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DISTRIBUTED LEDGER

 
A distributed ledger technology(DLT) is a secure and immutable database where pieces of the ledger are stored in various locations along a decentralized network. Data in a distributed ledger can be viewed and appended depending on the rights and permissions of each individual user.

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Gibraltar Financial Services Commission Comprehensive Updates to its DLT Regulations
The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) has updated its guidance notes for distributed ledger technology (DLT) providers in the country.

Trump's National Security Council Sees DLT as Critical Weapon in US-China Tech War
The United States National Security Council has named distributed ledger technology (DLT) as one the most critical focus areas in its tech war with China and Russia.

BIS Newest Quarterly Report: What Potentials Do CBDCs and Distributed Ledger Technology Hold?
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has released its newest quarterly report on the changes in the payment industry, including the market impact of the recent coronavirus outbreak. Some of the trends mentioned in the report include stablecoins, tokenized securities, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), cross-border payments, and peer-to-peer payments.

Colombian Ministry of Information Technology Prioritize Public Sector Blockchain and Crypto Payment Solutions
The Colombian Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MinTIC) believes blockchain and DLT solutions could benefit its public sector.

US Senate Banking Committee Chair Sends Letter to the OCC to Clarify Crypto Payment Rules
The US Senate Banking Committee Chair Mike Crapo sent a letter to the OCC to develop guidelines on digital payments.

Australia Securities Exchange Moves For Blockchain Technology, CHI-X Calls For More Regulatory Supervisions
Australia Securities Exchange (ASX) plans to switch to distributed ledger technology by April 2021, replacing its clearing system, registry, and settlement with the technology for the sole purpose of cutting costs for customers.

CFTC Committee to Hold Virtual Meeting on Digital Currencies and Blockchain
The CFTC has scheduled a virtual meeting for Thursday, July 16th where its Technical Advisory Committee will discuss matters around on cryptocurrencies and DLT.

Want a Masters in Blockchain? Look no further than the "Blockchain Island"
Malta has been deemed the “Blockchain Island” based on the incredible steps made by the administration. As a result, the University of Malta is offering a Masters of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology with the first enrollment taking place this October.

Bank of America Plays Ripple Project Close to Chest
Bank of America (B of A) has been keeping its blockchain contingency plans under wraps for the better half of a decade.

Will Distributed Ledger Technology and Cryptocurrencies Ever Lead to the Extinction of Banks?
In the world we live in today, virtually every sector of human activities have begun to experience one form of digitisation or another, and the Banking sector happens to be one of the sectors at the forefront of this evolution.

Bank of America Joins Marco Polo Blockchain Network Powered by R3 Corda
Bank of America has joined the Marco Polo Network, powered by R3 Corda’s distributed ledger technology to solve the challenges of the global trade participants.

Italian Banking Association Chose Decentralized Blockchain Route
The Italian Banking Association, Associazione Bancaria Italiana (ABI), chose to leverage the blockchain-based system Spunta, as they could not identify an appropriate single actor to run a centralized system.

Blockchain and Beer: World’s Largest Brewer is Assisting Unbanked African Farmers Using Blockchain
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the largest beer company in the world, has created a blockchain-based system in collaboration with BanQu, a blockchain-as-a-service software company, to assist small-scale African farmers to show that they are suppliers of the drinks behemoth.

Turkish Government Announces Plans for National Blockchain Infrastructure
The Ministry of Industry and Technology of the Turkish Government announced its plan for a national blockchain infrastructure used in public administration on Sept. 18 in Ankara.

Avo Receives First Virtual General Insurer License in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s Insurance Authority (IA) announced on Tuesday that it has granted the first authorization for virtual general insurance under Fast Track. The license was granted to Avo, a local insurtech company providing products like health and travel insurance.

Goldman Sachs Explores Development of its Own Digital Token
Leading global investment bank Goldman Sachs is examining options of creating its own cryptocurrency. The bank has appointed Mathew McDermott as the worldwide head of digital assets to spearhead the realization of this dream.

KPMG Launches Blockchain-Integrated Supply Chain Platform in Australia, China & Japan
Big Four audit firm, KPMG has announced that it has rolled out a blockchain-enabled track and trace platform dubbed KPMG Origins in Australia, China, and Japan. The platform leverages on emerging technological innovations, such as blockchain and internet of things sensors (IoT), as well as analytics and data tools.

US Department of Homeland Security to Host Blockchain-Based Digital Wallet Event with $25K Reward
DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) will host a virtual event for a Digital Wallets Challenge on Oct 27.

Hedera Hashgraph Chief Scientist Dr. Leemon Baird—Defeating the Byzantine Generals and Bringing a Layer of Trust to the Internet
In our exclusive interview with Hedera’s Chief Scientist and Co-Founder Dr. Leemon Baird, Blockchain.News gets the details on how Hedera Hashgraph achieves Asynchronous Byzantine Fault Tolerance, the growing Hedera Governing Council and the use of the Hedera Hashgraph DLT to prevent coupon fraud.

