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Group of US Advocacy Calls for National Action Plan on Blockchain

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A blockchain advocacy group of The Chamber of Digital Commerce has asked the U.S. government to apply a national strategy for blockchain technology.

A blockchain advocacy group of The Chamber of Digital Commerce has asked the U.S. government to apply a national strategy for blockchain technology.

 

On Wednesday, the recommendations for the plan was released by the organization. The organization has also requested the government to promote and support the blockchain industry through clear and supportive public statements.

 

According to the Chamber, until now most of the public statements from the U.S. government on cryptocurrencies were in the form of warnings and enforcement actions. Instead, there is a need for “clearly effective and expressive statement of support for the private sector” on blockchain for the benefit of the government, business and consumers.

 

The group further added that the U.S. government agencies should also coordinate with each other to develop blockchain policies, guidance, rules, and regulations. There should be a “light-touch regulatory approach” and the industry must have clarity on what laws apply to blockchain-based applications and digital tokens.

 

Chamber of Digital Commerce founder and president Perianne Boring said that the other developed nations are promoting the adoption of blockchain and digital assets. It is imperative that the U.S. should also recognize the power and potential of blockchain technology.

 

The U.S. government should also create an office to coordinate on blockchain strategy,  the chamber recommended.

 

The chamber further argued that blockchain technology has the potential to streamline processes across industries, including cybersecurity, financial services, healthcare, supply chain, and more. The lawmakers should reach out and cooperate with entrepreneurs in order to develop the national blockchain strategy.

 

Some U.S. lawmakers have already been making legislative efforts in the crypto and blockchain space. Back in October, a bipartisan bill was introduced, proposing the creation of a “consensus-based definition of blockchain.”

 

In December, two more bipartisan bills were introduced aimed to prevent crypto price manipulation and to boost acceptance of blockchain technology.

 

And, just last week, lawmakers in the U.S. state passed three bills related to blockchain and cryptos.

 

One bill is designed to recognize digital assets like property and clears the way for banks to act as crypto custodians, the others aim to enable securities to be issued in the form of a token and create “special purpose depository institutions” to enable blockchain businesses to access traditional banking services. All three are now awaiting signature by the state governor to officially become law.

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Can Bitcoin be Traced?

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Earlier it was challenging to trace Bitcoins, but current technology has led to practical ways of tracking stolen bitcoins.

Earlier it was challenging to trace Bitcoins, but current technology has led to practical ways of tracking stolen bitcoins.

To track the person who received the bitcoin, the address owner must be aware of it.

However, governments do not want bitcoin owners to be unknown, and they are trying to regulate bitcoin in a way that can be monitored.

It’s nothing new since people have been doing blockchain analysis and bitcoin tracking since bitcoin was used to exchange stuff on the internet.

 

Is Bitcoin Anonymous?

As Bitcoin has become more popular and some criminal activity has been disclosed on the Bitcoin network, many people have wondered whether their Bitcoin transactions are anonymous or whether there are some essential complexities that they should be aware of.

Bitcoin tumblers allow many different users to put their cryptocurrency in a “bucket” and then return the same bitcoin value to each user, but with bitcoins put into a bucket by other users.

Bitcoin is not entirely untraceable, but it is a common misunderstanding, as Bitcoin is well known for masking user identity.

 

Users who rely on bitcoin exchanges ( such as Bitfinex, Binance or Kraken ) to exchange money for bitcoin must disclose their personal information to such an account.

However, governments are beginning to introduce new rules that could force an anonymous Bitcoin exchange to verify the identity of a new user before allowing them to purchase Bitcoin with fiat currency.

Create multiple addresses so that bitcoin can be randomly distributed, making blockchain analysis more difficult and anonymous.

 

Bitcoin is often presented as an untraceable payment method that facilitates illegal activities by allowing criminals to make and receive payments without being monitored.

There are many ways in which the identity of a person can be exposed to bitcoin transactions.

 

Now you have your bitcoin clean; you don’t want to waste all the hard work of using it in a trackable transaction.

As such, if you can pay with bitcoin and rely on the trader not to keep any PII records, the purchase may be anonymous.

If you prefer to spend your bitcoin on other cryptocurrencies or cash, the easiest thing to do would be to go to the exchange.

Portfolios, currency exchanges, mixing companies, and P2P sites have all been used to cheat bitcoin users.

