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Contrary to popular belief, privacy is not for those with something to hide but with everything to lose. Authoritarian governments across the globe are increasingly using surveillance to control their citizens at the expense of personal freedoms and civil liberties. The privacy of one’s financial transactions is intricately linked to one’s personal liberty. Without privacy (and financial means), true freedom is at risk. We are rendered powerless to resist oppression.

The promise of cryptocurrency is that it is uncensorable and unseizable money for the people. But Bitcoin (BTC), which was supposed to be like peer-to-peer digital cash, lacks privacy, which is essential to enabling these properties. In an increasingly connected and data-driven world where surveillance and data harvesting is the norm, we must treat privacy as a fundamental human right. If we believe in the original tenets of cryptocurrency as a decentralized and self-sovereign form of money, we need to fight to maintain our right to be private.

Privacy-shy 

Some cryptocurrency projects seem to be apologetic for being privacy-focused, given the current regulatory climate and common misconception that privacy coins are used by criminals to hide illicit activities. Consequently, we see other projects in the space, such as Zcash (ZEC), Dash (DASH) or even Bitcoin adopting opt-in privacy models, which clearly do not work. 

Low usage means low privacy, as indicated by Chainalysis’ findings that 99% of Zcash transactions are partially traceable and that the firm can perform successful investigations into Dash’s PrivateSends. Other studies also indicate that despite Zcash’s advanced technology, many users who did not completely understand how its privacy worked used it improperly and made it traceable anyway. Yet, the fact is: No matter how advanced the privacy technology employed, it is meaningless if it is not used. Privacy likes being in a crowd. Privacy needs to be easy-to-use.

Various explanations have been given as to why these privacy cryptocurrencies do not seem to want to encourage greater adoption of private transactions. The primary reason being that they need to play nice with regulators, who are uncomfortable with the idea of private transactions. Despite its early origins being one of the first privacy coins, called Darkcoin, Dash goes to great lengths to distance itself from being called a privacy cryptocurrency, including with a published legal position that in terms of privacy, it is no different than Bitcoin. These timid approaches do privacy a great disservice, characterizing it as something shameful.

A better, bolder approach is privacy-on by default, with transparency opt-in. Offering the privacy protocol Lelantus, which automatically anonymizes funds in a wallet, but also allows for the option of turning it off when needed, serves to maintain easy adoption for exchanges and wallets that do a high volume of sends but don’t necessarily want the overhead of privacy transactions. 

Since the exchange knows your identity anyway, there is no need for sacrificing anything but gaining the benefit of large anonymity sets and fast, lightweight transactions for exchanges and ease-of-integration with the larger crypto ecosystem that is used to dealing with Bitcoin-type coins. This is especially important when integrating into decentralized exchanges or for interoperability for DeFi transactions.

Related: Blockchains Are an Excellent Solution for Privacy, Part 1

Playing nice with regulators 

Privacy coins are concerned about their survival in an increasingly hostile regulatory environment, in which it is easier to maintain opt-in privacy for compliance reasons. While significant pressure against privacy coins comes from banks or concerned regulators, there is no outright statutory or common law against them. Even the revised “travel rule,” or FATF rules that impose additional obligations on disclosure, as well as Anti-Money Laundering rules for exchanges and custodial wallets, do not ban privacy coins. Virtual asset service providers, or VASPs, can still disclose sender identity, as they already know who you are regardless of blockchain privacy mechanisms.

Related: Blockchains Are an Excellent Solution for Privacy, Part 2

Privacy for all 

We strongly reject the common argument that privacy technologies enable illicit activity. Recent studies such as the Rand Corporation’s report states: 

“While privacy coins may intuitively appear likely to be preferred by malicious actors due to their purported anonymity-preserving features, there is little evidence to substantiate this claim.” 

Related: Blockchains Are an Excellent Solution for Privacy, Part 3

The traditional fiat world continues to make it easy to launder money without having to resort to the complexities and volatility of cryptocurrencies. For example, trade-based money laundering is still simple to do and hard to detect. Additionally, the “National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment” report published in 2018 continues to cite the banking system and complicit money services businesses as the primary way that terrorist funding is facilitated. 

