Regulators

From Dominance to Compliance

Last Tuesday saw Binance settle its long-running legal disputes with several U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Justice (DoJ), the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). However, they failed to reach an agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding their pending charges. As part of the settlement, Binance has agreed to pay an eye-popping fine of $4.3 billion. Furthermore, Changpeng Zhao (CZ), the CEO of Binance, will step down

Walking the Tightrope

As we stand on the verge of a new era in crypto, it’s crucial to reaffirm the importance of decentralization. Beyond being a mere aspiration, decentralization serves as the lifeblood of the crypto world, standing as the pivotal force that draws the line between freedom and control. Amidst the hype surrounding the impending approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF in the United States, accompanied by the influx of capital from behemoths like BlackRock, the immediate market surge raises a serious question for the future of crypto. Are people here for

The Tightrope of Regulation

In a significant move at the recent G20 meeting in India, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) released a joint paper outlining a framework for the global regulation of cryptocurrencies. While the proposals mostly tread familiar territory, what’s new is their conviction in crypto’s unstoppable growth and success. A flurry of optimism greeted the G20’s endorsement of the report because it advocates that countries don’t ban crypto. Hidden in its text, however, are some worrying signs. For example, on the first page, they state, “Widespread

United Nations Group Seeks Comments on Blockchain Voting Standards

Hosted by the New York - The United Nations (UN) Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Blockchain Assurance & Standardization Dynamic Coalition has distributed a suite of blockchain standards authored by the Government Blockchain Association (GBA) including standards for the use of blockchain technology in elections. The GBA Voting Working Group that developed the election standard is comprised of election officials, election systems vendors, and blockchain experts from around the world. They are driven by a desire to make elections trustworthy and accessible to all voters. According to Utah County Commissioner, Amelia

The Fight for Financial Freedom

As the grasp of regulators tightens on the global cryptocurrency market, exchanges such as KuCoin are being compelled to implement mandatory pre-purchase checks. In tandem, several prominent banks are limiting funds transferred to cryptocurrency exchanges under the guise of protecting customers from fraudulent activities. In the background, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is looming over these rapidly evolving regulations. The FATF underscores the significance of Know Your Customer (KYC), Know Your Business (KYB), Know Your Transaction (KYT), and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations applicable to all financial transactions, cryptocurrencies included.

Stablecoins Under Scrutiny

Amidst the market’s recovery from the recent onslaught of SEC crackdowns, rumors swirl over the potential targeting of stablecoins in their crosshairs. Such a move could have profound implications for cryptocurrency prices, making it crucial to gauge the likelihood of this scenario and the approach regulators might adopt. The largest stablecoins by market cap are Tether’s USDT and Circle’s USDC. Both are pegged to the US dollar and backed by various assets, typically highly liquid instruments like US Treasury bills. In theory, when someone wants to buy stablecoins from an

Dubai Fintech Summit Welcomes Crypto Oasis as Web3 Ecosystem Partner

4th May 2023, Dubai, UAE: Dubai Fintech Summit is proud to announce its partnership with Crypto Oasis as the official Web3 Ecosystem partner for the upcoming summit, which will take place on 8th and 9th May 2023. The Crypto Oasis is a MENA focused Blockchain Ecosystem headquartered in Dubai, UAE. The core elements needed for its growth are Talent, Capital, and Infrastructure. The Ecosystems stakeholders include Investors & Collectors, Start-Ups & Projects, Corporates, Science & Research Institutions, Service Providers and Government Entities & Associations. Crypto Oasis’ vision is to be