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This article was originally published by Shiva Bissessar in the Trinidad Express and posted on the Pinaka Technology Solutions blog. It is reposted here with permission. 

In November 2014, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) commenced a study entitled “Opportunities and risks associated with the advent of digital currency in the Caribbean,” where I was selected as the consultant to perform the required research and write the final report. The study sought to introduce the Caribbean to the phenomenon of digital currency and explore the opportunities and risks which arise from application of this innovation within the Caribbean. The work was performed in the context of continued regional deficiencies in electronic payment infrastructure (e-commerce and mobile money) and the appearance of service providers seeking to provide solutions in response to these deficiencies including digital currency service providers.

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The UN is conducting a Summit this week (Sept 25 – 27, 2015) to adopt the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are meant to shape national level strategies for development and poverty alleviation for the next 15 years.  The 17 goals include items like: ensuring gender equality, achieving food security, combating climate change, conserving forests and oceans; and much more.   Read more »

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Coin Academy is now in the process of gathering data for their first white paper project: The Digital Currency Adoption Report. As part of the research process, a short survey has been created for digital currency owners around the world. The survey is now available online at http://digitalagencyasia.com/email-marketing/mailer/surveys.php?id=8  Read more »

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On September 15th, the Digital Currency Council partnered with TechChange, the leading provider of online education in technology and social change, to host a LIVE conversation about how digital currency can impact global development. Headline speakers included:

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As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s CEO, David Berger, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in New York City on April 27­-29, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Vadim Telyatnikov, the CEO at AlphaPoint.

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Stuart Hoegner, General Counsel to the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada, Jerry Brito, Executive Director of Coin Center, and a number of top legal experts released a new book, “The Law of Bitcoin,” this month. The book is the first of its kind to dig into cryptocurrency law in four jurisdictions: Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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The Chamber of Digital Commerce (“Chamber”) and the Digital Currency Council (DCC) announced last week a key strategic partnership to strengthen the advocacy and education efforts for the digital asset and digital currency industry. Through this initiative led by the Chamber, the DCC will extend education and training opportunities to the Chamber’s members as part of their membership benefits program.

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Changes to a cryptocurrency which change its fundamental nature can require a  “fork”. This term refers to the splitting of the blockchain into two new chains, one using the previous definition, another the new definition. This can be beneficial to enable a coin to overcome unforeseen challenges, but has significant risks as we will explore further in this paper.

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As part of the Digital Currency Council’s Continuing Education partnership with Inside Bitcoins, the DCC’s VP, Sarah Martin, had the opportunity to interview the thought leaders that will be speaking at the Inside Bitcoins Conference in Chicago on July 10-11, 2015. Today, we share an interview with Jeremy Gardner, a spokesperson for Augur.

Sarah: Tell us about how and why you got involved in Bitcoin and digital currencies.

Jeremy: Well like most of the early adopters of bitcoin who didn’t enter due to ideology or technological appreciation, I first learned of cryptocurrencies maybe three years ago as a result of a Rolling Stone profile of the Silk Road. Although I never ended up purchasing any bitcoin at that time, my interest was piqued. In the fall of 2013, as the price began to climb, I bought in around $200 and, still not appreciating the technology for the tour de force that it is, I sold at $1,000, believing collapse was inevitable. If I hadn’t transferred to the University of Michigan that fall, where I met a bitcoin entrepreneur named Kinnard Hockenhull, that may have been the extent of my foray into cryptocurrencies. Fortunately, Kinnard encouraged me to look beyond the drug bazaars and speculative nature of bitcoin, and then I discovered the blockchain. Having recently left the Massachusetts Attorney General campaign for Maura Healey (who would go on to win) as a result of deep disillusionment with the role of money in elections, the blockchain seemed like a more positive way to change the world than our current political system. Soon after joining the Michigan Bitcoin Club at Kinnard’s behest, I founded the College Cryptocurrency Network with Daniel Bloch, and it’s all history after that.

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