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28th September 2022

Trinity College Dublin ranked among best universities for blockchain

As part of its Education Week coverage, CoinDesk has ranked Trinity College Dublin (TCD) among the best universities for blockchain. A high number of citations on the blockchain research papers propelled this school to No. 44, said CoinDesk. It acknowledges TCD as a research university that was ranked 98th on the QS World University Rankings […]

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28th September 2022

Web3 beyond the hype

The past few months have been a rough awakening for many Web3 enthusiasts, according to an article by McKinsey: the market prices of major cryptocurrencies have declined significantly, the trading volume of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has slowed, and, most importantly, some pioneers of the space have declared bankruptcy because of failed risk management and misuse […]

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14th September 2022

Hyperledger Global Forum Dublin

The Hyperledger Foundation’s Global Forum opened in Dublin on Monday 12 September, with the foundation’s executive director Daniela Barbosa welcoming the attendees, and acknowledging the trying time that had passed since the previous forum in 2020. She introduced two key stakeholders, Vipin Bharathan, technical strategist, DLT.nyc, and Jyoti Ponnapalli, director, Technology Strategy, DTCC, who set […]

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14th September 2022

Ethereum Merge ups the stakes—and reshapes the crypto universe

Ethereum is about to get a makeover, reports Bloomberg. The popular crypto network that runs Ether, the world’s second-most-valuable digital currency, could morph as early as 14 September into a configuration that shakes up the entire crypto universe. The long-anticipated software change, “the Merge” to crypto fans worldwide, will lower Ethereum’s energy use by 99%, […]

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14th September 2022

Downsides of Proof-of-Work and Proof-of-Stake, explained

At Cointelegraph, writer Chris Jones explains the potential downsides of Proof-of-Work and Proof-of-Stake, in light of recent developments. Under headings such as the types of nodes and alternatives, efficiency of consensus mechanisms, current challenges for validating transactions, and PPoC benefits for users, Jones considers topical and timely issues. What are the main types of nodes […]

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8th September 2022

Zodia Custody becomes first VASP in Ireland

The Central Bank of Ireland has added Zodia Custody (Ireland) Limited to its Virtual Asset Service Provider Register VASP), the company becoming the first dedicated crypto-asset custodian to be registered to provide commercial services to clients in Ireland. The registration with the CBI means that Zodia Custody Ireland will be subject to the Criminal Justice […]

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7th September 2022

Shanghai includes blockchain, Web 3, and NFTs in 5-year plan

The Shanghai government has maintained an openness towards Web 3 and other blockchain technologies, and now has included them, and others such as NFTs, in its five-year plan, reports Cryptopolitan. According to its latest release, it will foster the development of these technologies to cope with the latest developments. Various countries and governments have remained […]

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7th September 2022

PraSaga awarded US patent for placing computer operating system onto the blockchain

According to a new United States Patent and Trademark Office publication, Swiss-based blockchain start-up PraSaga has been awarded a patent placing its operating system, dubbed “SagaOS,” on the blockchain, reports Cointelegraph. Titled “Systemic Extensible Blockchain Object Model Comprising A First-class Object Model And A Distributed Ledger Technology,” the methods described in US patent no. 11436039B2 […]

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7th September 2022

Nigeria and Binance build a Blockchain Hub City for blockchain projects

The Nigerian government agency in charge of export processing zones, EPZA, has announced that it is in talks with cryptocurrency exchange Binance to establish a “virtual free zone” dedicated to blockchain technology and the digital economy, reports Cryptonews. The National Economic and Production Zones Authority (NEPZA) hopes that the end outcome will be comparable to […]

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31st August 2022

Moonbirds will store NFT art ‘in chain’

PROOF, the private community behind the Moonbirds NFT collection, has announced it is shifting its blue-chip collection completely “in chain” — allowing images to be fully contained within the underlying smart contract, reports Cointelegraph. In a community live stream named “Future PROOF”, Harri Thomas, director of products at PROOF, explained that the new approach will […]

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31st August 2022

State Street sees ‘significant opportunity’ in tokenisation

While Street’s digital arm is working on the ability to custody crypto assets by the end of the year, tokenisation remains a top focus for the business going forward as institutions continue to show interest in the segment, reports Blockworks. Using distributed ledger technology to tokenise funds and private assets, for example, to improve efficiency […]

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31st August 2022

‘Most of crypto is still junk,’ lacking use cases, says JP Morgan blockchain head

The head of JPMorgan’s digital assets unit Umar Farooq has suggested that most of the crypto assets on the market are “junk” and that real crypto use cases have yet to fully present themselves, reports Cointelegraph. During a panel discussion at the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Green Shoots Seminar, Farooq stated that regulation is yet […]

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24th August 2022

Trinity Business School launches dedicated blockchain, crypto and Web3 course

Trinity Business School has launched a dedicated blockchain, crypto and Web3 course titled “Unpacking Crypto and Blockchain”. The programme has been designed for business professionals who have an interest in: – What bitcoin, blockchain, crypto and digital assets are – How they work – The role they are playing and will play across industries and […]

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24th August 2022

China’s next phase of CBDC testing begins with e-CNY payment for public transport

China officially begun rolling out the next round of its central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilot test programme, reports Cointelegraph. In the city of Guanzhou, it is now possible to pay for public bus rides with the digital yuan (e-CNY) CBDC on 10 transit routes, which is a first for the country. To do so, […]

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24th August 2022

Ethereum’s Proof-of-Stake consensus pivot worries users

The Merge, Ethereum’s migration from a proof-of-work (PoW) to a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus algorithm has raised concerns about the future of the chain when it comes to censorship, reports Bitcoin.com. After the addresses of the smart contracts of Tornado Cash, a privacy-cantered mixing protocol, were sanctioned and blacklisted by the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign […]

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17th August 2022

Crypto scam revenue drops two thirds in 2022

Illicit crypto volumes have been diminishing year-over-year, with scams making the largest drop, according to research by blockchain analytic firm Chainalysis, reports Blockchain.news. Chainalysis points out: “Total scam revenue for 2022 currently sits at $1.6 billion, 65% lower than where it was through the end of July in 2021, and this decline appears linked to […]

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17th August 2022

Public firms invest $6bn in blockchain industry, says Blockdata

Google’s parent company Alphabet has become the top investor in the blockchain industry, according to research on the blockchain investment activities of the world’s top 100 listed companies by market capitalization released by the blockchain market intelligence agency Blockdata. Blockchain.news reports that since June 2021, a total of $1.56 billion from Alphabet was injected into […]

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17th August 2022

Hyperledger Global Forum set to tackle blockchain interoperability, CBDCs, climate change, digital identity, tokenomics, and more

More than 100 speakers will take the stage in Dublin on 12-14 September, for talks, panels, demos and hands-on workshops. Highlights include these keynotes: The Evolution of Ireland’s Blockchain Ecosystem – Lory Kehoe, Coinbase and Blockchain Ireland ESG with a little Help from Indy – Dr Andreas Kind, Vice President Cybersecurity & Trust, Siemens AG […]

