Out With the Old? Blockchain Requires a New Regulatory Approach

By | December 15, 2017

Eva A. Kaili is a member of the European Parliament, where she chairs the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) panel aimed at assessing AI, fintech and blockchain. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. The internet is once more in a period of transition. The “cloud era” that served consumers and… Read More »

Gibraltar to Launch License Scheme for Blockchain Startups

By | December 14, 2017

The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) plans to create a new a license for startups working with blockchain. According to Reuters, the license would apply to firms transmitting money or assets using blockchain or distributed ledger technology, and would be the first time a nation has formally accepted A role for the tech in transmitting and… Read More »

Japanese Shipping Giant, IBM to Trial Blockchain in Cross-Border Trade

By | December 14, 2017

Japanese shipping firm Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and partners including IBM are to undertake a blockchain proof-of-concept looking to streamline international trade flows. According to the company’s statement, the “demonstration test” will see real-time trade transactions made using a blockchain-based application. The project will see trade agreements, logistics and insurance documents, and more, digitized, stored… Read More »

Walmart, JD.com Back Blockchain Food Tracking Effort in China

By | December 14, 2017

Retail giants Walmart and JD.com are among several companies backing a new blockchain effort in China focused on food safety and traceability. Along with Tsinghua University National Engineering Laboratory for E-Commerce Technologies and IBM, the four parties have created the Blockchain Food Safety Alliance, which will seek to connect businesses along the food supply chain within the… Read More »

Blockchain Startup LO3 Partners With Power Exchange

By | December 13, 2017

Blockchain startup LO3 Energy has scored a partnership with the European Power Exchange, known as EPEX SPOT, to link local electric microgrids to broader wholesale markets. The two organizations said Tuesday that they signed a memorandum of understanding committing themselves to finding ways to connect local energy markets to larger power networks using a blockchain-based platform.… Read More »


By | December 13, 2017

The number of blockchain jobs posted in the U.S. this year has seen a dramatic increase, according to data provided to CoinDesk from one of the largest jobs sites. The just-published statistics from Indeed.com indicate that, since last December, that number has increased by 207 percent. Even more dramatically, the number of blockchain jobs has… Read More »

2018: Another Growth Year for Blockchain

By | December 13, 2017

Oliver Bussmann is founder and managing partner at Bussmann Advisory, the president of not-for-profit Crypto Valley Association and former group CIO and managing director at UBS. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. 2017 was a year of tremendous growth for blockchain, though not in the expected ways. At the beginning… Read More »

Trump Signs Defense Bill Authorizing Blockchain Study

By | December 13, 2017

President Donald Trump has signed a $700 billion military spending bill that includes a mandate for a blockchain cybersecurity research study. As CoinDesk reported in September, the bill – as advanced by the U.S. Senate at the time – called for the Department of Defense to investigate “potential offensive and defensive cyber applications of blockchain technology… Read More »