A new report on blockchain applications is viral on many best cryptocurrency news sites. Carried out by the research organization Data Foundation and the IT firm Booz Allen Hamilton, the report shows five proposed questions which should guide the United States federal government on where and how to implement blockchain applications.
Their research was published in a report titled “Bringing Blockchain Into Government: A Path Forward for Creating Effective Federal Blockchain Initiatives” on June 10. As the report notes, blockchain applications and solutions make the most sense when they are applied to some sort of a procedure with a predetermined level of consistency and a low level of agility. Obviously, assuming that the immutable ledger provided by blockchain is valuable for the task in the first place.
The report which spread like wildfire in the coming altcoin news, lists five questions that the United States Federal Government should consider on whether a blockchain solution makes sense. The report says:
“1. Does the blockchain offer a real benefit for information security, trust, or transparency? … 2. Can blockchain be practically and efficiently applied? … 3. What blockchain design is most appropriate? … 4. Is the cost of applying blockchain merited relative to information gains? … 5. Does the application satisfy applicable data sharing and confidentiality laws?”
When coming up with these criteria, the organizations looked at seven instances of blockchain initiatives at the federal level that they deemed successful. In addition to this, the report noted a couple of blockchain-based initiatives across various agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Treasury and the Department of Defense, among others.
The report also notes that these programs are in varying stages of success and development. According to it, the blockchain applications “will ultimately prove a success in government is yet to be seen. But for now, applying blockchain for government programs and operations should be a welcome development when possible.”
As previously reported on our altcoin news site, the FDA launched a pilot program using blockchain technology as a supply chain tracker for pharmaceuticals in February this year, again proving that there are many advancements coming to the space.
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“Telegram was the first big project that legally prohibited investors from selling their allocation. Investors usually just share their allocations with friends, without signing documents.’’The purchase agreement which was written for Telegram by the US legal powerhouse Skadden, Slate, Meagher, and Glom LLP according to one investor stipulates that the buyers of grams may not offer pledge, swap, sell and encumber or dispose of their tokens directly and indirectly. The investors may sell any securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for the investment contract between an investor and the company. The issuance of the tokens is conditional upon the investors’ compliance with the rule. One investor stated for the latest cryptocurrency news:
The future issuance of tokens is conditional upon the investor’s compliance with this rule. If Telegram learns the investor broke the agreement, it can cancel the allocation.
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‘’Experts point out that domestic blockchain projects are flocking to foreign exchanges largely due to tougher domestic cryptocurrency exchange market conditions. Investors cannot make or withdraw deposits in the Korean currency at Korean exchanges’’If we don’t include the nation’s four largest exchanges, some of the 200 smaller exchanges cannot even open real-name virtual accounts and this is one of the reasons why crypto investors cannot benefit from the protection systems. The international players such as China’s BW.com, Bitholic and Binance Labs sense the demand from South Korea hence they are either opening Korean won markets or in this case, Binance Labs is only sponsoring the blockchain efforts. Only this week, Japan as one of the governments that openly claim to foster crypto exchange innovation while still has a strict licensing scheme added another platform to its domestic economy in the form of Rakuten Wallet. These moves are also impacting other exchanges and market players' share of the market. As a result the South Korean exchanges are less appealing in 2019 because of the low volume and out of the top one hundred in the world, there are only a few exchanges that are located under the jurisdiction in Seoul. Other issues faced by the local include added responsibility for loss or theft of the customers’ funds. Earlier this month, the commentators warned that the existing restrictions on cryptocurrency by the regulators will throttle attempts to foster blockchain innovation as read in the latest cryptocurrency news:
“It is no exaggeration to say that 97 percent of domestic exchanges are in danger of going bankrupt due to their low volume of transactions’’
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‘’Under [a very specific] and rare error condition, the registration form on our signup page wouldn’t load correctly, which meant that any attempt to create a new Coinbase account under those conditions would fail. Unfortunately, it also meant that the individual’s name, email address, and proposed password (and state of residence, if in the US) would be sent to our internal logs.’’The exchange noted that the users who resubmitted the form had their usernames and passwords and other details kept securely. Unfortunately, more than 3,000 customers as mentioned logged their private data onto the servers. Coinbase pretended to be the good Samaritan and fixed the issue on top priority. The company traced the entire line of storage to confirm that they are not holding any more information from the customers’ personal information. According to the blog post:
‘’We have an internal logging system hosted in AWS, as well as a small number of log analysis service providers. Access to all of these systems is tightly restricted and audited. A thorough review of access to these logging systems did not reveal any unauthorized access to this data.’’The company also started a password reset for affected customers and asserted that a password alone could not have a hacker potentially stealing their bitcoins because they protect each account with mandatory email and 1FA authentications. Coinbase confessed:
‘’We maintain incredibly high standards for securing the Coinbase platform, and any time we fall even slightly short of those standards, we mobilize a team to figure out what went wrong, and how we prevent it from happening again. We also believe in being transparent with our customers, which is why we’re sharing the results of our investigation today.’’As we can read in the coming altcoin news today, the alert came in a time when the institutional investors are taking huge steps into introducing bitcoin in their portfolio because security is still the top of their concerns.
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