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10th August 2022

Hyperledger Global Forum speaker list growing steadily

AMD, Accenture, IBM, Fujitsu, Siemens AG, Allianz Technology, and Hitachi are just some of the more familiar names among the speakers listed for the Hyperledger Global Forum 2022, in Dublin in September. Joining those will be speakers from Blockdaemon, Zeeve, Kaleido, Indicio, Equideum Health, and many more to explore existing developments and new directions in […]

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10th August 2022

Cryptoverse: Blockchain bridges fall into troubled waters

Another day, another hack – and another blockchain bridge burned, writes Reuters. When thieves stole an estimated $190 million (€185 million) from US crypto firm Nomad last week, it was the seventh hack of 2022 to target an increasingly important cog in the crypto machine: Blockchain “bridges” – strings of code that help move crypto […]

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10th August 2022

Financial exchange’s efforts to replace core systems with blockchain founder – again

One of the world’s most prominent and mission–critical uses of the blockchain – The Australian Securities Exchange’s (ASX) project to replace its CHESS core trading systems with a distributed ledger – has struck further trouble, reports The Register. As The Register has previously noted, the project commenced in 2017 but saw its go-live date pushed […]

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3rd August 2022

European Tech School

European Tech School is described a first-of-its-kind online blockchain school set to disrupt the way we learn about Blockchain technology. Its mission is to educate and empower the Web3 and Crypto community around the world.  Attendees will learn through live classes with world-class instructors, self-paced materials, business cases with real blockchain founders, personalized feedback, coaching, curated readings, community-led […]

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3rd August 2022

Colombia enlists Ripple Labs to put land deeds on blockchain

Colombia’s government has launched a partnership with Ripple Labs, the company behind the cryptocurrency XRP, to put land titles on the blockchain, part of a plan to rectify land distribution efforts so unfair they’ve led to decades of armed conflict, reports Decrypt.co. The project, built by blockchain development company Peersyst Technology and Ripple, will permanently […]

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3rd August 2022

US SEC quietly cracks down on crypto as Bitcoin, Ethereum, BNB, XRP, Solana, Cardano, Luna, Shiba Inu, and Dogecoin recover

The crypto rebound is alive and kicking, according to Forbes. Over the past week, Forbes reports, the price of Bitcoin soared 4.2%, currently trading at $23,800, and the Ethereum price jumped 7.9% to just over $1,700. Most altcoins are following the major’s suit. XRPXRP +0.2% is up 2.1%, Cardano 5.1%, BNBBNB +3.6% 8.9%, Solana 1.5%, […]

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28th July 2022

Hyperledger Global Forum comes to Dublin

The Hyperledger Global Forum for 2022 takes place in Dublin from 12-14 September at the Convention Centre Dublin, and Blockchain Ireland is proud to support it as a Community Partner. The Hyperledger Global Forum, by the Hyperledger Foundation, will offer the unique opportunity for more than 700 users and contributors of Hyperledger projects from across […]

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27th July 2022

How blockchain can address Austria’s energy crisis

Climate change has become one of the biggest global challenges for humanity. At the same time, the dependence on hydrocarbon energy sources such as coal, oil and natural gas is still strong. Supply lines around these energy sources are further vulnerable to geopolitical tensions. Due to the current sanctions against Russia, experts now expect rising […]

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27th July 2022

Blockchain security start-up raises $90m despite crypto winter

Blockchain security firm Halborn has raised $90 million (€89 million), reports Bloomberg News. The deal is described as an outlier in a climate where venture capital investing in crypto start-ups has slowed and digital currency prices have nosedived. Summit Partners led the Series A financing for Miami-based Halborn, which also included Castle Island Ventures, Digital […]

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27th July 2022

Aave partners with Pocket Network for on-chain data access from multiple blockchains

Decentralised Web3 protocol Pocket Network has partnered with open source liquidity market and lending platform Aave, which will enable it to utilise Pocket’s distributed network of more than 44,000 nodes to access on-chain data from multiple blockchains. The partnership also benefits developers building Aave-powered dApps, allowing them to access reliable blockchain data from Pocket Network […]

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20th July 2022

Gemini gets first VASP registration with CBI

The crypto exchange and custodian firm Gemini has become the first company to be registered as a Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) by the Central Bank of Ireland. At Blockchain Ireland Week 2022, in May of 2022, Gerry Cross, director of Financial Regulation, Policy and Risk, Central Bank of Ireland, confirmed that VASP applications were […]

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20th July 2022

Blockchain without crypto: adoption of decentralised tech

A blockchain can be seen as a distributed database whose information is stored across every node running the network. Because the database is distributed among those running the network, it guarantees data stored within it is accurate and securely stored, writes Francisco Rodrigues at CoinTelegraph. As the name implies, blockchains store their data into blocks […]

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20th July 2022

Russia bans cryptocurrency payments

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law the banning digital payments across the nation, reports CoinDesk. The law was approved by the Duma, on 8 July, and bans the use of digital securities and utility tokens as a means of payment for goods, services and products in Russia. The amendment adds to the previous […]

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6th July 2022

Italian government to provide $46m in subsidies for blockchain projects

The Ministry of Economic Development of Italy has announced that certain blockchain projects will qualify to apply for up to €45 million in government subsidies starting from September, reports Cointelegraph. The Ministry said companies and public or private research firms will be able to apply for funding from the government for the development of projects […]

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6th July 2022

EPC Blockchain among 16 start-ups selected for EY Incubator

Ernst & Young (EY) has selected 16 early-stage start-ups to join its EY Foundry Cohort 5 programme to propel disruptive solutions in four areas: sustainability, new enterprise, people and wellness, and services of tomorrow, reports Blockchain.News EPC Blockchain, a Malaysian-based firm, is among those chosen, and it utilises blockchain technology to record energy investments needed […]

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6th July 2022

Does the Metaverse need blockchain to ensure widespread adoption?

While not absolutely necessary, omitting it would be misguided, reasons Andrew Singer, at Cointelegraph. “The Metaverse without blockchains would likely just advance the ball for Big Tech.” Many are thrilled at the prospect of the Metaverse with its virtual worlds that can be used to play online games, but also to train surgeons on 3D […]

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29th June 2022

Blockchain reshaping businesses worldwide

Blockchain has only been around since 2008, so one can be forgiven for not understanding what it is or what it can do. But having been developed to solve a single problem, that of transferring cryptocurrencies, its use across the financial services industry, and beyond, has grown exponentially as its true potential became apparent, reports […]

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29th June 2022

KPMG enters the metaverse with  $30m Web3 investment

KPMG has revealed the opening of its first metaverse collaboration hub to help its employees and clients pursue growth opportunities in the digital era, reports Cointelegraph. The firm is entering the metaverse with a new collaboration hub that will connect employees, clients and others with Web3. The company is making a collective $30 million (€28.6 […]

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29th June 2022

‘Blockchain is hype’ – MPs warned

Blockchain technology has been damned as nothing but hype and devoid of any meaningful use case at a select committee meeting in Westminster, reports Yahoo Finance. UK MPs met in Portcullis House near the Houses of Parliament and questioned various experts on the utility of blockchain technology. The policymakers demanded examples of blockchain’s effectiveness in […]

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24th June 2022

Tim Berners-Lee’s vision for Web3 does not include blockchain

Speaking at The Next Web (TNW) Conference in Amsterdam, Tim Berners-Lee was asked “does he align himself with Web3’s promise of salvation” for Web2.0. His answer was an unequivocal “Nope”, reports TNW. Berners-Lee has his own vision for a decentralised architecture that gives users control of their data, on a platform he calls Solid, but […]