Many of these reports indicate that the right way to combat these is through robust international regulation and law enforcement, as well as improved coordination between the public and private sectors. None of these reports suggest the banning of privacy technologies or cryptocurrencies.

Any cryptocurrency that wants to remain true to the original purpose must include privacy. With the development of blockchain technology, we are at the precipice of a self-sovereign financial system in which we have complete control over our assets. We envision a system in which the freedom and opportunities of true economic equality, and not just financial equality, are guaranteed for everyone. To reach these lofty goals, privacy is essential to preserving our rights and the freedoms therein. The cryptocurrency industry must come together to champion privacy and work to further its wide-scale adoption. Our goal is to change public perception and make privacy a value worth fighting for.

The views, thoughts and opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Cointelegraph.

Reuben Yap serves as the project steward for Zcoin, a global privacy-first digital currency. He was a corporate lawyer for ten years specializing in institutional frameworks before joining Zcoin. Reuben has been a strong advocate of online and financial privacy for over a decade. He founded one of South-East Asia’s top VPN companies, BolehVPN, and was the first merchant in Malaysia to accept cryptocurrencies. Reuben graduated with a bachelor of laws from the University of Nottingham.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/blockchain-can-provide-the-right-to-privacy-that-everyone-deserves

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DOGE Co-founder Reveals the Reasons Behind its Price Rise

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Billy Markus, who created Dogecoin back in 2013 with Jackson Palmer has taken to Twitter (where he dwells as “Shibetoshi Nakamoto”) to share his take on the recent Dogecoin rally.

According to him, the Dogecoin market is hugely driven by emotion and sentiment. The price of DOGE in the market is moved by people’s decisions, made for their own personal reasons.

What is Moving the Price of Dogecoin in the Market? Co-founder Answered

Billy Markus developed the meme-coin DOGE back in 2013 as an imitation of Bitcoin back. The Dogecoin that was changing hands as low as $0.0026 last month is now sitting at $0.61. According to the statistics, DOGE is the fourth digital asset of the market. 

In his recent interviews with Bloomberg the founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital, Mike Novogratz, stated that,

“Dogecoin may be favored by millennials and generation Z since buying it is similar to showing the middle finger to the system. This is reminiscent of the craze over Gamestop shares.”

However, he cautioned against Dogecoin, stating that 

“There are no development upgrades for this coin, nor is there any money from financial institutions going into it.”

DOGE Wave Take Further Rise This Year

DOGE has always been seen as Elon Musk’s favorite. A significant price surge can be seen due to Elon Musk Tweets.  

The “DOGE influencer” was the first one to call it the “people’s currency,” then promised to put “literal DOGE on the literal Moon” via SpaceX. 

From the latest, Musk is preparing to make an appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” i.e. Today this weekend.

According to reporter Kate Rooney

“The newest DOGE investors particularly see Musk’s tweets as the main price pumper of the meme-coin. DOGE is making its way into online gambling markets as people are making bets about what Musk will talk about on SNL and whether it will be his favorite Shiba-Inu cryptocurrency.”

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Source: https://www.cryptoknowmics.com/news/doge-co-founder-reveals-the-reasons-behind-its-price-rise

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JOSÉ FONTE AND EDER BECOME THE FIRST FOOTBALLERS IN THE WORLD TO LAUNCH NFTs

