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Germany’s new government announces plans to protect rights to encryption

Germany’s new coalition government is seemingly pro-encryption and supports other policies digital rights advocates have asked for years, including the right to anonymity. The previous government, led by Angela Merkel, supported more surveillance.
Privacy is a protected right under the German constitution. However, in an effort to fight crime, law enforcement agencies have undermined that right by fighting to access otherwise private data.
The previous German government, which was led by conservatives, joined other European nations in calling for a “legal access to encrypted…

Powers On… Why aren’t more law schools teaching blockchain, DeFi and NFTs? By Cointelegraph

Powers On… Why aren’t more law schools teaching blockchain, DeFi and NFTs?

Blockchain technology is transformative for both our financial system and commercial enterprises, as well as for improving the human condition. More and more unbanked citizens both abroad and here in the United States now can have the capability to transfer and receive funds from loved ones with speed, economic efficiency and anonymity, where necessary, from oppressive regimes and governments and unstable economies. Traditional financial systems that have long not been available in underserved communities in…

Powers On… Why aren’t more law schools teaching blockchain, DeFi and NFTs? – Cointelegraph…

Blockchain technology is transformative for both our financial system and commercial enterprises, as well as for improving the human condition. More and more unbanked citizens both abroad and here in the United States now can have the capability to transfer and receive funds from loved ones with speed, economic efficiency and anonymity, where necessary, from oppressive regimes and governments and unstable economies. Traditional financial systems that have long not been available in underserved communities in various parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America must now recognize the power and…

Blockchain Vulnerabilities – Crypto Hacks, Blockchain Forensics And Legal Challenges – Technology

It is often assumed that blockchain based digital currencies and
applications are safe and secure. In fact, blockchain ecosystems
including cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and Ether, smart
contracts that power a plethora of transactions, and blockchain
exchanges have many vulnerabilities. Like many other financial
systems, blockchain based systems are subject to all manner of
hacks, frauds scams, and vulnerabilities. They happen at the speed
and anonymity of the Internet. There are, understandably, numerous
legal challenges when it comes to obtaining civil remedies for
these…

Those ‘hiding behind anonymity of crypto transactions’ will be accountable, SEC warns

Individuals who hide behind the anonymity of cryptocurrency transactions to defraud investors should expect that the SEC will trace their illegal activity and hold them accountable for their actions
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged a California-based promoter for alleged Bitcoin-related fraud, the regulator announced on 18 November, 2021. The promoter, Ryan Ginster has been held for,
“…conducting two unregistered and fraudulent securities offerings that raised over $3.6 million in cryptocurrency from retail investors.”

The complaint filed, charges the…

CBDC privacy concerns are overblown

In response to OMFIF’s market research on what the most important attributes of a central bank digital currency should be, the most ticked boxes were those marked ‘privacy’ and ‘security’. In the US and Germany over 70% of respondents prioritised privacy as the essential feature of a putative CBDC. Since in a market economy the customer is always right, CBDC would have to replicate cash, not least in its anonymity, if it is to be accepted. Should it?Is this a fundamental objection to CBDC or simply a hesitation based on a misunderstanding of what a digital currency entails?…

CBDC systems should focus on programmable payments

According to the Bank for International Settlements, over 60% of central banks are experimenting with central bank digital currency technology. CBDCs are close to being widely introduced and many complex matters have been discussed in financial circles. These include developing secure infrastructure, questions around governance – such as how to balance anonymity with transparency – and mitigating adverse economic impacts. As public digital currencies rapidly transform from theory to reality, there is one important feature that needs to be examined: programmability.When talking about…

BIS gets feisty on CBDC, explores identity for central bank digital currencies – Ledger Insights

Today the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), which coordinates cooperation between central banks, published a chapter on central bank digital currencies (CBDC) as part of its annual report. This paper is different from its many previous CBDC publications in two aspects, the first being a focus on competition as a primary motivator for launching CBDCs with a fiery condemnation of cryptocurrencies and stablecoins. And the second is the role of identity and hence privacy and anonymity in the design of a CBDC.

Competition as a key CBDC motivator

There are numerous potential…

CBDCs should have ‘privacy by design’, says blockchain boss

As Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) continue to materialise, so do worries surrounding the financial privacy of users, says Matthew Niemerg, co-founder of Aleph Zero – a Swiss non-profit, enterprise-ready, peer-reviewed, developer-friendly blockchain platform.According to Aleph Zero, CBDCs will undoubtedly be subject to know-your-customer (KYC) and anti money laundering (AML) regulations, which require identity disclosure among their participants.In fact, the Bank of Canada has already qualified anonymity as a ‘risk’ banks should look to avoid – leaving prospective users with…

TLAV- Facebook “Whistleblower”, Ending Anonymity & Moderna’s Hail Mary

Whitney joined TLAV to discuss her recent article on Moderna, as well as our previous discussion around your anonymity and privacy, and how these concepts are on the way out in lieu of a “reimagining” of our world where these concepts are a burden on the system; a system in which “you own nothing and you have never been happier” – or so we are aggressively told – known as The Great Reset.

