Blockchain Expo: Maturing blockchain industry paves the way for enterprise adoption

A session at this year’s Blockchain Expo Europe highlighted that blockchain is reaching a stage of maturity that paves the way for enterprise adoption.

The session was presented by Pedro Lopez-Belmonte, Senior Manager of Web3 and Technology Innovation at Richemont, on day one of Europe’s leading blockchain conference.

One of the first charts presented during the session was Gartner’s hype cycle, which shows blockchain platforms now leaving the trough of...

Canada’s Conservative Party elects pro-crypto Pierre Poilievre

Canada Symbolism

Pierre Poilievre, a staunch crypto advocate and Ontario Member of Parliament, has won the Conservative Party of Canada’s (CPC) leadership race by a major margin.

The Alberta-born lawmaker, who said he “wants to make Canada the blockchain capital of the world”, garnered 68% of the conservative vote. His closest rival, former Quebec premier Jean Charest, netted a meagre 16% of total votes.

As the new leader of the country’s main opposition party, Poilievre is...

Nigeria plans to create a crypto-friendly free zone with Binance

Nigeria

The Nigerian government is in discussions with crypto exchange Binance regarding a potential crypto-friendly economic zone similar to Dubai’s virtual free zone.

On 2 September, the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), announced that it had held preliminary meetings with Binance and tech infrastructure firm Talent City to talk over the proposed “first Virtual Free Zone in West Africa”.

The zone would focus on blockchain and the digital economy, making...

Ukraine details how it spent crypto donations

Ukraine has detailed exactly how it spent over $54 million in donations from the crypto community.

In the early days of the war, Ukraine began accepting cryptocurrency donations from kind-hearted folk around the world wanting to help the country defend itself from Putin’s war of aggression.

Yesterday, Ukrainian Vice Prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov posted a breakdown of how the crypto donations were spent:

“Every helmet, bulletproof vest, and night...

Aave bans Justin Sun for receiving funds from Tornado Cash

DeFi protocol Aave has banned Tron founder Justin Sun for receiving funds from sanctioned crypto mixer Tornado Cash.

Tornado Cash enables criminals to launder cryptocurrency. Differing reports by crypto analytics platform Elliptic and the US Treasury estimate the mixer has been used to launder anywhere between $1.5 billion and $7 billion worth of digital assets, including by North Korean hacker group Lazarus.

While that’s no small figure, it’s a drop in the ocean...

Ripple: Most financial institutions plan to use crypto within three years

A report by Ripple suggests that most financial institutions plan to start using crypto within the next three years.

Despite the bear market, financial institutions remain interested in the cryptocurrency space. Just this week, $10 trillion asset manager BlackRock launched a spot Bitcoin trust while saying that it’s also exploring “permissioned blockchains, stablecoins, cryptoassets, and tokenization.”

While BlackRock is exploring the potential financial benefits...

Binance slapped with $3.3M fine by Dutch central bank

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has been slapped with a $3.3 million fine by the central bank of the Netherlands.

The central bank, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), issued Binance Holdings with the fine after the exchange failed to gain regulatory approval to operate in the country.

Companies that want to offer crypto services in the Netherlands are obliged to register with the DNB under the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act.

The fine for...

2.6 million Shenzhen residents sign up for digital yuan airdrop

Shenzhen, China

More than 2.6 million of Shenzhen’s 18 million residents signed up for the Chinese city’s upcoming airdrop of 30 million digital yuan, or e-CNY.

City officials announced the airdrop two months ago as part of a recovery plan to stimulate consumer spending after the country’s most stringent coronavirus lockdown to date.

Digital yuan is the Chinese government’s take on a central bank digital currency and, although still in its pilot stage, has seen millions of...

Millicent Labs demos full-reserve digital currency for UK government

Blockchain fintech company Millicent Labs has completed a sandbox test for a full-reserve digital currency (FRDC) with co-funding from the UK government’s Research and Innovation branch.

An FRDC is a privately issued digital currency pegged to a fiat currency, according to Millicent. The company believes it avoids the pitfalls of central bank digital currency and stablecoins while bridging blockchain technology with traditional finance.

Millicent plans to introduce a...

Vietnam Blockchain Association partners with Binance to drive innovation

The Vietnam Blockchain Association is collaborating with the world’s leading crypto exchange, Binance, on the exchange of research and application of blockchain technology in Vietnam.

Newly formed in May, the organisation will also cooperate with Binance on human resource training to promote blockchain and build bridges with other global technology corporations. The news was announced at the Vietnam NFT Summit 2022 on June 4.

With seven of the top 200 blockchain...