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Blockchain Master’s Degree Now Available In Schools In Malta

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Blockchain master’s degree is now available at the University of Malta where more than 35 students have already enrolled in the program. Let’s check out the study guide in the blockchain latest news today.

The ‘’Blockchain Island’’ has now a government authority to certify the distributed ledger platforms and regulations to manage smart contracts including a framework for launching ICOs. The University of Malta is now offering a Blockchain Master’s degree and Distributed Ledger Technology course which began its inaugural semester this October with more than 35 students enrolling in the island’s nation only DLT-specific program which offers these programs as a part of the very few countries which offer the same. This is one of the latest changes in the Malta education system by including blockchain degrees which marks the effort keeping the title as one of the best places for blockchain technology development in the world.

The lawmakers in the country started passing blockchain-friendly laws and many high-end industry players such as Binance and OKEx moved their headquarters to the island. In less than one-year crypto companies started moving ashore and more businesses joined later. The master’s program director Joshua Ellul who also heads the Digital Innovation Authority of the country explained that in addition to the 15 companies who have already reached out to the DLT students, there is also a high demand for the government-run blockchain projects, initiatives, and contracts.

Last year, the Maltese government granted 300,000 EUR to fund program scholarships. The course will train the students in blockchain law and regulation, finance and blockchain but also information and communications technology. The students will listen to the program for three full semesters and will gain exposure to two other fields. Ellul explained that the academic diversity prioritizes a broad base of knowledge and the Blockchain professionals were also experts in the sector of the industry but very few can tie the other strands together. He explained:

 “We noticed a huge problem between techies and lawyers and business professionals. There was a communication disconnect between us. We thought: ‘this would be the perfect place to have a master’s, one serving the multidisciplinary purposes of the different specializations.”

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Crypto Lending Is The Most Profitable Industry In The Sector

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Crypto lending has become one of the most explosive sectors in the crypto industry, ever since the market downturn in 2017 there was a huge growth among the lending platforms which lend fiat to borrowers that use crypto assets so let’s see more about it in the following crypto news below.Crypto lending has been a sub-sector on the market which has been quietly growing over the past few years. The crypto asset lending industry started with a centralized lending service such as the one of Celsius Network and Block Fi which did gather slight attention from their initial success. Up to this date, Celsius Network has reported over $4 billion USD in loans. However, the hype surrounding decentralized Finance and the increase in a few major platforms under the umbrella of DeFi on the ETH blockchain, has thrown some more light on one of the crypto industry’s hidden gems.The major success of DeFi can be attributed to a number of different reasons but the record low-interest rates for the savers in traditional banks and institutions was one major factor. While the Defi lending sector is growing, there are a few DeFi platforms that have over $10 million USD in Ether that is already invested. Nexo, Ripio Credit Network and Maker have an average rate of 15% in the past 90 days and have been averaging to a return of 75% over the past year. Bitcoin had a higher yearly return but there were 349 different tokens which were later studied with the same list of criteria.While the huge success of Celsius Network and Block-fi, there are some other options as well. With DeFi you can even put your own Ether as collateral and lend money to yourself through a smart contract on the Maker platform. These loans are over-collateralized and you would have to put up a $150 dollars worth of Ether to get a $100 dollar loan in DAI. however, for people that are unbanked, this kind of a trade-off could be worth it.These kinds of DeFi lending options are now getting extremely popular and platforms such as Maker and Compound, lead the rankings on websites such as Defi Pulse that provide data on other projects. DeFi is not perfect but it aims to make it easier to use offerings of non-overcollateralized loans and to improve debt-collection techniques.
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Ditto Music Is Launching An App Powered By (A Fast) Blockchain

