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Australian Government Taps Blockchain In A New Driver License Digitization Initiative

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The New South Wales (NSW) government in Australia has recently shifted to blockchain for a state-wide test of its driver license digitization program that is scheduled to kick off in November this year.

As the government officially announced on August 20th, they will conduct a pilot for a new driver license digitization program that will include 140,000 license holders and underpin the initiative to secure their data in a distributed fashion. For this program, the government has partnered with an Australian IT firm named Secure Logic, which will help its mission to fully digitize driver licenses as we know them.

The blockchain network, on the other hand, is called TrustGrid and has already been trialed in a pilot of the scheme conducted in the state’s Dubbo city last year, as ZDNet reported on Monday.

The goal of the new program is clear – using a distributed network to authenticate and fully store the driver license data – allowing users to present their digital credentials with a mobile application. With this, they won’t need to carry physical licenses to prove their ages and identities, as everything will be checked via an app.

This initiative also follows a bill passed in May 2018 that granted the legality of government projects that seek to let residents present license data in a digital way, without the need of carrying their government-issued licenses. The scheme is in line with the country’s overall goal of adopting blockchain and distributed ledger technology as part of the Digital Economy Initiative.

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Japan Will Create International Crypto Infrastructure Better Than SWIFT

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Japan will create an international payment infrastructure for cryptocurrency transactions which will be similar to SWIFT and maybe even better. The project is a part of the massive push forward towards the crypto adoption and in the latest cryptocurrency news today we take a closer look at the project. While there are no many details about this project, there are some indications that the Financial Action Task Force is collaborating with the Japanese authorities on the project. The idea came into effect because of Facebook’s entry into the crypto scene with the Libra crypto project which could make a huge mess on a global scale. According to Reuters, an anonymous person stated that the Japanese authorities are trying to create a cross-border network for crypto transactions just as the SWIFT which is used by banks. Japan is one of the places in the world that it appears to be in front of everyone in technology development since the reports also show that the FATF is monitoring the development and plan to get other major economies involved. The FATF approved the plans for the new international crypto infrastructure network after the finance ministry proposed the idea. The source also revealed that the project could easily be up and running in the next couple of years. Japan is not the only country looking to develop blockchain-based infrastructure and Iran is also developing a new banking system that could run on the blockchain. The central bank of the country is working with a local tech startup on a project named Borna which will be built using the Hyperledger Fabric implementation created by the Linux Foundation. Japan will create a new system in order to combat money laundering and will use the anti-money laundering and know your customer protocols. The Financial Services Agency which is the regulatory watchdog of the country has taken many steps to sanitize the crypto scene and Japan quickly became the first nation in 2017 to create regulations for crypto exchanges. Some inside sources say that the FATF and FSA are working very closely on the project because they are concentrated to gain the approval of the intergovernmental FATF with regard to the AML procedure. The FATF is also aiming to regularize the AML laws in order to govern cryptocurrencies globally as noted in the coming altcoin news reports.
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Former CEO Of WEX Crypto Exchange Gets Arrested In Italy

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Former CEO of WEX crypto exchange that is now defunct, was successfully arrested in Italy after he reopened the BTC-e exchange in 2017 as we reported in the altcoin news previously. Dmitry Vasilyev, who reopened the BTC-exchange and changed the name to WEX.nz in September 2017, was arrested and detained by Italian prosecutors. There was no official statement provided to date but BBC Russia reported on the arrest on July 19. According to the report, the publication cited a friend of Vasilev but also two other anonymous WEX investors. The reason for the detention is still unclear. Back in April 2019, Vasilyev became the prime suspect of a criminal investigation by the police department in Kazakh City Almaty as he was charged with defrauding a local investor in the amount of $20,000 through his WEX exchange as the reports from the crypto media outlet Forklog reported. According to the report, the 32-year-old suspect was announced wanted under an international arrest warrant in the territory of the Commonwealth of the Independent States. The now-defunct WEX exchange still remains a subject to a $4 billion fraud investigation which is led by Greece and the United States. The Greek police previously stated that they had detained the alleged founder of the exchange Alexander Vinnik. The Former CEO of WEX crypto exchange comes after the Vinnik’s arrest in 2017 when Vailyev relaunched the exchange under the WEX name that was soon reported as having suspicious tendencies including overpricing Bitcoin compared to the general norms. WEX halted all withdrawals in July 2018 which led to the claims from users that the platform was a scam. WEX’s fellow exchange and one of the largest crypto exchange out there-Binance froze funds that were sent from wallets associated with WEX users after the suspicions about the exchange being involved in money laundering emerged. As noted in the latest cryptocurrency news, the Russian authorities still fight to get Vinnik home and even the Russian Commissioner for Human Rights asked the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to help get the exchange founder home. There is still no update on this news and there is almost no information available about Vinniks health and mental condition.
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Cryptopia Co-Founder Claims The Hack Was An Inside Job

