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Blockchain Expo has announced dates for 2020 world series.

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The leading Blockchain Expo World Series has announced dates for its 2020 world series. Hosting our triannual Global expo on the 17-18th March, Europe 1-2 July and North America 4-5th November.   Our conferences are constantly evolving to meet the demands of the blockchain ecosystem. Bringing together content from industry leaders, top-level sponsors, and hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the very latest use of Blockchain technology. Further information on our world series and to register for your ticket see here: https://blockchain-expo.com

The event will bring together 9000+ attendees from 70+ countries to explore the entire enterprise technology ecosystem across now, a co-located event covering Blockchain, IoT, AI & Big data, Cyber Security & Cloud and the newest addition 5G. Over the two days there will be multiple networking events, parties, 1-1 connection opportunities, and a wide variety of exhibitors to engage with.

If 2017 was the year of blockchain hype, and 2018 was the year of
naval-gazing and disappointment, 2019 was one of consolidation and
understanding of the technology’s capability in an enterprise context.

Expect this trend to continue this year and beyond. Writing in November, Martha Bennett, VP and principal analyst at Forrester predicted that, alongside the public versus private debate reaching the executive table, interoperability and collaboration will be the key topic of discussion in 2020.

“We’ve already witnessed the emergence of multiple networks addressing the same use case… and there are also processes that span multiple chains,” wrote Bennett. “Participants in these permissioned networks are keen to understand whether, and how, these various chains will interact. We’ll also see a much greater focus on integration with existing systems; providers of existing automation and business process management solutions will seek to enhance their offerings with DLT capabilities.”

The consensus – to pardon the expression – now is that the
technology is here, and it is decision time for many enterprises. Hyperledger
executive director Brian Behlendorf, who spoke at Blockchain Expo Europe in June,
says that enterprise adoption has ‘blossomed’. He agrees that it will not be a
winner-take-all scenario.

“People have projected this image that there will be one winner or only one technology that becomes the VHS to everyone else’s Betamax – and I don’t think it’ll play out that way at all,” he says. “I think we’re at a moment now where organisations of any reasonable size should have a centre of competence, tracking new technology developments, and doing experiments in multiple technologies to understand them at a deeper level.”

Evidence suggests that for other emerging technologies, taking the next step reaps its reward. Research from McKinsey has found that more than half (58%) of companies who had gone into production with their IoT initiatives had seen at least a 5% increase in revenue, with 46% saying they had seen at least a 5% decrease in cost.

A wide variety of industries started taking those steps as 2020
came into view. Some were more obvious than others. Courier giant FedEx, with
its focus on delivery, understandably has various blockchain bets. Again, the
theme is cooperation. Dale Chrystie, business fellow and blockchain strategist
at FedEx, and who spoke at Blockchain Expo North America, explains
that blockchain is ‘not only a technology discussion’ for the almost
50-year-old company.

“We don’t believe we can put a FedEx logo on blockchain and the
world will come to us,” says Chrystie. “It’s not
about where we compete, but rather in blockchain, it’s about where we can agree
in non-competitive areas that benefit all.”

Like many other technologies, it is not so much the technical hurdles which need to be overcome, but the cultural ones. Pramod Achanta, IBM VP and blockchain services leader for North America and another speaker at Blockchain Expo North America in November, led his team in writing a playbook for consortia to make the right decisions and eventually sponsor a production network. As he explains, blockchain is a ‘team sport’, but it does not tell the full story.

“It’s sometimes difficult to put those teams together,” says Achanta. “A lot of times the network needs to come together for the common good, but at the same time the value that each of these participants get out of that network may not be uniform.”

Getting all the stakeholders in the same room together – from project managers to vendors, to developers, to end-users – is therefore vital. In a mission to connect the blockchain ecosystem our next conference will take place at the Olympia London 17-18th March 2020. We have an audience of enterprise decision-makers who are responsible for innovating new technology within supply-chain, transport, legal sectors, financial services, retail, insurance, energy, music, gaming, government, real estate, luxury goods and more. 

New conference agenda:

  • NEW: Crypto & Digital Asset
    Investment
  • NEW: Convergent Technology
    Solutions
  • Blockchain Enterprise Platforms
  • Blockchain for Enterprise
  • Blockchain for Business
  • Fintech & Regulation

The Blockchain Expo Global 2020 has attracted our finest speakers yet. Experts and leading organisations are joining us to explore the entire Blockchain ecosystem. From areas in fintech, regulation, transportation industry, energy, supply chain, telecoms, and governance.  Blockchain Expo will divulge into how this technology is disrupting these areas plus many more. Explore the Global 2020 agenda here.

