Blockchain Catch-upThis is Charles Brett’s start-of-the-week Enterprise Times ‘blockchain catch-up’ 2022-Week 10. 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 2022-Week 10

Epic fail – Facebook’s Libra: the inside story of how the company’s cryptocurrency dream died

Libra had the blue-chip partners, the tech and the right players. None of which could save it.

Quick Take: Though behind the FT’s paywall, this is an essential read (if you can obtain it). This summarises all aptly: “What emerges is a picture of Silicon Valley executives who thought they could charge into finance and make billions, if only they could surmount technical and regulatory barriers. What they failed to realise was that the very fact Facebook had conceived the idea, doomed it. As one government official involved in the process puts it: “Diem spent years trying to reverse engineer their project to fix all of its faults. But they could never fix being linked to Facebook. It was their original sin.””

7 pieces to read – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up 2022-Week 10

Selected announcements/press releases/opinions – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up 2022-Week 10

  • Decrypt’s guide to the best books on Bitcoin and blockchain (opinion)
  • Decentralised identity using blockchain (opinion)
  • How Chainlink is bridging the blockchain Gap (opinion)
  • Blockchain technology: what are the disadvantages of blockchain? (opinion)
  • 10 trending blockchain resources in 2022 (opinion)
  • State Street to develop digital custody in collaboration with (announcement)
  • Princeton crypto alumni give $20 Million for blockchain research (announcement)
  • U.S. Treasury launches campaign to educate public about crypto risks (announcement)
  • The Interchain Communication Protocol (IBC) crosses 11 million transfers in February (announcement)
  • XDC Network unveils Origin — a no-code token creation tool for brands, DAOs and developers (announcement).

Selected upcoming events

  • Digital Assets Week (21-25 March 2022)
  • Bitcoin 2022 (April 6th-9th, 2022)
  • Paris Blockchain Week Summit (12-14th April 2022)
  • FT LIVE” Crypto and Digital Assets Summit (26th April, 2022).


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