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Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to speak at AFF, Global business leaders to share insights on economic challenges
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Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to speak at AFF, Global business leaders to share insights on economic challenges

Business leaders from around the world will gather in Hong Kong to share insights at the 13th Asian Financial Forum (AFF), which takes place on 13 and 14 January 2020 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Under the theme “Redefining Growth: Innovation ∙ Breakthrough ∙ Inclusiveness”, global financial experts, policymakers, business leaders and economists will examine topical issues in the global economy and explore new opportunities. This year’s AFF will feature discussions on a wide range of issues such as the new global economy, fintech, sustainable and inclusive development and green financing, offering participants a head start in identifying new economic challenges and opportunities.

Unveiling the Top 5 Surprising Views on Blockchain by AFF leaders
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Unveiling the Top 5 Surprising Views on Blockchain by AFF leaders

Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, fintech and virtual assets will be at the centre of many of the discussions and we have selected a few of the speakers that we are most intrigued by and some that our readers may not realize are important or outspoken in the blockchain and crypto space. We have purposely excluded the usual suspects—if you don’t know what PWC’s Henri Arslanian thinks about crypto by now, we really can’t help you.

Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen Comments on AI and Technology Advancement at the AFF 2020
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Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen Comments on AI and Technology Advancement at the AFF 2020

At this year’s Asian Financial Forum, held in Hong Kong, former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was invited to speak at a Luncheon with moderator Norman Chan, the Senior Advisor at the Hong Kong Academy of Finance.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Extends Oracle EHR Modernization Contract
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Extends Oracle EHR Modernization Contract

Oracle and the VA reaffirm their commitment to modernize the EHR system for veterans.

Crypto Exchange Web Traffic Hit 473.3 Million Visits in October
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Crypto Exchange Web Traffic Hit 473.3 Million Visits in October

More participants are eyeing the cryptocurrency sector, given that the crypto exchange web traffic has witnessed a 15.5% increase month-on-month (MoM).

New York Times Square Billboard Demands Release of Silk Road Darknet Drug Trafficker
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New York Times Square Billboard Demands Release of Silk Road Darknet Drug Trafficker

A billboard in Times Square has been hired by the ‘Free Ross’ movement as part of a campaign to release the Ross Ulbricht, founder of the Silk Road drug trafficking marketplace on the darknet.

Deutsche Bank Ignored Suspicious Activity of Child Sex Trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, Bitcoin Community Screams Hypocrisy
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Deutsche Bank Ignored Suspicious Activity of Child Sex Trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, Bitcoin Community Screams Hypocrisy

The NY State Department of Financial Services has slapped Deutsche Bank with a $150 million dollar fine, Bitcoin Community has been quick to call out the institutional bank’s shortcomings in funding international sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

South Korean Court Apprehends Crypto Assets of “Nth Room” Ringleader
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South Korean Court Apprehends Crypto Assets of “Nth Room” Ringleader

A South Korean court has frozen 15 cryptocurrency wallets belonging to Cho Ju-bin, the orchestrator of the “Nth Rooms” scandal. It came to the limelight following a national outcry following the sexual exploitation of underage girls by Cho Ju-bin and his team who was named and paraded through the Korean streets to face the public in March.

Economic Affairs Committee Unsure UK Needs Retail CBDC
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Economic Affairs Committee Unsure UK Needs Retail CBDC

The United Kingdom’s Economic Affairs Committee has shared its views on the proposed plans by the country to launch a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) or digital Pound.

South Africa Pioneers Blockchain-Enabled Property Register Pilot Project
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South Africa Pioneers Blockchain-Enabled Property Register Pilot Project

The Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) has teamed up with Seso Global, a blockchain property registry company, to develop the first-ever blockchain-powered property register in South Africa.

Binance's Market Dominance Challenged as OKX and Upbit Gain Ground
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Binance's Market Dominance Challenged as OKX and Upbit Gain Ground

The 2023 CEX Market Report shows Binance's dominance diminishing as OKX and Upbit gain market share. Factors like on-chain data, user growth, and social media presence contribute to the evolving CEX landscape.

Chainalysis Exposes Southeast Asia's Human Trafficking and Scam Nexus
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Chainalysis Exposes Southeast Asia's Human Trafficking and Scam Nexus

Chainalysis reveals the intertwining of human trafficking with crypto scams in Southeast Asia, highlighting the urgency to combat these digital age crimes.

