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BIG Weekly Newsletter

Apr 1, 2021
Issue: No 73

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This week read about how Visa pilots payment settlements using cryptocurrency, why Metaco partners with IBM for secure digital asset orchestration system and how New York State has launched the blockchain-based “Vaccination Passports”.

Each week we focus on Blockchain Education Basics, so you can improve your understanding this week the topic is Air Gap.

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AIR GAP - Air Gapping is a process of keeping your machine disconnected from the Internet (also known as cold storage). For instance, if you are a person or an exchange, you will have two sets of keys for the wallet used to store cryptocurrencies: a public key and a private key. A public key is one part of the address which is available to all and sundry to send cryptocurrencies to the designated holder. On the other hand, the private key is an alphanumeric code which is only available with the account holder. The private key is used as a form of digital signature to authorise a transaction.


Visa pilots
Visa pilots payment settlements using Stablecoin with
The ability to settle in USDC can ultimately help and other crypto native companies evaluate new business models without the need for traditional fiat in their treasury and settlement workflows.


        Metaco partners with IBM
        Metaco partners with IBM for secure digital asset orchestration system
        The goal of the partnership is to provide adequate digital asset custodial services for banks and other highly regulated financial services firms looking to participate in the digital asset ecosystem across use cases like tokenization, custody, and transaction management among others.


        Blockchain-based “Vaccination Passports
        Blockchain-based “Vaccination Passports” launch in New York State
        The digital passport, dubbed the Excelsior Pass, was built on top of IBM’s Digital Health Pass. The passport is a “free and voluntary way to share COVID-19 vaccination or negative test status in accordance with New York State guidelines.”



              Launch of the NTN
              Launch of the NTN Innovation Booster – Blockchain Nation Switzerland
              The Swiss Blockchain Federation has launched the NTN Innovation Booster – Blockchain Nation Switzerland. It comes at a time where a new DLT regulation is implemented in Switzerland, positioning the country at the forefront globally in this emerging industry.


                  German central bank
                  German central bank: DLT-based securities settlement successfully tested
                  Deutsche Börse, Deutsche Bundesbank and Germany’s Finance Agency have developed a settlement interface for electronic securities. Securities settlement using DLT is performed with the aid of a “trigger” solution and a transaction coordinator in TARGET2.


                      Digital Euro
                      The mouthpiece for the digital euro: The Digital Euro Association
                      In the financial sector, DLT enables the transfer and processing of tokenized assets as well as the corresponding payments in euros via one and the same platform. Billing can take place almost simultaneously, which reduces counterparty risks, increases liquidity and enables DvP.



                        China pushes toward global rules for CBDCs
                        In the race to bring CBDCs into the mainstream, key questions revolve around how they will be issued, accounted for and tracked. There are no global, standardized rules that would guide how banks would issue or operate the CBDCs.


                        Jamaica's central bank
                        Jamaica's central bank taps Irish tech outfit for CBDC project
                        The Bank of Jamaica has partnered with an Ireland-based tech firm for its central bank digital currency project scheduled to begin in May. Jamaica is the latest country making concrete efforts towards issuing its own sovereign digital currency.


                        Blockstream issues security token tied to bitcoin hashrate, payable in BTC
                        Bitcoin development company Blockstream is launching a token that is tied to the company’s Bitcoin mining production and which is redeemable in bitcoin.



                          Ethereum and Eth2
                          99.98% less power: Lighthouse’s first Ethereum and Eth2 merge transaction
                          The transaction is part of the initial steps towards Phase 1.5 in the Ethereum 2.0 upgrade roadmap when a “docking” process will merge Eth1 mainnet with the Eth2 Beacon Chain and sharding system.


                          Booming NFT scene has critics warn of bubble
                          NFTs are tokens that are not interchangeable with one another. One bitcoin holds the same value as any other bitcoin, making it therefore fungible.


                          Aurus brings the DeFi
                          Aurus brings the DeFi revolution to precious metals
                          Aurus is embracing the concept of DeFi to disrupt the precious metals industry. The firm has built a truly decentralised platform which allows companies like refineries, distributors and vaults to autonomously tokenise precious metals.


                          HUMANITARIAN & NOT FOR PROFIT

                          green finance
                          How blockchain can power the growth of green finance
                          Already a hotbed for sustainable finance, Asia is poised to become even more so as China makes green finance a national priority for 2021 and the next five years.


                              RECOMMENDED INDUSTRY REPORTS AND BOOKS

                              The Block Research - 2021
                              The Block research - 2021 digital asset outlook Report
                              2021 is poised for an acceleration in banking crypto, as the world’s largest financial companies accelerate the strategic desire to expand crypto capabilities or publicly market the intention to explore new digital asset offerings.


                              European Banking Authority publishes document addressing crowdfunding and money laundering, terrorist financing risk
                              The guidelines for crowdfunding platforms are incorporated into the Final Report “on customer due diligence and the factors credit and financial institutions should consider when assessing the money laundering and terrorist financing risk associated with individual business relationships and occasional transactions.”


                              PODCAST SERIES

                              THE SWISS ROAD TO CRYPTO PODCAST

                              In this podcast Didier Borel discovers people in Switzerland playing an active role in crypto and tech. He talks to entrepreneurs, tech innovators and disruptors shaping the future in this country. Switzerland has always played a key role in banking and has recognized the need to foster innovation.

                              UNCHAINED PODCAST

                              Laura Shin is a crypto/blockchain journalist and host of the Unchained and Unconfirmed podcasts. As a former senior editor of Forbes, she was the first mainstream reporter to cover crypto assets full-time. She gives an overview to all experts and novices alike on the use cases making a real impact, and their vision for the future of this innovative technology!
                              Unchained podcast

                              UPCOMING EVENTS

                              EUROPEAN BLOCKCHAIN CONVENTION
                              Apr 12 - Apr 16, 2021
                              9:00 AM - 6:00 PM CEST

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                              CRYPTO INVESTMENT STRATEGIES 2021
                              Thurs, May 6, 2021
                              5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CEST


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