Tahun 2020, Facebook berencana meresmikan penggunaan mata uang digitalnya, Libra.
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Tahun 2020, Facebook berencana meresmikan penggunaan mata uang digitalnya, Libra.
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KYC (Know Your Customer) policies and endless private data collection, coupled with force-backed, violent legislation compromise the utility and ethics of crypto trading. An uncompromising stance on user privacy is critically important to crypto traders and peer-to-peer transaction. It’s not about having nothing to hide, but about sound economics, human dignity, and creating a more peaceful, less violent, world.
“If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to hide!” The oft-repeated trope is familiar to all, but really what lies behind it? It’s clear when I am using the bathroom, alone in my room writing, or just taking a breather to escape the madness of a particularly stressful day, that I have nothing to “hide” as such. I’ve done nothing wrong. And yet, privacy remains paramount to me. Force someone to surrender the precious stuff, and see how long they remain healthy. It won’t be long until they are resisting – breaking down emotionally, physically, and mentally. Privacy is a treasure trove where creation happens. Regeneration. And most importantly, it’s a basic and non-negotiable prerequisite to human dignity, anywhere and everywhere in the world.
With the advent of Bitcoin in 2009, new economic applications of privacy were made possible. Fed up with the coercive monetary status quo, Satoshi Nakamoto released a financial protocol enabling free and autonomous trade without a middleman or centralized authority overseeing people’s private business. Over 10 years later, the idea is now being pursued hotly by massive state-approved railroading campaigns. Centralized, pro-government exchanges seem to have missed the memo on sound econ and privacy. They don’t wish to let you trade without knowing nearly every damn thing about you, first. For all its perceived “security,” this approach denies the real utility and value of blockchain technology, and does so in breathtakingly draconian, Keynesian fashion.
If you’ll suffer me a bit of personal reflection here. I’ll take you in my time machine to 2016, Tokyo. I was in the Roppongi district, heading to a small bar in the afternoon to make my second ever crypto-to-fiat transaction. I was newly jobless, and had been blogging on a blockchain-based social media site to scrape up some money in the interim. My wife wasn’t sure about all of this “crypto stuff” and was of course distraught about our financial situation. I had used the Bitcoin ATM at this place once before, so I swapped my STEEM for BTC, got on the train, and hit up the interesting little machine again, in the shadowy corner of the bar. I had avoided utilizing large exchanges up to this point for privacy reasons. The transaction was easy. I stuffed the money in an envelope and went home. Wife satisfied. Me, still alive to blog another day while I searched for a new “normie” job as a teacher. Without the ease and simplicity of exchange that day, I would not have been able to support myself and my family during a very difficult time, without jumping through all kinds of privacy-invasive hoops and long, unacceptable delays. A big win for crypto, the free market, and privacy.
Whoosh! Fast forward to the present day. Take a walk around any of the major wards in Tokyo, and you’ll no longer find many easy-to-use crypto ATMs. What you will find are giant billboards loudly plastered with greasy celebrities, advertising huge, state-regulated, privacy-compromising exchanges. What you will find is that most of the easy-to-use, privately owned ATMs have been ripped out, shut down, or discontinued. Why? Newly enacted coercive legislation, bureaucratic red tape, and licensing fees in Japan.
People like me, who rely on economic autonomy and the utility of crypto to exchange value for value are squeezed into an even tighter corner, it would seem. This trend is not endemic to Japan, either. From people being arrested for trading in Michigan, to localbitcoins.com recently shutting down cash trades, to insane and nearly-impossible-to-follow tax legislation on crypto all over the world, or the outright outlawing of various tokens and trading protocols, the agenda is clear: take the privacy, simplicity, and human dignity out of crypto, and with it, its whole utility and its capability to set people free and create a more private, peaceful world.
This dystopian world, devoid of digital privacy, may sound dark, but in my view that only makes the light of free trade shine brighter and bigger. The truth is, nothing can take away the utility of crypto. It’s a technology. Not a philosophy, not a “spiritual movement,” and not politics. Algorithms, mathematical formulas, blockchains and hashes don’t care who you are. Whether you’re president or peasant, or anything in between, crypto sees you just as the free market does—a trader wishing to exchange value for value. Nothing more. Nothing less. There is one magnificently critical “catch,” though: nothing can take away the utility of crypto, except the choice to not use it freely. Revolutionary fintech only retains utility for free market transactions (and this should go without saying) should we choose to use it freely. Regardless of risk or perceived lack thereof, the market isn’t going to “free market” for me. The tech isn’t going to trade for me. That’s on me, and that’s a wonderful thing.
