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How Cardano’s IOHK is enabling the creation of verifiable but private cryptocurrencies

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The debate about privacy when using cryptocurrencies has been a long-standing one. From crypto miners, developers and even investors, embracing anonymity and privacy have almost become a requirement for mass adoption and uptake. Even though privacy and anonymity have been used by financial industry pundits to paint a bad picture for cryptocurrencies in general, these are two features that enable any cryptocurrency enthusiast to redeem their right to have total control over their money. AS IOHK CEO puts it,

Privacy is a human right and has to be protected

After all, one of the magical aspects of cryptocurrencies is that they give control of money back to the people. Although Bitcoin has been the golden standard for cryptocurrencies, it does not provide anonymity as most people would think. This has led to the rise of various altcoins claiming to provide anonymity and privacy. To this regard, Cardano’s IOHK partnered with ZenCash at the beginning of the year to come up with a reliable, private but resilient cryptocurrency.

The partnership between IOHK and Zen Cash

The partnership between ZenCash and Cardano’s IOHK will be a step closer towards establishing purely borderless transactional and communication system that allows parties to interact regardless of their background socioeconomic status or location.

ZenCash is a Blockchain project launched on May 30th last year with a focus on providing a networking and privacy infrastructure for anonymous and secure communication, transaction and collaboration. By partnering with IOHK, ZenCash will not only be able to upgrade its Blockchain protocol but it will also build and implement IOHK’s treasury model so as to ensure efficient allocation of decentralized resources on a community-driven governance system.

Building beyond privacy

The research project, led by Dr. Roman Oliynykov who is an IT researcher and cryptographer, will build on the ZenCash Blockchain to enable a first of its kind end-to-end cryptocurrency that runs on secure nodes. Miners on the newly upgraded network will receive rewards of up to 3.5 percent thus enabling sustainability on the network.

Considering the fact that ZenCash has a capped token supply of 21 million, and is treasury funded, not to mention a wallet and an advanced privacy and messaging capabilities, the collaboration between the two entities is surely set to be a game changer in the crypto space.

The partnership so far

So far, the two teams have been working on the core development of the platform and a bunch of features has already been completed. Plus, a consensus scaling protocol that will allow more transactions on ZenCash is being worked on at the moment.

Basically, the partnership is enabling ZenCash leverage on the expertise and scientific research capabilities of IOHK while on the other hand; IOHK gets to create universal solutions for cryptocurrencies apart from Cardano’s ADA.

With this partnership, not only will the age-old problem of privacy Blockchains be solved, but also the creation of efficient governing systems will be made a reality. According to Oliynykov, the IOHK research team is implementing “liquid democracy” as well as “confidentiality for voters”. Simply put, these two features alone will enable verifiable anonymous transactions on Blockchain networks.

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Investors Beware: Another Large Bitcoin Crash Might Be Coming

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The crypto prices have surged quite high in the last few months. Of course, their progress is nowhere near the one seen in 2017, but they appear to be getting there, one day at the time. However, things might not be as simple as that, and according to recent performance — it is more than possible that a major Bitcoin crash is incoming.

The fact is that cryptos saw a massive amount of growth in a very short period. Bitcoin itself more than doubled its price in only two months. Now, the rally is starting to crash in on itself, and the coin is already about $1,000 lower than last week. If such development does come to pass, a lot of people will experience quite large losses, although experienced investors might find some opportunities, and leverage in order to enhance their holdings’ long-term value.

For example, Bitcoin dominance is expected to crash very quickly, which will work in favor of quite a lot of altcoins. While this does not seem to be the best time to invest in BTC, altcoins are another story, and diversifying a portfolio now might end up being very profitable in days to come.

Bitcoin behavior mirrors the pre-bear market situation

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Top 3 Coins to Buy Before They Go Big

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Crypto bulls are back, that much is clear. The long-lasting, harsh crypto winter is gone, and the new era in digital currency sector opens up some rather interesting opportunities. With many more bull runs expected to come in months ahead, a lot of coins are likely to blow up and maybe even hit new all-time highs, although that still remains purely theoretical.

On the other hand, the fact is that numerous coins are seeing prices that were not achieved since early 2018, and the overall momentum remains bullish. With that in mind, even if new records do not come for a very long time — chances are that many of the coins will blow up enough for investors to see some serious gains in months to come. As a result, investing in some of these coins now might be a very profitable decision, for those who have the patience to wait a few months. Here are some of the projects believed to have the greatest potential to go big in the second half of 2019 and beyond.

1. TRON (TRX)

Putting TRON on the list should not really surprise anyone, as the project constantly comes up with new project updates, partnerships, and alike. It also constantly breaks records, as is becoming one of the biggest players in the dApp and smart contract development sector.

In the past few…

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Can Crypto Credit Cards Disrupt the Fight Against Financial Crime?

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It is commonly known that the world of finances has the biggest problem with the crime of all existing industries around the world. It has been so throughout history. While the financial world has evolved, so did the criminal activities, and they continue to be an issue. With the arrival of cryptocurrencies, many were hoping that financial crime might be disrupted. However, for now, at least, it appears that cryptos themselves cannot find a way to resolve issues such as international money laundering.

In fact, when it comes to money laundering, the crypto sector appears to be the weakest link, especially because of the nature of digital currencies. The anonymity that cryptos are being praised for means that anyone can get a payment from an unknown source from anywhere in the world. This method can then be used for financing drug trafficking, cyberattacks, terrorists, and more.

Until recently, it was not easy for bad actors to make use of cryptocurrencies obtained for illegal purposes. The number of merchants willing to accept the coins was low, and criminals were forced to find a way to exchange crypto into fiat currencies. However, this came with a set of issues, such as taking foreign exchange risks and then sending the money through wallets and exchanges to a banking system that would allow withdrawal. The banking account was the biggest obstacle here,…

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