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EURO 2016 champions have produced unique and authentic digital art pieces
to be auctioned online starting today
Lisbon, 7 May 2021 – European champions and Portuguese Internationals José Fonte
and Éder are the first two footballers worldwide to launch their own Non-Fungible
Tokens (NFTs), creating unique and authentic digital art pieces that will be auctioned
online. The two NFTs were made in partnership with Jedi3 and part of the revenues
raised through the auction will revert to social and community support. The creations
will be auctioned on the well-known platform of NFTs, OpenSea, starting today and
can be found here:
https://opensea.io/collection/eder-lopes-2016-european-champion
https://opensea.io/collection/jose-fonte-2016-european-champion
The creative concept of both pieces was developed by the athletes themselves together with
the project Jedi3. Fonte focused his illustration on his career path and all the obstacles he
had to overcome in order to become an international player and win EURO 2016. Eder’s
piece is a digital creation of the boot he used to score the winning goal for Portugal in the
final of the European Championship against France.
In this first launch, there will be:
● 10 limited digital editions of Éder’s right boot that scored the Euro final goal, in a
digital 3D version;
● 10 limited digital editions of an illustration that represents the path followed by José
Fonte until the title in the Euro;
● Furthermore, a “masterpiece” of Éder’s boot that will give the right to the digital item
plus the real boot he used to score the winning goal in the final.

The auction started today on the Open Sea platform and will last for a week and all
transactions will be made in Ethereum cryptocurrency. Fonte and Eder follow in the footsteps
of NFL and NBA players who have already participated in the creation of NFTs.
José Fonte talked about the launch: “Everybody follows what is going on in the US with
NFTs, and I’ve been following it too for the last few months. Some of my favourite people are
exploring this new world, this new connection with the fans. I tried to explore this connection
with the fans, to give them something that is new and authentic. This creation means a lot to
me, because the story of it is about my career, about what I’ve been through in my life. It’s
about resilience, showing determination and never giving up and showing that anything is
possible with hard work. I’m excited. I want the fans to be open minded. First of all, it’s for a
good cause as well. Part of the money will go into some foundations and institutions that we
want to help. We want to give something back to the
people, which is really important to us.”
Eder showed all his enthusiasm about this project: “It’s a fantastic world. It’s been booming
in the US because of the NFTs that have been created in the NBA. José Fonte and I expect
to be the first football players to launch an NFT in the world. An NFT is unique, has value for
the person that creates it, it’s art and I think that has a lot of value for the fans. We’ve
participated in a big victory at the Euros and I know our fans will be amazed by a creation
like this. My creation means a lot to me and to Portugal. It’s the boot that scored the winning
goal at the final and it’s really important to me. It’s something that the football fans will
appreciate. Another important reason is helping an institution that we will give part of the
funds to. It’s something important to do and a big step.”
Part of the profits from the auction of each of the pieces will revert to charities and
community institutions. Éder will benefit PAJE – platform of support to young former foster
children, association of which he is godfather and partner. Regarding José Fonte, the focus
will be the community of Penafiel, where he was born, by donating funds to the local
Firefighters corporation, where his grandfather was the 2nd Commander, to the ERPI –
Estrutura Residencial para Idosos de Penafiel, and the APADIMP – Associação de Pais e
Amigos dos Diminuídos Mentais de Penafiel. The Lille central defender will also donate
funds to support football in Portugal to institutions yet to be defined.
For João Matos Cruz, from Jedi3, “this project is born from the fusion of diverse interests of
a group of friends: football, blockchain and digital art. In a context where the technology of
distributed registration allows to protect, authenticate and promote, for example, artists’
work, or relevant moments, we felt it was time to give visibility, in the digital world, to two
iconic figures in the history of Portuguese football: Éder Lopes and José Fonte. In the first
case, through the boot with which he scored the goal of the Euro 2016 final, as a
masterpiece of a moment of collective transcendence. In the case of José Fonte, illustrating
his path that was also one of overcoming, of constant struggle against adversity, until the
final consecration as European champion.”
What are NFTs?
A non-fungible token (NFT) is a type of cryptographic token on a blockchain, which
represents a unique asset. They can be fully digital assets or tokenized versions of
real-world assets. As NFTs are not interchangeable with each other, they can act as proof of
authenticity and ownership in the digital realm.
There are numerous success stories of sportsmen or sports-related individuals who have
launched their own NFTs in recent months in the US. The mythical quarterback Tom Brady
will even launch a platform for the creation and sale of NFTs called “Autograph” where he
promises to bring together several well-known names from the music, fashion and
entertainment industries. Those who have already launched their own NFT’s include Patrick
Mahomes, the 2020 NFL champion and Zion Williamson, one of the NBA’s most promising
stars.
The value of an NFT derives from the story that is told, what gave rise to the NFT and who
actually issued it. It is a certificate of authenticity per se, identified by a unique,
non-falsifiable “contract address”.
The technology used for this purpose, blockchain, thus allows a direct and decentralised
interaction between athletes and their digital admirers / followers. In this case, these players
become stars, also, in the digital world, directly launching tokens, whose artistic and
authentic character, guarantees their buyers a unique collector’s item.

