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: Port of Garfield Cuts Ribbon on Gig Service Broadband Project, Facilitating High-Speed Broadband Access to Pomeroy Area

Dark Fiber, Hardware

Port of Garfield Cuts Ribbon on Gig Service Broadband Project, Facilitating High-Speed Broadband Access to Pomeroy Area

This funding, combined with the Port’s match funding, allowed for the engineering and construction of the dark fiber infrastructure necessary for providers to offer updated, higher speed services to the roughly 700 homes, businesses, and other organizations in Pomeroy that have signed up for the new services.

Prior to this effort, Pomeroy had broadband infrastructure that was unaffordable or insufficient for the needs of the community. While some anchor institutions had broadband services over fiber, most of Garfield County is limited to aging copper systems that exceed the distance limitations for all except the slowest DSL services. Common speeds for rural Garfield County did not exceed 15 Mbps.

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Article: Why open source adoption in federal IT is poised to accelerate

Governance, Open Source, Software

Why open source adoption in federal IT is poised to accelerate

In the private sector, adoption of open standards-based technology has been on a roll for years. Federal agencies have been slower to embrace these models, though adoption has been climbing steadily.

Embrace of standards-based technology may be about to accelerate amid increasing recognition in Washington about the need to modernize federal IT systems. The government still heavily relies on proprietary legacy systems that can be expensive to maintain, more vulnerable to cyberattacks and often struggle to meet the expectations of digital-savvy citizens.

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Article: America and its military need a blockchain strategy

Blockchain, Governance

America and its military need a blockchain strategy

For a technology that is billed by enthusiasts as the next internet, it is imperative that America act now to ensure that Russia’s prediction that “the blockchain will belong to us” does not come to fruition. To be sure, there is no guarantee blockchain will achieve this level of influence. However, if there is chance that blockchain is even a fraction as revolutionary as the internet, America cannot afford a wait-and-see approach.

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Article: iPhone user blames Apple for $600K Bitcoin theft via fake app

Crypto, IO Impotency, Money

iPhone user blames Apple for $600K Bitcoin theft via fake appiPhone user blames Apple for $600K Bitcoin theft via fake app

Christodoulou went on the App Store last month to search for a mobile Trezor app to check his Bitcoin balance via phone. Unaware that Trezor does not currently provide an iOS app, Christodoulou downloaded a doppelgänger Trezor application that boasted close to five stars, giving the impression that it was indeed an official app. After entering his seed phrase, Christodoulou said that his savings of 17.1 BTC were stolen.

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IPR Center, Amazon Launch ‘Operation Fulfilled Action’ to Stop Counterfeits

Advanced Cyber I/O

IPR Center, Amazon Launch ‘Operation Fulfilled Action’ to Stop Counterfeits

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The U.S. government’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) and Amazon today announced the launch of a joint operation to prevent counterfeit goods from entering the U.S. and help protect American consumers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and DHL are also supporting the operation.

“The IPR Center plays a critical role in securing the global supply-chain to protect the health and safety of the American public,” said IPR Center Director Steve Francis. “However, our efforts are increased with partners like Amazon to identify, interdict, and investigate individuals, companies, and criminal organizations engaging in the illegal importation of counterfeit products. This joint operation is our latest public-private initiative bringing us one step closer to border security.”

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Article: How dark fiber can support flexible networks for local government

Dark Fiber

How dark fiber can support flexible networks for local government

Instead of relying on commercial internet services providers and sharing fiber infrastructure with other entities, dark fiber gives counties the opportunity to use and manage their own, private broadband infrastructure.

This is relevant for counties that want to make sure their network connections and communications are secure, said Rebecca Hunter, a corporate strategist for Crown Castle, one of the United States’ leading providers of raw fiberoptic cable.

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