Of course no one wants to become one of the many non-violent, peaceful traders the state has chosen to make examples of. Ross Ulbricht, Aaron Swartz, or that aforementioned guy in Michigan. We’ve got to be smart and shrewd. Encourage mass adoption and focus on the positive, to the end of these violent systems not becoming the focus, but becoming increasingly irrelevant. Life is inherently risk and opportunity laden. In a sense, these are one and the same. A “safety” which strips humans of their economic privacy and basic dignity is infinitely worse than a dignified, free choice in a perilous, yet opportunity-filled reality.
June 4, 2019. A KYC-free, peer-to-peer trading platform emerges, stepping out like a tiny Chinese man in front of a behemoth, rumbling fiat tank. Millions watch in expectant horror. “Who is he?” someone in the crowd implores desperately. The tank directly in front of him tries to go around, almost squashing him. He steps in front again. “What is he doing? Does he have a death wish!?” The fearful, shining eyes of the pulsing throng are engrossed on the scene, as the small businessman adjusts his grip on the bags in his left hand. The lid of the tank pops open. People gasp. A soldier, equal parts bewildered and angry peeks out of the portal and says something to the man. The tiny man begins to climb the hulking steel machine, making his way to the soldier. “They’ll kill him!” “He’s lost his mind!” There’s a blinding silence from the soldier’s searching, scandalized eyes, as the businessman leans in and asks a question.
“Excuse me. Where’s the bathroom?”
If you’d like to trade more freely, be sure to check out the P2P, non-KYC, private trading opportunities available at Local.Bitcoin.com.
This post was written by Graham Smith, an American expat living in Japan, and the founder of Voluntary Japan, an initiative dedicated to spreading the philosophies of unschooling, individual self-ownership, and economic freedom in the land of the rising sun.
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On Monday, June 17, the Chinese mining rig manufacturer Bitmain Technologies announced the launch of a low-cost miner called the Antminer S9 version SE. The new 16 terahash per second (16TH/s) S9 SE is $350 per unit and the launch celebrates the company’s most popular product, the original S9.
Bitmain has launched yet another product for solo miners and large operations, but this particular Antminer is a low-cost mining rig. The company announced the latest Antminer S9 Special Edition (SE) on Monday and the first batch went on sale the following day. The new S9 SE specifications detail that the miner processes the SHA-256 algorithm (BTC and BCH) at 16 terahash per second (16TH/s). The miner takes 1280W from the wall which leads to delivering a power efficiency of 80 joules per terahash (J/TH).
“The legacy that forever left its mark in the mining industry — Introducing a Special Edition miner, the Antminer S9 SE which continues that very same legacy,” Bitmain announced on Monday.
The S9 SE is selling for $350 per mining rig and in order to prevent hoarding the company has limited order to 10 miners per order. The first batch of rigs is expected to ship between July 21-31 on first-paid-first-ship basis. Of course, U.S. residents will have to pay more than the rest of the world because of the current trade war tariffs initiated by Donald Trump. People shipping miners to the U.S. will pay an additional 2.6% tax and an additional 25% import duty tax. The new S9 SE weighs about 4.5kg and when operating the unit puts out around 76 decibels (dB) of sound which is a touch louder than traditional dB outputs. According to the specifications, there are three hash boards with approximately 180 Bitmain-designed chips. However, the S9 SE documentation does not reveal what type of semiconductors are used with the hash boards.
Bitmain’s latest low-cost miner release follows the slew of next-generation miners the company released over the last few months. This includes the Bitmain Antminer S17 Pro (53TH/s), S17 (56TH/s), T17 (40TH/s), S15 (28TH/s), T15 (23TH/s), and the S11 (20.5TH/s). The latest S9 SE version is more comparable to the Antminer S9 Hydro (18TH/s), but without the water functionality.
The low-cost S9 SE comes at a time when mining revenues have been so good that older and low-hashrate devices are profiting. For instance, the 2016 S9 version with 11.5 terahash per second is still profiting by at least $0.75 per day at current prices and at $0.13 per kilowatt-hour (KWh). Coinshare’s latest mining report notes that older S9s are still being sold on the secondary market for “700 or 800 yuan” or “as low as $150 USD.” Even the older Antminer S7s could still be profiting as the June 2019 mining report notes:
With Bitcoin prices where they are at the time of writing it is assumed some people have turned at least a few of these units [S7s] back on.