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23rd June 2022

Majority of Central Banks are researching the utility of CBDCs, says BIS

In a new annual economic report from the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), it was revealed that approximately 90% of central banks worldwide are investigating the feasibility of adopting central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs. The BIS report, reports Cointelegraph, highlighted the ability of current sovereign fiat money to provide (relative) price stability and public […]

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23rd June 2022

Blockchain not as decentralised as first thought, says new report

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) and blockchains, including Bitcoin and Ethereum, may be more vulnerable to centralisation risks than initially thought, according to a report from Trail of Bits. Cointelegraph reports that the a new report from the security firm titled “Are Blockchains Decentralized?”, which was commissioned by the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), […]

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13th June 2022

ESRI – Blockchain Skills Conference 2022

The Economic and Social Research Institute Blockchain Skills Conference in June of 2022 took place online as part of the community events in Blockchain Ireland Week. The focus of the conference was to analyse the demand and supply of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) skills. It provided an examination of the current blockchain labour […]

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3rd June 2022

Art, stars, and prizes cap a remarkable week for Blockchain Ireland in 2022

Wrapping up a remarkable week, Blockchain Ireland Week 2022 captured a party atmosphere at its social evening in Dublin’s Café en Seine. The evening began with an address from Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy TD. The minister acknowledged the work of Blockchain Ireland, and that of community at […]

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19th May 2022

Virtual Conference: Blockchain Skills Conference

Online, via Zoom: Wednesday 1st June 2022 from 10:00 – 12:00 The focus of this conference will be to analyse the demand and supply of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) skills. We will provide an examination of the current blockchain labour market within Ireland, the UK and the EU-27. In particular, documenting the relevant […]

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18th May 2022

NFT Minting Party

A Block of Crypto is hosting a sponsored evening event that you will not forget! With a special guest from the film and music industry, Jason P Rotherberg, and a Xavatar avatar appearance from Irish actor Colin O’Donoghue, the evening will be all about NFTs and it will be set in the bar at Trinity College, from […]

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18th May 2022

Accenture – Making The Metaverse Work

The race to build the metaverse is on, but tech, business and society have competing visions for what it should be. Can we make a metaverse that works for everyone? From the stepping stones of augmented reality to fully immersive virtual worlds, the metaverse is already firmly under construction. But at this stage in the […]

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4th May 2022

Walmart-backed Flipkart to test Web3, Metaverse expansion

Walmart-backed Flipkart India Pvt. launched an in-house innovation arm called Flipkart Labs to explore ways to expand onto the metaverse, reports Bloomberg Through the innovation arm, the Bengaluru-based e-commerce marketplace aims to test nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, virtual immersive storefronts and play-to-earn, according to a company statement Thursday. One of the first areas of focus […]

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4th May 2022

How western sanctions on Russia could make crypto an international reserve currency

If oil and gas are one day denominated in cryptocurrency, we’re likely to see other industries start pegging their goods and services to crypto, opine Mark Lurie, Peter Dittus writing for Coindesk Western powers have imposed unprecedented financial sanctions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, marking a seismic geopolitical shift that could drive many […]

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4th May 2022

BlackRock launches blockchain industry ETF, names crypto as 1 of 3 big opportunities

The world’s largest asset manager has launched a blockchain ETF, providing clients with greater exposure to crypto and blockchain-related companies, reports Coindesk BlackRock has officially launched a blockchain-focused exchange-traded fund (ETF) that provides investors with exposure to the crypto and blockchain industry without needing to directly own digital assets.  On Wednesday, the world’s largest asset […]

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20th April 2022

European crypto industry steps up efforts to influence EU policy

More than 40 crypto business leaders have asked the European Union not to require crypto firms to disclose transaction details and dial down attempts to bring to heel rapidly growing decentralised finance platforms, reports Reuters The European Union, like countries and jurisdictions across the globe, is working to tame the freewheeling crypto sector. The EU […]

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20th April 2022

How DAOs could change the way we work

Web3 represents the next iteration of the World Wide Web. It’s built on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, and is characterised by greater decentralisation, transparency, and shared ownership. Web3 looks set to transform work as we know it. And the decentralised autonomous organisation, or DAO, is set to be the vehicle that leads the charge. As […]

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6th April 2022

Targeted consultation on a digital euro

The EU has issued a consultation request for digital euro. In what is regarded as a first step towards legislation from Brussels on the topic, the consultation, which is open until June 14, will explore potential issues with the Digital Euro such as privacy, and anti money laundering, and other issues seen as the most […]

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6th April 2022

Sweden wants to test e-krona viability for smart payments

The Swedish central bank says it wants to look at how a new e-krona could stimulate ‘smart payments’ that some say are the future of money, reports Coindesk. In a report published on Wednesday, the Riksbank deemed tests to integrate state-backed digital money into conventional banking systems a success – but said it was still examining […]

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6th April 2022

Is blockchain technology future-proof?

Blockchain technology is arguably one of the greatest technological advancements of its era, but as technology improves at an exponential rate, can blockchain security keep up? asks NewsBTC. Blockchain security has become a controversial topic in the crypto space due to the large amount of malicious attacks that have recently taken place. Solutions need to […]

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31st March 2022

Group invests $135m in firm breaking barriers between blockchains

‘The future is multichain’ has become crypto’s latest favourite refrain. Forbes reports that contrary to the mantra of ‘one chain to rule them all’, many enthusiasts are now starting to believe that the blockchain industry will consist of many different blockchain networks communicating with each other in much the same way that Android users can […]

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31st March 2022

US Congress agency proposes 4 key policy changes for blockchain

Based on the request of the US Congress, US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has proposed four policy options, to aid policymakers implement blockchain technologies while effectively tackling challenges, reports CoinTelegraph. These are as follows: Standards Oversight Educational Materials Appropriate Uses With setting standards, GAO envisions tackling challenges around interoperability and data security. Some considerations include […]

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30th March 2022

From taxes to electricity, blockchain adoption is growing in Austria

The blockchain technology landscape is shifting in Austria, with public institutions and private firms experimenting with the tech, opines Veronika Rinecker at CoinTelegraph. Austria has been actively transforming into an attractive location for providers of blockchain-based products, with the government itself experimenting with the technology and trying to create a legal basis upon which companies […]

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23rd March 2022

Developer group meetup to discuss blockchain tech!

