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Lucinda Michele Knapp

Writer, ETHNews | media@ethnews.com

Lucinda Michele Knapp is a journalist with over fifteen years of experience covering tech, art, and culture in Los Angeles. Her articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Variety, and Out Magazine among others. She spins fire, dispenses grammar advice, and knows kung fu.
ecosystem

EIP0 And Ethereum’s Challenges For Collective Governance

May 12th, 2018
Lucinda Michele Knapp
While they were at EDCON 2018 in Toronto, key developers and instrumental players in the Ethereum ecosystem met to talk about Ethereum’s growing pains. But we’re not talking about scaling a blockchain. We’re talking about scaling a heretofore undefined system of governance for a rapidly growing, diverse community.
NEWS
ecosystem

Ethereum’s Devcon4 Announced

May 11th, 2018
Lucinda Michele Knapp
The Ethereum Foundation announces the next location of the annual Ethereum developer’s conference.
NEWS
technology

[UPDATED] Vitalik Buterin’s Five Steps To Becoming A Casper Validator

May 8th, 2018
Lucinda Michele Knapp
Everyone's favorite Friendly Finality Gadget doesn’t replace mining; it just provides Ethereum with increased security. But will it lead to greater centralization? Its creators have tried to ensure it does not.
opinion

A Notch In The Blockchain: One Woman's Immutable Record

May 6th, 2018
Lucinda Michele Knapp
In a search for justice, technology is an answer – an incomplete answer – to the question of what is right.
NEWS
opinion

Flexibility Is Strength: Evolving The 'Smart' Contract

Apr 29th, 2018
Lucinda Michele Knapp
Excited neophytes think that so-called “smart” contracts may be a panacea for all transactional or data management activities that take place in a developing technological ecosystem. It’s a mistaken assumption, but still a noble goal that could yield unexpected dividends.
NEWS
opinion

CFTC’s ‘CryptoDad’ Chairman Giancarlo Views Cryptocurrency Boom As Part Of Larger Trend

Apr 18th, 2018
Lucinda Michele Knapp
J. Christopher Giancarlo’s recent speech at Vanderbilt University Law School underlined “the relevance of a principles-based approach to legal education” that is built into the architecture of decentralized networks of distributed wealth and power. He pointed out that millennials and Gen Z expect change to be “driven by technological disintermediation of distrusted institutions.”
NEWS
world

G20’s Closing Statements On Cryptocurrency And Blockchain

Mar 21st, 2018
Lucinda Michele Knapp
The G20 summit in Argentina closed its session with a directive for future development of crypto-asset and blockchain standards, protections, and innovation.
NEWS
world

Thought Leaders Advocate For Pan-Europe Public Blockchain

Mar 17th, 2018
Lucinda Michele Knapp
While individual blockchain endeavors have spun up from Lithuania to Switzerland, there is an effort to create a far-reaching blockchain that will span Europe.
NEWS
law and legislation

Polis Calls Cryptocurrency Holders In Congress To Task

Feb 13th, 2018
Lucinda Michele Knapp
A petition to the House Ethics Committee requests lawmakers declare their virtual currency holdings.
NEWS
law and legislation

Frozen Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex Named In Class Action

Jan 12th, 2018
Lucinda Michele Knapp
The troubled exchange is being sued for allegedly making deceptive statements and false promises, attempting to skirt legal liability, and planning to leave customers holding the bag.
NEWS
application

ZIM Uses Blockchain To Track Overseas Shipping

Nov 24th, 2017
Lucinda Michele Knapp
Global shipping conglomerate ZIM has piloted a blockchain-based paperless bill of lading, joining the ranks of shipping logistics companies like Maersk and UPS that are seeking to simplify their systems.
NEWS
business and finance

Digital Currency A ‘Risk’ UBS Is Not Willing To Take

Nov 18th, 2017
Lucinda Michele Knapp
The banking giant’s CIO joins its other leaders in denouncing cryptocurrency as unstable and insignificant.
business and finance

Goldman Sachs Considers Cryptocurrency, Beginning With Blockchain

Nov 3rd, 2017
Lucinda Michele Knapp
With Goldman Sachs’ consideration to bring bitcoin into the fold, banking giants in the US and Europe that have been worried about a bitcoin bubble may be more inclined to adopt cryptocurrencies down the line.
NEWS
law and legislation

Prison For Pastor Trevon Gross In Coin.mx Case

Nov 2nd, 2017
Lucinda Michele Knapp
Gross was sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison after allowing bitcoin scammer Coin.mx to funnel ill-gotten ransomware gains and other suspect revenue through his church’s credit union.
NEWS
world

Digital Currency Raises No “Pressing Regulatory Issues,” Says Reserve Bank of Australia

Oct 31st, 2017
Lucinda Michele Knapp
Unlike those of some other nations, Australia’s central bank expressed tolerance for cryptocurrencies, and claims that blockchain has the potential for widespread use. However, the full-scale national adoption of blockchain systems that is considered inevitable by some may be a ways off.