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
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
In an era where decentralized finance (DeFi) promises revolutionary, permissionless, and credit-check-free access to financial services, the limitations to its application lie in the narrow range of digital assets it encompasses. But industry pioneers are working to widen its scope by introducing real-world assets (RWAs) to the digital realm. For instance, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), Ripple is embarking on a research project to try and tokenize real estate. This venture was made public about seven weeks ago as part of a broader initiative, the digital
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.
Las Vegas – AXES.ai’s land-based casino management platform became the first blockchain solution in history to be independently evaluated and rated by the Government Blockchain Association (GBA) in accordance with the Blockchain Maturity Model (BMM). “Why would a casino management system need blockchain? Because according to the US Financial Action Task Force (FATF), casinos are high-risk areas for money laundering and terrorist financing,” said Gerard Dache, GBA Executive Director. “Regulators world-wide need to have confidence that financial and compliance reports have not been falsified or altered. By writing data to