Category: Op-Ed

Purging Today’s Freedom Activists: Why Big Tech’s Censorship Isn’t Directed Solely at Trump Supporters

Purging Today’s Freedom Activists: Why Big Tech’s Censorship Isn’t Directed Solely at Trump Supporters

There’s been a lot of unrest in the U.S. and just before the presidential election’s electoral vote, Big Tech took action and censored a great number of individuals and even competing social media platforms. Moreover, even after President Biden’s first few days in office, social media apps continued to purge dissent. On January 22, Facebook […]

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Fiat Freeway: Anchorage Receives OCC Approval to Become a Federally Chartered Bank and Brian P. Brooks Steps Down From the OCC

Fiat Freeway: Anchorage Receives OCC Approval to Become a Federally Chartered Bank and Brian P. Brooks Steps Down From the OCC

Quick Take ‘Fiat Freeway’ is a weekly column providing the latest updates on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and stablecoins. This week’s column explores Anchorage’s conditional approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) for a national trust charter and Brian P. Brooks departs from the OCC. This research piece is available […]

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Could NFTs Become 2021’s Biggest Crypto Trend?

Could NFTs Become 2021’s Biggest Crypto Trend?

Even at this point in Bitcoin’s evolution, it’s still relatively rare for cryptocurrencies to hit mainstream news headlines unless volatility reaches dramatic extremes. It’s even more extraordinary for blockchain apps to get picked up by the global media. Cryptokitties is one of those rare exceptions. When it launched in December 2017, at the peak of […]

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Fiat Freeway: GMO’s JPY-pegged Stablecoin Rises in the Big Apple and Fed Researchers Weigh-in on Digital Asset Tokens vs. Accounts

Fiat Freeway: GMO’s JPY-pegged Stablecoin Rises in the Big Apple and Fed Researchers Weigh-in on Digital Asset Tokens vs. Accounts

Quick Take ‘Fiat Freeway’ is a weekly column providing the latest updates on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and stablecoins.  This week’s column first examines GMO-Z.com Trust Company Inc.’s trust charter approval from the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS).  We conclude with a review of a recent FEDS Note on the tokens […]

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Several crypto metrics are now (again) measured in the trillions

Several crypto metrics are now (again) measured in the trillions

Quick Take Several relevant crypto metrics surpassed the $1 trillion mark in 2020. Total adjusted on-chain transaction volume of stablecoins was $1.061 trillion for 2020 — exceeding the $1 trillion mark for the first time. Binance’s spot volume single-handedly exceeded the $1 trillion mark in 2020, coming in at $1.077 trillion (59% of total spot […]

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The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Inefficient Markets in Crypto

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Inefficient Markets in Crypto

Tarun Chitra is the founder and CEO of Gauntlet.Network. While 2020 was a challenging year for most parts of the world economy, crypto somehow struck a different path. The past year has seen dramatic growth, generational change, and elderly institutional players enter crypto. There were halvenings, a mini-ICO boom, a deluge of institutional funds, and […]

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