Luxembourg: The FinTech Hub For Cross Border Asset Management
Luxembourg for Finance (LFF) is a public-private partnership that acts as the agency for the development of the financial center of the small nation.

Digitization vs. Digitalization: FinFabrik CEO Explains Digitalization of Asset Investment in Private Markets
FinFabrik, a leading capital markets FinTech startup based in Hong Kong has recently launched a new Private Equity module on its proprietary DLT infrastructure that helps private markets institutions digitalize their operations. The platform named “CrossPool” rides on Corda Enterprise for transaction and contract management and Hyperledger Indy for identity management. With extensive experience in the financial industry and entrepreneurship, Alex Medana, the CEO of FinFabrik, talks about the core values of FinFabrik in the maturing DLT and FinTech industry and the firm’s digital assets issuance and investment platform CrossPool.

Netherlands CBD Producers Harness Blockchain Technology for Enhanced Traceability
A consortium of Netherlands CBD producers called the Cannabinoid Association of the Netherlands (CAN) is leveraging blockchain technology to enhance traceability, accountability, and transparency in the CBD market.

How Blockchain Can Mitigate the Menace of Identity Theft
According to the Center for Victim Research, 7-10% of the US population are often victims of identity theft annually. Moreover, 21% of them suffer multiple cases of identity fraud. This menace is being experienced across the globe, and blockchain technology can be instrumental in stamping it out.

Ethereum Foundation Brings Blockchain to UNICEF
The Ethereum foundation team made a series of donations to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in a move considered both charitable and good for blockchain adoption.

Dynasty Farms to Use Blockchain for Fresh Produce Traceability Project
Dynasty Farms/ Pacific International Marketing is set to use iTrade Blockchain to propel transparency and traceability of fresh produce. iTrade Network is a noteworthy worldwide provider of supply chain management solutions in the food and beverage sector.

Tertiary institution Signs MOU with Cryptography Development Initiative in Nigeria
As the rest of Africa makes an effort to secure a position of relevance in the blockchain space, Nigeria based Nile university has gone into partnership with Cryptography Development Initiative in Nigeria

NASA is Funding a Blockchain Solution for Space Communication
The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is funding two US-based companies to develop a blockchain solution to enhance space communication

Microsoft Azure Integrates Lition Commercial Blockchain into Cloud Marketplace
Lition, an enterprise blockchain has been integrated into the Microsoft Azure cloud marketplace to provide blockchain as a service (BaaS) solutions.

European Commission Blockchain Report: The 3 Key Takeaways
Since the inception of Bitcoin, much hype and public attention have followed the development of cryptocurrencies their value being dismissed by many while others have become hoarders of crypto. Away from the uncertainty of cryptocurrency future value, one aspect of the technology is now squarely in the limelight—the blockchain platform or distributed ledger technology that make the currencies possible.

IOTA Foundation Partners with the Japanese Government to Create Digital Infrastructure with DLT and AI
The IOTA Foundation, announced its partnership with a Japanese national agency to strengthen the security of the critical infrastructure in the country.

VeChain Announces Launch of Blockchain-Based Digital Platform at Cyprus Hospital
In light of COVID-19, VeChain announced the launch of a blockchain-based medical platform at the Mediterranean Hospital of Cyprus.

Cambridge Report: 77% of Enterprise Blockchains Are Not 'Truly Transformational'
Following on from its initial 2017 Global Blockchain Benchmarking Study, the new study underlines the significant changes in the industry landscape since the initial version. According to the findings, the new report states, “Two years ago, the industry landscape was mostly dominated by half-hearted experiments and short-lived proofs-of-concept – often announced with great fanfare and publicity – the hype has gradually given way to genuine development of sustainable blockchain networks that are increasingly being deployed in production environments.”

Blockchain Increasingly Leveraged by China to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak
In the midst of the coronavirus epidemic, there have been growing concerns about how the stalled industry of China may affect the growth of technology within the region.

Brazil Highlights Blockchain Technology as a Digital Strategy Goal
Last week, Brazil unveiled its Digital Government Strategy that highlighted the use of distributed ledger systems and blockchain technology to transform major parts of the economy, especially in a post-COVID-19 environment.

Tech Adoption Fueled by COVID-19, Will Global Blockchain Adoption Be Accelerated Too?
Coronavirus has driven global economies and businesses to the ground, but one industry that has benefitted from the pandemic appears to be the tech sector.

PwC: Blockchain Technology Has the Potential to Boost Global GDP Up $1.76 Trillion By 2030
Findings from PwC indicate that by 2030, blockchain technology has the potential to boost global gross domestic product (GDP) by $1.76 trillion.

Goldman Sachs Continues Expanding Digital Assets Team, Now Looking For New VP
Goldman Sachs is looking for a new Vice President for its Digital Assets team to helps define and execute the investment firm’s global blockchain strategy.

Malaysia's National Stock Exchange Conducts Blockchain PoC to Digitize Bond Market
Malaysia’s national stock exchange, Bursa Malaysia will conduct a blockchain Proof-of-Concept (PoC) dubbed "Project Harbour" to explore the DLT management of the country’s bonds market.

