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Follow the Crypto

“The cryptocurrency industry has been throwing money into politics unlike ever before, and that’s even after political donations from the industry skyrocketed in the 2022 election cycle. Despite the relatively small size of the industry, it has become one of the biggest spenders in the upcoming elections in the United States. Cryptocurrency companies have raised hundreds of millions of dollars to put towards buying crypto-friendly politicians and ousting those who have spoken up for stricter regulations to protect consumers in an industry that is fraught with hacks, scams, and fraud. Although parts of the industry have tried to portray this as a grassroots effort, the reality is that a very small number of crypto companies, and the billionaire executives and venture capitalists behind them, are spending millions with a singular goal: to obtain favorable crypto policy, no matter the cost. This website shines a much-needed spotlight on this spending, without the veneer of press releases in which these companies and executives still try to claim to be “apolitical” or “non-partisan”. Most of the money in the war chests amassed by cryptocurrency-focused PACs has yet to be deployed, and this project will give you a real-time view into where it’s being spent, by whom, and for whom. Join me in following the crypto…Follow the Crypto is a project by Molly White, an independent technology writer, researcher, and software engineer. She is also the force behind Web3 is Going Just Great, where she documents only some of the many disasters in the cryptocurrency and web3 industries. She writes about crypto and about technology much more broadly in the Citation Needed newsletter.”

Ransomware in the Digital Age: Multidisciplinary Legal Strategies for Minimizing Cryptocurrency Ransom Payments

Via May 2024 issue of LLRX – Ransomware in the Digital Age: Multidisciplinary Legal Strategies for Minimizing Cryptocurrency Ransom Payments: The year 2023 witnessed an unprecedented escalation in ransomware attacks, affecting users from homeowners to critical infrastructure like healthcare, education, and government. With over 5,200 reported incidents—a 74% increase from the previous year—ransomware has not… Continue Reading

GAO – Blockchain in Finance

GAO Report via YouTube: “Blockchain creates and records tamper-resistant transactions by multiple parties without a central authority, such as a bank, when used for financial transactions. Recent price crashes, bankruptcies, and fraud involving crypto assets, such as bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, raised concerns about regulation and the risks consumers face. Regulatory gaps may limit regulators’… Continue Reading

Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) 2023

Via LLRX – Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) 2023 – As stated by Ethereum, “a DAO is a collectively-owned, blockchain-governed organization working towards a shared mission.” Marcus P. Zillman features resources on how DAOs can impact business operations, identifies challenges to participation, and delivers a diverse bibliography of NFT resources that includes governance, regulation, blockchain and… Continue Reading

Google Search starts rolling out ChatGPT-style generative AI results If you opt-in to generative AI

Google Blog, May 25, 2023 – “3 new ways generative AI can help you search. We’re starting to open up access to new generative AI capabilities in Search. Here are three ways to try it out. Today, we’re starting to open up access to Search Labs, a new program to access early experiments from Google.… Continue Reading

2023 State of Crypto Report: Introducing the State of Crypto Index

a16zcrypto: “Emerging technologies evolve in cycles; in crypto, this includes periods of high activity, followed by so-called crypto winters. In the period marked by our now-annual State of Crypto report, it would be easy for a casual observer to overlook the rapid progress the crypto industry is making. Major infrastructure improvements like The Merge –… Continue Reading

The AI hype bubble is the new crypto hype bubble

Pluralistic / Cory Doctorow: “…Blockchain was a solution in search of a problem. So is AI. Yes, Buzzfeed will be able to reduce its wage-bill by automating its personality quiz vertical, and Spotify’s “AI DJ” will produce slightly less terrible playlists (at least, to the extent that Spotify doesn’t put its thumb on the scales… Continue Reading

Blockchain – Innovation or Illusion?

Via Slashdot, EditorDavid: “Adam R. Smith, a software engineer with 40+ years of experience reportedly became frustrated with his friends and associates’ claims about the potential of crypto technology and their subsequent losses of money in various schemes, and set out to write a series of articles explaining what blockchain is and whether it lives… Continue Reading

The Stable in Stable Coins

Federal Reserve Borad, December 16, 2022 – The stable in stablecoins – Garth Baughman, Francesca Carapella, Jacob Gerszten, and David Mills: “Stablecoins have garnered much attention as a key part of the emerging decentralized finance (or “DeFi”) ecosystem, and as a potential way to pay for goods and services. Stablecoins facilitate trades on crypto exchanges,… Continue Reading