The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) today announced the organization will demonstrate how EEA standards are contributing to drive the token-based blockchain economy at the Ethereum Foundation’s conference, Devcon 5, October 8-11, 2019, in Osaka, Japan.
October 8, 2019
New EEA Specifications, Demonstrations, and Mainnet Initiative Highlight Maturation of Real Deployments of Enterprise Ethereum Applications
OSAKA, JAPAN [Devcon 5: EEA Table 14] — Oct. 8, 2019 — The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) today announced the organization will demonstrate how EEA standards are contributing to drive the token-based blockchain economy at the Ethereum Foundation’s conference, Devcon 5, October 8-11, 2019, in Osaka, Japan. The EEA will lead several sessions, including a co-hosted Open Forum with the Ethereum Community and its first EEA Mainnet Initiative meeting, to discuss the commercial market requirements needed for businesses to deliver services on the Ethereum mainnet.
The EEA also published new versions of its specifications; documents available for free, public download on the EEA website at https://entethalliance.org/technical-documents/:
“2019 has been a year of growing market acceptance, and at Devcon 5 will be where attendees will experience how Ethereum – enabled by EEA member-driven standards – delivers real-world value through tokenized enterprise solutions,” said EEA Executive Director Ron Resnick. “Join us at our co-hosted Open Forum with the Ethereum community and our Mainnet Working Group meeting to define the building blocks needed to drive the ecosystem forward.”
Attend the First of its Kind Reward Token Trusted Compute Workshop
Learn how the first EEA standards-based trusted compute system with trusted reward tokens (reputation, reward, and penalty) offers a unique look at how to incentivize membership participation within an organization. Developed by the EEA Trusted Execution Task Force — ConsenSys Solutions, PegaSys, and Kaleido; Envision Blockchain; iExec; Intel; and Microsoft, the system and interactive workshop enables attendees to:
- Learn how the development of multi-vendor applications benefit from EEA standards, Token Taxonomy Framework definitions, and Open Ethereum (ERC) and W3C web standards
- Experiment with roles: within a consortium, as an enterprise, and as an enterprise employee
- Utilize self-sovereign identity and credentials as an enterprise; earn, share, and redeem token-based rewards; and earn a tokenized reputation
Attend the Open Forum with the Ethereum Community: Ethereum Roadmap 2020
Co-Hosted by the EEA, Ethereum Magicians and Cat Herders
All attendees are invited to the Devcon 5 Open Forum to discuss ways the EEA and Ethereum community can foster collaboration, strengthen relationships, and build a bridge for future communications. EEA Executive Director Ron Resnick and EEA Director of Community Paul DiMarzio will represent the EEA in this interactive discussion focused on advancing best practices for using the Ethereum mainnet to build commercially viable business applications.
Attend the EEA Mainnet Working Group Overview Meetup
Join the EEA for an interactive discussion around the new Mainnet Working Group initiative. Co-Chaired by John Wolpert, ConsenSys Senior Product Executive, the Mainnet Working Group will look to harmonize the way industries and ecosystems work on the blockchain. RSVP for the first EEA Mainnet Working Group call, October 22, 2019, open to EEA members and non-members.
Meet with EEA at its Devcon 5 Table 14
EEA Executive Director Ron Resnick and EEA Director of Community Paul DiMarzio will be available to discuss the EEA’s strategy, vision, and specification roadmap. Devcon 5 attendees, EEA members, developers, and enterprise leaders are invited to network with the EEA at our stand on Tuesday and Wednesday, and throughout the conference.
EEA Member Supporting Quotes:
EEA Director of Community Paul DiMarzio
- “I’m excited to have this opportunity to meet with Devcon attendees and discuss how everyone in the broader Ethereum community can get involved in the evolution of our technical work. I encourage all Ethereum developers to come to the workshop and open forum to engage with us and discuss how EEA specifications can help drive overall Ethereum adoption,” said DiMarzio. “Ron and I will be on hand for interactive discussions covering the most current Enterprise Ethereum advances, coming innovations, and real-world use cases.”