Moreover, mining has become extremely competitive over the last few months and both BTC and BCH hash rates have been steadily climbing. For example, according to the analytical data from Charts.Bitcoin.com, there’s a total of 56.5 exahash per second (EH/s) with BTC capturing 54 EH/s while BCH has 2.5 EH/s. The Antminer S9 SE release shows Bitmain is taking a stab at trying to capture buyers looking for older or low-cost machines. With BCH above the $400 price zone per coin and BTC beyond the $9K region, any mining rigs processing 11 TH/s or more are profiting with $0.13 per KWh. Of course, many countries such as China ($0.04 to 0.01 per kWh in Sichuan) and Iran ($0.006 per KWh) have far lower electric costs than $0.13 per KWh which would make even lower hashrate producing models profitable.
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Cryptocurrency usage has been expanding globally and a new survey confirms that trend. The poll conducted by Statista shows that the citizens of troubled countries tend to exploit the benefits of decentralized digital money far more readily than the citizens of thriving nations.
The 2019 edition of the Statista Global Consumer Survey offers a worldwide perspective on consumption and explores how consumers think. It covers dozens of industries and attempts to answer questions like “How many Americans have a video on demand subscription?” and “What is the demographic profile of online food shoppers in the UK?” It polls more than 400,000 consumers in 46 countries.
“How common are cryptocurrencies around the world?” is another key question put forward by the authors of the survey. It’s been asked of around 1,000 people in each participating country. The results present the share of respondents who said they used or owned cryptocurrencies.
According to a summary of the study published recently by Statista, Latin America is a region where crypto holders and users form large minorities. Five of the top 10 countries in the sample are located south of the U.S. border. All of them scored in the double digits in terms of crypto adoption. In Brazil and Colombia, 18% of the respondents have admitted to owning and using digital assets. They are followed by Argentina with 16% and Chile with 11%.
Venezuela is a notable omission in the summary. Uncontrollable hyperinflation has created favorable conditions for wider adoption of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin cash (BCH). There are now over 200 businesses accepting BCH payments in Caracas and other cities in the country, according to the Marco Coino app. It’s likely that many more merchants, such as the mining parts supplier Coincoin, accept BCH and other major digital currencies.
Turkey is the pronounced leader among individual countries included in the study. The nation, which sits on the border between two continents, has experienced high inflation in the last couple of years. The depreciation of the national fiat currency, the lira, has resulted in cryptocurrencies steadily gaining popularity. A fifth of the Turkish participants in the Statista poll declared they own crypto.
Elsewhere in Europe, Spain, which has been trying to overcome its own long list of economic and financial problems, is the Western nation with the highest number of cryptocurrency users at 11%. However, Eastern European countries and some in Asia have ranked higher than most developed nations. These include the Russian Federation (9%) as well as China and Indonesia (11% each).
Among the surveyed First World nations, Denmark has scored 8%, followed by Australia with 7%, the United Kingdom and the U.S. with 6% and 5% respectively, and France and Germany with 4%. Surprisingly, only 3% of the respondents from Japan, which is considered a leader in terms of crypto regulations and adoption, confirmed they have real experience with cryptocurrencies.
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This article feature quotes returned direct from inquiry to the company CEO Gordon Gao. WaykiChain(WICC) CEO Gordon Gao’s credentials are substantial and they include (according to his LinkedIn page) having previously worked as a ‘senior business associate’ at Alibaba.com. His portfolio also lists a tenure as ‘lead data scientist’ at Fishbowl Marketing which, on its website, front-lines the fact that it features clients as huge as Coca-Cola and the National Restaurant Association.
WaykiChain DApp Funding Program:“A Win-Win-Win Business Model”
Gordon announced WaykiChain DApp Funding Program in April. He states that the WaykiChain ecosystem co-building program expects “each role on our public chain to be benefitted” – which is achieved by providing resources for developers, hence users can get a good DApp, which also enriches the public chain ecosystem.
The three way win-win situation is like the flywheel: a dynamic linkage mechanism that will eventually lead to our ecosystem prosperity.
“WaykiChain DApp Funding Program is a developer-friendly program” Gao continues that the team doesn’t intend developers to provide DApps, however they would like to provide developers with help, including: capital, technology, publicity, operation and other aspects.
“It’s all developer-centric.Secondly, what we provide is long-term support and will conduct continuous promotion through media and other large platforms, not only just limited to our community marketing promotion.”