Please join us on 30 March for our first in-person event from the Blockchain Ireland Developer Workgroup. We’ll kick off the event with a quick Q&A with the Head of Blockchain from a multinational to find out about what’s going on in the ecosystem. The event will move into a networking session with some refreshments […]

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23rd March 2022

Blockchain to be the ‘glue’ connecting the future electricity grid

The digital revolution is happening on many fronts, and electricity and power grids are feeling the effects. Writing for Forbes, senior contributor on sustainability, Jeff McMahon, reports that once upon a time, a single electric utility would send electricity in one direction to many customers. But the grid is evolving so that millions of devices […]

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23rd March 2022

Blockchain Skills Requirements survey

CHAISE, ESRI and Blockchain Ireland letter, inviting participation in a survey on blockchain skills. “Dear Blockchain Community, The ESRI and Blockchain Ireland’s Education, Skills and Innovation Working Group invite you to participate in a survey on Blockchain Skills Requirements as part of the CHAISE project. The ESRI is currently working on the CHAISE project to […]

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16th March 2022

European Blockchain Convention 2022

The European Blockchain Convention 2022 takes place in Barcelona, from June 26-28, 2022. Around 1,000+ blockchain, DLT and crypto enthusiasts are expected for the latest on the Blockchain Ecosystem.  Described as the most influential blockchain event in Europe, it is once again back in person, and Blockchain Ireland, through our #Startups and Web3 ecosystem, is […]

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16th March 2022

Blockchain project funding

NGI Trublo, a H2020 project, is giving up to €175,000 in equity free-funding to 20 blockchain projects.   TruBlo is an EU-funded project and part of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative. The funding is for two use cases: a) Trust and Reputation b) Proof-of-validity / Proof -of-location The closing date is 30 March 2022 […]

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9th March 2022

Fourth Blockchain International Scientific Conference

The British Blockchain Association is hosting the fourth Blockchain International Scientific Conference online on 14 March, from 08:00. Attendance registration is now open, but paper submissions are closed. Among the presentations will be “Developing Education Awareness of Blockchain /DLT: A Student Led Blockchain/DLT Research Fellowship”.This will be presented by Dominic Allen, student, GMIT, Dr Trevor […]

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9th March 2022

Crypto currencies can be used to evade sanctions

Concerns have been expressed by US Senate Democrats that cryptocurrencies may be used to sidestep economic sanctions imposed on Russia, reports Protocol.com. It writes that Senate Democrats want to know what steps the US Treasury Department is taking to prevent such actions. “Given the need to ensure the efficacy and integrity of our sanctions program […]

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9th March 2022

President Biden readies executive order on regulating, issuing cryptocurrency

US President Joe Biden is expected to sign a long-awaited executive order directing the Justice Department, Treasury and other agencies to study the legal and economic ramifications of creating a US central bank digital currency, reports Reuters. In an article citing a source familiar with the matter, the time frame is for this week (07/03/2022). […]

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23rd February 2022

Africa Blockchain Report 2022  – “Accelerating Blockchain Innovation across the continent”

The African Blockchain Institute, in association with Algorand Foundation, has released the Africa Blockchain Report 2022. Analysing the blockchain scene across four countries, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Tunisia, shows that almost half of (49.2%) of the companies participating in the study are at the growth stage, indicating the high level of activity in the […]

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23rd February 2022

Intel launches blockchain chip to tap crypto boom

Intel Corp has recently launched a new chip for blockchain applications, such as Bitcoin mining and minting NFTs, to cash in on the rising usage of cryptocurrencies, reports Reuters. The chip will ship later this year, says the report, and the first customers include Block Inc, the Jack Dorsey-led firm that recently changed its name […]

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16th February 2022

Crypto start-up Alchemy tops $10bn valuation amid blockchain funding frenzy

Less than four months after its last funding round, San Francisco-based Alchemy raised another $200 million investment led by Lightspeed and Silver Lake, reports CNBC. It comes amid a wave of venture capital interest in crypto, as investors look for winners in what some describe as the future of the internet. Competition for back-end, blockchain […]

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16th February 2022

Blockchain energy application to hit $6.29bn by 2024

A report from Blockchain.News, reveals that blockchain application in the energy market was worth $518.6 million in 2018 and its value will reach $6.29 billion (€5.53 billion) in 2024. Based on research from BIS Research, its report ‘Global Blockchain in Energy Market – Analysis and Forecast, 2018-2024’ says the market growth witnessed is primarily linked […]

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15th February 2022

#Startups Networking_IRL: Web3 innovators

Register: #Startups Networking_IRL: Web3 innovators Catered event. Free-of charge. Many thanks to host and sponsor @Defactor. Date: Tuesday 22/2/22 Venue: Dogpatch Labs, D1. Time: 230-5.30 Activities: 1. Community building Micro-pitching and #Startups speed-dating. 2. Knowledge-sharing Enterprise NFT applications. Panel and Q+A. Chair: Brendan Bonner, Chief Technologist, IDA. 3. Workshop Irish blockchain readiness – Gap Analysis […]

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10th February 2022

Eisenhower Fellowship open to Irish applicants

The Eisenhower Fellowship (EF) is a programme to identify, empower and connect innovative leaders through a transformative fellowship experience and lifelong engagement with a diverse, dynamic, global network of change agents committed to creating a world more peaceful, prosperous and just. The EF was founded by a group of Philadelphia businessmen in 1953 to celebrate […]

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10th February 2022

Twitter-funded social media project Bluesky taps Dorsey for board

Bluesky, a Twitter Inc-funded project that seeks to rebuild how social media companies operate, has said Twitter co-founder and former chief executive Jack Dorsey will join the company’s board, reports Reuters. Bluesky is working to build a technology that would allow different social media companies to operate on the same standard, which would enable developers […]

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10th February 2022

Blockchain 50: Cryptocurrencies hog the spotlight, but biggest innovations are below the surface

The Forbes 50 in Blockchain for 2022 is out and features companies as diverse as Breitling and Boeing, Meta and Nornickel. Forbes characterises the list with: ”You’ve come a long way, blockchain!” An article on its website says since the inaugural roundup of the Blockchain 50, in 2019, the billion-dollar companies (minimum, by sales or […]

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10th February 2022

Blockchain rare earth scheme to certify sustainable output for EVs

An EU-funded certification scheme using blockchain is being developed for rare earths as automakers demand proof that materials used to make magnets for electric vehicles (EVs) are not linked to toxic pollution, reports Reuters. The system will set global standards and give confidence to consumers demanding sustainable products, two of the organisers told Reuters ahead […]

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10th February 2022

Sequoia leads $450 million investment in Polygon blockchain

According to CNBC, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Sequoia Capital, has led a $450 million investment in the blockchain network Polygon. Polygon serves as a support layer to Ethereum, the platform behind the ether cryptocurrency, helping it process transactions at scale. The Ethereum network is different from bitcoin’s in that it supports applications for […]

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2nd February 2022

Blockchain Ireland’s Prof O’Connor receives Women 4IT Ambassador Award

Professor Joyce O’Connor has received an Ambassador Award from Women 4IT. Steering Group member and chair of the Education, Skills and Innovation Working Group at Blockchain Ireland, Prof O’Connor was recognised for her work in IT to promote gender equality, youth employment, and in addressing the ICT specialist gap in Ireland and Europe. Prof O’Connor […]

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2nd February 2022

European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum

The European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum (EBOF) has announced its recent activity via its January newsletter. EBOF reports that it is currently working on several reports. First, there is a “thematic report focused on Blockchain applications in the healthcare sector. The report, expected to be published by end of January 2022, covers challenges in […]

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2nd February 2022

Meta’s cryptocurrency ambitions end with sale of Diem assets

Facebook’s Diem cryptocurrency, originally called Libra, is being sold to Silvergate bank, reports Silicon Republic. Since its launch by Facebook in 2019, Diem has faced setbacks and resistance from regulators. After years of setbacks, the cryptocurrency project started by Facebook is coming to a close, writes Leigh McGowran. The group behind Diem has sold its […]

