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Matthew De Silva

Writer, ETHNews | mdesilva@ethnews.com

Matthew is a writer with a passion for emerging technology. Prior to joining ETHNews, he interned for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as well as the OECD. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University where he studied international economics. In his spare time, Matthew loves playing basketball and listening to podcasts. He currently lives in Los Angeles. Matthew is a full-time staff writer for ETHNews.
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law and legislation

Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission Recommends Against Bitcoin Campaign Contributions

Oct 30th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Breaking with a 2014 advisory opinion issued by the FEC, the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission offered guidance on Wednesday to suggest that candidates do not accept bitcoin.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Japan’s Financial Services Agency Cautions Against Token Offering Risks

Oct 27th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, the financial regulator that oversees banking and securities and insurance in Japan published a warning about the risks associated with token offerings.
NEWS
law and legislation

Governor Of Central Bank Of Taiwan: Anti-Money Laundering Regulation Should Cover Bitcoin

Oct 27th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Bitcoin should be subject to anti-money laundering law, said the governor of Taiwan’s central bank on Wednesday.
cryptocurrencies and tokens

France’s Autorité Des Marchés Financiers Launches UNICORN, Requests Public Comment On Token Offerings

Oct 26th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the stock market regulator in France initiated UNICORN, a program to support and research fundraising based on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. The Autorité des marchés financiers simultaneously requested public comment on ICOs.
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law and legislation

All Tokens Are Securities, Says New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority

Oct 26th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority published commentary on token offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency services. The FMA also warned of the risks associated with cryptocurrency investments.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Indian Government Will Not Issue Cryptocurrency, Says Chief Economic Adviser

Oct 25th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Contradicting rumors of a government-backed “Lakshmi Coin,” India’s chief economic adviser has said that the government will not issue cryptocurrency.
NEWS
law and legislation

New Australian Draft Legislation Would Empower FinTech Innovation

Oct 24th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, the Australian government published draft legislation and regulations to create an “enhanced regulatory sandbox to support innovation in financial services.” Companies exempt from ASIC licensing requirements would be able to test a variety of FinTech activities.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

Fraudulent Poloniex Apps Discovered On Google Play

Oct 24th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, ESET reported that users of Poloniex have been targeted by fraudulent apps listed on Google Play. ESET discovered two “credential stealing apps” masquerading as mobile apps for the cryptocurrency exchange.
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wallets and exchanges

Cryptocurrency Derivatives Begin Trading On LedgerX

Oct 24th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On October 16, 2017, cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform LedgerX began listing swaps as well as put and call options for BTC/USD, financial instruments that are available to the institutional market in the US. LedgerX will develop longer-dated contracts and expand its offerings to other digital currencies such as Ethereum.
NEWS
law and legislation

Coin.mx Engineer Sentenced To 16 Months In Prison

Oct 23rd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, software engineer Yuri Lebedev was sentenced to 16 months in prison for his role in creating Coin.mx, an unregistered bitcoin exchange that was found to have facilitated criminal activity.
NEWS
law and legislation

CFTC Commissioner: Tokens Might ‘Transform’ From Securities Into Commodities

Oct 20th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, CFTC Commissioner Brian Quintenz reportedly said that tokens may “transform” from securities into commodities. His assertion aligns with the long-held policy view of industry experts like Coin Center.
NEWS
technology

DLT Firms Denied Banking Services Says FCA Regulatory Sandbox Report

Oct 20th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, the Financial Conduct Authority published a report on its regulatory sandbox. The FCA found that firms working with distributed ledger technology faced “pronounced” difficulties in obtaining banking services.
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world

Australian Parliament Passes Bill To Remove Double Taxation Of Cryptocurrency

Oct 19th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
This week, both houses of the Australian Parliament passed a bill that will eliminate the double taxation of digital currency. After Royal Assent by the Governor-General, the bill will become an Act of Parliament, retroactively effective as of July 1, 2017.
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ecosystem

By The Numbers: The Byzantium Hard Fork

Oct 18th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Since the Byzantium hard fork went live on the Ethereum mainnet, there has been some concern about a lack of client upgrades. What’s happening now?
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business and finance

Alastria, A Blockchain Consortium For Spain

Oct 17th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, Alastria, a non-profit blockchain consortium, was presented across cities in Spain. Led by technology executives from major Spanish companies, Alastria is positioning itself as a national tokenization platform and will reportedly focus its efforts on the development of a permissioned, digital ID.
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world

Baidu Explores Blockchain Technology

Oct 17th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, Baidu, China’s leading Internet search engine, confirmed its interest in blockchain technology by becoming a premier member of Hyperledger. China’s prohibitions of cryptocurrency exchanges and token offerings clearly have not dissuaded domestic blockchain development.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

President Of Brazilian Central Bank Berates Bitcoin

Oct 17th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, the president of Brazil’s central bank, Ilan Goldfajn, reportedly denounced bitcoin. Goldfajn highlighted bitcoin’s association with illicit activity and expressed distaste for the so-called bitcoin bubble.
NEWS
law and legislation

Court Hears Oral Arguments In Case Challenging New York’s BitLicense

Oct 13th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Attorneys present arguments concerning the NYDFS’s authority to regulate virtual currency.
NEWS
business and finance

Nasdaq CEO Calls Token Offerings A ‘Bleeding Edge Type Of Construct’

Oct 13th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, Georgetown University hosted the Financial Markets Quality Conference 2017, a gathering of major market leaders and regulators. Adena Friedman, president and CEO of Nasdaq, gave a speech at the conference, contributing her thoughts on token offerings (ICOs) and blockchain technology.
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law and legislation

Russia And US Feud: Greek Court Upholds Competing Extradition Requests For Alleged BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik

Oct 11th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, a Greek court supported the Russian extradition request for Alexander Vinnik, accused of laundering upwards of $4 billion of criminal proceeds through BTC-e. This ruling complicates the request made by American authorities, which was approved just one week ago. Attention now turns to the Greek Minister of Justice who will adjudicate on this dispute.