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Building a “Healthy” Blockchain in Malta: Feature Interview With Denise De Gaetano, Data Science Expert



Malta is a tiny, island country located in the Mediterranean Sea just south of the island of Sicily, Italy. An archipelago, with only three inhabited islands, it’s a nation revered for its historical sites tied to Roman, Moorish, Knights of Saint John, French, and British rulers.

It is also known for its ancient fortresses, megalithic temples, and subterranean complex of halls and burial chambers, the latter dating back to circa 4000 B.C.

Today Malta is a popular tourist destination replete with a warm climate, bustling recreation, and scores of architectural and historical monuments.

The country is also known for its healthcare. The World Health Organization ranked it 5th among over 100 countries for overall healthcare quality. All Maltese citizens and EU residents with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are provided with free service.

Malta is also poised to launch the world’s first government agency powered by blockchain with its Registry of Companies operating via a blockchain system. The country, through a partnership with Learning Machine, an edu-tech startup also has the distinction of being the first globally to store education certificates on the blockchain.

The country along with Switzerland is also building an infrastructure for tokenized assets. The US SEC and EU’s ESMA have all been active participants in the regulatory planning process governing this initiative.

Feature Interview With Denise De Gaetano, Data Science Expert

Denise De Gaetano is a Data Science, Business consultant, and Entrepreneur with over 12 years of experience working within numerous industries. She is currently the founder of a number of start-ups, running on blockchain platforms, with a strong influence of A.I. algorithms and she is also on the Malta government task for A.I. She also works as a consultant and AI and blockchain auditor in a number of industries.

De Gaetano had this to share when asked to describe Malta in terms of its Blockchain community and some of the advancements taking place there in this space:

“Malta is slowly but surely gaining traction in the Blockchain world. At the beginning of 2018, a consultation document was published entitled  The Establishment of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority; the Framework for the Certification of Distributed Ledger Technology Platforms and Related Service Providers; and a Virtual Currency Act”.

De Gaetano notes that his document outlines three separate but linked bills:  The Malta Digital Innovation Authority Act (MDIA), Innovation Technology Arrangements and Services Act (ITAS), and the Virtual Financial Assets Act (VFA). These bills, she says, outline the plan to create the supervisory authority, as well as the world’s first comprehensive legal framework to govern crypto, blockchain, and ICOs. With this the Blockchain Island environment was created.

With respect to healthcare, De Gaetano is currently actively working on an e-health startup:

“Our start-up will be offering a solution, where hospitals, public health officials and the pharmaceutical industry can submit questions related to say the epidemic model for HIV transmission. The platform will then seek the best possible answer, linking the requester to the most relevant academic information.”

Continues De Gaetano: “The solution is designed to source the most relevant data sets.  Should this not be available a request will be sent out automatically to the database of hospitals, clinics, and universities, who are connected to disease intelligence. To this end, our solution will bring about benefits, namely increased research collaboration thus eliminating the current SILO models.  It will ultimately deliver us, potential patients, better solutions to our healthcare.”

Offering her thoughts on what sorts of emerging trends she sees on the horizon over the next 12-18 months in terms of the intersection between blockchain, AI, and the health industry, De Gaetano concludes:
“With my e-health start-up and our efforts to assist health care organizations in utilizing emerging technologies, I strongly believe that the combination of AI and blockchain creates exceptional and exponential strength towards the benefit of the patients, facilitating the lives of anyone working within this industry. That being said, we are still at a stage where there is no clear definition regarding the overlap of the technical and ethical implications of patient records.  This is an area, which I believe will be the focus of the industry within the next couple of years.”  




Darknet Marketplaces Expanding Amid Growing Appetite for Illegal Goods

Despite tightening law enforcement actions, darknet marketplaces are multiplying as the appetite for illegal goods and services like drugs and firearms continues to grow. Several reports from investigations by government authorities show cryptocurrencies being a popular payment method on these illicit online marketplaces. According to crypto forensic firm CipherTrace, darknet marketplaces are on the rise. […]

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Despite tightening law enforcement actions, darknet marketplaces are multiplying as the appetite for illegal goods and services like drugs and firearms continues to grow.

Several reports from investigations by government authorities show cryptocurrencies being a popular payment method on these illicit online marketplaces.

According to crypto forensic firm CipherTrace, darknet marketplaces are on the rise. Research by CipherTrace shows 35 active platforms hosting numerous vendors servicing thousands of users.

Given the existence of dark market templates, new platforms are reportedly emerging at an accelerated rate. Intending darknet store operators now need only to purchase such a template that they customize to their taste before installing on secure servers.

Data from CipherTrace claims that it costs only $599 payable in Bitcoin (BTC) or Monero (XMR) to acquire these templates. Operators can also receive additional customer support for a fee of between $50 and $90.


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Based on the relatively small upfront cost and the potential for a huge upside, the darknet marketplace arena is also seeing frequent exit scams. Having built up a sizeable reputation with massive amounts held in escrow, these scammers often disable the withdrawal option while still accepting deposits.

In the end, users eventually catch on but not before the operators siphon more money from unsuspecting customers. According to Vice, the defunct Empire darknet market absconded with about $30 million back in August.

