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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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business and finance

Ex-Bundesbank President Believes In Blockchain, Remains Skeptical Of Bitcoin

Oct 4th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On October 4, 2017, Axel Weber, chairman of UBS Group AG and former president of Bundesbank, assessed that bitcoin is “only a transaction currency.” He counterbalanced his statements with support for the long-term adoption of blockchain technology.
NEWS
law and legislation

Greek Court Approves US Extradition Of Suspected BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik

Oct 4th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, a Greek court supported the American extradition request for Alexander Vinnik. He is accused of laundering upwards of $4 billion of criminal proceeds through BTC-e. However, a competing Russian extradition request on lesser fraud charges could derail American authorities.
ecosystem

Cryptoeconomic Security Conference Day 2 Recap

Oct 4th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
This week, Blockchain at Berkeley hosts its inaugural Cryptoeconomic Security Conference, an event that has been six months in the planning. ETHNews sent Matthew De Silva to cover the event. Here he shares the top moments from day two of CESC 2017.
NEWS
ecosystem

Cryptoeconomic Security Conference Day 1 Recap

Oct 3rd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
This week, Blockchain at Berkeley hosts its inaugural Cryptoeconomic Security Conference, an event that has been six months in the planning. ETHNews sent Matthew De Silva to cover the event. Here he shares the top moments from day one of CESC 2017.
NEWS
business and finance

SEC Chairman Anticipates ‘Pump And Dumps’ With Token Offerings

Sep 29th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission expressed concerns about fraudulent token offerings.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

Japanese Regulator Approves 11 Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Sep 29th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, Japan’s Financial Services Agency announced the licensing of 11 cryptocurrency exchange operators. This update arrives just two weeks after the FSA began organizing a team of officials dedicated to virtual currency regulation.
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world

Monetary Authority Of Macau Prohibits Cryptocurrency Finance

Sep 28th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, the Monetary Authority of Macau announced that financial institutions are prohibited from participating in or providing their services to cryptocurrency businesses and organizations that have undertaken token offerings (ICOs).
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Institutionally Supported Cryptocurrency Will Overtake Bitcoin, Says Wolf Of Wall Street

Sep 27th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
He has a checkered past, but Jordan Belfort understands a thing or two about money. Today, he offered his thoughts on the bitcoin craze.
NEWS
opinion

Putting the 'Currency' In Cryptocurrency

Sep 26th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Volatility has a real effect on the use of virtual currency. Will bitcoin become a medium of exchange or a “store of value?”
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

A Crack In the Great Wall: The Return Of OTC Cryptocurrency Trade in China

Sep 26th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Chinese authorities may have forced the closure of several major bitcoin exchanges, but cryptocurrency is here to stay. This week, over-the-counter (OTC) trade in Chinese yuan reached an all-time high on LocalBitcoins, demonstrating how peer-to-peer economies continue to overcome heavy-handed institutions.
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law and legislation

After EDGAR Hack, US SEC Creates Cyber Unit

Sep 25th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, the US Securities and Exchange Commission announced the creation of a Cyber Unit targeted at cyber-related misconduct. This announcement comes just days after the news that the agency’s EDGAR filing system was the target of a 2016 hack. Those in the cryptocurrency world will be intrigued to learn that one of the Cyber Unit’s focus areas will be violations involving distributed ledger technology and ICOs.
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wallets and exchanges

Gibraltar Prepares For Regulation Of Cryptocurrency Exchanges And ICOs

Sep 25th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission released a warning about investment in token offerings (ICOs). Presently, the supervisory agency is weighing legal guidelines for the crowdfunding mechanism. In January 2018, the GFSC will institute a regulatory framework for firms that manage others’ assets using distributed ledger technology.
ecosystem

As The Dragon Sleeps, Cryptocurrency Continues Its Ascent

Sep 24th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Over the course of just two weeks, China’s ICO ban and the announced closure of cryptocurrency exchanges put a significant dent in bitcoin. The price of the world’s most popular cryptocurrency fell from an all-time high of nearly $5,000 to just south of $3,000. Likewise, its market cap plummeted by nearly $30 billion, a dramatic swing that can be partially attributed to the price drop itself. The looming closure of China’s cryptocurrency exchanges resulted in lower volumes and global trade remains volatile, but cryptocurrency has proven its resilience once again. Ultimately, a decentralized world economy is far more powerful than a single nation-state.
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world

ECB Vice President: Bitcoin Is Not A Threat To Central Bank Policy

Sep 22nd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, the vice president of the European Central Bank dismissed bitcoin as “an instrument of speculation.” Vítor Constâncio asserted that bitcoin does not pose a threat to the ECB’s monetary control.
NEWS
law and legislation

CFTC Files Its First Fraud Charges Against Alleged Gelfman Bitcoin Scheme

Sep 22nd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it has filed charges against Nicholas Gelfman and Gelfman Blueprint Inc. The CFTC complaint claims that over a two-year period, Gelfman and GBI fraudulently solicited more than $600,000 from investors for a bitcoin trading scheme.
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business and finance

Swisscom Launches Blockchain Subsidiary

Sep 21st, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, Swisscom AG, a telecommunications provider, announced that it has established a blockchain subsidiary.
NEWS
application

CFTC Chairman Sees Bright Future For Blockchain

Sep 21st, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, the chairman of the CFTC gave a keynote speech at the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s Blockchain Forum. In his remarks, he highlighted the exciting potential for blockchain-based regulation.
NEWS
ecosystem

Ethereum’s Ropsten Testnet Verifies zkSNARKs Component Of Zcash Transaction

Sep 21st, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, Ethereum’s Ropsten testnet verified the zkSNARKs proof underlying a Zcash transaction.
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world

Malaysian Authorities Address Cryptocurrency

Sep 20th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
This week, the governor of Malaysia’s central bank signaled his intention to issue cryptocurrency guidance by the end of 2017. Earlier this month, Malaysia’s securities commission cautioned investors about participation in token offerings (ICOs).
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world

Local Sources: China Bans Travel By Bitcoin Executives

Sep 19th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, Beijing News reported that executives of Chinese bitcoin trading platforms may not leave the country, per industry insiders. During this period of uncertainty, the executives must fully cooperate with Chinese authorities.