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Blockchain is hard for developers and everyday users. Is it getting any easier?

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For several years, one of the biggest hurdles to blockchain adoption has concerned the fact that it’s a rather technical space. Experienced developers find it daunting to build decentralized apps using this technology. Meanwhile, consumers unaccustomed to tokens and crypto wallets often struggle with user interfaces that are far clunkier than what mainstream platforms provide.

With cryptocurrencies punching into the mainstream consciousness like never before, it has never been more important for blockchain platforms to seize the moment and offer the streamlined, easy-to-understand products and services that the masses can embrace with minimal hassle. As the old saying goes: “If you build it, they will come.”

Blockchain enthusiasts know that this technology has potential, but you could argue that a key challenge involves conveying these advantages to the public. DApps regularly deliver features that fiat-focused, centralized platforms can never provide — yet their official websites are only understandable to those who have a PhD in cryptography. (This might be a slight exaggeration, but explaining things simply can be a weak spot for many projects.)

There are a few crucial tests to be met before blockchain becomes part of everyday life for us all. Can these platforms be as simple to use as your online bank account? Can they truly be as inexpensive and fast as the fiat payment rails that have existed for decades? And is it possible to create an environment where someone interacts with a blockchain without realizing it?

A great deal of thought also needs to be applied behind the scenes. Right now, top developers are put off blockchain because of the sheer amount of time and effort it takes to grasp basic concepts. Decentralized apps can take too many lines of code to create, in programming languages that are unfamiliar. And even if these two hurdles are overcome, sky-high gas fees can mean that using certain blockchains becomes impractical because of transaction costs.

This has a knock-on effect in other ways. Companies that are keen to start utilizing blockchain technology quickly find that they are unable to do so, because they’re struggling to find talented developers who can make it happen. This drives up costs for everyone, meaning that otherwise viable ideas may not deliver a healthy return on investment. Worse still, these hurdles can mean brilliant concepts that would benefit millions of people end up being unexplored.

A number of crypto projects have now decided that enough is enough. After years of debate and discussion, they’ve concluded that user interfaces need to be simplified, applications have to be faster and slicker, and a plug-and-play mentality must be championed when it comes to blockchain development. Back in the early 2000s, it was difficult for new websites and blogs to be created without some computing knowhow. Then the likes of WordPress arrived — providing esthetically pleasing templates and drag-and-drop modules that made the process intuitive. Where’s this for the blockchain sector?

Making the technology invisible

One network that has positioned itself as the silver bullet for making blockchain technology simple and foolproof is Hathor Network. The platform says it delivers a simplified, risk-reduced sandbox where everyone can implement blockchain — making our lives, businesses and applications better. Hathor Network says it offers a familiar environment for developers who are used to building brilliant things on Web 2.0, and its infrastructure delivers end results that mean the technology is “invisible” to the soccer moms, grandparents and technical novices who use it.

The project describes itself as “the WordPress of blockchain” — and freely admits that everything Hathor Network does, Ethereum does too. But here’s the powerful point: Hathor Network delivers a simpler suite for developers that ensures there is a reduced margin for error. Transaction costs are also far more predictable than on Ethereum, and scaling solutions are already in force. This network also champions interoperability — and this means that, if a developer doesn’t find the tools that they need on Hathor Network, they can easily establish a bridge to a blockchain that does.

As well as championing easy tokenization that allows custom tokens to be created in a heartbeat, Hathor Network delivers nano contracts — an easier, safer implementation of smart contracts that also support real-world data delivered through oracles. Pre-built and simplified, nano contracts can be created through a battle-tested, drag-and-drop interface — and in future, a marketplace will be established that enables developers to integrate existing nano contracts into their DApps with minimum hassle.

Better still, none of this is at the expense of privacy. Businesses who depend on confidentiality when using blockchain technology can benefit from their very own side-DAGs. This flexibility also extends to custom tokens, which can be melted and turned back into HTR tokens with little fuss.