Team Expanding Instead of Layoffs
WaykiChain pays attention to the talent induction. Beyond the senior and executive leadership staff, Gordon Gao says that WaykiChain is pro-actively expanding its core membership,
“Our project’s healthy finances allow us to keep the growth independently. Now we are paying more attention to internal infrastructure and adopting long-term investment strategy.
“The project’s technical talents have expanded four to five times since last year, including the talents of application layer and the public chain development.” Also bear in mind that WaykiChain successes come in spite of having formed in 2018, a tumultuous year for blockchain and cryptocurrencies for economic reasons (as reflected in the market): and a time when many other companies in the industry were laying off employees en-masse.
However, WaykiChain team constantly expands, with an increase in number from around 60 people in 2018 to around 100 people now. This trend of team expansion is suprising in blockchain industry in the hard time, and Gordon Gao mentioned that he is looking forward tobbuilding a world-class leading public chain with the joint efforts of WaykiChianers.
“From nothing to something is really something.”
“Throughout the violent swings; the peaks and valleys experienced by all throughout the restless 2018. We were extremely dedicated.”
“Our vigorous marketing publicity sky-rocketed users + community member numbers to over 300,000, within only a few months.”
Surmounting The Challenges Of Tomorrow
“There is always a solution.”
At present, the market is still skeptical about whether blockchain is profitable. In Gordon Gao’s own words, the WaykiChain business model “lacks experience”, and so the team intends on sticking to its core concept and principles: believing that a fair and transparent business model will always be welcome.
“In order to build a tier-one public chain, we recruit excellent technical talents all over around the world, and provide high treatment and welfare for them; Pay attention to talent training, provides them with their own growth space and prospects.”
“We are committed to conduct technological breakthroughs and will pursuit this project’s image to the whole world.”
“As I might say, there is always a Solution. Difficulties and challenges are nothing to stop us from stepping forward.”
On the technical level: whilst WaykiChain claims a complete plan in this regard, it currently faces a barrier in the form of high-demand for talent – which Gao states is difficult in the bear market. Another challenge is international market expansion. “Due to the cultural differences, there are great differences in people’s concerns between domestic market and overseas market. Fortunately, our team has many talents are overseas returnees.This could do some help. “We are constantly attracting overseas talents, teams and seed users to join us; and the greatest two values we seek in this capacity are effort and time. Our team’s exploration of overseas markets and industry knowledge keep progressing.”
What Makes WaykiChain Exceptional? –Development Strategy 2019
“Filter the Noise and Stay Ahead of the Pack”
WaykiChain meets the criteria of defining factors for public and investor importance laid out in the introduction (such as technical, conceptual, and quantitative standards of excellence). This is why we have decided to feature the project, which arguably saw its formative years in 2018 – when it seemed that the bear market was never going to end. Gordon Gao has keen industry insights. He gives out overall development strategy 2019 and his win-win-win business model. Gordon states that this was “the best time (in our opinion) to ‘polish’ the sword.” by “improving security, stability, efficiency and convenience for our public chain’s bottom layer” whilst “cultivating technology developers, building communities, and building overseas consensus.”
According to Gordon, WaykiChain’s development plan for this year can be
summarized into focuses on three major parts:
To open up the business model.
Public chain development.
Global consensus building.
1. Business Model Open-up:
The business model open-up we expected is to let each role in the ecosystem get the best benefits through the decentralized system. Here, the three main roles I mentioned include users: developers and the public chain.
Open source enables developers and users to participate in deployment and provides operators with simpler and easier products. WaykiChain provides a technology platform for any operator to reach users for profit. Users can also choose their own games. When users become active on our public chain, WICC will become increasingly popular. It forms a win-win-win situation.
2. Public chain development
Public chain development is a very complex and huge system, it involves many aspects. The most important is the public chain technology construction. Technology construction can also be divided into four aspects: security, stability, efficiency, and usability.
To ensure the technical security of the entire public chain, including security monitoring, such as black swan event warning and processing mechanism, emergency system and continuous repairing of public chain loopholes. The teams are constantly testing the public chain for vulnerabilities every day. In addition, the company hired a professional code auditor to conduct a comprehensive and detailed code audit of WaykiChain.
We also released a reward program for security breaches.Once a bug found, we reward the bug-finder. This needs to be done consistently in a long run.
Opening up business model is to let each role on public chain get profit. In addition to constantly optimizing and improving the stability of public chain, we will also set up a 24-hour emergency rescue team later.
