Blockchain Catch-upThis is a Charles Brett’s start-of-the-week Enterprise Times ‘blockchain catch-up’ 2022-Week 35. 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 Take(s) – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up 2022-Week 35

The Digital Dollar Project launches ‘Technical Sandbox Program’ to explore CBDC infrastructure solutions

The Digital Dollar Project (DDP) has launched its ‘Technical Sandbox Program’. The objective is to jumpstart the exploration of technical implementations of a U.S. central bank digital currency (CBDC). The Program should start in early October 2022 – with the inaugural cohort focusing on cross-border payments.

The Program intends to serve as a collaborative space for the DDP participants and financial service providers. It will offer a neutral environment for the evaluation of technological, business and policy approaches to CBDCs. Program participants will examine real-world technology, explore potential implications to business strategies and operations, and experiment to uncover possible use-case specific solutions.

Quick Take: The DDP is a partnership between Accenture and the Digital Dollar Foundation. It proclaims its purpose as being “to encourage research and public discussion on the potential advantages of a digital dollar, convene private sector thought leaders and actors, and propose possible models to support the public sector. The DDP will moderate programs with interested stakeholders to measure the value of and and establish practical steps that can be taken to establish a digital dollar.” While it is unclear whether anyone will listen or take note of the DDP’s results, there is clear value in having a mediated technical sandbox within which potential solutions can be explored.

7 pieces to read – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up 2022-Week 35

Selected announcements/press releases/opinions – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up 2022-Week 35

  • Digital liberation: how blockchain can be sexy (and safe) (opinion)
  • Why crypto should support the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (opinion)
  • RKVST launches new pricing tiers (announcement)
  • Hyperledger Global Forum 2022 set to tackle blockchain interoperability, CBDCs, climate change, digital identity, tokenomics and more (announcement)
  • Aventus+Parity join forces to open doors for businesses to benefit from blockchain on a mass scale (announcement)
  • Binance to help South Korean city of Busan grow crypto adoption, develop blockchain ecosystem (announcement)
  • Cardano builder IOG funds $4.5M blockchain research hub at Stanford University (announcement).

Selected events

  • Hyperledger Global Forum (12th-14th September 2022)
  • CordaCon 2022 (27th-28th September 2022)
  • United World Blockchange Conference 2022 (7th October 2022)
  • Bitcoin Amsterdam (12th-14th October 2022)
  • LA Blockchain Summit 2022 (1st-3rd November 2022)
  • Crypto and Digital Assets Summit – Winter Edition (28th November 2022)
  • Bitcoin Conference (18th-20th May 2023).


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