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Awesome Python Video Tutorials Keep You Motivated

Programming languages are one of those topics that we geeks have some very strong and often rather polarised opinions about. As new concepts in computing are dreamt up, older languages may grow new features, if viable, or get left behind when new upstarts come along and shake things up a bit. This scribe can remember his early days programming embedded systems, and the arguments that ensued when someone came along with a project that required embedded C++ or worse, Java, when we were mostly diehard C programmers. Fast forward a decade or two, and things are way more complicated. So much choice, so much opinion.

So it’s really nice to come across some truly unique and beautifully made Python tutorial videos, that are engaging and fun to watch.… Read more...

Taliban spokesperson warns US not to interfere with their culture, treatment of women

A Taliban spokesperson insisted to Fox News on Friday that “there will be no issue about women’s rights” following the militant group’s takeover of Afghanistan, despite widespread international concerns.

But Suhail Shaheen also said he opposes Western views that “women should have an education without [a] hijab.”

“That is a change of culture,” he said. “Our culture… they can receive education with hijab. They can work with hijab.”

When asked about future relations with the U.S., Shaheen said, “We should be focusing how can we work together in a positive and constructive way which is in the best of interest of both sides.”

“There will be no issue about the women’s rights.

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How Can Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) Be Made To Work Better?

Introduction: At Expensivity, Bernard Fickser explains that a non-fungible token (NFT) is a unique token in cryptography that represents, say, real estate or art rather than money. Because the tokens have unique identities (non-fungible), they can be bought or sold while reducing the risk of fraud.

So how do they work?: The series is called How Non-Fungible Tokens Work: NFTs Explained, Debunked, and Legitimized (July 30, 2021). In Part 7, we look at 12 steps to make NFTs economically viable without Ethereum.

7 A Protocol for Handling NFTs on eBay

The best way to challenge an existing idea is to replace it with a better one. In this last section, I’m going to lay out a protocol for handling NFTs that dispenses with cryptocurrency-based blockchains and works in ordinary online marketplaces like eBay.

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Between strangers

Perhaps no artwork has better expressed the peculiar commingling of togetherness and aloneness inherent to modern urban life than Nighthawks (1942). The US artist Edward Hopper’s painting depicts four characters’ lives intersecting, if not connecting, in a late-night New York City diner. While there’s very little suggestion of motion in the image, it carries an intense sense of trajectory – of past and present colliding to bring strangers into a single space. The figures populating the frame seem to possess entire lives outside of this scene that can only be hinted at by the artist, and guessed at by the viewer. Is the man sitting solo at the counter resting after a long day of work? Avoiding face-time with his family?… Read more...

Ending Anonymity: Why The WEF’s Partnership Against Cybercrime Threatens The Future Of Privacy

Amid a series of warnings and simulations in the past year regarding a massive cyber attack that could soon bring down the global financial system, the “information sharing group” of the largest banks and private financial organizations in the United States warned earlier this year that banks “will encounter growing danger” from “converging” nation-state and criminal hackers over the course of 2021 and in the years that follow.

The organization, called the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), made the claim in its 2021 “Navigating Cyber” report, which assesses the events of 2020 and provides a forecast for the current year. That forecast, which casts a devastating cyber attack on the financial system through third parties as practically inevitable, also makes the case for a “global fincyber [financial-cyber] utility” as the main solution to the catastrophic scenarios it predicts.

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How To Make A Mint: The Cryptography of Anonymous Electronic Cash

NSA paper on electronic cash, 1996: “How To Make A Mint: The Cryptography of Anonymous Electronic Cash”. Electronic payment systems come in many forms including digital checks, debit cards, credit cards, and stored value cards. The usual security features for such systems are privacy (protection from eavesdropping), authenticity (provides user identification and message integrity), and nonrepudiation (prevention of later denying having performed a transaction).

The type of electronic payment system focused on in this paper is electronic cash. As the name implies, electronic cash is an attempt to construct an electronic payment system modelled after our paper cash system. Paper cash has such features as being: portable (easily carried), recognizable (as legal tender) hence readily acceptable, transferable (without involvement of the financial network), untraceable (no record of where money is spent), anonymous (no record of who spent the money) and has the ability to make “change.”… Read more...