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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

Arab countries prep launch of Shariah-compliant blockchain

Gulf Cooperation Council countries have been working since 2014 to weave Shariah-compliant blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies into their existing financial and legal infrastructure.

Current members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, known as the GCC, are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.… Continue Reading

Can blockchain and barter save Iran from the sting of sanctions?

The concept of central bank-issued digital currencies or national cryptocurrencies has attracted many governments across the world. Particularly, governments that have been sanctioned by the U.S. — such as Iran.

Iran is known for implementing the most creative barter-style sanctions evasion schemes in modern history involving various countries called “gas-for-gold” or the “gold loophole” to evade the economic restrictions that cut the country out of the financial system, crippling their ability to trade with the world. 

Recently, with international payment intermediaries such as the SWIFT system barred from operating in Iran, it launched a new barter-style international payment gateway called “Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges” (INSTEX), with France, Germany and United Kingdom (UK) to broker Iranian imports in and European exports out.… Continue Reading

Will China tech giants dominate blockchain?

China is at the forefront of efforts to revolutionize digital mobile cross-border payment systems. Already, traders on the 21st century digital silk road are sending payments from Hong Kong to the Philippines and Pakistan, among other places, in mere seconds using blockchain-based, cross-border, mobile digital wallets from Chinese tech giants, including Ant Financial’s Alipay and Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat Pay. 

And Alibaba intends to further expand its global cross-border blockchain mobile digital wallet remittance services via nine partnerships.… Continue Reading

Five ‘stupid’ ideas about trust in business

With apologies to David Letterman’s signature skit series of a decade ago, we’d like to borrow his title to highlight a few misunderstandings about the nature of trust in business.

Here’s our list, followed by some comments about the flaws.… Continue Reading

Vera Cherepanova: Can GDPR and blockchain ever coexist?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in May. With the risk of hefty fines, it’s no surprise that GDPR compliance tops the agenda for many organizations. But one area of technology faces even greater challenges under GDPR: blockchain.… Continue Reading

Event: Are you ready for tomorrow’s tech-driven compliance systems?

It’s increasingly important to understand the way disruptive technologies such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence, and big data are already impacting and will continue to shape how compliance systems work.

The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) is holding a two-day seminar on this topic for professionals and others from September 20 to 21 at our Laxenburg/Vienna campus.… Continue Reading

Selva Ozelli: U.S. cracks down on Canadian cross-border cryptocrime

Canada has emerged as one of the cryptocurrency and blockchain centers of the world. Canada’s dominance in blockchain innovation stems in part from Toronto being home to Vitalik Buterin, the inventor of Ethereum Blockchain, which is the globally most adopted platform that supports ether (ETH), the second highest cryptocurrency valued at $63 billion. 

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance counts 135 banks out of its 450 members that are trialing the new Ethereum Blockchain technology which launched in 2015.… Continue Reading

Selva Ozelli: ‘Mixing services’ shield cryptocurrencies and thwart AML practices

At a recent cryptocurrency workshop, financial investigators from the Interpol and Europol organizations from over 30 nations discussed measures to combat the misuse of cryptocurrencies by criminals. 

This meeting was in response to the report released by Europol (with headquarters in the Hague, Netherlands) which stated (pdf) that more than 40 percent of online transactions for illegal ends used Bitcoin, crypto mixers, and tumblers.   

A cryptocurrency mixer or tumbler is a service offered to mix potentially identifiable or “tainted” cryptocurrency funds with others, to obscure the trail back to the fund’s original source.… Continue Reading