Tulip Trading and its potentially stunting effect on the blockchain

Written by James Ramsden KC, Kings Counsel of the Astraea Group

The Court of Appeal's ruling on Friday, February 3, in Tulip Trading's lawsuit against sixteen promoters who allegedly control the Bitcoin network is a major step forward for the industry.

Legally, the error is very nuanced; it merely states that Tulip's allegation that the promoters owe it fiduciary and diligence duties constitutes “a serious issue that must be tried” and therefore must go to trial. But this underestimates its practical importance.

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Elon Musk's vision of media and Blockchain

Article taken fromBlockchain Observatory 

Elon Musk again. Now some statements, apparently stolen, about how he understands the media in connection with a justification about the motivations for the acquisition of Twitter. The billionaire objects to the negative view of reality institutionalized by the media.

It is quite possible that this statement encompasses many things that he does not like. It can be this veil of negativity of reality assumed by the media, in their function of watchful watchers and warnings of the dangers of the environment. A function that was precisely pointed out by the father of functionalism in the media: Harold D. Lasswell. It may be that, within the negativity, it includes a rejection of the criticism of which the protagonist may be the object. In a way, the media are the institutions that have appropriated this critical function.

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Ethereum P2P Network Structure 2

Article written by leonardo bautista, senior researcher at Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

To discuss the Ethereum 2 network, we must first talk about Ethereum's current transition to a more sustainable and scalable solution for its decentralized platform. Being aware of the electricity consumption required by Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus platforms, this transition aims to change their consensus mechanism to Prof-of-Stake (PoS), significantly reducing energy consumption that nodes require to participate in the network.


Figure 1. Number of active nodes on the Ethereum 2 network. 

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Blockchain Resilience and Software Diversity

Article written by leonardo bautista, senior researcher at Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

Resilience is very important for the proper functioning of a system. There is no such thing as a 100% reliable system in the field of software and electronics. Having technology as complex as today's also means that there will be many points of failure. From programming frameworks to human code errors, mission-critical systems must cover this to have as little risk as possible.

Aerospace systems

Once a program has been thoroughly tested and works well for a given task, it will continue to do so in the future as long as all of the following factors remain the same:

* Input data
* The environment
* The expected result (user requirement)

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Regulation of cryptocurrencies varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction

In essence, the regulations vary depending on the country you look at, but the common denominator in each jurisdiction is that anti-money laundering requirements are met (Anti Money Laundering).

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SSI: Self-Sovereign Identity Explained

Written by Ross Power, of Cheqd, which helps companies leverage SSI to enable new business models for verifiers, holders and issuers. 

Self-sovereign identity (SSI) has seen rapid adoption within finance, interestingly both centralized (CeFi) and decentralized (DeFi). In the context of DeFi, it is sometimes referred to as its enabler. Beyond finance, its application has also grown, spanning travel, e-commerce, supply chains, cryptocurrencies and other sectors. What remains a stumbling block for many is understanding what SSI is and what is so magical about it that it can fill so many cracks in industries.

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Crypto asset insurance: DeFi vs. CeFi

Written by Ben Davis Head of Superscript's international portfolio and emerging technology practice.

The traditional centralized insurance industry has historically been slow to act when new innovations appear. There are several reasons for this, but the main one centers on the fact that insurers need to think about future liability for past writings. What does this mean? It means insurers have to try to predict where they might have a claim for the companies they currently insure. With new and emerging technologies, this is difficult to do. For example, if you talk to any property or casualty insurer, you can show them their actuarial models that illustrate why they charge a certain rate for a certain risk. These models have been generated from years and years of claims data; with each claim, the market adjusts its rates and, more importantly, its predictions for future claims. In essence, if you reduce an insurance company, it is a data company that uses its data to make bets. Data and bets. Welcome to traditional insurance. 

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Self-Sufficiency Identity (SSI) Use Cases

Written by Elina Yumasheva de check, a software company that is building a secure network so that individuals and organizations can take full control of their personal data using blockchain technology.


While self-sufficient identity (SSI) may seem like an unfamiliar concept to some, others are actively leveraging the technology to address industry-specific challenges: for example, the KYC trial of the Financial Conduct Authority or Travel pass of the IATA. But before we go any further, let's define what SSI is. 

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The impact of Blockchain technology for investors and companies when raising capital

There has been considerable coverage of how companies are able to use blockchain technology to raise capital through tokens and while these are still being used as a funding mechanism – see here the list of recent projects. The reality is that until volatility (the amount the token price goes up and down) decreases and until we see true institutional buying of this new asset class, investors would be wise to commit a relatively small amount ( 3% to 5%) of your token/crypto portfolio.

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