Federal Reserve Digital Dollar DLT Testing Underway But CBDC Monetary Policy Lags
Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainaird announced that the United States Federal Reserve is currently experimenting with blockchain and DLT in pursuit of its central bank digital currency (CBDC) or digital dollar.

What is Ripple (XRP)?
Founded by RippleLab’s Chris Larsen and Jed McCaleb and released in 2012, Ripple is a global payment system that leverages open-source distributed ledger technology.

World Bank Pushes to Raise the Bar for FinTech and DLT for Cross-Border Interoperability and Financial Inclusion
The World Bank Group has recently published a study, issued by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) on “Payment aspects of financial inclusion in the FinTech era,” highlighting the concepts derived using blockchain, including stablecoins, and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).

Bank of Korea Speeds up Digital Currency Research, States Central Banks are Driven towards DLT
The Bank of Korea (BoK), South Korea’s central bank and monetary issuer, has released its research on the use of digital currencies and blockchain technology for the banking industry.

Bank of Canada Says CBDCs Have Inherent Risks in New Study
A new report released by the Bank of Canada has revealed that the bank believes Central Bank Digital Currencies can pose security risks to users

Deutsche Bank Executive Says CBDC is More of a Political Decision
Deutsche Bank Executive Burkhard Balz has noted that the decision to launch a CBDC by any country may be more of a political decision than a technical one.

Korea’s Jeju Island Introduces Blockchain-Fueled COVID-19 App for Tourism
To recover from COVID-19 tourism losses, South Korea has introduced a blockchain-powered digital app for visitors of Jeju Island to ensure safe travels.

Toyota Leasing Issues Debentures Using Blockchain in its $16 Million Thai Market
Toyota Leasing Thailand Co Ltd, the automotive leasing arm of Toyota Motor Thailand, has offered debentures through blockchain’s distributed ledger technology (DLT) in its 500 million baht or $16.4M market.

Coca-Cola Leverages Enterprise Ethereum Blockchain to Optimize Supply Chain
Coke One North America (CONA), partner of Coca Cola’s largest US-based bottling company has announced it will use the enterprise Ethereum blockchain platform the Baseline Protocol—to enhance transparency and minimize friction in its supply chain transactions.

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange To Launch Blockchain Based Securities Lending Platform
Israel’s only stock exchange, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) is on course to launch a blockchain-based platform for securities lending in the country

How Distributed Ledger Technology Can Help our Dying Planet Become a Greener Place
Industrialization and urbanization, the very things that have been adding so much to our countries, are now killing them. The World Health Organization says that at least 4.2 million people die each year because of air pollution.

Will Distributed Ledger Technology Revolutionize Education?
Since the establishment of blockchain and its deliverance of many opportunities for with disruptive potentials, the question at the back of many minds have been numerous, this article is focused on answering some of those pressing questions.

IOTA Foundation and Jaguar Land Rover Introduce Open-Source DLT Framework
IOTA Foundation, a distributed-ledger technology developer, and Jaguar Land Rover, a leading British luxury car manufacturer, have introduced IOTA Access.

BIS Economist Proposes "Embedded Supervision" to Enhance Transparency of Tokenized Markets
Economist Raphael Auer of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has championed distributed ledger technology (DLT) as a way of supervising financial market risks.

Walmart Canada Delves Deeper into Blockchain with DLT Labs Tie-Up
Walmart Canada has teamed up with DLT Labs for its blockchain-driven freight and payment network that is touted to be the world’s most prominent full production blockchain solution for any sector application.

Crypto Valley Association: Establishing the World’s Best Ecosystem for Blockchain and DLT Businesses
On a mission to develop the world’s best ecosystem for blockchain and distributed ledger technology, the Crypto Valley Association (CVA) is an independent organization based in Zug Switzerland, supported by the government. With over 1500 members in over 56 countries, the association has been supporting the needs of startups and connecting players in the industry to build a cohesive ecosystem.

FCH Network Develops the Next-Generation Blockchain Alternative to Solve Current Problems of DLT
Since 2008 when the Bitcoin blockchain was founded by Satoshi Nakamoto, the distributed ledger technology has undergone comprehensive progress. Most significantly, the establishment of smart contracts to the Ethereum blockchain created an entirely new technological setting. But most of these development efforts face significant roadblocks that limit wide applications of blockchain technology in various industries. With this regard, FCH develops the next-generation blockchain alternative to fix current issues of the distributed ledger technology.

Hong Kong Fintechs Embrace Blockchain and DLT
Blockchain firms make up nearly 40% of all new Hong Kong FinTech companies launched in 2019.

The Federal Council of Switzerland Opts For Better and Fair Blockchain Regulations
The Federal Council of Switzerland has opted for better and fair regulations for blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) in the country, which is believed will minimize risk, increase legal certainty and abort blockages, which will prevent the possible applications of blockchain/distributed ledger technology.