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26th January 2022

Blockchain Ireland takes to the airwaves

Blockchain Ireland’s Lory Kehoe took to the airwaves with broadcaster Ryan Tubridy to give provide an explainer for blockchain, NFTs and cryptocurrencies. In a broad ranging conversation where Tubridy played the role of interested sceptic. Lory gave clear and accessible explanations for so many of the topics and terms being bandied about in the media […]

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26th January 2022

Google forms Blockchain Group under new exec

Google is forming a group dedicated to blockchain and related technologies under a newly appointed executive who has spent more than a decade on the company’s core business of search advertising, reports Bloomberg. An engineering vice president for Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Shivakumar Venkataraman, is now running a unit focused on “blockchain and other next-gen distributed […]

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26th January 2022

Gibraltar moves to become ‘Blockchain Rock’

The Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX) is quietly preparing for a corporate takeover that could have global consequences for the former naval garrison, reports the Guardian. A proposal is under review by the regulators that would prompt blockchain firm Valereum to buy the exchange in the new year, says the report, meaning the British overseas territory […]

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19th January 2022

Blockchain Ireland monthly meetings to resume in February

The online monthly meetings of Blockchain Ireland will resume in February 2022. As outlined at the last meeting of 2021, the primary focus of the working and steering groups has been the blockchain document for government. This document is in its final stages and is expected to be ready for sharing with key government figures […]

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17th January 2022

Dorsey’s Block commits to ‘open’ bitcoin mining ecosystem

The payments-focused company formerly known as Square, now called Block, has officially announced its intention to join the bitcoin mining game. According to The Block, Jack Dorsey initially teased such a move late last year, highlighting a possible bid to be “based on custom silicon and open source for individuals and businesses worldwide.” Now, statements […]

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17th January 2022

Crypto job postings surge in 2021

Crypto-related job postings rose sharply last year, according to LinkedIn News. The news report says that job postings with titles containing terms such as “bitcoin,” “ethereum,” “blockchain” and “cryptocurrency” grew 395% in the US from 2020 to 2021, outpacing the wider tech industry which saw a 98% increase in listings during the same time period, […]

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17th January 2022

ICS and BlockW Webinar: Identity for Digital Finance

Join ICS and BlockW at their next Blockchain event, where Niall Dennehy Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at AID:Tech will discuss its mission to bring transparency and traceability to the distribution of funds and resources by Governments, Banks and NGOs, hosted by Professor Joyce O’Connor. AID:Tech combines Digital Identity and Blockchain technology to accomplish this. […]

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22nd December 2021

JPMorgan develops blockchain system for Siemens’ payments

US banking giant JPMorgan Chase has partnered with Siemens to develop a blockchain system for the German industrial group’s payments, in what the two companies said was a first-of-its-kind application, Financial Times reports. According to the report, Siemens said the improved automation is needed to process the far greater number of payments it expects due […]

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22nd December 2021

Blockchain Ireland in 2021

2021 was a momentous year for Blockchain Ireland. Moving beyond its initial development with IDA and Enterprise Ireland in October 2020, to the support of Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet and the leadership of the steering and working groups, Blockchain Ireland has gone from strength to strength. There were three key objectives for 2021. Setting up […]

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15th December 2021

Platform leverages blockchain to address digital divide in Africa

Nearly half of the world’s population has no broadband internet access. The sad reality is most of this population is located in Africa, reports Cointelegraph. According to the United Nations (UN), Sustainable Development goals, providing universal access to the internet continues to increase in importance, allowing many to access life-enhancing online services in healthcare, education […]

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15th December 2021

Smart contract blockchains take centre stage as world looks to Web3

Smart contract blockchains are the future, with the age of the commodity-only blockchain essentially over, according to an article on Crypto-news-flash.com. All over the world, people understand what blockchains are. The invention of smart contracts on blockchains has shown us a glimpse of what they can do. Smart contract blockchains bring out the potential of […]

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15th December 2021

Wells Fargo and HSBC leverage blockchain for FX deals

Wells Fargo & Company WFC and HSBC Bank plc have come together to use a blockchain-based solution for the netting and settlement of matched foreign exchange (FX) transactions, reports Nasdaq.com. The development is Wells Fargo’s debut in utilising blockchain technology for the settlement process of cross-border payments. Both companies will share a settlement ledger to […]

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9th December 2021

Web3 Techstars Accelerator – Ireland edition

As the application deadline of 22nd December is fast approaching for the Launchpool Web3 Techstars Accelerator program being run from April-June 2022 in Ireland, the local Techstars team have been busy engaging and sharing insights with the global Web3 community. Pete Townsend, who’s leading the program, recently published his ‘Web3 Investment Thesis‘ with a look inside the two […]

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7th December 2021

Interview: Blockchain Ireland meets Galleries With[out] Walls @ Gallery of Photography Ireland

UPDATE: What a swell evening at Gallery of Photography on Thursday 16th Dec. BCIRL #Startups ecosystem was delighted to participate at the aftershow talk for the Galleries With[out] Walls exhibition (live stream video here). Fiona Delaney, our local expert was greatly impressed with the innovative and practical aspects of the international collaboration. The process involved […]

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1st December 2021

European Blockchain Observatory and Forum report update

In October 2020, the European Blockchain Observatory and Forum circulated its inaugural “Report on EU Blockchain Ecosystem Developments”.  Ash Costello is a member of its Expert Panel and is currently updating Ireland’s chapter in the report, to be uploaded to the website in early 2022.  Any organisation (company, university, etc) which would like to include details […]

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1st December 2021

Experts remain sceptical of NFT markets

Non-fungible tokens, the unique digital assets, like artwork and sports trading cards, that are verified and stored using blockchain technology, exploded in popularity in 2021, according to an article from CNBC. People create, collect and trade NFTs for millions of dollars, some with the hopes to profit in the future. But experts are still sceptical […]

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1st December 2021

ConsenSys to create 400 new jobs in blockchain and DeFi push

ConsenSys is creating 400 jobs globally as part of its bid to make blockchain and decentralised finance mainstream, reports Silicon Republic. The US blockchain software company plans to create 400 jobs across its global locations, including several positions at its growing Dublin base. Silicon Republic describes the company as a major player on the Web3 […]

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1st December 2021

Researcher proposes blockchain base for robotics, smart manufacturing

Athlone IT’s Dr Saeed Hamood Alsamhi is researching the feasibility of applying blockchain tech to robotic systems, which could be used in areas ranging from smart manufacturing to disaster monitoring, reports Silicon Republic. Dr Alsamhi has been around the world on a research journey that brought him to the areas of blockchain and robotics, the […]

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25th November 2021

The age of cash is passing, alternatives are coming

Speaking to CNBC, author and economist Eswar Prasad said the pandemic has not only accelerated the shift toward digital and contactless payments, but also led to a more mainstream acceptance of physical cash alternatives, such as cryptocurrency, that will likely endure. “For many consumers and businesses that made the switch to digital payments, there is […]

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25th November 2021

Stripe open to resuming crypto payments

According to various reports, Irish payments firm Stripe is expected to resume taking crypto currency payments having previously suspended them in 2018. CNBC reports that co-founder and chief executive officer John Collison said at a Dubai event, “Crypto obviously means a lot of different things to a lot of different people,” noting that the majority […]

