I own everything, have total privacy and life has never been better

This is a parody of the article published by the World Economic Forum titled “Welcome to 2030. I Own Nothing, Have No Privacy And Life Has Never Been Better.” Welcome to Mars. Welcome to my city, or should I say “our city” because I, like every other inhabitant, is a stakeholder in it. No, I don’t mean “shareholder,” as this isn’t a dystopian future run by private companies. My city on Mars has a decentralized governance structure just like the greater Mars. It is not a corporation nor is it…

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On-chain privacy is key to the wider mass adoption of crypto

Innovations in the crypto space appear daily. Whether through decentralized applications or new ways to implement and use nonfungible tokens (NFTs) within decentralized finance, blockchain technology is innovating at the speed of light. The only thing missing? Widespread adoption. One thing holding this back is the very public nature of the blockchain. DeFi, as it operates now, lacks meaningful privacy. In order to catalyze broad adoption for businesses, governments and individuals, those executing blockchain transactions should expect regular, consistent privacy. First, we need to define what privacy means. It does…

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Proposed digital euro designs lack privacy options, ECB presentation shows

Next to the fears of government overreach that the European Union’s ambitious digital euro project stirred, the main concern of the public is the prospective currency’s privacy framework. It appears that this worry might not be overblown after all: as the European Central Bank’s (ECB) latest presentation hints, user anonymity is not a desirable design option. On May 3, crypto venture advisor and European digital asset regulation whistleblower Patrick Hansen drew public attention to the ECB’s presentation titled “Digital Euro Privacy options”. The document is relatively short and contains 9…

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Nym Technologies raises $300M to advance internet privacy, sending token price up

Swiss privacy startup Nym Technologies announced it has secured $300 million in commitments from venture capital partners in support of the NYM Innovation Fund. Nym intends to issue grants to developers and incentivize them to build on top of Nym’s decentralized infrastructure. This funding comes a couple of weeks after its native token NYM launched on major crypto exchanges, including OKX and Huobi.  At the time of publication, NYM token traded at an average price of $0.92, and its 24-hour trading volume witnessed a spike since the fund’s announcement. The day…

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The Metaverse needs to keep an eye on privacy to avoid Meta’s mistakes

Metaverse skeptics fear the prospect of unprotected data and large-scale user surveillance on a scale never seen before. Ironically, the largest company pushing the Metaverse, Meta (previously known as Facebook), has faced its own fair share of privacy scandals in the internet’s current iteration, culminating in Mark Zuckerberg being infamously hauled before the United States Congress to answer for Facebook’s inability to combat hate speech and data privacy violations. In a U.S. Senate committee hearing, whistleblower Frances Haugen accused Meta of prioritizing “profit over the well-being of children and all…

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Would you give up privacy for unsecured loans in DeFi?

An ambitious new decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) has built a data service for lending platforms that records a user’s financial reputation to reduce the amount of collateral needed for a loan. It has partnered with Chainlink and that protocol’s founder Sergey Nazarov is an early backer. Users of Reputation DAO will have traditional financial data such as anti-money laundering and know-your-customer (AML/KYC), credit scores and banking data tied to their account. The data is designed to help ease friction in obtaining a loan from a decentralized platform, but raises questions…

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Polygon ID platform seeks to enhance self-agency and privacy in the Web3 space

Layer-2 Ethereum scaling solution, Polygon (MATIC) has announced the establishment of Polygon ID, an identity platform designed to complement the decentralized finance and decentralized application (DApp) economies by providing users greater privacy and sovereignty within Web3. Professed to be the first identity platform of its kind to adopt cryptographic-based zero-knowledge technology, the platform will utilize Iden3’s Circom ZK toolkit, including zk-SNARK cryptography for the generation and the zk-Proof Request Language protocol to verify the authenticity of the proposed claim. Users of the platform can provide proof of their identity when…

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Privacy coins are surging. Will regulatory pressure stall their stellar run?

Recent weeks saw a massive surge of the so-called privacy coins’ prices — namely Monero (XMR), Dash (DASH), Zcash (ZEC) and Haven Protocol (XHV). As many other cryptocurrencies and the industry at large faced immense regulatory pressure amid the war in Ukraine, one narrative that began taking hold in the crypto space was the potential of such privacy-enhancing assets to provide investors a greater level of financial anonymity. But, can privacy coins deliver on Bitcoin’s (BTC) original promise?  A good month for privacy-focused assets Over the past month, Monero has…

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Republican lawmakers introduce bill targeting China’s CBDC on sanctions, privacy

Nine Republican senators have backed legislation aimed at directing the policy of U.S. government agencies around concerns that China’s digital yuan may be used to circumvent sanctions and compromise users’ personal information. In a Wednesday announcement, Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy and Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn, backed by seven other Republican senators, proposed the Say No To the Silk Road Act — a bill that would require certain government agencies to report on China’s central bank digital currency, or CBDC. The two senators said they had concerns over the digital surveillance…

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Monero, Kyber Network and Tornado Cash break out as traders pile into privacy protocols

Stocks and cryptocurrencies saw a notable bounce on March 9 even though war, rising inflation and historically high oil prices have investors uncertain about the future. Bitcoin (BTC) price surged to $42,600 in the early trading hours and several altcoins followed suit with double-digit gains. Top 7 coins with the highest 24-hour price change. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that the biggest gainers over the past 24-hours were Monero (XMR), Kyber Network (KNC) and Tornado Cash (TORN), with Zcash (ZEC) earning an honorable…

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