Standard Chartered Signs MoU With Chinese Blockchain Finance Platform Linklogis

London-headquartered multinational banking and financial services firm Standard Chartered has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tencent-backed Chinese fintech firm Linklogis. The agreement, reported by financial technology news site Finextra on Feb. 12, will allow Standard Chartered to use Linklogis’ blockchain-powered supply chain financing platform. Linklogis, based in Shenzhen, China, is a business to…

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MEP Kaili: Banks Can’t Stop Us From Using Blockchain

A Greek member of the parliament (MEP) of the European Union, Eva Kaili, declared that central banks have too much control over people’s deposits, according to a post published on Ripple’s blog on Feb. 8. According to the post, Kaili made the comments at the Ripple Regionals event in London last week. The MEP said…

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ALS Association Partners With TRON to Use Blockchain to Track Donations

The ALS Association has partnered with the TRON Foundation to launch a blockchain-enabled charity campaign, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 11. The campaign, called #VoiceYourLove, aims to build awareness around amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and raise donations for research into treatments and finding a…

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IBM Partnership Uses Blockchain, IoT to Combat Drought in California

A collaborative IBM project using blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) to tackle drought is underway in the United States state of California, according to a press release published Feb. 8. IBM Research and sensor tech provider SweetSense have reportedly partnered with non-profit organization The Freshwater Trust (TFT) and the University of Colorado Boulder…

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The Fallacy That Blockchain Is Stuck in One Place

Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. ___________ One of the biggest rhetorical challenges blockchain advocates confront is something I’ll call “stasism:” their…

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Maltese Financial Regulator Issues Cybersecurity Consultation for Blockchain Industry

The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has issued a consultation on cybersecurity, associated with new technologies such as blockchain, the agency tweeted on Feb. 8. In a consultation document called “Guidance Notes on Cybersecurity,” the MFSA suggested that the agency’s cybersecurity system should comply with international standards, including guidelines by the European Banking Authority (EBA).…

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Medical R&D Alliance Expands Blockchain Project to Include Data Sharing

The Pistoia Alliance has expanded its blockchain project to include data sharing, data identity, and data integrity, according to a press release published on Feb 8. The Pistoia Alliance is a not-for-profit organization established in 2007, with representatives from well-known pharmaceutical industry companies which include Pfizer, Novartiz, and GSK. The Pistoia Alliance was formed to…

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Seoul City Gov’t Appoints Members to Blockchain Governance Team

The Seoul Metropolitan Government, South Korea, has issued letters of appointment to its Blockchain Governance Team set to integrate blockchain technology with the city’s administration services. The news was announced by blockchain networks firm ICON on Feb. 8. The Seoul Blockchain Governance Team was formed by the Metropolitan Government, with the aim of investigating the…

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Mauritius Regulators to Approve Digital Asset Custodian Licensing Framework

The Mauritanian Financial Services Commission (FSC) is establishing a regulatory framework for digital asset custodian services, according to an official announcement published on Feb. 8. The new regulation will be effective as of March 1 and will require custodian services “to comply with the applicable framework for [Anti Money Laundering] AML/CFT [combat financing terrorism] in…

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JPMorgan Securities Exec: ‘Blockchain Is Still Far From Institutionalization’

Joyce Chang, global research chair at JPMorgan Securities, has said that blockchain technology is still far from institutionalization and must still overcome key hurdles before it can break through to cross-industry adoption at scale. Chang made her comments during an interview on the “Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas” television show on Feb. 7. Chang noted that blockchain…

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Credit Suisse Completes Joint Mutual Fund Transactions Using Blockchain

Global investment bank Credit Suisse and Portuguese Banco Best have completed end-to-end fund transactions on blockchain, according to a press release published Feb. 7. The financial institutions have reportedly processed every part of the fund trade process by implementing a blockchain-based decentralized platform, FundsDLT. Designed to improve the efficiency of fund transaction processing with the…

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Italian Parliament Approves Bill Defining Distributed Ledger Tech, Blockchain Terms

The Italian House of Representatives has approved a bill defining distributed ledger technologies (DLT) such as blockchain, Cointelegraph Italy reported on Feb. 7. With 275 votes in favor, 206 against and 27 abstentions, the bill dubbed “Semplificazioni” has moved forward. The Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale will now define the technical criteria that smart contracts will…

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