Utah County Leads the First Government Adoption of the Blockchain Maturity Model (BMM)

Utah County is the first government entity in the world to adopt the Blockchain Maturity Model (BMM) to assess their blockchain-based solution and use it to continually improve the reliability and trustworthiness of their blockchain-based government services. From the mid 1800’s Utah County has drawn pioneers to its territory. That indominable spirit of overcoming challenges and finding new paths forward has not waned. When Covid shut down government offices, Utah County had already begun the transition to online platforms. Clerk/Auditor Amelia Gardner, had led the charge into that territory in

Paribus : Conflicting Narratives

If the past year has taught us anything it’s that no one has a crystal ball when it comes to predicting future moves in the crypto market. Macroeconomic factors and black swan events have time and again overpowered technical analysis. This week China will celebrate the Lunar New Year and move from the year of the Tiger into the year of the Rabbit. Already there are several confusing and sometimes conflicting narratives as to what the coming year will bring. Many commentators are expecting 2023 to be beset by continued

China’s Walled Garden

Continuing our theme of speaking with people in the world of finance and technology we asked insiders at ByteDance in Shanghai their views about blockchain technology. The results give some useful insight into one of the likely narratives of the next bull run. In previous cycles narratives have ranged from Bitcoin being digital gold to NFTs being the cutting edge of the art scene. These topics pull new users into the space and with their added liquidity the value of the market begins to rise. The present decline in value

Passport of the Future

A few years ago if you were to talk about governments being able to control your money and impose travel restrictions on their citizens most people would roll their eyes and ask where your tin foil hat was. These days however the dystopian future dreamt of by science fiction authors is rapidly becoming a reality. When it comes to dystopian visions of society and governmental overreach, most people’s first thoughts turn to China. Although they may be ahead of the curve at the moment, their path to a digital future

NA VCT Last Chance Qualifier postponed at least 12 days, will be held online

The VALORANT Champions Tour North American Last Chance Qualifier has been postponed for at least 12 days and will take place online.  The Last Chance Qualifier was initially paused yesterday after two members of FaZe Clan tested positive for COVID. The entire FaZe roster was reportedly going to play from home, while their opponent Rise would’ve played from the stage. Both FaZe members, Andrej “babybay” Francisty and Corey Nigra, have since tested negative.  The remainder of the matches for the day were canceled, and the matches scheduled for today were also

NA VCT Last Chance Qualifier postponed until further notice

The North American VALORANT Champions Tour Last Chance Qualifier has officially been postponed amid concerns over playing conditions and COVID tests, Riot Games announced today. “Given the events of the past few days, out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of all involved being top of mind, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the event until further notice,” Riot said. This announcement comes after two days of canceled games and questions about how matches will be played by teams who have had positive

Quincy Crew stage massive comeback, eliminate Team Aster from The International 10

Team Aster and Quincy Crew both faced multiple hurdles during the group stage of The International 10, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell based on how they played during their best-of-one elimination game today.  Aster, a Dota 2 team that had to deal with playing in isolation and with a stand-in for a portion of the group stage due to the entire roster and staff testing positive for COVID days before TI began, controlled the game for 37 minutes. But QC played things smart and never wavered, whittling

Team Aster will play against Quincy Crew on stage at The International 10 following second round of negative COVID tests

After playing the entirety of the group stage in isolation rooms after the entire roster, including the players, coach, manager, and their accompanying video team, tested positive for COVID just before the event, Team Aster will be competing live on-stage for the first day of The International 10’s main event.  Initial new regarding Aster’s negative tests broke yesterday, with the organization confirming that the team tested negative while preparing for the main event. A second test earlier today opened the door for the entire team competing on-stage for the first

Chinese teams continue to dominate on day 2 of The International 10

Day two of The International 10 didn’t suffer from early technical issues, letting players, talent, and fans get right into the Dota 2 action.  The Chinese teams that finished day one on top of the standings continued to dominate, with both Vici Gaming and Invictus Gaming leading their respective groups at 4-1-0. PSG.LGD also held onto a top-two spot in Group B, splitting a tight series with Team Secret and then sweeping Fnatic.  OG is the only non-Chinese team with a top-four record, even though they started the day losing