Chair of the EEA Trusted Execution Task Force Jean-Charles Cabelguen, iExec
- “We have been able to leverage the skills of companies and startups from all over the world to build up a trusted compute specification answering to enterprise-level requirements. Our Trusted Reward Token demonstration to be unveiled at our Devcon 5 workshop illustrates how EEA standards can be articulated to sustain concrete projects,” said Jean-Charles Cabelguen, chair of the EEA Trusted Execution Task Force and iExec chief of Innovation and Adoption. “I would like to thank Banco Santander, Chainlink, ConsenSys, Intel, Microsoft, and all the EEA members that provided contributions to the Off-Chain Trusted Compute specification as well as those that help drive the trusted reward-token workshop.”
- Read EEA Member iExec’s blog post on the specification.
EEA Founding Board Member Tom Willis, Intel
- Intel is a contributor to the EEA Off-Chain Trusted Compute Specification and participant in the workshop demo. “We believe Trusted Execution Environments like Intel® SGX can help software developers build better multi-party compute solutions that protect data everywhere,” said Tom Willis, EEA founding board member, and a director at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center. “Intel is committed to helping solve the privacy and security challenges that will further enable blockchain adoption.”
- Read EEA Member Intel’s blog post on the workshop.
EEA Trusted Execution Task Force Member Dr. Andreas Freund, ConsenSys
- “The work on the EEA Trusted Reward Token workshop initiative was especially exciting and gratifying because it not only demonstrated that seven very different EEA members can successfully collaborate to combine emerging technologies in novel ways that enable new economic benefits for enterprises, but also that the EEA is maturing as an organization with a focus on co-creating real-world Ethereum based applications that deliver not only value to its members but also to the larger Ethereum ecosystem,” said EEA member Dr. Andreas Freund, Blockchain Swiss Army Knife, ConsenSys .
EEA Board Member Joseph Lubin, Co-founder of Ethereum, and Founder of ConsenSys
- “In the past year, we have seen a significant acceleration in interest and adoption of Ethereum technology by enterprises. Major players, from big four consulting firms to major financial services companies have not only begun using public Ethereum but also are building infrastructure more tailored to enterprise uses-cases on the Ethereum mainnet. As stewards of the standards and growth of Ethereum, it has been a positive development to see the Ethereum Foundation and the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance continue to strengthen their collaboration at DevCon 5 and beyond. Both organizations are committed to evolving the technology so that it serves mainstream enterprise and government as well as the next generation Web 3.0-based decentralized digital economy,” said Joseph Lubin, EEA Board member, co-founder of Ethereum, and founder of ConsenSys.
EEA Board Member Aya Miyaguchi, Ethereum Foundation
- “This is an exciting time,” said Ethereum Foundation Executive Director and EEA Board Member Aya Miyaguchi. “As blockchain adoption accelerates, it’s important that the Ethereum Foundation work to connect businesses with the latest research and development coming from our worldwide community, and that we convey our challenges and experiences while better understanding those impacting industries. I hope that this common understanding and cooperation will bring Ethereum technology more broadly and effectively to the world.”
EEA Board Member Marley Gray, Token Taxonomy Initiative Chair, and Microsoft Principal Architect
- “The rapid acceleration of technology innovation around tokenization and the Ethereum mainnet is changing how consumer-facing industries will deliver value through peer-to-peer transactions and services. The EEA brings together a standards-based approach for tokenization and off-chain compute to define the building blocks needed to drive global interoperability,” said Marley Gray, EEA board member, Token Taxonomy Initiative chair, and principal architect, Microsoft.
