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Popular Wallet Says Goodbye to Fiat Currencies in Landmark Gesture

The popular Bitcoin platform Samourai has announced that it is removing all fiat currency conversion facilities from its wallet in order to promote the flagship currency.

The move is revolutionary in the sense that Samourai is clearly making a move that many exchanges would like to, but so far have resisted. Samourai appears to be positioning themselves for a future where Bitcoin’s value isn’t measured in fiat terms but as a stand-alone currency. This intent is clarified in the company’s latest statement:

“All fiat currency conversions have been removed from Samourai Wallet. We understand this may inconvenience some, it may even be enough to cause us to lose some users, but we believe it is fundamental that our existing and future users understand that when they transact within the Bitcoin network, when they participate in the Bitcoin economy, they are transacting with the token native to the Bitcoin network, BTC, and nothing else.”

The announcement also reminded its clients of its accessibility to a number of alternative language users, with Chinese and French added to its new release. Some 12 languages are now available to cover a range of nationalities around the globe. The wallet is also available in some less commonly spoken languages such as Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian and Turkish.

The news that Samourai was completely dumping its fiat currencies reverberated quickly around crypto space with some concern,  but the company has made it clear that it’s time for its users to give up thinking about cryptocurrency in fiat terms, which is fast becoming the norm although early adopters may have needed the reassurance of making fiat conversions. Samourai argues:

“In 2015 when we first launched Samourai Wallet… we reasoned that a fiat based conversion rate would be a convenient feature for users who wished to have a rough idea of what their BTC stash was worth in fiat currency at any given time.”

The company asserts that that “crutch” is still a factor, so action was needed in order to educate the crypto community to a new way of thinking about the cryptocurrency’s worth:

“Many news outlets, data providers, prominent persons, and innocent users started to refer to bitcoin transactions in USD terms instead of BTC terms […] We reasoned that ‘Users aren’t ready’ to give up thinking in fiat terms, and with education, they would eventually change.”

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China Releases Blockchain Guidebook for Bureaucrats

The Communist Party of China (CPC) has published a blockchain guidebook that observes the technology’s key features scientifically, the origins and future applications, as well as approaching challenges.

An official’s guidebook

The publication was announced on 13 Augus in a press release on the CPC website. The book, ‘Blockchain – A guide for Officials’, covers many facets of the nascent technology which will offer counsel to government officials.

In an excerpt from the book in the chapter ‘From Internet Thinking to Blockchain Thinking’, Ye Hao, president of People’s Network writes:

“We call on the industry peers to continue to look at the blockchain technology with a development perspective. Looking at the blockchain label from a scientific perspective, look at the blockchain industry with a strategic eye, look at the blockchain business opportunities with a calm eye, promote the sustainable and healthy development of the blockchain industry.”

The introduction of the book allows for the CPC to assist other government authorities on how to better understand blockchain, establish a common ground from which they can work together and drive adoption of the distributed ledger technology on a national scale.

Looking ahead

The publication arrives at a time when huge levels of funding directed at blockchain are pouring in across multiple mega-city projects in China: USD 80 million for blockchain startups in Shenzhen, USD 1.6 billion in Hangzhou and USD 1.48 billion for Nanjing City.

Furthermore, the “number one urban project” in China, Xiong’an, is now set to become a “dream city“; this is thanks to a recent partnership between the latest mega-city and blockchain development firm ConsenSys.

International language of learning

Comprehensive studies that call for the widespread understanding and adoption of blockchain are emerging from every corner of the world. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information (MIIT) in collaboration with Tencent Holdings released a report detailing the numerous economical enhancements that distributed ledger technology (DLT) offers.

In Scotland, a paper was recently released, bullishly calling for the Scottish government and industries to rally around this tech and innovate alongside the rest of the world with it. Similarly, the United States Chamber of Digital Commerce also published a guidebook in a bid to generate discussion and understanding of virtual tokens, urging that regulatory policies need to develop sooner rather than later.

A top senior economist from the Bank of Canada also released an extraordinarily-detailed research paper describing the potential benefits of a central bank digital currency (CBDC). A US-based, world-leading IT industry trade association released another guidebook that gives focus to blockchain applications in the public sector.

Educational literature, backed by the world’s largest governments and industry representatives, is a boost to the credibility of blockchain. Perhaps they will also serve as a means for a global blockchain consensus at some point in the future.

 

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