Darknet AlphaBay Moderator Paid in Bitcoin Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison
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Darknet AlphaBay Moderator Paid in Bitcoin Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

A darknet moderator for marketplace AlphaBay has been apprehended by law officials and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

U.S. Payment Network Affirm Promotes Crypto Trading Services via Debit Card
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U.S. Payment Network Affirm Promotes Crypto Trading Services via Debit Card

American payment company Affirm announced that it plans to launch a debit card that will add cryptocurrency buying and selling functions, allowing users with affirm's savings accounts to buy and sell cryptocurrencies freely.

Australian and Los Angeles Residents Charged in $25 Million AI Crypto-Trading Ponzi Scheme
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Australian and Los Angeles Residents Charged in $25 Million AI Crypto-Trading Ponzi Scheme

The DOJ indicts David Gilbert Saffron and Vincent Anthony Mazzotta Jr. for running a $25M AI crypto Ponzi scheme, involving fictitious entities, false promises, and misuse of investor funds.

News Industry Grapples with Financial Woes and AI Disruption
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News Industry Grapples with Financial Woes and AI Disruption

The news industry faces declining advertising revenue, declining subscriber growth, and AI-driven disruptions, necessitating strategic shifts and legal disputes to adapt to digital advertising trends.

Affyn Unveils Singapore As First NEXUS World Metaverse City
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Affyn Unveils Singapore As First NEXUS World Metaverse City

In addition to its ongoing Flag sale, Affyn is advancing its NEXUS World metaverse, revealing Singapore as the inaugural metaverse city of Affyn’s NEXUS World. The first metaverse city features 2,000 plots of Freehold Land NFTs, with many more cities to be unveiled in the coming months.

Fintech Banking Platform TrueLayer Says it will Reduce 10% of its Workforce
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Fintech Banking Platform TrueLayer Says it will Reduce 10% of its Workforce

Global Open Banking platform, Truelayer has announced its intention to reduce its workforce by 10%, following a blog post published by the fintech firm earlier this week

Binance Accused of Commingling Customer Funds and Revenue, Says Reuters Report
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Binance Accused of Commingling Customer Funds and Revenue, Says Reuters Report

Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, is facing allegations of having commingled customer funds with company revenue in 2020 and 2021, violating U.S. financial rules that mandate the segregation of customer money, according to a special report by Reuters.

Child Porn Darknet Sites Surge with Crypto-Payments as Korean Police Hunt "Nth Room" Clientele
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Child Porn Darknet Sites Surge with Crypto-Payments as Korean Police Hunt "Nth Room" Clientele

The use of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum has become the preferred payment for internet based human trafficking and depraved services, which include blackmail porn and child sexual exploitation according to forensics firm Chainalysis.

Swyftx Lays Off One Out of Five Staff on Account of Crypto Winter
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Swyftx Lays Off One Out of Five Staff on Account of Crypto Winter

Australian cryptocurrency exchange known as Swyftx with its location in the Brisbane region has announced that it is cutting down on its staff strength by 21% which means that it would be letting go of up to 74 of its staff

India Darknet Policing Ramps Up Following Drug Racket Arrests
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India Darknet Policing Ramps Up Following Drug Racket Arrests

Law enforcement agencies in India are teaming up with national research and academic institutions to enhance their ability to police the darknet.

Ark Invest's Wood Turned $100,000 Investment in Bitcoin to $7M
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Ark Invest's Wood Turned $100,000 Investment in Bitcoin to $7M

Cathie Wood said she currently owns over $7 million worth of bitcoin, which she purchased on the advice of Reagan-era economist Arthur Laffer, while it was trading at $250.

Congressional Memo Challenges SEC's SAB 121
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Congressional Memo Challenges SEC's SAB 121

Congress members question the enforceability of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Staff Accounting Bulletin 121, arguing it deviates from standard accounting practices, misrepresents custodians' responsibilities, and increases consumer risk.

Mango Markets Proposes to Refund Victims after $114m Hack
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Mango Markets Proposes to Refund Victims after $114m Hack

Mango Markets proposes a refund plan to victims after the hacking incident. The company said one of the repayment strategies is to cut down the difference between the tokens users had before the exploit and the tokens they will receive.

Affyn Reveals The Next 44 Cities Set To Join NEXUS World Metaverse
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Affyn Reveals The Next 44 Cities Set To Join NEXUS World Metaverse

SINGAPORE - FEB. 2, 2023 - Fresh from the success of its “City Launch Wave 0,” Singapore-based blockchain startup, Affyn, is preparing to launch London (750 plots), Dublin (500 plots) and Glasgow (500 plots) as part of Wave 1, in conjunction with the 44-city reveal of their flagship metaverse, NEXUS World.

