In a rare instance, Caitlin Long, Trace Mayer & Tyler Lindholm, featured on Peter McCormack’s podcast to discuss Wyoming’s role on the crypto-landscape.
As stated in the converszation:
“We’ve acknowledged that peer-to-peer transactions involving Bitcoin and other crypto-assets are legal in the state of Wyoming. It’s a gray area in other States.”
The U.S. government is slowly starting to loosen its regulatory leash on the crypto-arena, making sure not to miss out on its share of financial dominance.
Caitlin also spoke about how the state had managed to further levy complete tax on crypto-assets, in addition to distinctively defining utility tokens from securities.
While detailing Wyoming’s numerous other crypto-friendly initiatives, she spoke about the coming of “two new laws that developers and the hodlers are gonna love,” one of which states,
“Anyone in the state of Wyoming cannot be compelled in a criminal or civil or administrative or legislative hearing or anything, any other proceeding to disclose your private keys.”
The other law reinstates protection for open-source developers that mentions that “developers cannot be criminally prosecuted solely for having written code is how someone uses the code and you can’t be liable for somebody else using the code that you wrote maliciously either.”
Singapore’s central bank to develop prototype for cross-border payments
Monetary Authority of Singapore [MAS] recently revealed that it had collaborated with banking giant J.P. Morgan in order to develop a blockchain-based prototype.
J.P. Morgan has always been bullish toward blockchain tech and cryptocurrencies. The banking giant went on to launch its native digital currency, JPM. Its latest partnership with MAS would allow payments of multiple currencies on one network. Investment company, Temasek Holdings, is also part of MAS’s latest venture.
Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer at MAS stated that MAS is looking forward to building their network by connecting with several others. Mohanty further said,
“We hope this development will encourage other central banks to conduct similar trials, and we will make the technical specifications publicly accessible to accelerate these efforts. This will be a big step forward in making cross-border transactions faster, cheaper, and safer.”
In order to discover its capabilities to integrate with commercial banking applications, the prototype is currently undergoing industry testing. The applications that were successfully tested would be revealed at the Singapore FinTech Festival and Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SFF x SWITCH) 2019.
Previously, MAS had introduced Project Ubin, which was established to look into Distributed Ledger Technology [DLT] primarily focusing on the authorization and settlement of payments and securities. The latest prototype would drive the project into its fifth phase which would “determine the commercial viability and value of the blockchain-based payments network.”
The Global Head of Clearing and Interbank Information Network [IIN] at J.P. Morgan, John Hunter expressed his thoughts on the latest partnership and said,
“J.P. Morgan is excited to be an infrastructure partner of MAS and Temasek for Phase 5 of Project Ubin. By leveraging our key learnings from building the Interbank Information Network® (IIN) and the JPM Coin, J.P. Morgan is well-positioned to support the development of a blockchain-based payments network and operate at scale.”
Additionally, MAS revealed that Accenture would be publishing the project report in early 2020 with details pertaining to the several use cases of blockchain technology that would bolster payment networks.