Event
attendees can expect to meet with over 9,000 + like-minded individuals, 350+ exhibitors
such as IBM, Samsung Semiconductor, SAP and Hyperledger in a series of
networking opportunities. The Blockchain Expo will also
allow you to ask questions to the events 100+ thought leading speakers in Q&A
sessions. These speakers include:

  • Sara Tavacoli, Head of Innovation & Finance Transformation, Vodafone
  • Manuela Godeck, Global Innovation Project Manager | Blockchain, Vodafone
  • Nicole Sandler, Innovation Policy Global Lead, Barclays
  • Marta Piekarska-Geater, Director of Ecosystem, Hyperledger
  • Thomas Lee-Warren, Group Digital CTO, Rolls-Royce
  • Johan Toll, Head of Digital Assets, Nasdaq
  • William Lovell, Head of Future Technology, Bank of England
  • John Henry Clippenger, Board Member | Advisor | Research Scientist | CIO, MIT Research Lab | Swytch
  • Essam El-Okda, Digital Supply Chain Transformation Manager, Unilever 
  • Mariana Gómez de la Villa, Program Director Distributed Ledger Technology, ING
  • John Calian, Head of T-Labs, T Mobile
  • Leanne Kemp, CEO, Everledger
  • Garrick Hileman, Head of Research, Blockchain
  • Nkiru Uwaje, Global Innovation Manager, SWIFT
  • Yann van Ewijk, Information Risk Analyst, Shell
  • Yann van Ewijk, Information Risk Analyst, Shell
  • Dale Chrystie, Business Fellow, Blockchain Strategist | Chairman, FedEx | BiTA
  • Julian Fifield, Blockchain Programme & Delivery, NSF
  • Eva Kaili, Member of European Parliament

As the leading enterprise event
across IoT, 5G, Blockchain, AI, Big Data, Cyber Security and Cloud we offer
different ticket types to cater for every delegate experience, you can join us
with a Free Expo Pass which gives access to the co-located exhibition floor and
the sessions taking place on the expo floor stages, Gold Pass which gives exclusive access to the entire Blockchain
conference and networking opportunities and our Ultimate Pass which provides full access to all 5 expos! To find out more
and register follow this link.

We hope to see you at the Blockchain Expo Global event and make
sure not to miss out Blockchain Expo Europe taking place
at RAI, Amsterdam on 1-2 July 2020 and the Blockchain
Expo North America
will take place on the 4-5
November 2020.

For further information contact:

Blockchain Expo

Rebecca Clinton-Floyed

Marketing Manager

enquiries@blockchain-expo.com / +44 (0)117
980 9023

www.blockchain-expo.com

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CBDC is a tool to combat Bitcoin, says Bank of Indonesia exec

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Central bank digital currencies (CBDC), digital versions of national currencies introduced in response to growing cryptocurrency adoption, would be an essential tool for combating crypto, according to the Bank of Indonesia.

The central bank of Indonesia is considering launching a digital rupiah to “fight” against cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), Bank of Indonesia’s assistant governor Juda Agung said at a recent parliamentary meeting.

“A CBDC would be one of the tools to fight crypto. We assume that people would find CBDC more credible than crypto. CBDC would be part of an effort to address the use of crypto in financial transactions,” Agung stated, according to a Nov. 30 Bloomberg report.

The official noted that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are currently traded alongside commodity futures and regulated by the trade ministry despite severe impacts on the financial system.

The news comes shortly after the National Ulema Council (MUI), Indonesia’s top Islamic scholarly body, reportedly found cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin to be haram, or forbidden, by the tenets of Islam. The East Java branch of one of MUI previously issued a statement deeming the use of the cryptocurrency haram in late October.

As previously reported, the Indonesian government has taken a mixed stance on crypto regulation. Despite banning cryptocurrency payments back in 2017, local authorities have opted to keep cryptocurrency trading legal. In April 2021, Indonesia’s Commodity Futures Trading Regulatory Agency (Bappebti) of the Ministry of Trading reportedly announced plans to launch a government-backed crypto exchange in the second half of 2021.

While maintaining a mixed stance on crypto, Indonesian regulators have been increasingly looking at a potential CBDC. In May, the Bank of Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo announced plans to launch a digital rupiah as a legal payment instrument in Indonesia.

Related: Retail-focused Singaporean CBDC to hedge against privately issued stablecoins

CBDCs like the Chinese digital yuan are apparently designed to curb cryptocurrency adoption as one of their key features. Indonesia is not alone in thinking that CBDCs can help governments combat crypto. In mid-November, Bank of Russia’s governor Elvira Nabiullina said that CBDCs should serve as a good option for governments to replace decentralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.


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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/cbdc-is-a-tool-to-combat-bitcoin-says-bank-of-indonesia-exec

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Binance CEO reveals one key factor for token listings

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The CEO of Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume, has disclosed some information on how to get listed on the trading platform.