EEA Associate Member Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger
- “We are thrilled to see the evolution of the EEA and Hyperledger collaboration around the EEA’s Trusted Execution Task Force. Not only is the prototype implementation of those proposed standards being built within Hyperledger Lab, but the Devcon 5 EEA Reward Token Trusted Compute demo leverages Hyperledger Besu – the first Ethereum public blockchain on Hyperledger and one that conforms to EEA’s Client Specification. We expect developers building Enterprise Ethereum-related technologies to be motivated to submit projects to Hyperledger, and we hope that project maintainers will consider taking de-facto interfaces that are suitable for standardization to the appropriate Special Interest Group at the EEA,” said Brian Behlendorf, executive director, Hyperledger, an EEA Associate Member.
*Note to Editors:
EEA Rewards Token-based Trusted Compute Workshop Demo Contributors
The EEA rewards token trusted compute application runs in Besu, an EEA standards-based and Hyperledger-based enterprise Ethereum client, and connects to a Trusted Compute pool which conforms to the EEA Off-Chain Trusted Compute Specification. Kaleido is used to set up the blockchain network for this application and managing the Besu nodes on Microsoft Azure. The Trusted Compute pool is hosted on the Microsoft Azure cloud utilizing Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX). Envision Blockchain built the application administration front-end and back-end, iExec implemented the off-chain token execution logic and deployed the Trusted Compute pool while ConsenSys built the Smart Contract infrastructure for tokens and identity.
About the EEA
The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) is a member-driven standards organization whose charter is to develop open blockchain specifications that drive harmonization and interoperability for businesses and consumers worldwide. Our global community of members is made up of leaders, adopters, innovators, developers, and businesses who collaborate to create an open, decentralized web for the benefit of everyone. To join the EEA, please reach out to [email protected].
U.S. Treasury Targets Stablecoins in Latest Regulatory Risk Assessment
As regulatory pressure mounts in the U.S., policymakers are putting stablecoins at the top of their agendas.
Citing “people familiar with the matter,” Bloomberg has reported that officials are crafting a policy framework set to be released in the coming weeks. Their primary concern is ensuring that investors can reliably move money in and out of tokens, it added.
The anonymous insiders are worried that a “fire-sale run on crypto assets could threaten financial stability and that certain stablecoins could scale up dangerously fast.”
Strengthening Regulatory Efforts
The Financial Stability Oversight Council is also preparing a formal review into whether stablecoins pose an economic threat.
The officials are focusing on how stablecoin transactions are processed and settled and whether market conditions have an impact, it added. Tomicah Tillemann, global head of policy at a crypto fund run by venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz, commented:
“It is significant and very consequential that we are witnessing early steps to create a regulatory framework around digital assets. That’s a big deal.”
The report, when released, will go to the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets. The body includes key agency heads such as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, and Securities and Exchange Commissioner Chair Gary Gensler.
In late July, Yellen called for urgency in regulating stablecoins after stating that they are not adequately supervised. Gary Gensler echoed the sentiment in early August, stating that regulators must act to protect investors from fraud.
Also, in late July, Acting Comptroller of the Currency, Michael Hsu, said regulators are looking into Tether’s commercial papers to see whether each USDT token was really backed by the equivalent of one U.S. dollar.
Tether has repeatedly issued assurances that its reserves are fully backed but has yet to produce a full independent audit.
Stablecoin Ecosystem Update
Tether remains the market leader with a current supply of 69.4 billion, according to the Tether Transparency report. This is close to the all-time high for USDT, which tapped 70 billion earlier this week.
Of that total, 36 billion or 51.8% is based on the Tron network, with 33.8 billion or 48.7% running on Ethereum. USDT supply has grown by 232% since the beginning of the year.
Rival stablecoin, USDC, from Circle currently has 29.3 billion in circulation after gaining 651% in terms of supply growth so far in 2021.
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Cardano, Chainlink, MATIC Price Analysis: 19 September
Most altcoins in the market have been consolidating or recording losses over the last 24 hours. Cardano fell by 3% and inched closer to the support line of $2.20. Chainlink also depreciated by 5% and was trading closer to its three-week low price. Lastly, MATIC was seen moving closer to its one-week low price of $1.29 after registering a loss of 5% over the past day.