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25th November 2021

India expected to ban crypto currencies

India is set to adopt a wide ranging ban on crypto currencies, according to BBC News. A long-awaited bill is expected to cover private cryptocurrencies, with certain exceptions, to allow the promotion of the underlying technology, such as blockchain, and its uses. Expectations had grown in recent months, reports BBC News, that the Indian government […]

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10th November 2021

Why blockchain-based gaming economies are the future

Writing for CoinTelegraph, Michael Nadeau makes a set of arguments for why blockchain-based gaming economies are the future. Nadeau says that Axie Infinity showed the gaming industry just a sliver of what blockchain-based gaming can achieve, and the industry is set to explode in the near future. Citing market figures, he reports the global gaming […]

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10th November 2021

Company behind FarmVille game makes blockchain VP hire

Zynga, the developer behind the FarmvVille gane, has hired Matt Wolf as its vice president to oversee the company’s blockchain gaming efforts, reports CoinTelegraph. Zynga will work on integrating NFTs and blockchain into its existing portfolio in addition to developing new NFT-based games, says the report. CoinTelegraph said that with the addition of Wolf, Zynga […]

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10th November 2021

Crypto Blockchain Industries to list on Paris stock market

Reuter reports that the French company Crypto Blockchain Industries (CBI) is to list on the Paris Euronext Growth stock market, highlighting the burgeoning appeal of cryptocurrencies around the world. The company said it would list its shares at a price of €2, giving it a market capitalisation of around €38.7 million. CBI develops, operates and […]

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10th November 2021

Indian plans to tax blockchain ecosystem

Amid widespread adoption of non fungible tokens (NFT), Indian news site Business Standard reports that the Indian government is examining the proposal to tax the blockchain ecosystem, which includes cryptocurrencies and such digital tokens. It cites an official who said, the use of NFTs has picked up at a large scale, with celebrity endorsements and […]

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10th November 2021

Banks go big on crypto talent

Banks are betting big on cryptocurrency, aggressively ramping up hiring of professionals with crypto expertise amid the rise of digital currencies, reports Juliette Faraut, associate editor, Global Projects,  LinkedIn. Financial services firms will add more than three times as many staff with digital-asset experience this year than in 2015, according to research from LinkedIn’s Economic […]

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1st November 2021

DeFi Live in London 10-11 Nov

Delighted to share our Blockchain Ireland Community Partnership with Defi Live event in London 10th and 11th November. Community discount for members of the Blockchain Ireland innovation ecosystem. Join our Irish trailblazers in London Sors Digital Assets, Defactor, Akasha, Plandail and more…. 30% off all tickets for BCIRL community https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/defi-live-2021-tickets-168710440469?discount=OVCommunity

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1st November 2021

Democracy 4 All – Blockchain for Governance, Barcelona hybrid event. 11th + 12th Nov

Exciting times: Democracy4all – Blockchain for Governance hybrid conference takes place in Barcelona on 11th and 12th November. Fiona Delaney, Chair at Blockchain Ireland#Startups will be there in person to co-present an interactive workshop titled: ‘How to pitch your #BlockchainStartup‘ – for entrepreneurs, innovators and investors’ Thurs 11/11 @16.00 [CET] with Caroline Thomas, co-editor and collaborator at ISO – International Organization for Standardization, Blockchain […]

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28th October 2021

Babylon Project 2.0

After the success of its first run in 2020, the blockchain Babylon Project has returned for version 2.0 in 2021. From 24 October to 20 November 2021, there are workshops, both technical and non-technical, panels and talks, mentoring and information sharing events. The Babylon Project is a series of virtual blockchain hackathons with thousands of […]

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27th October 2021

European Central Bank announces Digital Euro Market Advisory Group members

The European Central Bank (ECB) has announced members for the Market Advisory Group for the digital euro project. Following the assessment of applications, the selection committee appointed 30 senior business professionals “with proven experience and a broad understanding of the euro area retail payments market”. Meetings are expected to commence quarterly from November 2021, “I […]

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27th October 2021

Decentralised blockchain aims to challenge webscalers with carbon-neutral cloud computing

Carbon-neutral blockchain has said that its incentivised testnet will lay the groundwork for decentralised, permissionless access to high-performance computing at scale.

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27th October 2021

Backlash to game publisher’s blockchain ban

In an open letter to the game developer Valve, a consortium of blockchain companies, NFT firms and the online rights group Fight for the Future, have called for a lifting of the ban on blockchain on the Steam platform. In a quiet, surprise move, Valve had brought in a ban on blockchain-based games through a […]

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20th October 2021

Explained: Blockchains and their disruptive power

India’s Economic Times has a good explainer on blockchain and DLT that highlights the implications of the technologies for banking and financial services. It opens by asking the reader to imagine a world where money can be sent to anyone without the need for a bank, with no bank fees, complete control over assets, and […]

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20th October 2021

Former US Treasury Secretary invests in blockchain, not crypto

According to a story on Yahoo Finance, Steven Mnuchin, the former US Treasury Secretary said he is investing in blockchain companies but not cryptocurrencies. Speaking at the Milken Institute Global Conference, Mnuchin said investors should know what their money is going towards when it comes to investing in stablecoins, reports Yahoo Finance. Investors should know […]

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20th October 2021

Digital currencies impeding sanction efforts

A story on Blockchain.News cites a US Treasury report that asserts digital currencies are posing a critical impediment to its sanctions policies, a trend to which it is determined to put an end. In the report, the Treasury Department highlights digital currencies as one of the primary technological innovations that make its sanctions efforts ineffective. […]

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14th October 2021

#Startups @ Token 2049

London was alight with all things crypto and up-and-coming this October. Token 2049 was back in London after our close-to-home and virtual-only networking of the past 18 months. Blockchain Ireland, proud community partners are pleased to connect with the Token 2049 ecosystem across EU, UK and Asia. Here are reports from BCIRL members who travelled […]

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13th October 2021

BCIRL #Startups at EU Blockchain Week Slovenia, Sept 2021

Fiona Delaney, Chair @BCIRL #Startups attended EU Blockchain Week in the handsome city of Ljubljana during the period of the Slovenian EU Presidency.  Representing Blockchain Ireland she spoke at the Innovation Ecosystems panel on opening day, where representatives across Europe shared insights from research, industry and the legal profession to talk about our national blockchain […]

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28th September 2021

Blockchain will transform government services

Much of the promise of blockchain and DLTs has been around their application in wider use beyond crypto-currencies and fintech in general. Writing for Cointelegraph, Matthew van Niekerk opines that governments will not only use blockchain for fundamental services such as identity, but as a framework for economic growth. Likening the advent of blockchain adoption […]

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28th September 2021

Techstars brings blockchain accelerator to Dublin

Techstars, the organisation that runs accelerators, funding and mentorship to start-ups, is to run a blockchain focused programme in Dublin. According to a report in the Irish Times, the accelerator will run from March 2022, working with entrepreneurs to build blockchain technology and tokenisation protocols. It will be a collaboration with Alphabit Fund, the regulated […]

