Is Spain’s Rebel Province Catalonia Introducing Blockchain Voting?

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn October 1, 2017. A clandestine referendum election is held against the Spanish government’s orders across schools and polling stations throughout Catalonia. It was a day of defiance with an overwhelming “yes” vote to sever ties with the rest of the mainland. It was also one marked with bloodshed, voter intimidation, and riots. …

The Brexit Deal, a Tumbling Pound, and a Ceaseless Crypto Bloodbath

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn At long last after two-and-a-half years of negotiations in a painful process that can only be described as watching a slow-motion train wreck, a Brexit deal has been struck–a tentative one, at least. However, instead of cracking open the champagne, the pound has tumbled against the dollar, ministers are resigning left and …

MasterCard Indian Government of Protectionism in Favor of Native RuPay

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Reuters reports that Mastercard has formally complained to the US government that the Indian government is deliberately promoting domestic payment networks over international ones like Mastercard and that the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has actively used nationalism in promotion of payment processing network RuPay. According to the report, Mastercard and Visa are …

Inside the Wall Street Practice that Could Ruin Bitcoin

Note: This is part 3 in a multi-part article series exploring rehypothecation and commingling in bitcoin and other cryptocurrency markets. Part 1 and part 2 are interviews with Caitlin Long and parts 3 and 4 ask the question, “How did we get to a place that where laws look like this?” In order to understand …

Bitcoin Venezuela on Why the Petro Isn’t Even ‘Backed by Trust’

Randy Brito is the head of Bitcoin Venezuela, a non-profit organization dedicated to educate and promote Bitcoin in Venezuela. He is also spearheading the Locha project, which he describes as “an effort to push the needed developments and research for achieving the hyperbitcoinization in Venezuela.”  Brito also sees a use case for bitcoin in countries …