Indian Officials Consider Ban on "Private Cryptocurrencies"

Agents of the Indian government have met to formally discuss a possible ban on private cryptocurrency holdings in the nation. On October 30, 2018, the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) issued a press release detailing their recent meeting where they “reviewed the current global and domestic economic situation and financial sector performance.” The council…

Telefonica and Rivetz Add Civic’s Identity Verification for Mobile Users

Civic has entered into a tripartite agreement with cybersecurity protection solution company, Rivetz, and Telefonica’s cybersecurity unit, ElevenPaths, to provide secure identity verification that incorporates added hardware protections for mobile users. With presence in five countries, Civic uses blockchain technology to secure and protect the transfer of personal information, while allowing people to decide how…

Standardized Specifications for Enterprise Version of Ethereum Announced

On October 29, 2018, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) announced in Prague at DevCon 4 two new software specifications that will help businesses standardize future code developments on an enterprise version of the Ethereum blockchain. The first specification, Client Specification V2, defines the implementation requirements for Enterprise Ethereum clients, including interfaces to the external-facing components…

Distributed Dialogues: Political Censorship in China

On the latest episode of Season 2 of Distributed Dialogues, the hosts took a deep dive into the state of political repression in the People’s Republic of China. Interviewing experts and dissidents at the Oslo Freedom Festival, this thorough examination of Chinese political life combines insight and research with the real, lived experiences of people…