This is Charles Brett’s start-of-the-week Enterprise Times ‘blockchain catch-up’ for Week 39. Necessarily it is idiosyncratic and selective.
It is not intended to be comprehensive but does seek to highlight ‘Quick Takes’ on specific developments as well interesting pieces to read, a listing of some (not all) announcements/press releases and pointers to upcoming events.
Quick Takes – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up Week 39
European Central Bank: Report on a digital euro
The ECB thinks a “digital euro would create synergies with private payment solutions and contribute to a more innovative, competitive and resilient European payment system. By serving as a unifying force in Europe’s digital economies, a digital euro would also be an emblem of the ongoing process of European integration … ”
Quick Take: While it is way too early to commit to a digital euro, this Report makes clear that such a concept must fulfil a number of principles and requirements. Identified in the Report, these include accessibility, robustness, safety, efficiency and privacy – and compliance with relevant legislation. For those believing that a digital euro is imminent, this is a well-worthwhile read, highlighting both the opportunities and the (necessary) practical impediments.
MOBI announces electric vehicle grid integration standard on blockchain in collaboration with Honda, PG&E and GM – among others
The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) has launched what it hopes will be a global standard incorporating blockchain technology into a decentralised vehicle charging system. The MOBI working group has a first technical design specification. This covers the system designs and data schemas required for three core use case areas: Vehicle to Grid Integration (V2G), Tokenized Carbon Credits (TCC) and Peer to Peer (P2P) applications.
Quick Take: MOBI’s standard does not prescribe any particular application or underlying DLT approach. this means each use case or organisation can create their own solutions while adopting common (standardised) data attributes and functionality. For EVs to penetrate the ICE world, owners and drivers need access to infrastructure akin to what the gasoline/diesel distribution network already provides. Another step forward?
Financial firms and governments deeply sceptical of cryptocurrencies: survey
According to a survey by the Royal United Services Institute think-tank and the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists “around 60% of respondents – from financial firms, government and the private sector – said cryptocurrencies were a risk rather than an opportunity. Illicit usage was the major concern”.
Quick Take: Though not unexpected, respondents seem to expect guidance and best practices from governmental bodies as well as non-governmental organisations. The question is, will any step up to deliver what cryptocurrencies need – if they are not to become pariahs – or will those who might guide, decline to act because of the inherent risks. The latter outcome seems more likely.
To read – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up Week 39
- XRP Ledger blockchain energizes decarbonization, but tokenization a challenge
- FCA bans the sale of crypto-derivatives to retail consumers
- The Chainalysis 2020 Geography of Cryptocurrency Report (download)
- US: new bill would legally recognize digital signatures on a blockchain
- Using Not-a-Blockchain to secure embedded devices
- LA Blockchain Summit: panelists offer predictions for crypto, blockchain investments
- Crypto precedent: N.Y. judge rules Kik’s digital currency was a security, grants win to SEC
- Hit by commodity defaults, banks in Singapore develop digital trade registry
- Ex-Goldman Sachs exec believes that his decentralized clearing house can rescue DeFi from oblivion
- Central bank digital currencies: foundational principles and core features.
Selected announcements/press releases – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up Week 39
- KPMG offers ‘climate accounting capability’ on a blockchain to measure greenhouse gas emissions
- ISDA and Digital Asset launch CDM clearing pilot Using DAML
- IoTeX and Tenvis have released Ucam security camera powered by the blockchain
- Bank of Thailand launches government savings bond (using IBM blockchain technology)
- HUB Security teams with Marsh to offer insured storage for digital asset custodians
- Aragon and Balancer Labs to ease Ethereum congestion with new governance standard
- GK8 and Chainalysis partner to provide integrated Anti-Money Laundering and secure custodial solution for financial institutions
- 1Kosmos BlockID contact-free ID-based authentication system by Biometrics & Blockchain to be FIDO2 certified
- Canadian Pacific joins TradeLens blockchain shipping platform
- SpaceChain partners Elecnor DEIMOS to develop blockchain-enabled credit management and payment service for the European Space Agency-funded ECOMI Project
- Korea begins to establish virtual asset business law
- Google Cloud bets on EOS blockchain, venturing further into crypto.
Selected upcoming events
- First Annual 6G Symposium, October 20th-21st (more information here)
- R3’s Cordacon 2020, October 20-22 (virtual – register here)
- Web Summit December 2-4th (tickets)
- Paris Blockchain Week summit launches hybrid event on December 9th & 10th, 2020 (more info here)
- Crypto Finance Conference Returns to St. Moritz in January 2021.