Keep in mind that bitcoin is still the most widely accepted cryptocurrency.

 

Bitcoin is the only virtual currency with enough people who want to buy it to become moldy.

Cybercriminals use the creation and monitoring of Bitcoin portfolios, which can be done automatically, helping them find out which victims have paid.

Bitcoin transactions are public and contain all the information we need to track ransom payments, provided that we know which wallets to look at.

In most cases, payment tracking is not as easy as cybercriminals move bitcoins through multiple wallets to avoid payment tracking.

 

So, if you’re still thinking about using Bitcoin for your transaction gateway, be careful that you can track it as well.

Most users use online bitcoin exchanges to exchange bitcoins for real currency, such as bitpay, coinbase, localbitcoins, etc.

As the number of pro traders is slightly lower in online markets, it is easy to look at the bitcoin transaction by going to their bitcoin address.

 

Oaktar can be used to collect much more than the information needed to identify and link someone to specific Bitcoin addresses and transactions and can do so without relying on cryptocurrencies.

As alarming as oaktar and its activities, no new information has recently emerged to indicate that the NSA has expanded its Bitcoin monitoring efforts to other cryptocurrencies.

These protocols include CoinJoin, Dark Wallet, bestmixer, io, sharecoin, and coinwap, all of which also offer Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies the possibility of anonymizing their transactions.

In the meantime, the more direct and intrusive methods of the NSA are also based on the fact that crypto users unconsciously compromise their internet connections, which could not be expected to monitor all cryptocurrency transactions in mass.

 

Bitcoin, the Internet currency loved by computer scientists, libertarians and criminals, is no longer vulnerable.

But Bitcoin ‘anonymity is also a powerful tool for criminal financing: virtual money can keep shady transactions secret.

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Forbes releases top 50 blockchain companies list

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Forbes has released top 50 blockchain companies using blockchain technology list and these are almost all household names of the world's largest companies.

Forbes has released a new top 50 blockchain companies using blockchain technology list and these are almost all household names of the world’s largest companies. In fact, they are all billion dollar plus companies such as Amazon, Citi Group, Foxconn, Comcast and a whole host of others and unsurprisingly the bulk majority of these companies are using Ethereum.

 

Although, outside of Ethereum which is, of course, the number 1 blockchain for these companies, we do see others like Hyperledger and Quorum for example, although much rarer on the list in terms of mentions are blockchains such as Stellar Lumens or Cardano. Blockchains such as TRON, EOS, NEM, and others are not mentioned in the list of top 50 companies.

 

Companies choosing Ethereum according to Forbes:

Big businesses really like what Ethereum is doing. Ethereum has also worked very hard to make these relationships happen over the last few years and those relationships are now paying dividends big time.

 

All the top 10 companies are located in China or the United States.

The Top 10 (Forbes List):

10. Ping An Insurance Company: China

9. Bank of China: China

8. Apple: United States

7. Wells Fargo & Company: United States

6. Bank of America: United States

5. Agricultural Bank of China: China

4. Berkshire Hathaway Inc: United States

3. JPMorgan Chase & Co: United States

2. China Construction Bank Corporation: China

1. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China: China

 

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JPMorgan expanding itself into the blockchain and crypto space

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JPMorgan Chase has been posting a lot of job opportunities in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry on Indeed.com, the job listing portal.

JPMorgan Chase, the American multinational investment bank and financial services company has been posting a lot of job opportunities in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry on Indeed.com, a job listing site. According to the data from Indeed.com, the overall job openings for the cryptocurrency industry also seems to be on a rise.

 

JPMorgan Entering the Cryptocurrency Space:

Though the CEO of JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon has always been a strong opponent of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, his company has been interestingly expanding its operations in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrency.

 

Last month, JPMorgan launched its own cryptocurrency known as the JPM Coin, which will serve the bank’s precious customers in order to make transactions between them more swift and steady.

 

Back in 2018, JPMorgan had launched a blockchain powered platform known as Quorum which might be seen quite homogeneous to bitcoin and ethereum, however, it is almost fully centralized in nature.

 

Large companies entering the Blockchain Space:

In recent times, a lot of huge companies worldwide have been entering into the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. According to a recent publication by the Forbes, large organizations such as IBM, Deloitte, Cisco, Microsoft, Consensus, and others have been curiously hiring employees that are experts in the field of blockchain technology.

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