The most important criteria for listing a cryptocurrency on Binance is the number of users, CEO Changpeng Zhao, also known as “CZ,” said in a Forbes interview on Monday.

CZ went on to say that there are many other factors like the number of active addresses on blockchain, social media audience and code commits. However, the number of users is “the key metric,” he said, adding:

“If a coin has a large number of users, then we will list it. That’s the overwhelming significant attribute. Consider for example meme tokens, even though I personally don’t get it, if it’s used by a large number of users we list it. We go by the community, my opinion doesn’t matter.”

According to Binance’s listing tips from its CEO, the number of users is just one of many factors for listing a token on the crypto exchange. “If you have a large number of users, your product has value. That’s the easiest to measure. Do include the user statistics in the application form. It will help significantly,” the CEO’s statement on Binance listings reads.

According to Sergei Khitrov, founder of crypto listing-focused platform Listing.Help, major crypto exchanges like Binance don’t need to list minor tokens, as they earn mainly from trading volumes rather than listings.

“This is one of the main problems that many projects do not understand. They should start with building a community. And that means not 500 or 10,000 people in a Telegram channel, but a much larger audience,” Khitrov told Cointelegraph. He added that token creators are recommended to start from smaller exchanges.

At the time of writing, Binance supports a total of 346 cryptocurrencies, including major cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH), as well as popular meme tokens such as Dogecoin (DOGE) and Shiba Inu (SHIB), according to data from CoinGecko. Binance’s daily trading volume is estimated at $28 billion.

In comparison, OKEx, the second-largest crypto exchange by trading volumes, has listed 312 coins and has a trading volume of roughly $7 billion. United States-based crypto exchange Coinbase supports just 123 tokens with a daily trading volume of about $6 billion.

Some major centralized exchanges (CEX) have more tokens listed than Binance does, with Bittrex listing over 450 cryptocurrencies at the time of writing.

Related: Kraken exchange defies competitors’ regulatory concerns with SHIB listing

As opposed to a CEX, decentralized exchanges (DEX) are the world’s biggest platforms in terms of the number of listed cryptocurrencies, as DEXs like PancakeSwap do not require contacting an exchange or asking permission. As such, PancakeSwap, a DEX running on the Binance Smart Chain, has over 3,200 listed tokens, while Uniswap lists over 1,800 cryptocurrencies.

Last month, PancakeSwap listed the Squid Game (SQUID) token, a cryptocurrency scam inspired by the eponymous Netflix show, which posted over 45,000% growth in a few days after launch. The token is listed on Binance-owned crypto website CoinMarketCap, while competitors such as CoinGecko retracted from listing SQUID due to being “most likely a scam.”


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India misinterpreted private crypto ban, says crypto bill creator

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The creator of India’s crypto bill, former Finance Secretary Subhash Garg, dismissed the notion of banning “private cryptocurrencies” as a misinterpretation while highlighting the enormous potential of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

The parliamentary discussions around a controversial crypto bill sparked fears around the ban on cryptocurrencies, with no clear indication about the ban’s scope. As Cointelegraph reported, an episode of panic selling among Indian investors followed the announcement. In an interview with local news channel News 18, Garg clarified:

“[The description of the crypto bill] was perhaps a mistake. It is misleading to say that private cryptocurrencies will be banned and to intimate the government about the same.”

He believes that the Indian government should formulate a bill after discussing it with stakeholders and crypto investors. Furthermore, the bill suggests banning private cryptocurrencies without clarifying what the word “private” stands for.

As a result, the crypto community in India self-interpreted two different versions of the bill’s agenda — one that considers banning all non-government issued cryptocurrencies and the other that excludes cryptocurrencies running on public blockchains such as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH).

Garg also pointed out a flaw in classifying cryptocurrencies as assets after underscoring the vast ecosystem powered by disruptive technology. He also said that crypto exchanges have limited interests and do not represent the entire community:

“You don’t classify the wheat that you produce, you don’t classify the clothes you produce, as assets. That is too much of oversimplification to treat this as an asset.”

On an end note, Garg added that the central bank digital currency initiatives, especially in countries such as India, are complex. According to him, the government first needs to address challenges, including the unavailability of smartphones and digital wallet issuance.

Related: Singaporean crypto exchange enters India amid regulatory uncertainty

The Indian crypto market continues to attract international firms, with the latest being Coinstore, a Singaporean crypto exchange. As Cointelegraph reported, Coinstore has allocated a $20-million fund to set up three new offices in the region.

Speaking to Cointelegraph, a Coinstore spokesperson was hopeful for the development of a positive crypto regulatory framework:

“Strict KYC process, security requirement for exchanges, as well as gradual regulation of certain cryptocurrencies naturally protect the Indian users and would clarify the legality of certain cryptocurrencies.”


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Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/india-misinterpreted-private-crypto-ban-says-crypto-bill-creator

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