FinTech Remains as a High Priority Sector, Says Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the Asian Financial Forum 2020
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FinTech Remains as a High Priority Sector, Says Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the Asian Financial Forum 2020

The 13th Asian Financial Forum, taking place as a two-day event starting on Jan. 13, 2020, in Hong Kong, gathering the most influential leaders of the global financial, government, and business sectors, groundbreaking discussions on inclusiveness, innovation, and fintech.

Crypto Investment Firm Paradigm Welcomes New Government Affairs Lead Alex Grieve
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Crypto Investment Firm Paradigm Welcomes New Government Affairs Lead Alex Grieve

Alex Grieve joins Paradigm as Government Affairs Lead, bringing a decade of experience in politics and financial policy. Paradigm broadens its focus to include AI alongside crypto.

Nobel Laureate to speak at Asian Financial Forum Global business leaders view post-COVID Economy in January
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Nobel Laureate to speak at Asian Financial Forum Global business leaders view post-COVID Economy in January

17 December 2020 – In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 14th Asian Financial Forum (AFF) will be held virtually on 18 and 19 January 2021. Under the theme “Reshaping the World Economic Landscape”, the forum will examine the challenges at hand and strategize the road to recovery and beyond with more than 150 influential global financial experts, policymakers, business leaders, economists, investors, and entrepreneurs.

Blockchain Daily Digest – January 6th, 2020
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Blockchain Daily Digest – January 6th, 2020

Qatar Issues Crypto Ban, Digital Securities Still Allowed to Roam

Coinbase Takes a Step Further into the Japanese Crypto Market
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Coinbase Takes a Step Further into the Japanese Crypto Market

Coinbase has been licensed in Japan since 2019, and has registered as second-class members of the Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA), a self-regulatory organization for the crypto industry in Japan.

Bitcoin Price Surpassed $40,000 and Then Plummeted
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Bitcoin Price Surpassed $40,000 and Then Plummeted

This week, Bitcoin plunged again, and on Thursday (January 21) it plunged more than 10%. Entering January, Bitcoin rose from $30,000 to $40,000.

Bangladesh Cashing in into the Blockchain Bandwagon Ahead of the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'
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Bangladesh Cashing in into the Blockchain Bandwagon Ahead of the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'

Blockchain technology has seen an increasing amount of adoption, from large conglomerates researching its uses and testing it out, to officials such as President Xi Jinping, endorsing and seizing the opportunities that it may bring. Dr. Mohammad Saifur Rahman, the US-based blockchain expert, said that blockchain can have applications in financial industries, including remittance, credit, and payment industries, as well as e-governance in Bangladesh.

Nobel Prize Winning Economist Abhijit Banerjee: Is Blockchain the Key to Financial Inclusion?
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Nobel Prize Winning Economist Abhijit Banerjee: Is Blockchain the Key to Financial Inclusion?

While Nobel Prize-winning economist Prof. Banerjee is no expert in blockchain or FinTech services, we went along to the Asian Financial Forum to find out his thoughts on the application of FinTech and Blockchain to facilitate inclusive finance for the developing world. His response surprised us.

Frankfurt Main Finance: Establishing Trust Between Continental Networks
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Frankfurt Main Finance: Establishing Trust Between Continental Networks

Frankfurt Main Finance is one of the founding members of the World Alliance of International Financial Centres (WAIFC). The mission of the Alliance is to establish transparent networks that facilitate cooperation and sharing of best practices for financial centres globally in the face of breakthrough technologies and rapid social change.

Nobel Laureate Prof Banerjee - Applying RCT to Financial Inclusion
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Nobel Laureate Prof Banerjee - Applying RCT to Financial Inclusion

Economists have long theorized on and sought to implement initiatives to increase financial inclusion. What are some of the policy initiatives developing countries should adopt to drive financial reform? What effect have initiatives had thus far in facilitating this financial transformation? Prof Banerjee will speak at the Asian Financial Forum on January 14th and explain his team's groundbreaking application of randomized control testing to inclusive finance.

What Does the Japanese FinTech Landscape Look Like?
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What Does the Japanese FinTech Landscape Look Like?

Tokyo, the capital of Japan has been ranked as one of the top 12 FinTech hubs in the world by Deloitte’s A tale of 44 cities: Connecting Global FinTech: Interim Hub Review 2017. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) created policy outlines to form the city with the vision of an unrivaled global financial center.

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