Apart from the allure of stealing user deposits, the increasing focus of law enforcement agencies on the illicit dark web trade is another likely reason for the many exit scams. As previously reported by BeInCrypto, a U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ)-led crack team announced the seizure of $1.6 million in crypto from darknet vendors back in September.

Despite the anonymity of the dark web, government agencies are arresting and prosecuting black-market bazaar operators on the dark web. In August, the DoJ charged two darknet opioid sellers with money laundering and wire fraud.


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Bitcoin Unfazed by Monday’s Stock Market Sell-Off, Beats Gold As A Hedge




Bitcoin-Gold-Stock Markets have been on investors’ radar throughout 2020. Interestingly, after Monday’s major sell-off in the stock market, BTC continues to show its strength and is trading above $13,4000 levels at press time. On Monday, Dow Jones (INDEXDJX: .DJI) corrected 650 points or 2.29 with other indices following the cue.



This has been the biggest sell-off in the U.S. stock markets after early September 2020. However, unlike the previous time, Bitcoin continues to be going strong and bold. In fact, BTC has remained stronger than its other hedge alternative and physical asset Gold.

This clearly goes to show that BTC has been on the way to decoupling itself from the stock market. Moreover, the recent decoupling of Bitcoin sets the tone for Bitcoin’s next journey ahead. At the current price levels, BTC has already attained a new high for 2020 making the road clear for $14,000 and above.

Big Player’s Entry Helps Bitcoin Sustain

Over the last week, the BTC price has surged nearly 13% with a number of big players making an entry in the crypto space. Some of the big players from the traditional finance and payments sector are getting closer to Bitcoin.

Many analysts see PayPal’s decision to offer Bitcoin trading services as a big push for the world’s largest cryptocurrency. If this wasn’t enough, the latest market news is that Singapore’s biggest commercial bank DBS is launching its crypto exchange.




JP Morgan: Bitcoin $40,000 Is Coming

On the other hand, JP Morgan has completely flipped its position in favor of Bitcoin. From Bitcoin is a ‘fraud’ in 2017 to Bitcoin could “crowd out” Gold, the banking giant has come a long way. As reported by Fortune, JP Morgan analysts are saying that Bitcoin could triple from the current levels.

The $40,000 price prediction for BTC comes in a research note published by JP Morgan last Friday. JP Morgan highlights Bitcoin’s emergence as a Gold-alternative, especially among the millennials. “The older cohorts prefer gold, while the younger cohorts prefer Bitcoin as an ‘alternative’ currency,” mention the research note.

The bank analysts further add that if the trend continues, it can potentially challenge Gold in the long-term term. “Even a modest crowding out of gold as an ‘alternative’ currency over the longer term would imply doubling or tripling of the Bitcoin price from here,” noted the bank.

The recent commentary from the bank comes on the heels of PayPal’s entry to the crypto space. Here’s a look at how BTC has attracted big players over the last few months.

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Author: Bhushan Akolkar

Bhushan is a FinTech enthusiast and holds a good flair in understanding financial markets. His interest in economics and finance draw his attention towards the new emerging Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency markets. He is continuously in a learning process and keeps himself motivated by sharing his acquired knowledge. In free time he reads thriller fictions novels and sometimes explore his culinary skills.


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Eight more projects jump on board Open DeFi



The global DeFi alliance launched a western arm as eight new top projects commit to the consortium

The alliance, backed by a Shanghai science and technology institution, welcomed new members in eight of the western world’s top DeFi projects. The Open DeFi Alliance will now have a reach that spans from East to West following the latest onboarding. The alliance has only been around for a short while having been established last month, but it seems to be on the right track.

The eight new members are Balancer, Aave, BlockScience, SuperRare, Ocean Ventures, DyDx, Quantstamp and Outlier Ventures. These latest additions mean that the alliance now has four members that are among 20 of the largest DeFi protocols in terms of locked cap.

The pre-existing members of the consortium are Antelope Holdings, Conflux Network, Blockpower Capital, MoonSwap, dForce, DeBank, Sequoia Capital and MCDEX.

The Open DeFi Alliance was founded to pull together trendsetters in the decentralized finance space. The alliance focuses on building a universal cooperative consortium targeting key areas like liquidity strategies, risk management and innovation.

Stani Kulechov, CEO at Aave, expressed his admiration for the alliance and lauded its efforts in promoting the borderless ethos of DeFi. Kulechov added that he was delighted to work alongside other members towards realizing the objectives of the alliance.

David Gogel from DyDx asserted that joining the alliance afforded the firm with a chance to join forces and work jointly with China.

“China plays an important role in the global DeFi ecosystem and remains a key market for our long-term success…China has a massive user base that will bring liquidity, volume, and more innovation to global markets for greater growth potential,” he explained.

A couple more alliances have been formed in the DeFi sector this year with the most notable ones being Chicago DeFi Alliance and Ren Alliance. The latter was founded jointly by Ren and Polychain Capital back in March. The Chicago DeFi alliance is a collective effort of Cumberland DRW and TD Ameritrade and was launched in April. Huobi exchange also announced a DeFi organization in August intending to unify the East and West.


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