Why you should embrace crypto winter

By Ian Silvera As summer shines on outside, a cold is quickly enveloping the offices, online chat rooms and social media hideaways of the cryptocurrency industry. After the pandemic period saw investors stuck at home with nothing much to do and Covid payouts to play with, the industry thrived in 2021, hitting new token price…

Is now the time for decentralised social media?

By Ian Silvera As Elon Musk’s $44bn acquisition of Twitter continues and his plans to promote more free speech on the platform have been partially unveiled, a very public debate has been triggered about the role of social media in society and its relationship with the rest of the internet. It should be of great…

Battle of the crypto trade media hots up

By Ian Silvera The competition between the cryptocurrency trade media is on the rise as some of the most prominent outlets covering the industry day-to-day are poaching top talent from established organisations and expanding their offerings. A point in case is Sarah Kopit’s appointment as Editor-in-Chief at The Block. Before her move to the New…

Industry frustration bubbles in UK while Ukraine gets on with crypto laws

By Ian Silvera Many of its cities are besieged, its citizens are facing a humanitarian catastrophe and the country is in an all-out war with an over-aggressive neighbour in the shape of Russia.  But Ukraine’s steadfast government is still passing legislation, including a new Digital Assets Bill, which President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has now signed into law so…

SEC Newgate launches crypto team

Service offering will run out of SEC Newgate’s UK office Will build on SEC Newgate’s FinTech and Financial Services practices SEC Newgate becomes one of the first communications member of Crypto UK As of Monday 21 February SEC Newgate UK launched a dedicated cryptocurrency team to focus on digital assets, Layer 1 and Layer 2…

Banking on the future: JP. Morgan enters the metaverse

By Matt Redley If going into a virtual bank to arrange real-life services such as credit, mortgages and rental agreements sounds like science-fiction, think again. JP Morgan has become the first bank to experiment with a metaverse environment, in which users can buy virtual plots of land with cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens or NFTs. The…

Crypto for nukes puts money laundering in the spotlight

By Ian Silvera As any other long-time listener of the equally alarming and interesting Arms Control Wonk podcast can tell you, there are several pariah states who use dubious and somewhat ingenious schemes to fund their nuclear missile programmes. Thanks to the expertise of so-called ‘open source intelligence experts’ like Professor Jeffrey Lewis, who rigorously…

“Blockchain Rock”: Gibraltar’s pitch to create a crypto stock exchange

By Matt Redley Surrounded by traditional British pubs, a Debenhams and extraordinary cliffs that fall into the ocean, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a southern coastal town in England. Set against these features, Gibraltar, informally known as “The Rock”, is positioning itself as the location of the world’s first crypto stock…

Crypto advertisers are being pushed into the last chance saloon

By Ian Silvera The drumbeat is getting louder from Whitehall and Threadneedle Street when it comes to cryptocurrency regulation. The Bank of England made its own intervention in December, effectively admitting that the UK was behind the pack when it came to a regulatory framework for digital assets. Now, the Treasury has weighed in, promising…

Crypto-for-good puts utility in the spotlight

By Ian Silvera Beyond a store of value or a volatile punt, what is blockchain technology actually good for? Well, beyond privacy, these projects can make a big impact in the environmental space (both for good and bad reasons) and have plenty of potential when you combine the top concerns of the sector’s main demographic…