Hathor Network’s development is continuing throughout 2021. Nano contracts are going to be implemented for the first time, with a plethora of new use cases to emerge. The capabilities of this network will expand with every passing month, not to mention the blockchain’s throughput.

With a number of businesses expressing enthusiasm about how blockchain can transform their operations — and the sector beginning to realize that networks need to be able to interact with one another in a fluid way — Hathor Network is hoping to demystify this technology once and for all, ending years of debate by getting things done.

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A pillar of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Robert J. Brown, will keynote a global blockchain leadership event.

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Blockchain and Liberty for All

Broadcast live from Washington DC, June 18-19, 2021, with contributions from chapters around the globe, GBA will virtually present its’ annual state of the union to the world. The GBA global leadership team will present their blockchain results so far and discuss where we are headed for the next decade. 

The featured Keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Brown will share his wisdom gained from decades of working with world leaders, industry titans, and civil rights leaders. The Washington Post called him a “World Class Power Broker”. Just some of his many accomplishments include:

  • Key advisor to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  • Involved in the Robert Kennedy campaign
  • Special Assistant to President Richard Nixon
  • Close friend and confidant of Nelson Mandela 
  • Consulted with many prominent US corporations on race relations and crisis management
  • Worked on the committee that established the legislation creating the Office of Minority Business Enterprise within the US Department of Commerce
  • He signed the documents that increased funding for historical black colleges & universities under President Nixon
  • Serves on the boards of numerous universities and corporations 
  • He holds eleven honorary doctorate degrees from prestigious institutions of higher learning.

Dr. Brown has handled communications and race relations during pivotal moments of the civil rights movement. His ability to build bridges between Democrats and Republicans during the Civil Rights heyday, makes him an exceptional choice for blockchain leaders who will face inevitable backlash as this technology revolutionizes the landscape for many in power. How are we to move forward in a respectful and mutually beneficial manner? 

As blockchain technology continues to disrupt every industry, GBA influencers will need to hear the lessons learned from this icon of history.

The Government Blockchain Association, (GBA), is honored to have Dr. Brown as a keynote speaker for Blockchain and Liberty for All.

Political freedom must be accompanied by economic freedom for people to be truly free. Blockchain Technology is a new frontier in the economic landscape.” -Gerard Dache, Executive Director, GBA

 

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TrustSwap Launchpad hosts token offering for RegTech platform Sekuritance

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Sekuritance, a CeFi/DeFi ecosystem delivering compliance, regulatory, transaction monitoring, and identity management solutions, is collaborating with TrustSwap, a full-service blockchain asset platform, to support the execution of its SKRT token offering starting on May 8th, 2021 at 9:00 AM PST.

Introducing Sekuritance

The cryptocurrency economy has taken the world by storm and it is here to stay. Just like traditional finance, the risk of fraud, misuse, abuse also exists in the crypto space. Due to the decentralized and semi-anonymous nature of blockchain, these factors can be compounded resulting in hesitation of adoption by financial regulators and banking institutions. While there may not yet be a bulletproof solution, there are ways to mitigate risk and potential losses, and blacklisting.

Most people who are active in the DeFi space are also using some form of traditional banking service (credit cards, bank accounts, mortgage/insurance payments, retail commerce, etc.). When crypto proceeds start moving between these realms, the banks and regulators want to know where the money came from, whether it has been declared or taxed effectively, whether it has passed through unauthorized darknet services, and so many more questions needing specific answers. In the event that any of the above questions result negatively, the traditional finance ecosystem is most likely to reject the onboarding or the use of those proceeds to pass through their networks.

The Sekuritance RegTech Suite addresses this by making available specific services and modules to address the various regulatory and compliance requirements.

Sekuritance recognizes that there are many jurisdictional challenges in the RegTech niche so, rather than competing with other software-as-a-service providers in the RegTech industry, they are invited to make their API offerings available also through the Sekuritance Partner Marketplace so that merchants and individuals around the world can enjoy an All-In-One RegTech Gateway.