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Ditto Music is launching a new application which is named Bluebox and is seen as a blockchain recording technology which could be a boon to musicians and distributors alike. According to the CEO of the company Lee Parsons, the problem is that misplaced metadata can end up eating away at the bottom line.Recently, Ditto Music made a royalty payment of 60,000 pounds sterling (equivalent to $80,000) to the wrong artist. Parsons had to pay the correct artist out of his own pocket. However, Bluebox will now allow artists to address legal concerns including copyright registration, publishing and mechanical splits.As Ditto Music is launching a new app, the solution is seen as one which will record music around legally-binding smart contracts which are written into code and can instantly copyright the content.
"There's billions of dollars of unclaimed royalties out there," Parson said. "The blockchain can help millions of artists claim what is rightfully theirs."
For those of you who don't know Ditto Music from the blockchain news, the company has paid out $100 million in royalties last year and now claims that a roster of 250,000 artists are behind it - including big names such as Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Royal Blood. Bluebox is designed to split royalty payments for a recording's lifetime and track the plays accurately on the system.Parsons argued that a solution like this creates more transparency and more detailed reporting, two of which are crucial features as to why Ditto Music is launching an app of this kind. As such, both of which should reap higher collection rates from digital services.Ditto claimed to promote “higher collection rates [while] massively reducing the loss of earnings currently experienced by artists.”“Aside from the billions of dollars in unclaimed royalties that Bluebox will be tackling, the Bluebox app will let creators lock in their split payments at the point of creation and get paid separately and accurately for each use of that song. It’s going to revolutionise payments across the music industry and help the millions of artists claim what is rightfully theirs,” the CEO and founder of Ditto Music Lee Parsons concluded.
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Russian Corporation Rostec To Cut Spendings On Blockchain Development

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The Russian corporation Rostec, stated it will be decreasing the spending on blockchain development this year by at least 50 percent. following the latest reports, we find out more about it in today’s blockchain latest news.According to the Russian corporation, the organization plans to spend up to 28.4 billion rubles or $453 million in USD on the development of blockchain technologies in Russia by 2024 but instead of the 55 billion to 85 billion rubles. The news came in the reports of the nation’s news outlet Kommersant earlier today. Rostec explained that the introduction of blockchain technology into the product labeling system will need up to 650 million rubles, getting it into the healthcare system will require 1.17 billion rubles of which 575 will be allocated to the pharmaceuticals tracking systems. The implementation of blockchain technology in the housing will require a stunning 475 million rubles.Rostec revised the initial plan of the potential direct and indirect economic effect that the blockchain development can have in the country where the earlier versions of the roadmap showed a lot more investments in the technology. The bad forecast of the economic effects is heavily related to the change in the macroeconomic situation. The spokesperson from the corporation also explained that there’s a huge change in the perception of the technology ‘’a self-cleaning of the market from copy projects that do not have a development strategy and a certain market niche’’ while the market in Russia is developing pretty smoothly and is choosing the path for less risky development.The corporation sent the document to the Ministry of Communications and the Analytical Center for the government of Russia and now waits for approval. The move came right when the new Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin who called on the country to prioritize the development of the digital economy. In the meantime, Russia implemented a lot of projects and even last month the national energy grid operator Rosetti started testing blockchain solutions for payments in the sector. The project aims to automate and conduct transactions between energy producers, consumers, and suppliers and to make it much more transparent. The mining giant in Russia Nornickel also started testing its platform for digital metal tokens in collaboration with Trafigura Group Ltd.
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Iran’s Government Grants More Than 1000 Crypto Mining Licenses

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According to a new report from the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iran’s government is allegedly creating a policy that will benefit the cryptocurrency miners in the country, by granting them over 1,000 licenses. In our latest cryptocurrency news, we take a closer look at what this could mean for the nation.Iran’s Government and other countries throughout the globe, make noticeable advances in regulating the cryptocurrency sector, concretely in the sphere of the supervision of the cryptocurrency mining industry.   One of the most important news this week was a report that the Islamic Republic of Iran had given over 1,000 crypto mining licenses to cryptocurrency firms in the country. The vastly represented firms in the ones that got the licenses are large cryptocurrency mining farms that are the only ones at this moment to bear the huge electricity costs.The news comes from an official from ICT Guild Organization, Amir Hossein Saeedj Naeini. According to him, the cryptocurrency mining industry in the country is still young, while there is the belief held by many that the country has huge potential, which is attracting a huge number of people to Iran But to be mining cryptocurrencies in a legal way, every existing and new miner must hold an official license. According to Amir Hossein Saeedj Naeini:
 “The Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade has issued more than 1,000 licenses for cryptocurrency mining in the country.”
Additionally, he also noted that the cryptocurrency mining industry has the potential to generate another $8.5 billion to the economy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to a certain new government study. But there are certain obstacles in achieving the goal, with the biggest being the high electricity costs that are facing miners in the country. As is wildly known a lot of computing power and electricity is needed for cryptocurrency mining. This is a huge obstacle and challenge for crypto miners in the Islamic Republic of Iran because only big firms can have the luxury to work, while smaller enterprises are forced to close.
 “High electricity tariffs plus stringent regulations have made the sector less appealing for small investors.”
Besides this the official from the ICT Guild Organization, Amir Hossein Saeedj Naeini noted that more discussions will be held in order favorable conditions are found for the cryptocurrency mining industry.
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