Cardano lost 3% of its valuation over the last 24 hours. The altcoin was priced at $2.33. Over the last few days, ADA has been consolidating. The nearest support line for the coin stood at $2.20 and then at $1.72.
On the four-hour 20-SMA the alt’s price was seen below it, indicating that the momentum belonged to the sellers. The Relative Strength Index was below the 50-mark. The Chaikin Money Flow also was seen below the half-line as capital inflows were low.
MACD witnessed a bearish crossover and flashed red bars on its histogram. If ADA moved on the upside, the first resistance mark stood at $2.49, toppling which it could retest $2.79. The other price ceiling stood at the multi-month high of $3.04.
Chainlink was priced at $27.80 after it recorded a loss of 5% over the last 24 hours. LINK’s nearest price floor was at $27.78. Falling below which the coin could trade near its three-week low of $24.45.
Parameters pointed towards negative price action. On the four-hour chart, LINK’s price was below the 20-SMA. This reading suggested price momentum was inclined towards the sellers. The Relative Strength Index was below the half-line.
Awesome Oscillator flashed red signal bars. MACD also displayed red bars on its histogram. On the flipside, once buying pressure revives, the altcoin could attempt to retest the $32.37 resistance mark and then revisit $35.83.
MATIC depreciated by 5% and was trading at $1.39. The altcoin’s immediate support line was at $1.29 which also is the one-week low price level. The other price floor was at its over a month-long low price point of $1.07.
Bollinger Bands converged, indicating that price volatility would remain low over the upcoming trading sessions. MACD was bearish with red bars on its histogram. The Relative Strength Index was also seen below the half-line.
MATIC’s movement on the upside could mean that the coin would meet with its first resistance at $1.42 and then at $1.54. Toppling over these levels, the coin could revisit its multi-month high of $1.76.
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The Crypto Mining Fight in China Is Not Over
It looks like China is still not done clamping down on the crypto mining space. Another region known as the Hebei province has agreed to comply with Beijing’s ruling that all crypto mining should be omitted from China’s workforce. The province is now claiming that the practice is illegal and must end within its borders no later than September 30.
China Is Still Kicking Miners Out
China shocked the world not too long ago when it decided that all crypto mining should cease. The idea was that energy used for crypto mining purposes was hazardous to the planet, and that it was setting humans on the wrong path. Thus, regulators stated that it was time to bring things to an official end.
What was most surprising about the ruling is that the country, at the time, was home to nearly 75 percent of the world’s total crypto mining operations. Thus, it stood to lose a lot of money and tax revenue by initiating the clampdown. In addition, the country is home to two of the world’s biggest developers and distributors of bitcoin mining equipment in Bitmain and Canaan Creative.
Nevertheless, China has moved forward in its decision. Many mining operators were forced to shut down their businesses and move elsewhere, and quite a few have popped up in countries such as Kazakhstan and in states like Texas and Florida. Both these regions in America have stated they are open to crypto mining projects given that they can potentially lead to healthier local and state economies, and they will create jobs for interested workers.
The Hebei province issued the following statement:
Cryptocurrency mining consumes an enormous amount of energy, which is against China’s ‘carbon neutral’ goal.
The arguments against crypto mining have become rather prominent in recent months. One of the most notable stemmed from Elon Musk, the South African entrepreneur behind billion-dollar companies such as SpaceX and Tesla. He stated early in the year that he was willing to permit bitcoin payments for electric vehicles. A few weeks later, however, he rescinded this decision, claiming that miners were not utilizing their energy correctly, and he could not condone bitcoin unless carbon emissions were brought down.
Too Much Bad Energy in the Air!
Another argument came from Kevin O’Leary of “Shark Tank” fame. The billionaire investor claimed that he would no longer be purchasing any BTC mined in China given that the country was not known to utilize green energy for mining purposes. China later took this issue to heart, it seems.
Starting in October of this year, bitcoin and crypto mining in China will be completely illegal. Regulators in the nation have stated that they will keep a close eye on the mining space and will work to punish all those who disobey the rules.
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