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Cryptopia co-founder and ex-former developer VCDragon revealed evidence that shows that the exchange hack was an inside job with an intention to destroy the exchange. More about this information we read in the latest cryptocurrency news today. Just two days ago, @notsofast a twitter user, claimed to be the former developer at Cryptopia and tweeted a link to an article which he claims that there is ‘’the complete story of the fraudulent hostile takeover of Cryptopia by Internal from its founders Adam and Rob.’’ According to VCdragon, he and the Cryptopia co-founder Adam began creating Cryptopia as a hobby project back in 2014 and as the project went on, Adam resigned from his developer position at Intranel. He explained that Intranel didn’t want to give up Adam and offered him to rent an office in the company. The interest of the company continued to grow as the crypto exchange business took off. At the beginning of 2017, Adam and vcdragon believed that they could benefit from this business if Intranel provides support. As VCdragon explained:
‘’Intranel made us an offer that for 20% of the company they would handle all of the business management and development things like helping with hiring and managing staff, paying tax, lobbying for regulator guidance and all the ‘boring’ business stuff.’’
The company offered to contract about 4 people to the developers at a discounted rate and also to provide assistance with finding decent employees for Cryptopia. Since then, the story took a turn for the worse since Intranel hired staff only for themselves and contracted the new employees to Cryptopia and they were given unwarranted managerial latitude so when the exchange was very reliant on the staff, Intranel demanded more than 5% equity in the exchange. The cryptopia co-founder resigned from the position and VCdragon claims that he was not even paid during the 1 month holiday. He stated:
‘’They bled money everywhere they could, we paid for tax on their staff’s flu shots? We paid taxes on Christmas fits to their staff and our company bought the gifts. Everything they were unable to take for themselves they pissed into the wind on needless expenses and luxuries to the company could not afford….that ultimately buried us. ‘’
In the coming altcoin news was reported that Intranel also attempted to sell the Cryptopia company and was also nearly bankrupt.
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Steve Wozniak Co-Founds Blockchain-Based Energy Firm In Malta

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Steve Wozniak is in the latest cryptocurrency news for investing a new blockchain-based company that is headquartered in Malta. In the latest updates we can see that Steve Wozniak co-founds the energy efficiency company named Efforce as a report by the Maltese news daily The Malta Independent issued on July 18 shows.

The reports show that Steve Wozniak co-founded the company along with Jacopo Visetti who - as his LinkedIn profile shows - works in the renewable energy and environment sector. The page also shows that Visetti co-founded Efforce in January 2018 which is approximately one year and seven months ago.

The Efforce’s LinkedIn page also features Steve Wozniak in the news - just like many best cryptocurrency news sites at this time. According to the page, the company provides the first blockchain-based platform focused on investing in energy efficiency, with its main goal of “being recognized as the first and main platform in the world for tokenized energy savings.”

In the report which is viral in the altcoin news, Wozniak is featured for his recent statement about Efforce at the pre-launch for the Delta Summit which is a blockchain conference held in Malta every year.

Now that Steve Wozniak co-founds the firm, he also said that "EFFORCE is a unique business model and we can have a great impact on the entrepreneurship."

As the news show, Steve Wozniak reportedly spoke about his view towards blockchain and how he thinks that blockchain will be a great boon to decreasing the public’s environmental impact without requiring people to change their habits. Wozniak also addressed the local government and its pro-blockchain attitude as the key to Efforce’s decision to launch in Malta.

Steve Wozniak also said that efficiency has always been important to him. He said the idea is to save money on energy but also to do good on the environment.  “Blockchain will improve the way we use energy and lower energy consumption without changing our habits,” Wozniak said.

As we previously reported, Steve Wozniak also co-founded a blockchain investment project in October 2018 this year. He founded the venture capital fund EQUI Global to support investments in blockchain solutions.

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