin with the bank’s large institutional clients. Goldman Sachs has historically maintained a more open mind to cryptocurrency than most of its competitors. Back in January, the investment bank issued a nine-page report to some of its clients entitled “Bitcoin is Money.”

Reaching Consensus: How Decentralized Networks Make Decisions

Consensus algorithms are the means by which individual nodes in a distributed system come to an agreement regarding which data to validate as accurate and which to disregard.  In the case of cryptocurrency, this takes the form of deciding which transactions to honor and which to decline. These algorithms make it very difficult and expensive for someone to attempt to attack the system.

KYC, AML, and the SEC: Exchange and ICO Regulations

As more and more money flows in and out of cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency exchanges, these institutions are finding themselves subject to the laws and regulations imposed on the broader financial services industry.  Some find that this is burdensome, and detracts from the libertarian, anti-bank ethos of cryptocurrency. The crypto-to-crypto exchange Shapeshift, for instance, refuses to serve customers in the state of New York, due to New York’s controversial BitLicense.

Blockchain-Based Online Voting

Could Distributed Ledger Technology Aid Corporate and State Governance?

Best 5 Podcasts for Understanding Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain in 2018

With Bitcoin and cryptocurrency prices in the news more and more these days a lot of people are asking, "What is this stuff and how does it work?" Lucky for you there are a slew of podcasters out there doing their best to inform people but with new podcasts popping up each day how do you know the right ones to listen to? To make it easy for you we've listened to almost every podcast on crypto and blockchain available to bring you our top 5 picks so you can start listening and learning today!

 


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