This is a Charles Brett’s start-of-the-week Enterprise Times ‘blockchain catch-up’ for Week 51. It is the last one covering 2020. 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 51
Blockchain isn’t a single innovation, but a large umbrella
“Blockchain technology looks like a revolution in project management. But in reality, there is nothing new about blockchain; it is just a new way to manage data, tackling one of the greatest challenges in fintech and financial services. The technology is simple, but the way to think about the solution is different. A blockchain solution is not only a technical upgrade. It’s also a cultural change for systems administration, technical teams, project management, project direction, business development and sales.”
Quick Take: this is a brief, but no less useful summary from a blockchain architect. The final point: “Blockchain was created to be used in an untrusted and private environment, and that is maybe the greater difference with other technologies. Using blockchain makes sense if you want to sell a product with a client in another part of the world. If you do not trust this person, how can you be sure that the exchange will be safe?”
2020 in Review : major regulatory developments in cryptocurrency globally
“This year has been a busy one for regulations in the cryptocurrencies. Both at a supra-national level, with the FATF, as well as at the national level, many countries have actively issued new rulemaking or undertaken significant enforcement or monitoring activity. AML/KYC was a pre-dominant theme of regulatory activity this year, though some significant new frameworks were issued as well. Here is our round-up of a few key regulatory developments in 2020 enforced by countries across the globe.”
Quick Take: a useful summary – and the charts are even better.
7 pieces to read – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up Week 51
- How crypto and blockchain made inroads into financial services in 2020
- UN World Food Programme uses blockchain for direct payments
- Forbes Favorites 2020: the year’s best cryptocurrency stories
- Blockchain: is it all hype?
- Regulating the food supply chain through blockchain
- Lessons in failing to apply blockchain and AI to combat Covid-19
- 4 ways blockchain is disrupting the aviation industry.
Selected announcements/press releases – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up Week 51
- Enterprise blockchain trends that will drive adoption in 2021 (opinion)
- Bitcoin rallies above $30,000 for first time (news)
- DEF CON 28 Safe Mode blockchain village – Josh McIntyre’s ‘Chaintuts – Bitcoin Address Generator’ (video)
- 12 of the biggest enterprise blockchain players of 2020 (opinion)
- Road to the Avalanche-Ethereum Bridge (blog/anouncement)
- Blackrock seeks ‘Vice President’ Blockchain Lead’ to support crypto activities (employment)
- WISeKey’s identity blockchain technology secures commercial and recreational drones and improves safety (press release)
- 2020’s 5 countries friendliest to crypto and blockchain (opinion)
- ICONLOOP to develop blockchain-based mobile driver’s licence under regulatory sandbox approval in South Korea (press release)
- The complete blockchain and Ethereum programmer bundle (self-education)
- LCX receives licences from the Financial Market Authority of Liechtenstein (press release)
- SwiftPass and Wallyt to partner with Findora on payments network in Asia (press release)
- Wozniak’s EFFORCE adds Gate.io as third exchange listing for WOZX Tokens, bringing opportunity for energy efficiency participation to millions (press release).
Selected upcoming events
- Crypto Finance Conference Returns to St. Moritz in January 2021
- Geneva Blockchain Congress, 25 January, 2021
- European Blockchain Convention (EBC Barcelona), 25-26 January, 2021
- World Crypto-Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cyber-security (BCB), 04-05 March, 2021
- International Conference on Big Data and Blockchain (BDAB), 20-21 March, 2021
- Blockchance Europe 2021 (July 7th-9th, 2021).