Sekuritance Ecosystem

The Sekuritance ecosystem is comprised of 8 main products:

1. Sekur.Vault (Data Tokenisation Vault)

Sekur.Vault is a unique omni-vault, audited to the highest level of industry security standards and tweaked to not only store what is commonly referred to as “Rubbish In, Rubbish Out” but to add value to the output upon retrieval by cross-consumption of the other Sekuritance modules such as BIN checks, KYC checks, AML checks and more.

The platform’s robust and simple to use API set and dedicated user interface allows the secure storage of Card Data (Debit, Credit, Alternate); Crypto Wallet Private & Public Keys; Sensitive Personal Data; Confidential Corporate Data; KYC, KYB Related Data; Transaction Data for BI and AI and more.

2. Sekur.MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication)

This omni-auth module caters primarily to 3D Secure services for the traditional card payment industry. Development has also started for an on-chain decentralized identity management and claiming process. Our own unique acquirer-agnostic 3D Solution allows merchants to validate and process 3D checks (both versions 1 and 2) before taking payment.

3. Sekur.Connect (RegTech Marketplace)

The Sekuritance RegTech SekurSuite platform is a powerful toolkit on its own but trying to stay ahead of all the global jurisdictions, updates to regulations and policies, AML guidelines, etc. is a mammoth task. So, rather than try to outsmart all the other valuable and recognized players in the industry, Sekuritance is creating a RegTech marketplace where software-as-a-service providers and developers can showcase their solutions and participate in the SKRT token economy.

4. Sekur.Alert

Sekur.Alert functionality connects to specialized datasets to help keep our customers safe and help them ensure that they are doing business with wallets and identities of good standing. To help grow this dataset, the crypto community is invited to report any fraudulent activity to Sekuritance so that the whole community can be better protected. Every new unique and verified report gets to participate in the SKRT Loyalty and Reward program.

5. Sekur.Transact

KYC, KYB, KYT, AML, Sanction Screening, and other rule engine applications are all available on the Sekuritance platform. Businesses and institutions can use these tools to identify who customers are and their eligibility for specific product offerings. They can use the Sekuritance RegTech platform to get transaction and IP “Risk Scores” and sub-scores as well as other data in order to prevent fraud and abuse.

7. Sekur.Trace

The anonymity of cryptocurrencies is a myth. Very few mixing services can outwit modern de-anonymization technologies for Bitcoin tracking and other cryptocurrency alternatives. No one has a clear understanding of how fast the RegTech niche will be evolving but one thing beyond question — regulation of the cryptocurrency space will tighten and all will have to accept the new rules and play by them.

Sekuritance strives to become one of the leading vendors of RegTech solutions for the crypto and fiat industry and believes that the openness of financial data on blockchains will be a driver for regulatory institutions to reinforce control. With a powerful blockchain analytics toolset like Sekuritance, regulatory bodies could end money laundering and make financial reporting easy and transparent.

8. Sekur.Certify

The Sekuritance Sekur.Certify Blockchain Wallet Verification service allows for a user to claim controlling power certification on a particular wallet once a number of actions would have been performed, KYC & AML checks confirmed and crypto investigation on the wallet completed.

Details of Sekuritance Token Offering

The Sekuritance token offering will be executed by leveraging the TrustSwap Launchpad. Upon the successful conclusion of the offering, a Uniswap pool will be created on May 13th, 2021, and trading can commence for use of SKRT in the Sekuritance network. Alongside the offering, Sekuritance will be showcasing a preview of its RegTech Suite and Partner Platform.

TrustSwap technology utilizes secure peer-to-peer transactions via TrustSwap SmartLaunch; which ensures that Sekuritance and its community can transact securely and without fear of participants or team members negatively impacting the markets following the public offering. TrustSwap’s time-based SmartLock ensures a methodical distribution to mitigate the risk of unauthorized token transfers.

