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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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wallets and exchanges

Lost In Translation? Reports Claim That China Orders Shutdown Of Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Sep 8th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Early Friday morning, several reports circulated claiming that Chinese authorities have suspended trading on virtual currency exchanges. Some even alleged that the halt was actually a complete closure of Chinese cryptocurrency exchanges.
NEWS
business and finance

Canadian Agencies Approve Registration Of Cryptocurrency Investment Firm First Block Capital

Sep 7th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, the British Columbia Securities Commission announced that it has approved the registration of First Block Capital Inc. as an investment fund manager and exempt market dealer. This is the first registration of a fund manager in Canada focused exclusively on cryptocurrency investments, said the BCSC.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

European Central Bank’s Mario Draghi: ‘No Member State Can Introduce Its Own Currency’

Sep 7th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, ECB president Mario Draghi held a press conference following the Governing Council’s monetary policy meeting. Draghi rejected the prospect of national cryptocurrencies in the eurozone.
NEWS
technology

Bank Of Japan And European Central Bank Analyze Potential Of Distributed Ledger Technology

Sep 7th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank released the findings of their joint analysis of distributed ledger technology (DLT). The institutions determined that DLT, while “immature,” shows potential in financial market infrastructures.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Crypto Coins, Tokens, And Securities: A Guide To Digital Asset Classification

Sep 6th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
ETHNews breaks down the functions of coins, tokens, and securities. It appears that Ether belongs in all three categories.
NEWS
law and legislation

People’s Bank of China Forbids ICOs

Sep 4th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, the People’s Bank of China along with several government agencies released a statement declaring that initial coin offerings (token offerings) violate Chinese law. Companies that have raised capital through ICOs must return the funds to investors, decreed the Chinese agencies and central bank.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Growth In Virtual Currency Exchange Complaints At CFPB, But ICOs Fly Under The Radar

Aug 29th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Queries of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Complaint Database return no results related to token offerings (ICOs) for financial products. However, grievances regarding virtual currency exchanges, specifically Coinbase, are somewhat common.
NEWS
world

Banco de México Governor: Bitcoin Is Not A Currency

Aug 28th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Bitcoin is neither supported by a central bank nor backed by a tax-collecting nation. For these reasons, bitcoin is not a currency, said Agustín Carstens, governor of the central bank of Mexico.
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law and legislation

Good Morning, Cryptocurrency! – Vietnam To Create Legal Framework For Digital Assets

Aug 25th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
The Vietnamese Prime Minister has approved a plan to review the country’s legal framework for cryptocurrency. This action lays the foundation for Vietnam’s legal recognition of virtual currencies like bitcoin and Ether.
NEWS
business and finance

Negative Interest Rates And Variable Exchange Rates – Monetary Policy For A Fictional Papua New Guinean Cryptocurrency

Aug 25th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On August 18, 2017, the governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea arranged a seminar entitled “Blockchain - Making Financial Inclusion a Reality.” Presentation slides from the meeting provide a glimpse into the future of the nation’s monetary policy.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Six US Government Agencies Hire Investigative Blockchain Firm Chainalysis

Aug 24th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
ETHNews has uncovered a nearly $1 million web of partnerships between Chainalysis and the US Government. Federal entities that have hired the investigative blockchain firm include the FBI, IRS, SEC, DEA, ICE, and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Extensive IRS-Chainalysis Partnership Further Revealed

Aug 24th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
ETHNews has discovered that Chainalysis signed a $124,000 one-year deal with the Internal Revenue Service that begins September 7, 2017. Yesterday, the Daily Beast uncovered an earlier series of contracts between the IRS and Chainalysis.
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

Congressional Candidate Accepts Campaign Contributions In Cryptocurrency

Aug 23rd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Patrick Nelson, a Democratic candidate for New York’s 21st Congressional District, is accepting virtual currency campaign contributions through BitPay. Championing “scientific literacy,” Nelson is part of a larger trend of politicians who are conversant in blockchain matters.
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business and finance

1confirmation Crypto Venture Capital Fund Seeks $20 Million

Aug 22nd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Backed by Mark Cuban and headed by Nick Tomaino, 1confirmation is a newly announced crypto venture capital fund  that aims to raise $20 million.
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ecosystem

Hyperledger Announces Sawtooth Ethereum, A Proof Of Concept Integration

Aug 22nd, 2017
Matthew De Silva
The Hyperledger Sawtooth and Hyperledger Burrow projects recently completed a proof of concept integration for the deployment of “simple” EVM smart contracts (EDCCs) to Hyperledger Sawtooth. This integration utilizes the Sawtooth Ethereum (Seth) Transaction Family.
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wallets and exchanges

Philippines Central Bank Approves Licenses For Two Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Aug 21st, 2017
Matthew De Silva
The Philippines Central Bank has issued licenses for two companies to provide bitcoin exchange services.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

2FA Confusion Amid Alleged Breach Of Bitmain Customer Data

Aug 21st, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, it was reported that some of Bitmain’s customer data was allegedly compromised. Users on the Bitmain forum have recently stated that the company’s implementation of two-factor authentication inadvertently locked them out of their accounts.
ecosystem

Bootstrapping An Over-The-Counter Cryptocurrency Exchange

Aug 19th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
In the last few days, two enterprising young men separately created subreddits to facilitate peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trades. Instead of competing, they have decided to join forces.
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wallets and exchanges

ShapeShift Sidesteps Securities

Aug 18th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
In light of the SEC’s recent guidance regarding The DAO, ShapeShift will review the tokens listed on its platform. ShapeShift may delist tokens that could be classified as securities under the Howey Test.
NEWS
law and legislation

Australian Bill Addresses Cryptocurrency Regulation

Aug 18th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
The Australian Parliament posted on its website a draft of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Bill 2017. The bill would provide a definition for digital currency and begin the regulation of exchanges, requiring that service providers register through AUSTRAC.