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16th September 2021

Blockchain can transform the financial services industry

Blockchain has the potential to make the financial services industry more transparent, less susceptible to fraud and cheaper for consumers, according to an article on the money section of USNews.com. The piece highlights how blockchain can make the financial industry more transparent since users are performing activities on a public ledger, which can expose inefficiencies […]

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16th September 2021

Despite volatility, optimism supports art NFT market

As with any emerging trend, there are those who have their reservations about the long-term value of non-fungible tokens, particularly as they apply in the art world. In an analysis piece for Cointelegraph, Rachel Wolfson considers not just the market for art NFTs, but also the fact that their underlying value is tied to the […]

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16th September 2021

Nevada city mayor bets on blockchain

Hillary Schieve, the mayor of Reno, Nevada, not only invests in cryptocurrencies herself, but sees the technology as a way to improve government services. According to a story in Wired, Schieve has created non-fungible tokens for art works that are installed in a Reno plaza. Offered for sale on a blockchain called Tezos, the NFT […]

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8th September 2021

Iota Foundation selected for EU blockchain initiative

Iota Foundation has been selected to support the European Commission’s blockchain initiative, as one of seven projects in the preliminary stage of designing an EU-wide distributed ledger technology platform. Cointelegraph reports the initiative seeks to increase the efficiency and accountability of the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI), a network of nodes dedicated to facilitating the […]

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7th September 2021

Phenomenal growth predicted for global blockchain IoT market

According to the Indian market research firm Research Dive, the global blockchain IoT sector will likely produce revenue of $5.8 billion (€4.9 billion) by 2026. As reported by Blockchain.News, the report calculates a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 91.5% during the forecast period from 2019 to 2026. “As per the analysts… rising implementation of […]

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7th September 2021

Blockchain fighting climate change

Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT) have been applied to many things, but there is increasing interest in its utility for supporting sustainability and climate change efforts. Bitcoin Insider gathers the views of a diverse range of experts, from activists and consultants to the World bank, and reports many ways in which blockchain can be […]

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1st September 2021

Ethereum bug triggers fork, prompts debate

A recent bug revealed in the Ethereum system has split its blockchain and opened the possibility of Ether tokens being counterfeited. According to a Bloomberg report, software that was outdated triggered a fork in the digital ledger which underpins many blockchain-based financial services and transactions in online collectibles. Users are reported to have minimised the […]

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1st September 2021

Tax implications of US bill under scrutiny

As is often the case with major US legislation, a tacked-on measure has garnered much attention, despite being unrelated to the central focus of the bill. The recent $1 trillion (€846 billion) infrastructure bill passed by the US legislature contained a small section that dealt with the definition of a cryptocurrency broker, in the Senate […]

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1st September 2021

Convergence of blockchain and the gig economy?

A report from a gig economy platform company and a crypto asset and blockchain index provider argues that a convergence of the gig economy with blockchain technology has the potential to change how people will live and work in the future. With expectations for the global gig economy to account for $455 billion (€385 billion) […]

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25th August 2021

Is blockchain the solution to rising data privacy concerns?

A decentralised future, with Web 3.0 and blockchain at its core, will provide the best practices in users’ privacy and data protection, argues one blockchain expert. Writing for CoinTelegraph, Anne Fauvre-Willis, COO, Oasis Labs, argues that as data privacy pressure on Big Tech increases, these companies are starting to make significant investments in security solutions, […]

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25th August 2021

TikTok’s blockchain start-up efforts could benefit artists

Having announced its intention to partner with blockchain start-up Audius, the partnership might go further and be of benefit to artists. Originally intending to use the streaming music platform to manage its expansive internal audio library, Naomi Joseph, commissioning editor, Arts and Culture, with The Conversation, writes that TikTok may use Audius’ “user-centric” model for […]

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25th August 2021

Majority of finance execs say blockchain has gone mainstream, finds survey

A report on CoinTelegraph details the findings of a new survey from Deloitte that found 81% of finance execs say blockchain has gone mainstream. However, the report says that despite the finance service industry being bullish on blockchain and crypto-currencies, respondents still highlighted cybersecurity as the greatest hurdle to mainstream adoption. The Deloitte queried 1,280 […]

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18th August 2021

Blockchain event season

As world continues to deal with the global pandemic, hybrid events are emerging in various places as a means to test the water and suit the needs of differing audiences. September is traditionally a busy month in the tech world, as events and conferences get into full swing. Here is a small, by no means […]

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11th August 2021

Australian government still dismissing crypto sector as ‘wild west’, argues blockchain association

In an Australian Senate Committee meeting, the CEO of Blockchain Australia, Steve Vallas, has warned the country risks falling behind on regulation due to the persistence of a dismissive “wild west” narrative. Coin Telegraph reports that Vallas said Blockchain Australia strongly resists the notion that the crypto space remains “a bit of a wild west” […]

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10th August 2021

SEC boss seeks to regulate crypto space to protect investors

Following an extensive interview on the subject, the chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Garry Gensler, has confirmed that although he has a deep interest, and no small knowledge, of the “digital money craze”, he is not in favour of a hands-off oversight approach, as supported by many involved. Writing for Bloomberg Business, […]

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10th August 2021

Investors back blockchain companies at record level in 2021

Based on reports that over the first half of the year alone, venture capitalists have invested some $17 billion (€14.5 billion) into various crypto-related start-ups and companies since the start of the year, cryptocurrency journalist and analyst for Coin Telegraph, Shiraz Jagati looks to understand the nature of the market. The analyst starts by putting […]

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4th August 2021

Blockchain ID market to grow $3.58b by 2025, says report

A new forecast for the global blockchain identity management market expects growth at a compound annual growth rate of almost 71% during 2021–2025, reports Cointelegraph. A new report on the potential for blockchain identity management solutions to become integrated across sectors has forecast strong growth for its global market, at a compound annual rate of […]

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4th August 2021

China is years ahead of the US in blockchain payments systems

The CEO of Pantera Capital Dan Morehead, has told Yahoo Finance that United States has fallen significantly behind China in efforts to develop a blockchain-based payment system. “China’s six years ahead of the United States in building a blockchain-based payment system,” said Morehead in an interview. This perceived dominance may spur the US towards action […]

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28th July 2021

Gartner publishes hype cycle for blockchain 2021

“Decentralised public blockchain applications are thriving, but successful permissioned enterprise blockchain projects are scarce. Users must understand how new advances are supporting integration of enterprise requirements with public blockchain innovation.” This is the conclusion of the Gartner Hype Cycle for Blockchain, 2021. The much respected hype cycle reports are widely used as an industry guide […]

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28th July 2021

Ethereum blockchain selected for India’s diploma verification

A report from Coin Telegraph has said the government of Maharashtra has announced a partnership with Indian blockchain start-up LegitDoc to implement a credentialing system powered by Ethereum (ETH) for providing tamper-proof diploma certificates. The initiative is an effort to combat fraud and provide a secure basis to manage credentials. The report says that other […]

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27th July 2021

UK publishes National Blockchain Roadmap

The British government, in association with the Centre for Evidence-Based Blockchain, the British Blockchain Association and various other stakeholders, has published its National Blockchain Roadmap Vision 2030. “This framework sets out a blueprint to devise the UK’s National Blockchain Roadmap. It is a concise summary of the key recommendations that aim to inspire and reform […]

