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Case for Universal Basic Income Gains Strength As Recession Fears Deepen

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Britain’s protracted and problematic Brexit from the European Union, coupled with China’s falling exports and America’s record trade deficit, has deepened fears of a recession at the start of 2019.

Those looking beyond the doom and gloom believe the case for universal basic income (UBI) is getting stronger by the day – and now technological advancements are making it a viable option, moving it from theory to reality.

UBI is a revolutionary economic concept whereby every individual is granted a fixed, minimum wage to cover basic needs. With the threat of a global financial crisis, projects that explore distribution mechanisms to assist the poorest in society are gaining interest and support.

For instance, GoodDollar, a research hub that is experimenting how decentralized cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology may enable models based on UBI with the central aim of reducing global wealth inequality, is generating interest from all over the world. 

In mid-January, French crypto-finance website VideoBourse spoke at length with Yoni Assia, eToro Co-Founder, and Chief Executive, who launched GoodDollar at Web Summit in Lisbon in November 2018.

“GoodDollar is a non-profit project eToro is supporting,” said Mr. Assia in the VideoBourse interview, acknowledging that his multi-asset investment platform has committed an initial $1 million. “The idea behind GoodDollar was that there needs to be a disruption to how money is being distributed and generated.

“One of the biggest issues in the world is a very simple thing: the rich get richer and poor get poorer. That leads to growing inequality in society, and eventually, that leads to very bad things. The way the system works leads to inequality – it’s how money is being distributed, and how money is being generated.”

Mr. Assia explained: “For example, let’s assume interest rate plus inflation is 10 percent a year. We know that 10 percent of the global population owns 90 percent of the wealth. So 9 percent of the 10 percent generated in interest rates would go to the richest 10 percent. Meanwhile, the remaining 1 percent would go to the other 90 percent of the population.

“That’s basically just because of how interest rates and inflation work, and that is because money has never been on the blockchain. If you could create mechanics within cryptocurrency that creates better wealth distribution potentially you could improve significantly inequality. By making the world more equal then more people can participate in the economy.”

Hence the launch of GoodDollar. In the months leading up to the announcement at Web Summit, a growing team of digital pioneers, economists and builders started experimenting and exploring what might be possible in this space, at the intersection between UBI and blockchain. The early momentum has been very encouraging.

In late November, GoodDollar helped establish an OpenUBI ecosystem with a number of other partners. The OpenUBI was launched to foster collaboration and discussion around UBI and its technological implementation. There is an OpenUBI meet-up in Berlin at the end of January, and in February there will be a GoodDollar hackathon event at eToro’s Israel office.

“A lot of our efforts are going into researching how to build GoodDollar in a purely decentralized way,” Mr. Assia continued in his VideoBourse interview. “On the one hand we’re trying to build a simple user interface so people can connect to it … on the other hand we want to build something that’s truly decentralized. We understand that for something like this to succeed, it needs to scale on a much wider scale than eToro.”

After a positive first few months, there are many more exciting things to look forward to in 2019 for the GoodDollar project. Mr. Assia, who will be speaking at Paris Fintech Forum 2019 later in January, revealed that “we’ll be launching the first GoodDollar experiment within the next six to nine months”. 

He added: “We definitely look at this as something that’s experimental, based on code and a lot of research that we’re doing. We have a few academics on the team and experts in legal and regulation and economics.

“I am a very big believer in a new type of innovative asset – like GoodDollar – that creates a paradigm shift in terms of how we think about money, and how money is being generated.”

As the markets remain volatile and global financial uncertainty looms, projects like GoodDollar could well revolutionize how money is distributed at scale – and sooner rather than later.

Join GoodDollar. The project needs builders, scientists, and experts in identity, privacy, and financial governance, as well as philanthropists and ambassadors. Email GoodDollar at hello@gooddollar.org, contact us via our social media channels (Twitter and Telegram) or join the OpenUBI movement.

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ETOROX DEVELOPS CODE TO TOKENIZE ASSETS ON LIBRA BLOCKCHAIN

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Thursday 20 June 2019

Facebook’s Libra project marks a seismic moment for global finance. As the dust begins to settle after Tuesday’s announcement, both the crypto and traditional finance industry are busy grappling with the challenges and opportunities presented by Libra.

eToroX Labs Blockchain Science team, comprising Chief Blockchain Scientist Dr. Omri Ross, Peter Emil Jensen, and Johannes Rude Jensen, was quick off the mark to investigate how eToro’s tokenized assets (and the technology behind them) would work on Libra’s initial prototype, and how well it suited the existing specification.

Dr. Omri Ross, eToro’s Chief Blockchain Scientist, comments: “The prototype of the Libra blockchain – the testnet – launched on Tuesday and is in beta mode until the launch in H1 2020. We were excited to explore a test implementation of eToro’s tokenized assets on Libra in Move IR.”

By exploring Libra’s capabilities, and using Move IR (the intermediate representation of what will eventually be the final programming language), they successfully managed to implement an initial version of eToros tokenized assets on the Libra Network.

Using a previous specification targeting the Ethereum blockchain, the team wrote and executed a basic implementation for creating digital assets (tokenization capabilities) on Libra.

Top two takeaways:

  1. In Move, resources (data structure types) cannot be moved or copied — an extremely constructive and beneficial capability, especially for digital assets, since it prevents accidental duplication…
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Facebook has launched a white paper today for it’s planned cryptocurrency – Libra

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11 things you need to know:

  1. Libra’s mission is to enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure the empowers billions of people.
  2. Libra is a stablecoin which will launch in H1 2020. This will be fully backed by a reserve of real assets (a basket of bank deposits and short-term government securities). The balance of the basket can be changed if needed to offset major price fluctuations.
  3. Facebook won’t control Libra. They get one vote like other founding members of the independent Libra Association headquartered in Switzerland. This provides a level of decentralization and they hope to have 100 well geographically distributed and diverse members by launch. Other founding members include MasterCard, Visa, PayPal and Uber as well as not-for-profits such as Women’s World Banking and academic institutions. They have all invested $10million each.
  4. It is built on the Libra blockchain which is open-source and any developer can build smart contracts using the Move code language. Move was created to prevent assets from being cloned, to facilitate exchange into fiat and to make it easier to write blockchain code that follows an author’s intention without introducing unintended bugs. The prototype of the blockchain – the testnet – launched today so it’s in beta mode until the launch in H1 2020.
  5. The Libra blockchain is managed by nodes, which are servers that help operate the blockchain. Each founding…
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Analysis: eToroX Exchange Review June 2019

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eToroX is a crypto exchange that is a subsidiary of eToro social trading platform. eToroX has been granted a distributed ledger technology (DLT) licence from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC). eToroX represents a bridge between the traditional investing and the new digital world.

  1. Supported currencies

eToroX offers 17digital assets: 5 cryptocurrencies and 10 Tokenized Assets. eToroX is in the midst of creating numerous variations of tokenized and digital assets. Seems like eToroX added the most popular cryptocurrencies to the current listings on its platform. The same strategy has also been used by other exchanges, in their early stages. eToroX’s current range of trading pairs and tokenized assets is surprisingly sizable, considering it was only released recently.

  1. eToroX exchange Fees & Limits

Trading fees refer to the actual cost of carrying out a trade (buying/selling) on eToroX exchange. The fees associated with a cryptocurrency exchange play an important role for users in evaluating the cost of trading relative to other exchanges in the market. Exchange fees currently are:

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