The State of Global CBDC Adoption with Darrell Duffie

The State of Global CBDC Adoption with Darrell Duffie

Source: Ripple Each quarter we’ll be going under the hood with professors from Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) to gain a deeper understanding of trending topics in crypto and blockchain, and highlight their insights and key takeaways.  There seem to be almost as many opinions about the viability and best use of Central Bank Digital Currencies […]

China’s digital yuan gets smart contract functionality alongside new use cases

China’s digital yuan gets smart contract functionality alongside new use cases

Source: Cointelegraph China’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) — the digital yuan, or eCNY — has received upgrades giving it smart contract functionality alongside a series of newly unveiled use cases. The smart contract function was launched on the Meituan app, a Chinese app offering retail and food delivery services, according to a Jan. 17 report by local […]

Universal Digital Payments Network launched at Davos

Universal Digital Payments Network launched at Davos

Source: Finextra A Universal Digital Payments Network (UDPN) for stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) was launched at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. The network aims to provide interoperability between these digital currencies. UDPN has been in development for the last two years with contributions from GFT, Red Date Technology, TOKO, and […]

Iran and Russia want to issue new stablecoin backed by gold

Iran and Russia want to issue new stablecoin backed by gold

Source: Cointelegraph The Central Bank of Iran is reportedly cooperating with the Russian government to jointly issue a new cryptocurrency backed by gold. According to the Russian news agency Vedomosti, Iran is working with Russia to create a “token of the Persian Gulf region” that would serve as a payment method in foreign trade. The token […]

China’s central bank includes digital yuan in report on currency circulation

China’s central bank includes digital yuan in report on currency circulation

Source: Cointelegraph The People’s Bank of China, or PBoC, has begun including the country’s central bank digital currency, the e-CNY, in reports measuring the amount of currency in circulation. According to a 2022 financial statistics report released on Jan. 10, the PBoC said there was 13.61 billion digital yuan — worth roughly $2 billion at the time […]

The Geopolitics of CBDCs

The Geopolitics of CBDCs

Written by Jannah Patchay, Policy Lead for the Digital Pound Foundation Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) – a digital form of central bank-issued fiat currency – have seen explosive growth in interest over the past four years. At the start of 2023, 114 countries, representing 95% of global GDP, are currently exploring CBDC, of which 60 […]

Russia to begin work on CBDC settlement system as sanctions endure

Russia to begin work on CBDC settlement system as sanctions endure

Source: Cointelegraph Russia’s central bank is reportedly set to begin developing a cross-border settlement system using a central bank digital currency (CBDC) amid ongoing sanctions in response to its invasion of Ukraine. The plans to move forward with Russia’s digital ruble are expected to come in the first quarter of 2023 and will see Russia’s […]

Turkey to use blockchain-based digital identity for online public services

Turkey to use blockchain-based digital identity for online public services

Source: Cointelegraph Turkey plans to use blockchain technology during the login process for online public services. E-Devlet, Turkey’s digital government portal used to access a wide range of public services, will use a blockchain-based digital identity to verify Turkish citizens during login. Fuat Oktay, the vice president of Turkey, announced during the Digital Turkey 2023 […]

Bill on Digital Ruble Submitted to Russian Parliament

Bill on Digital Ruble Submitted to Russian Parliament

Source: Bitcoin.com A group of Russian lawmakers, led by the Chairman of the Financial Market Committee Anatoly Aksakov, have submitted draft legislation on the digital ruble, the central bank digital currency (CBDC) minted by Russia’s monetary authority. The document suggests legislative changes meant to create the conditions for its introduction. According to the explanatory notes […]