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21st July 2021

Blockchain will be ‘hugely disruptive’ to finance, says Franklin Templeton CEO

The CEO of global investment and finance group Franklin Templeton, Jenny Johnson, has told Yahoo Finance that blockchain will be “hugely disruptive” to finance, “eventually allowing everyday people to place small investments in otherwise inaccessible assets like major real estate projects”. Franklin Templeton manages more than $1.5 trillion in assets. Yahoo Finance quotes Johnson as […]

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21st July 2021

Combatting disinformation with blockchain

While warning that blockchain and distributed ledger technologies are not a panacea, an article in the Harvard Business Review argues that these technologies do have the potential to address many of the risks and root causes of disinformation. Kathryn Harrison and Amelia Leopold argue that blockchain can be used to combat disinformation by tracking and […]

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20th July 2021

Former commissioner Hogan appointed executive advisor in DeFi legal assurance firm

Former European Commissioner Phil Hogan has been appointed as executive advisor to the decentralised finance legal assurance firm Astra Protocol, according to an article in the Business Post. Astra Protocol is described as a new smart contract product platform from Dublin-based company The Proof of Trust and Assurance. The article quotes Hogan as saying “Decentralised […]

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16th July 2021

Ireland for Finance Industry Advisory Committee seeks expressions of interest for panel of international advisors

The Minister of State for Financial Services, Credit Unions and Insurance, Sean Fleming TD, has announced a selection process to identify a panel of international advisors to the Ireland for Finance Industry Advisory Committee (IAC). Ireland for Finance is the Government strategy for the development of the international financial services sector in Ireland to 2025. […]

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14th July 2021

Hemp Blockchain Inc selects Algorand for blockchain platform

Industrial hemp company, The Hemp Blockchain Inc, has selected Algorand as its blockchain platform, to support a range of supply chain management and marketplace solutions purpose-built for the industrial hemp industry, according to an article on Business Wire. The Hemp Blockchain, says the article, seeks to “leapfrog” existing solutions in an agriculture sector with significant […]

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13th July 2021

UN considers the dangers and promise of cryptocurrency technology

Experts at the United Nations (UN) believe that cryptocurrencies and the technology that powers them – blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT) – can play an important role in sustainable development, and improving stewardship of the environment. An article from UN news, says that while cryptocurrency mining has been labelled “one of the most fundamentally […]

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12th July 2021

Blockchain promise for bond market reform

According to an article in the Financial Times, there is an increasing number of banks issuing bonds on blockchains, simplifying processes and reducing costs. The article says that the bond market has been lagging behind other areas of financial markets in adopting new technologies. Now, reports FT, bankers are realising that putting new debt on […]

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6th July 2021

Big Banks are adopting blockchain and DLT

An article from Forbes explores how big banks are adapting to and investing in blockchain and DLT as part of the increasing digitisation of the world of finance. With particular focus on how currencies are being digitised, such as the proposed ‘BritCoin’ and the digital Yuan, Forbes Digital Council member, Chris Naprawa, TAAL president, the […]

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6th July 2021

US passes consumer safety tech act to evaluate blockchain

While cryptocurrencies still dominate the headlines, there are also interesting developments on the consumer front for blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT). One such development is the recent passing in the US legislature of the Consumer Safety Technology Act, by a healthy majority of 325-103. The Act requires the office of the Secretary of Commerce, […]

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30th June 2021

Blockchain Ireland Enterprise Working Group call for members

The Enterprise working group within Blockchain Ireland is actively looking to recruit new members to guide the group in delivering content and engagement for the enterprise membership. If you are involved with blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in an enterprise environment, check out the working groups page of BlockchainIreland.ie, where you can make contact with […]

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30th June 2021

Formula 1 gets crypto backing

Formula 1 has secured a $100 million sponsorship deal with cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com. Reported to be a five year deal, it will see branding trackside from the British Grand Prix onward, as well is in the new spring qualifying format. Not a first for the sport, as the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One team had […]

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30th June 2021

Report highlights European blockchain investment gap

The European Investment Bank, working with the European Commission, has produced a report on artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies, providing “a global overview of the state of play of both technologies”. The report says that Europe needs to address an investment gap of up to €10 billion which it argues is holding back development and […]

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23rd June 2021

Joint project on demand and supply of blockchain skills

A joint project is being undertaken by ESRI, Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit) at the University of Sussex, and Blockchain Ireland on blockchain skills development as part of a joint project on the demand and supply of blockchain skills. Below is a letter from the respective instututes, with a call to action for […]

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22nd June 2021

Micro-credentials for lifelong learning and employability

The European Commission wishes to hear the views of citizens, governmental and non-governmental organisations (international, European, national, regional and local) as well as of education, training and employment stakeholders on the subject of EU-wide recognition of learning outcomes. They can respond to the public consultation in a personal or organisational/institutional capacity by filling a the […]

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22nd June 2021

StartupsLunchbox-06 – 23 June

The Blockchain Ireland Start-ups working group is continuing its Lunchbox series of events at 13:00 on 23 June, with the topic of decentralisation, innovation and the public sector. The series comprises bitesize conversations with DLT entrepreneurs and trailblazers from Ireland and overseas, covering emerging trends, early adoption and advice on getting started. Featured speakers are: […]

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18th June 2021

New event series on MiCA

The International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) has created a new event series entitled “MiCA goes Global”. According to the association, the series was created to be the next step in its work on the EU Commission’s Regulation of Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) and the Prime Pilot Regulation (PRR). Each event in the series, […]

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18th June 2021

Education opportunities for the digital world

The world of finance is moving at a swift pace, driven by various digital developments, such as blockchain, digital currencies and decentralised finance (DeFi). For those already in the world of financial technologies (Fintech) or for those who want to understand these growing trends, ICT Skillnet has a range of courses delivered with education partners […]

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16th June 2021

Blockchain Ireland Week 2021 – solid foundations

Blockchain Ireland Week 2021 was an unqualified success, as more than sixty events and hundreds of speakers and participants over the course of the week generated more than 4,800 registrations from 60 countries. With the broad theme of blockchain as a foundation of trust for a new era of digital services and applications, clear themes […]

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27th May 2021

SkillsBuild FREE Blockchain Learning Pathways

Blockchain for BusinessBlockchain is a shared, immutable ledger that facilitates the process of recording transactions and tracking assets in a business network. An asset can be tangible (a house, car, cash, land) or intangible (intellectual property, patents, copyrights, branding). Virtually anything of value can be tracked and traded on a blockchain network, reducing risk and cutting costs for […]

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19th April 2021

Blockchain Associations Forum launched

 British Blockchain Association initiative brings together blockchain associations from around the world. The British Blockchain Association, today, welcomed 55 senior representatives of the world’s leading international Blockchain associations to the inaugural meeting of what is set to become the most influential Blockchain and DLT advisory group globally – The Blockchain Associations Forum (BAF). The launch of what […]

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7th October 2015

Blockchain Ireland’s new Twitter handle

A new handle for news, resources and communication Blockchain Ireland has a new Twitter handle. @Blockchain_Irl is the new identity on the Twitter platform to communicate news, highlight resources and to interact with the wider blockcahin and distributed ledge technologies ecosystem. Please click and follow to keep in touch.

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