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JOSÉ FONTE AND EDER BECOME THE FIRST FOOTBALLERS IN THE WORLD TO LAUNCH NFTs

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EURO 2016 champions have produced unique and authentic digital art pieces
to be auctioned online starting today
Lisbon, 7 May 2021 – European champions and Portuguese Internationals José Fonte
and Éder are the first two footballers worldwide to launch their own Non-Fungible
Tokens (NFTs), creating unique and authentic digital art pieces that will be auctioned
online. The two NFTs were made in partnership with Jedi3 and part of the revenues
raised through the auction will revert to social and community support. The creations
will be auctioned on the well-known platform of NFTs, OpenSea, starting today and
can be found here:
https://opensea.io/collection/eder-lopes-2016-european-champion
https://opensea.io/collection/jose-fonte-2016-european-champion
The creative concept of both pieces was developed by the athletes themselves together with
the project Jedi3. Fonte focused his illustration on his career path and all the obstacles he
had to overcome in order to become an international player and win EURO 2016. Eder’s
piece is a digital creation of the boot he used to score the winning goal for Portugal in the
final of the European Championship against France.
In this first launch, there will be:
● 10 limited digital editions of Éder’s right boot that scored the Euro final goal, in a
digital 3D version;
● 10 limited digital editions of an illustration that represents the path followed by José
Fonte until the title in the Euro;
● Furthermore, a “masterpiece” of Éder’s boot that will give the right to the digital item
plus the real boot he used to score the winning goal in the final.