Sekuritance will use TrustSwap SmartLocks for:

  • Team token vesting
  • Token holder vesting
  • Liquidity locks

For more information about Sekuritance visit https://www.sekuritance.com.

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Shanghai Man: VeChain on TV, DOGE flips BTC volume, Hotbit hack and more …

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This weekly roundup of news from Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong attempts to curate the industry’s most important news, including influential projects, changes in the regulatory landscape, and enterprise blockchain integrations.

Will DOGEmania ever stop?

Dogecoin has officially flipped Bitcoin in a few categories here in China, with DOGE trading volume on leading Chinese exchange Huobi surpassing that of leading assets ETH and BTC. On May 6th, according to CoinGecko, DOGE volume made up more than 15% of total exchange volume, whereas BTC and ETH were around 8% each. Searches for ‘Dogecoin’ on WeChat surpassed searches for Bitcoin, with 2.3 million versus 1.7 million on May 5th. Dogecoin has become increasingly appealing to the Chinese retail community since earlier this year as many are attracted to the virality and get-rich-quick potential of the colorful DOGE community.

Hacking attempt fails, but causes a major ruckus

Centralized exchange Hotbit was the victim of a hacking attempt on April 30th. The good news was that assets appear to be safe on the platform. The bad news was that user data was compromised, leading to a corrupted database. Trading, deposits and withdrawals have all been paused while the exchange attempts to restore normality. The Chinese exchange has been communicating actively via Twitter, with the interrupted service lasting potentially another week. Hotbit is well known for listing a diverse range of assets, making it a popular spot among more risk averse investors.

Shenzhen-based HOO launches Smart Chain contender

Hoo.com became yet another exchange to launch an Ethereum Virtual Machine, or EVM-based, smart chain, attempting to bridge their CeFi users into the DeFi space. The chain, currently in testnet, boasts low fees of just 0.001 USD per transaction and over 500+ transactions per second, as well as compatibility with Ethereum, BSC, and HECO. Since the start of the year, Hoo’s token has increased by over 350%. Other Chinese exchanges, including OKEx and Gate, have also launched smart chains. Smart chains are proving an attractive way to let users maximize yield while still letting the exchange capture value from the process.

VeChain on national TV

English-language and state-run business channel CGTN created a short expository video on blockchain’s growth post-COVID19. The video and article featured a close look at VeChain’s progress in developing business solutions, explaining how the technology could be applied to the food safety and infection control industry. The media company shot a short video inside the office and interviewed a few of the developers, indicating that the company has done well to comply with regulatory requirements in the tightly run country. It’s no secret that VeChain has a top position and close relationship with many government backed organizations, which is an enviable position for any enterprise Blockchain-as-a-Service provider.

Rising salaries for blockchain devs

The Beijing Human Resources and Social Security Bureau recently released the 2021 Beijing Human Resources Market Salary Survey Report (First Quarterly)”. According to the report, new and hot jobs, which included the tech space, had a median average monthly salary mainly in the $3,000 to $4,600 range. Blockchain engineers comfortably eclipsed that with a wage of $6,700 per month, showing the growing demand for the skills. By contrast, the average annual salary of a blockchain developer in the U.S. often exceeds $12,500 per month, according to recruitment firm Hired.com, nearly double the going rate in Beijing.

Miners back up and running… away?

Mining appears to have resumed as normal following the outages after a deadly coal mine accident last month. The incident required rigorous inspections of mining facilities, forcing many ASIC miners to turn off their machines. Hashrates have currently recovered to near the rates they were prior to the incident in the middle of April. One interesting shift, however, is that the industry appears to be gradually shifting from China to North America. F2Pool founder Chun Wang noted that for the first time in 8 years, more than half the BTC hashing power was coming from outside of China. This may have been partially tied to the incident, but is a trend that many experts are following as mining regulations in China appear to be growing stricter.

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