The Chamber of Digital Commerce has formed a new division, the Token Alliance, an industry-led initiative to educate, promote and help shape the responsible growth of token and digital asset issuances. The Token Alliance is co-chaired by former Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission,
Data compiled by MarketWatch indicates there has been massive growth in bitcoin sub-topics on the popular Internet site Reddit, with August particularly active in growth.
MarketWatch did an analysis of data gathered from CrowdTangle, which monitors social media responses. It reports that,
IAB Tech Lab is establishing a blockchain working group to explore how the digital ledger technology can benefit the advertising industry.
Established in 2014, IAB Tech Lab is an independent, international, research and development consortium charged with producing and helping companies implement global industry technical standards.
The Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative (B3i) has unveiled its fully-functional re-insurance blockchain prototype at the RVS conference in Monte Carlo.
B3i was created by the world’s two largest re-insurers, Munich Re and Swiss Re, along with insurers Aegon, Allianz and Zurich, in October,
Banco Central do Brasil, the central bank of Brazil, has released a study of Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS), prototype platforms based on blockchain technology.
Banco Central do Brasil formed a study group to evaluate and analyze the blockchain technology and further understand both its applicability and shortcomings.
The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) has established a blockchain innovation hub. RMIT claims that the hub is the world’s first research center focused on the social science of blockchain.
Led by School of Economics, Finance and Marketing Professor Jason Potts,
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will be creating a blockchain research institute in Qingdao.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which is directly under the China Electronic Information Industry Development Research Institute, collaborated with Beijing Tiande Technology to accelerate the pace of technological research by establishing a research institute.
The European Parliament’s blockchain task force wants to explore how distributed ledger technology (DLT) could be used to provide digital identities to refugees.
An amendment to the European Union’s 2018 budget details a pilot project of the Horizontal Task Force on Distributed Ledger Technology.
Starta Accelerator, a New York-based FinTech incubator, has launched “Token Rockets,” a new accelerator program for startups working with blockchain technology.
Starta Accelerator was created by Starta Capital VC fund, originally formed in Moscow. Starta Capital is one of the leading VC funds in Russia.
A new trade association that will advocate for cryptocurrency and blockchain issues in Russia is about to be unveiled.
Herman Klimenko, a key advisor on Internet issues to Russian President Vladimir Putin, revealed the new association during a discussion with Russian news organization RNS at a meetup of cryptocurrency meetup DeCenter..