The auction started today on the Open Sea platform and will last for a week and all
transactions will be made in Ethereum cryptocurrency. Fonte and Eder follow in the footsteps
of NFL and NBA players who have already participated in the creation of NFTs.
José Fonte talked about the launch: “Everybody follows what is going on in the US with
NFTs, and I’ve been following it too for the last few months. Some of my favourite people are
exploring this new world, this new connection with the fans. I tried to explore this connection
with the fans, to give them something that is new and authentic. This creation means a lot to
me, because the story of it is about my career, about what I’ve been through in my life. It’s
about resilience, showing determination and never giving up and showing that anything is
possible with hard work. I’m excited. I want the fans to be open minded. First of all, it’s for a
good cause as well. Part of the money will go into some foundations and institutions that we
want to help. We want to give something back to the
people, which is really important to us.”
Eder showed all his enthusiasm about this project: “It’s a fantastic world. It’s been booming
in the US because of the NFTs that have been created in the NBA. José Fonte and I expect
to be the first football players to launch an NFT in the world. An NFT is unique, has value for
the person that creates it, it’s art and I think that has a lot of value for the fans. We’ve
participated in a big victory at the Euros and I know our fans will be amazed by a creation
like this. My creation means a lot to me and to Portugal. It’s the boot that scored the winning
goal at the final and it’s really important to me. It’s something that the football fans will
appreciate. Another important reason is helping an institution that we will give part of the
funds to. It’s something important to do and a big step.”
Part of the profits from the auction of each of the pieces will revert to charities and
community institutions. Éder will benefit PAJE – platform of support to young former foster
children, association of which he is godfather and partner. Regarding José Fonte, the focus
will be the community of Penafiel, where he was born, by donating funds to the local
Firefighters corporation, where his grandfather was the 2nd Commander, to the ERPI –
Estrutura Residencial para Idosos de Penafiel, and the APADIMP – Associação de Pais e
Amigos dos Diminuídos Mentais de Penafiel. The Lille central defender will also donate
funds to support football in Portugal to institutions yet to be defined.
For João Matos Cruz, from Jedi3, “this project is born from the fusion of diverse interests of
a group of friends: football, blockchain and digital art. In a context where the technology of
distributed registration allows to protect, authenticate and promote, for example, artists’
work, or relevant moments, we felt it was time to give visibility, in the digital world, to two
iconic figures in the history of Portuguese football: Éder Lopes and José Fonte. In the first
case, through the boot with which he scored the goal of the Euro 2016 final, as a
masterpiece of a moment of collective transcendence. In the case of José Fonte, illustrating
his path that was also one of overcoming, of constant struggle against adversity, until the
final consecration as European champion.”
What are NFTs?
A non-fungible token (NFT) is a type of cryptographic token on a blockchain, which
represents a unique asset. They can be fully digital assets or tokenized versions of
real-world assets. As NFTs are not interchangeable with each other, they can act as proof of
authenticity and ownership in the digital realm.
There are numerous success stories of sportsmen or sports-related individuals who have
launched their own NFTs in recent months in the US. The mythical quarterback Tom Brady
will even launch a platform for the creation and sale of NFTs called “Autograph” where he
promises to bring together several well-known names from the music, fashion and
entertainment industries. Those who have already launched their own NFT’s include Patrick
Mahomes, the 2020 NFL champion and Zion Williamson, one of the NBA’s most promising
stars.
The value of an NFT derives from the story that is told, what gave rise to the NFT and who
actually issued it. It is a certificate of authenticity per se, identified by a unique,
non-falsifiable “contract address”.
The technology used for this purpose, blockchain, thus allows a direct and decentralised
interaction between athletes and their digital admirers / followers. In this case, these players
become stars, also, in the digital world, directly launching tokens, whose artistic and
authentic character, guarantees their buyers a unique collector’s item.

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Crypto.com Now Enabling Cosmos’ Inter-Blockchain Communication Functionality for Cross-Chain Transfers

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Hong Kong-based Crypto.com announced on Thursday it is now enabling Cosmos’ Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) functionality for cross-chain transfers. According to Crypto.com, According to the duo, this integration creates new capabilities for future cross-chain implementations of the Crypto.org Chain and other IBC-enabled chains. 

The integration allows for the transferring and receiving of assets (tokens) and data using the ICS20 standard on the Crypto.org Chain Mainnet.  IBC assets will be available in the Bank module of the Crypto.org Chain, and CRO on other IBC-enabled chains.”

Cosmos and Crypto.com further revealed as part of its development on IBC, the project will create a bridge between Crypto.org Chain to Ethereum protocols, bringing on board Ethereum developers as innovative projects to the Crypto.org Chain ecosystem. Sharing more details about the integration, Eric Anziani, COO of Crypto.com, stated:

“The Inter-Blockchain Communication Protocol (IBC) enables self-sovereign networks to connect, which will lead to building a strong ecosystem of networks thanks to the flexibility and open nature of IBC. The IBC launch marks the end of “network tribalism”. It also aligns with one of Crypto.org Chain’s goals of building  an open ecosystem — one that is welcoming to and supported by innovative projects, including Payments, DeFi and NFT initiatives.”

Founded in 2016, Crypto.com serves over 10 million customers today with its crypto app, along with the Crypto.com Visa Card, the Crypto.com Exchange, and Crypto.com DeFi Wallet.

“Crypto.com is built on a solid foundation of security, privacy and compliance and is the first cryptocurrency company in the world to have ISO/IEC 27701:2019, CCSS Level 3, ISO27001:2013 and PCI:DSS 3.2.1, Level 1 compliance, and independently assessed at Tier 4, the highest level for both NIST Cybersecurity and Privacy Frameworks.”

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/05/175098-crypto-com-now-enabling-cosmos-inter-blockchain-communication-functionality-for-cross-chain-transfers/

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