If there is any problem with the public chain, we will immediately check and repair it to ensure the long and stable operation of the public chain.
To enhance the efficiency of public chain mainly refers to the improvement of public chain performance, increase of transaction speed, TPS.
‘Usability’ means that developers can easily and quickly access the public chain:
it includes development usability and functional usability. ‘Development usability’ refers to the improvement of virtual machines, the improvement of developer tools and documentation, and the easy access of invoking various interfaces. This is why we feature our own stablecoin (WICC) which we expect to be designed at the bottom layer of the public chain. Stablecoin is the shortest path on the real asset chain and also the easiest path to understand.
A stablecoin can keep the corresponding value of digital currency stable and are more suitable for circulation in application scenarios. With the support of a stablecoin, we can build a bridge between the physical world and the blockchain world.
A stablecoin is a cryptocurrency designed for price stability, such that it can function as medium of exchange and unit of account as an alternative to fiat currencies. It should generally be as effective for making payments as the RMB, but still exhibit the characteristics of WICC; transaction immutability, censorship resistance and decentralization.
For the general public, the price fluctuations of cryptocurrencies are actually pretty hard to accept.But stablecoins are easier to circulate in application scenarios and are more easily accepted by the public because of their constant value. That’s why It can also helps us to make it easier for developers to develop DApps on our public chain.
Through the above four points, we are committed to helping developers more easily develop their own DApps on our public chain and more easily achieve commercial value.
3. Consensus Building
As for consensus building, we will focus on overseas consensus building, the overall digital currency market in China is getting smaller.
Now digital currency opportunities are more from overseas. We already have a certain degree of popularity in China, but overseas market is a new world for us. Our overseas market penetration rate is still very small, which means that the overseas input-output ratio will be much higher.
The third reason is that at present, the whole digital currency is still affected by the bear market downturn. Domestic users and foreign users hold entirely different ideas towards market float.
Overseas users concerns more about the project progress and technological innovation. It’s more consistent with our overall strategy.
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On Monday, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) supporters learned that the popular website that focuses on U.S. court documents and the litigation system, Courtlistener.com, is accepting BCH for donations. Courtlistener captures hundreds of thousands of visitors every month by making high quality legal data widely available.
On June 17, one of the moderators of the Reddit forum r/btc (Beijing Bitcoins) announced that he’d again convinced a very popular website to accept BCH donations. Last March, the avid BCH supporter persuaded the owner of Chess.com to accept the decentralized currency for subscriptions. This time around, he emailed the popular litigation website Courtlistener.com and convinced them to accept bitcoin cash as well.
“I’ve been relying on this site a lot recently to follow developments in the Kleiman v. Wright case and I noticed that their donation page already had BTC as an option, so I decided to shoot them an email,” the r/btc moderator stated.
“I notice that your donation page already includes the option to donate with Bitcoin (BTC),” the email to Courtlistener read. “Unfortunately, the fees on BTC are very high rendering it not-very-useful for smaller donations.” The email added:
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is a forked version of BTC that increased the network capacity and has perpetually minimal fees (average ~$0.001 per transaction compared to $2.70 per transaction on BTC). Note that these fees are not only the cost the donor has to pay to send you money, but the fee that you will need to pay yourselves whenever you need to move the bitcoins.
A few days later, Courtlistener wrote back and said: “Hi, thanks for the suggestion. I went ahead and added Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum to our donate page: https://www.courtlistener.com/donate/ We really appreciate your support.” The BCH community was pleased to hear the news of another well known site accepting bitcoin cash. Launched in 2010, Courtlistener is one of the core subdivisions of the Free Law Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designed to provide free legal materials and research tools.
The Free Law Project supports academic research and Courtlistener much like Pacer provides court documents and filings in one repository but for free. The site is popular throughout the U.S. and gets about 700,000 to 1 million views per month according to Alexa rankings. The project was founded by Brian Carver and Michael Lissner in order to increase the public’s access to the law.
On the r/btc forum post, the Free Law Project responded to all the BCH supporters celebrating the news. “Thanks for reaching out — We really do like hearing from folks and trying to make people happy,” the organization’s Reddit account replied. “We don’t watch cryptocurrency super closely and were just waiting for the ecosystem to get a little more mature before adding something beyond just regular Bitcoin — Seems like Bitcoin Cash is there.”
What do you think about Courtlistener.com accepting BCH donations? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.
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