Approaches to CBDC: US vs. China

    Few people today doubt that in a few years, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) will be as widespread as cash is now. But so far, no one can tell how exactly Western countries will approach their digital money. And this question, as you are about to see, is hardly a trivial one. If you discount…

    2022 Winter Olympics makes history by launching the world’s first major CBDC

    The 2022 Winter Olympics were supposed to be a sort of coming-out party for the digital yuan, China’s CBDC. The People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank, has been trialing the digital yuan in several areas for years now and has started allowing foreigners to use the digital currency for the first time during the…

    Beijing Olympics and digital yuan

    China is using the Olympic Games they’re hosting to bring its CBDC, the digital yuan, to a qualitatively new level. The methods of achieving this goal are consistently impressive, although far from always pleasant. Just ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, the People’s Bank of China (the country’s central bank) confirmed that it…

    Not only China: Over 50 countries issued bans on crypto to date

    Over 50 countries have banned cryptocurrencies, according to a report from the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. The November report served as an update to research published in 2018, found the number of countries banning crypto “increased significantly” since the research first came out in 2018. Since 2018, “the number…

    Our Dystopian CBDC Future. Part 1

    Those looking forward to the emergence of central bank digital currencies in developed countries may be up for a very nasty surprise. The long-awaited CBDCs are likely to become one of the worst tools of mass surveillance. Have you noticed how the development of central bank digital currencies happens really slowly? Typically, we attribute it…

    DEX: big things to come

    Decentralized crypto exchanges received a powerful impetus for development amid the crackdown on cryptocurrencies in China and the overall growth of the DeFi sector. Now the main goal for them is to survive the increased attention from hackers and government regulators. Which of those is worse remains to be seen. In the wake of the…