The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is preparing for a full “commercial deployment” of DCash, the central bank digital currency (CBDC) it has been piloting since March 2021. Governor Timothy Antoine said the ECCB “intends to move forward with alacrity” on the CBDC project, “and will conclude its pilot [by end-2023] and launch DCash 2.0, which is commercial deployment”. [Read more at Central Banking]
Legislation to “combat China, prevent cyberattacks, and protect U.S. intellectual property” was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. The Creating Legal Accountability for Rogue Innovators and Technology (CLARITY) Act would prohibit the federal government from utilizing blockchain technology developed by China and other foreign adversaries to ensure these countries do not have a backdoor to access critical national security intelligence and Americans’ private information. Firms listed include any parent companies or subsidiaries of China’s Blockchain Services Network (BSN) and the affiliated Red Date Technology, and iFinex, the parent company of USDT issuer Tether. [Read more at Representative Zach Nunn’s website]
“China is simultaneously developing two ambitious projects that aim to digitize key parts of its economy and, if successful, may have broad implications for economies beyond its borders. Often conflated, the Digital Yuan (数字人民币, shùzì rénmínbì, also known as e-CNY) and the Blockchain-based Service Network (BSN, 区块链服务网络, qūkuàiliàn fúwù wǎngluò) are distinct technologies—and the success of either is not uniquely predicated on that of the other. But experts, as well as the organizations spearheading these projects, suggest that they have the potential to augment one another in the future.” [Read more at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center]
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– Currency Research Americas Cash Cycle & Payments Seminar (Orlando Florida on November 27-30)[Register here]
– Digital Euro Conference 2024 (Frankfurt on February 29)[Register here]
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