Tunisia to Launch E-Dinar National Currency Using Blockchain

Tunisia has become the first country to start moving its national currency to a blockchain platform. Russian ICO startup Universa will help issue and manage Tunisia’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), reported Russian news agency Tass on Nov. 7. E-dinar expected to be more transparent, cheaper to issue The Central Bank of Tunisia announced that the digitization of the Tunisian dinar has started and that the paper-backed CBDC will be issued on the Universa Blockchain.  Furthermore, Universa will also reportedly receive a percentage of all transactions carried out with the…

Binance to Open Beijing Office Amid China’s Renewed Blockchain Push

Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange Binance is opening an office in Beijing, two sources with knowledge of the matter told CoinDesk. The new outpost will join Binance’s current mainland China office in Shanghai. It’s not clear what exactly the office will do or when it will open, but the move follows a slew of announcements from Chinese authorities, including President Xi Jinping outlining China’s new blockchain ambitions. Relations between Binance leadership and Chinese authorities appear to have warmed recently, with the exchange publishing a report on China’s plans for a digital fiat currency over…

China Unironically Bans Blockchain Slurs as Crypto Launch Looms

Authoritarian China has unironically banned criticism of blockchain technology. The move comes after President Xi Jinping publicly called for more blockchain research. The crypto industry remains divided about China’s sudden pivot. In one of the biggest U-turns in crypto history, China professed its love for blockchain. Now, the nation is going as far as to penalize anyone who dares oppose it. Chinese President  Xi Jinping recently rocked the crypto industry with a speech exalting blockchain, praising the economic benefits and efficiencies available through the technology. The bitcoin price soared in…

FTX Launches Futures on Index of 8 China Cryptos Amid Xi Blockchain Pump

Derivatives exchange FTX has launched an index of eight popular China-related cryptocurrencies. Announced in a tweet by the firm’s CEO Sam Bankman-Fried Tuesday, the Dragon Perpetual Futures Index (DRGN-PERP) tracks a basket of coins including BTM, IOST, NEO, NULS, ONT, QTUM, TRX, and VET, based on a weighted average of their respective prices. FTX is also offering traders exposure to the coins in the form of perpetual futures contracts based on the index. Traders will be able to leverage these contracts up to 101 times, Bankman-Fried told CoinDesk. While widely known within…

Korean Government to Back Blockchain Startups With $9 Million Fund in 2020

The Korea Internet Security Agency (KISA) will be supporting blockchain-related projects in 2020 with 10.5 billion won, about $9.0 million, in funding, but has ruled out supporting of crypto projects or crypto exchanges. It will be the third year of such support from the KISA, which is under the Ministry of Science and ICT, according to the announcement from the agency on Monday. The plans were discussed at a meeting held in Seoul on Friday last week. About 10 projects will be chosen for next year while one or two of…

Major Latin American Development Bank Pilots Blockchain for Land Registry

The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) is implementing three different blockchain pilot projects to test if blockchain technology is able to solve some of the problems of land titling and registries. On Oct. 28, blockchain startup ChromaWay reported that it is collaborating with IADB on a two-year project in Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay on an initiative called “Distributed Ledger Technology (Blockchain): The Future of Land Titling and Registry.” Chromaway, which has experience in tracking land titles in countries such as Sweden, Canada, India, and Australia, will run the pilots together with…

Bitcoin Pops after Xi Jinping’s Blockchain Endorsement

China’s President Xi Jinping’s endorsement of the blockchain technology sent bitcoin up by more than 40 percent. The benchmark cryptocurrency established a new session high of $10,540.49 after rising by $3,109 over the weekend. The surplus gains came after a depressive performance last week, wherein bitcoin price shed as much as 17.33 percent, or $1,529.96. However, on Friday, Xinping called blockchain “a core technology” of China’s next-age innovation plans. The premier called for more investments into the nascent sector, a move that speculators treated as bullish for blockchain’s first working…

Blockchain Startup Raises $5M to Automate Airport Security Checks

Blockchain startup Zamna raised $5 million to automate airport security checks using blockchain and biometrics technology, tech news outlet Silicon Republic reports on Oct. 28. The startup plans to use the funding to deploy its Advance Passenger Information platform. Zamna also said that International Airlines Group (IAG), Emirates Airlines and United Arab Emirates’ General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs are now among its clients. According to company data website Crunchbase, the seed round was reportedly led by venture capital firms LocalGlobe and Oxford Capital partners alongside IAG, one of…

Crypto and Blockchain News From German-Speaking World: Oct. 20-26

The German-speaking world has seen an array of crypto and blockchain-related developments over the past week, with the Federal Ministry of Finance concluding that cryptocurrencies are hardly involved in money laundering and terrorist financing (TF), Bitwala integrating a feature for automatically generating cryptocurrency tax reports, and  the Graz startup Lab10 Collective developing a more energy-efficient blockchain. Below is the past week of crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph auf Deutsch. Risk analysis by the Federal Ministry of Finance: Crypto is hardly involved in money laundering…

How Blockchain Can Help Doctors Take Better Care of You

The current health care system — from its arduous processes to its lack of coherency — prevents doctors from providing patients with the best care and negatively impacts the care they already deliver. Medical professionals are burdened with attempting to coordinate health care in a system that simply isn’t designed for it. Around the world, physicians and their staff struggle to coordinate care through antiquated methods — frequently by face-to-face, fax, phone or courier — that may lead to dangerous miscommunication.  The situation in the United States serves as an…