Article: The Node: Regulating Intermediaries in a DeFi World

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Governance, Money

The Node: Regulating Intermediaries in a DeFi World

The pace of innovation in crypto is difficult for regulators to keep up with, especially considering that, until now, there hasn’t been a proactive, cohesive, industry-wide attempt to manage the industry. Despite operating under a hodgepodge of rules, frameworks and recommendations, crypto has ballooned. And regulatory attention with it.

“The existing framework is simply inapplicable to a system predicated on the absence of intermediaries,” Director of the Blockchain Association Kristin Smith said in an interview following her Consensus 2021 appearance. This is an important point: Decentralized tools exist as the antithesis of a financial system where trusted custodians are needed to manage one’s money.

Article: Disintermediation and Decentralization in Financial Markets

Decentralized Internet, Money

Disintermediation and Decentralization in Financial Markets

Having premised so much of financial markets regulation on the presumption of intermediation, it may be useful to consider the need for new rules and formal amendments aimed at achieving the longstanding regulatory goals of promoting investor protection, facilitating capital formation by establishing fair and orderly markets, and mitigating risks that disrupt and destabilize markets.

Article: Nigerian Blockchain Educator Says Uncertain Regulations and Scams Slow Adoption of Cryptocurrencies

Academia, Blockchain, Crypto

Nigerian Blockchain Educator Says Uncertain Regulations and Scams Slow  Adoption of Cryptocurrencies – Interview Bitcoin NewsNigerian Blockchain Educator Says Uncertain Regulations and Scams Slow Adoption of Cryptocurrencies

Education plays a unique role in shaping any (emerging) industry. Globally, there has been an increase in crypto education as well as greater awareness. This is reflected in the trackable search trends and user adoptions. But more has to be done. For mass adoption to be achieved, education efforts need to go to the grassroots. This is one thing that has been missing and now it is one of the things we are looking to do through Earnathon.

While scams cannot be eradicated totally they can be reduced to very low numbers. In Nigeria and around the world, crypto-related scams have risen and continue to rise, but quality crypto education is the key, the only potent weapon to fight fraudulent actors. Regulators can issue warnings and enforcement agencies will arrest bad actors. However, since these organizations are mostly reactive, education presents a fascinating solution.

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Article: LBRY Cryptocurrency Prosecution Shows SEC’s Misplaced Priorities

Blockchain, Crypto, Media

LBRY Cryptocurrency Prosecution Shows SEC’s Misplaced Priorities

The SEC remained mostly silent during the ICO boom but then flooded alt-coin founders with a tsunami of subpoenas beginning in 2018. To be sure, some ICOs were scams and deserved prosecution, but others were and are legitimate companies building out viable networks and providing value to purchasers and consumers.

LBRY, Inc. is one such company. It promotes an “open, free, and fair network for digital content” and boasts 10 million users. Someday it could rival YouTube, Amazon, and other video content providers. But first it risks bankruptcy in a legal fight with the government for violations that lack victims.

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Article: Don’t Let Them Kill Digital Assets

Crypto, Web 3.0

Don’t Let Them Kill Digital Assets

The large caveat here is geography. In many countries, innovators like LBRY are free to thrive, even if they do need to take special care not to accept U.S. users.

So try as they might, this won’t stop the revolution. It will simply chase it offshore. Web 3.0, the internet of value, is at this point inevitable. Even LBRY will move forward, regardless of the outcome of this case.

Perhaps someday soon, U.S. citizens will need to use a virtual private network (VPN) in order access large swathes of the internet, just like the Chinese do. Oh, wait…It’s already happening.

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Article: Government Ban on Bitcoin Would Be ‘Foolish’: SEC’s Hester Peirce

Crypto, Governance

Government Ban on Bitcoin Would Be 'Foolish': SEC's Hester Peirce - Decrypt  - FlipboardGovernment Ban on Bitcoin Would Be ‘Foolish’: SEC’s Hester Peirce

“I think we were past that point [of banning Bitcoin in the US] very early on because you’d have to shut down the internet,” Peirce said. “I don’t see how you could ban it. You could certainly make the effort. It would be very hard to stop people from doing it [trading Bitcoin],” she said. “So I think it would be a foolish thing for the government to try to do that.”

Though, as Peirce said, in reality this would be very difficult: technology will likely outpace the government’s attempts to limit Bitcoin use, since people will always be able to download Bitcoin wallet software, run a node, and make transactions as long as they have access to the internet. What may be more likely, in the short to medium term, are clearer Bitcoin regulations.

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Article: The chicken or the egg: Why NFTs could be fungible after all

Crypto

The chicken or the egg: Why NFTs could be fungible after allThe chicken or the egg: Why NFTs could be fungible after all

Among the many offshoots produced as a bi-product of the ongoing cryptocurrency experiment, nonfungible tokens have turned out to be one of the most explosive. In a few short months, over half a billion dollars worth of NFTs changed hands, as celebrities (from lists A to Z) clamored to profit from crypto’s latest craze.

But amid the rush to jump on the bandwagon, few have stopped to consider the veracity of the terminology applied to NFTs. After all, why would you stop to ponder semantics when there are millions of dollars to be made at the click of a button?

But in lieu of said millions, we decided to ask the question: Are nonfungible tokens actually a little bit fungible after all?

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Article: Cryptocurrency Advocates Receive Increasing Support

Crypto

Cryptocurrency Advocates Receive Increasing SupportCryptocurrency Advocates Receive Increasing Support

According to Coin Center executive director Jerry Brito, the group is saving money as a war chest. It anticipates needing the cash to fight a larger lobbying battle or file a lawsuit over the new regulations. Brito said:

“Our job is to say absolutely there is a real risk here and that we all need to work together, but don’t throw away the baby with the bathwater.”

Meanwhile, the crypto trade association Blockchain Association has seen its membership rise by 10 to 34 since December. The number of its employees has also doubled. Members of the association include Binance.US and Ripple Labs. They intend to make contributions to the association to help polish bitcoin’s image.

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Article: #FutureProof: The Bitcoin mystery powering the rise of DeFi

Crypto, Decentralized Internet

#FutureProof: The Bitcoin mystery powering the rise of DeFi

The number of DeFi apps continues to explode, partly because their programs — including Uniswap — are based on open-source code. Software developers can easily mash up code from different programs, building on it to create innovative new applications. It is this open-source movement — the unsung hero of the internet and software industry — that serves as an insurance policy for decentralisation. Even if Nakamoto’s identity is revealed, spelling doom for Bitcoin, Coinbase need not fret. Another person, or group of people, can easily take his place.

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Article: Decentralized Finance Is Building A New Financial System

Blockchain, Crypto, Decentralized Internet, Money

Decentralized Finance Is Building A New Financial SystemDecentralized Finance Is Building A New Financial System

DeFi challenges this centralized financial system by disempowering middlemen and gatekeepers, and empowering everyday people via peer-to-peer exchanges.

“Decentralized finance is an unbundling of traditional finance,” says Rafael Cosman, CEO and co-founder of TrustToken. “DeFi takes the key elements of the work done by banks, exchanges and insurers today—like lending, borrowing and trading—and puts it in the hands of regular people.”

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