Fluency valued at £17m with CBDC interoperability solution

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Fluency, a CBDC blockchain enterprise platform, has raised £940,000 in seed funding to give it a £17 million valuation.

The company’s Aureum solution is being created to help build and interconnect national CBDC networks with cash retail banking, supporting the transition from cash to a CBDC.

Its smart contract platform enables issuance, distribution and exchange of multiple CBDCs between central banks, commercial banks, merchants, and consumers.

Having...

IOTA Foundation selected for EU blockchain network

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IOTA, the open-source distributed ledger and cryptocurrency, has been selected as one of seven contractors by the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP) to develop and enhance pan-European blockchain services.

Overseers of the IOTA network, the IOTA Foundation is set to “participate in the first phase” of the EU’s blockchain pre-commercial process.

This stage will see new distributed ledger solutions designed with a focus on energy efficiency and scalability. If...

British firm contracted to develop blockchain capabilities for EU

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The EU has chosen London-based startup iov42 to help design and develop European blockchain solutions.

iov42 utlises AI and blockchain to accelerate financial and non-financial transactions. The company staved off competition from more established firms, such as Deloitte, EY and Vodafone, in order to win one of seven contracts handed out by the European Commision, the EU’s is the EU's politically independent executive arm. Collectively, the deals are worth €6.2m...

Australia and Singapore successfully trial cross-border trade project

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The Australian Border Force (ABF) has completed a trial testing the interoperability of its blockchain-based verification system with its Singaporean counterpart.

Working alongside Singapore Customs and the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA), the ABF has concluded a trial that proves trade documents can be digitally issued and verified across both countries’ systems.

The trial, which was initiated as part of the Australia-Singapore Digital Economy...

New York City exploring blockchain to reduce deed fraud

The New York City Department of Finance (DOF) plans to develop a blockchain proof-of-concept that would be able to detect and reduce cases of deed fraud.

In cooperation with land administration company Medici Land Governance (MLG), the department will explore the feasibility of applying blockchain technology to the city’s land records.

DOF commissioner Sherif Soliman said: “Blockchain technology has the potential to revamp how property documents are recorded in New...

Nigeria to launch CBDC pilot in October

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) plans to begin its central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilot on October 1, according to Nigerian financial news publication Nairametrics.

According to Nairametrics private sources, Rakiya Mohammed, the bank’s director of information technology, called a webinar last Thursday to confirm the pilot’s start date and emphasise that the CBN could not afford to be left behind in global CBDC development.

The pilot scheme, known as...

Wyoming advances DeFi adoption with landmark recognition of American CrytpoFed

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The State of Wyoming has legally recognised the American CryptoFed DAO, making it the first decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO) to receive legal recognition in the US.

Such recognition comes hot on the heels of Wyoming becoming the first state to pass landmark legislation that defines DAO’s as a kind of limited liability company (LLC).

Speaking on the decision, Wyoming’s Secretary of State, Edward Buchanan, reflected on the state’s history of being at the...

Klaytn and ConsenSys to collaborate on Bank of Korea CBDC pilot

Klaytn, the public blockchain project of Korean Internet provider Kakao, has announced a strategic partnership with ConsenSys to improve its digital currency capabilities in preparation for its participation in the Bank of Korea's CBDC pilot platform later this year.

As well as working with national banks, Klaytn also expanded into the NFT market through OpenSea support at the end of March, highlighting the company's diverse array of ventures so far this year.

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South Korea threatens to shutdown all crypto exchanges amidst growing crackdown

The head of South Korea’s financial regulatory agency has said that all crypto exchanges operating in the country could be shut down later this year.

The statement from Eun Sung-soo comes as the South Korean government has launched a reinvigorated crackdown on ‘illegitimate crypto businesses’ and digital money laundering.

Seoul’s tax collection department kicked off the crackdown last week with the seizure of 25 billion won (£16.1 million) from over 600 tax...

How blockchain can accelerate the United Nations’ most sustainable development goals

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are becoming increasingly relevant in today’s world. The desire to both do good and do well is driving so many types of organisations and individuals to play their parts. Governments, impact investors, individual donors, high-net-worth philanthropists, foundations, non-profits, social enterprises and even many for-profit corporations have upped their game in improving society and the environment.

It is heartening to...