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Melanie Kramer

Guest Writer, ETHNews | guestwriter@ethnews.com

Melanie Kramer is a freelance FinTech, blockchain, and cryptocurrency writer based between France and Canada. Melanie has studied, and retains an avid interest in, global politics, business, and economics.
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Ghana Looks To IBM For Blockchain-Based Land Administration

Jul 11th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
In a run of recent blockchain partnerships, IBM is working with Ghana’s government to develop blockchain capabilities for land administration.
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world

New EU AML Laws Take Effect, Gaps Identified

Jul 10th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
The European Union’s fifth anti-money laundering directive came into force yesterday but is already being criticized; some stakeholders are calling for further reform.
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business and finance

Google Is Behind, Says Brin At Branson’s New Blockchain Summit Location In Africa

Jul 9th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Hurricane Irma led tycoon Sir Richard Branson to move the Blockchain Summit to Marrakesh, Morocco. Google co-founder admitted that the company missed the boat on early blockchain adoption.
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healthcare

Blockchain In Medicine Around The Corner, Says International Journal Of Health Geographics

Jul 6th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Researchers analyzed the large number of blockchain-related medicine and healthcare studies that were published last month and concluded that blockchain could soon reshape the worldwide sector.
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world

Bank Of Finland's Grym Calls Bitcoin A Meaningless Unit Of Account

Jul 6th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Bof head of digitalization Aleksi Grym has published a scathing analysis of digital currencies in a recent report that calls them "a fallacy."
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world

MEPs Ask EU Parliament For Clarification Of The Blockchain Observatory’s Activities

Jul 5th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Four Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are striving to ensure the EU’s digital and blockchain expertise is satisfactory, including asking for clarification on digital strategy and the work of the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum.
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business and finance

Conventional Banking Could Become Easier For Swiss Cryptocurrency Companies

Jul 2nd, 2018
Melanie Kramer
To compete with other crpyto-friendly regions, proponents in Switzerland are attempting to improve access to banking services for blockchain businesses.
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law and legislation

France Joins US And Russia In Seeking Extradition Of Vinnik For BTC-e Fraud

Jun 29th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Greek courts have been considering US and Russian requests for the extradition of Alexander Vinnik, suspected MtGox hacker. Now France wants to try him for cryptocurrency-related fraud.
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wallets and exchanges

Cryptocurrency Exchanges Talk Law Enforcement Post-Europol Virtual Currencies Conference

Jun 28th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Europol’s Virtual Currencies Conference 2018, a prominent law enforcement and cryptocurrency event, welcomed over 300 participants from 40 European countries. ETHNews spoke exclusively with cryptocurrency exchanges in the US and Europe for their take on the event.
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world

Global Regulators Raise Concerns With EU On GDPR

Jun 27th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Financial Regulators from North America, Britain, and Asia are seeking an urgent, formal exemption from the EU’s GDPR regulation to avoid its possible impact on cross-border investigations, including those relating to cryptocurrencies.
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business and finance

Foley Survey Respondents Prefer Ethereum And Seek Regulation

Jun 27th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
US law firm Foley & Lardner LLP has published the results of its 2018 Cryptocurrency Survey. Trends revealed the preference of Ethereum over Bitcoin and a desire for federal regulation among respondents.
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Could Microsoft Dominate Blockchain-Based Rights And Royalties Management?

Jun 21st, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Microsoft, in a partnership with EY, has announced the launch of a blockchain project for content rights and royalties management.
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world

France Embraces Blockchain Revolution As Chain Accelerator Launches

Jun 20th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Station F, a massive startup incubator in Paris, has become home to a new blockchain accelerator that calls itself the largest in Europe. The news comes during a time of increasing support for blockchain and cryptocurrencies by the French finance minister.
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business and finance

No Central Bank Digital Currency For South Korea

Jun 19th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
South Korea’s central bank has decided against issuing a CBDC, citing risks associated with liquidity and credit, as well as the legal implications of managing such a currency.
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business and finance

[UPDATED] TRON Acquires BitTorrent For $140M

Jul 24th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Decentralized web and blockchain media startup TRON is about to close a deal to purchase peer-to-peer file sharing platform BitTorrent for $140 million. The announcement comes just six days before TRON is due to go live on its own blockchain.
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law and legislation

French Regulator AMF Warns Against Unauthorized Cryptocurrency Firms

Jun 18th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), France’s financial markets regulator, has warned the French public of more cryptocurrency investment websites that do not have authorization to operate within the country.
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world

Germany Says Cryptocurrencies Are No Danger to Financial Stability

Jun 13th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
A recent report asserts that the digital assets are not a threat to the country's financial stability but that international efforts should be made to curtail money laundering and terrorist financing.
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world

UK’s FCA Issues Guidance To Banks Detailing Cryptocurrency Dangers

Jun 12th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
In an open letter on June 11, 2018, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued guidance to banks on “good practice” for handling the financial crime risks posed by “cryptoassets.”
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

Lithuania Issues ICO Guidelines

Jun 12th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
On Friday, the Ministry of Finance for Lithuania released guidelines covering initial coin offerings (ICOs). The report outlines the characteristics of ICOs and tokens, and clarifies which Lithuanian finance laws will apply in each case.
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[UPDATED] Swiss City Zug Trials Voting Through Blockchain Technology

Jul 3rd, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Nicknamed “Crypto Valley,” Zug is taking its commitment to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology further by piloting blockchain-based voting.