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UNICEF Continues Crypto Advocacy, Now Accepts DAI

UNICEF Continues Crypto Advocacy, Now Accepts DAI

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) France has announced that it is now accepting donations in the DAI cryptocurrency. This makes it the 10th cryptocurrency it now accepts for charitable donations.

The organization seems to think that “open source explorations of blockchain” can be funded using the DAI. The latest cryptocurrency is MakerDAO’s stablecoin pegged to the USD. The funds to be collected through this channel is to be used to support open source projects through “bounties” and “funding research” for blockchain-related projects which ultimately aims at helping the “world’s most vulnerable people”.

UNICEF’s Ventures Fund invests in “frontier technologies” and how they could be used to solve “humanity’s greatest challenges” It currently considers the emergence of blockchain technology as “new systems of trust and exchange on which users can send value directly from one party to another without the need for intermediaries”.

Etherscan.io reveals that the DAI wallet address is about 12 days old and a few contributions totaling DAI 116.2 (about USD 116.7) at press time have been made with the latest contribution being two days old.

The UNICEF organization in France began accepting cryptocurrency donations in 2018 to facilitate the link between emerging technology and charitable causes.

The adoption pattern for cryptocurrencies as both a store and exchange of value may not happen as sporadically as most people expect. However, with reputable industries considering blockchain as alternate means to crowdfund leveraging on the perks of decentralization and trustlessness, the current pace is a steady and evolving transition.

With the likes of UNICEF, blockchain has once again been taken outside the confines of the fintech niche and brought into the regular day-to-day affairs of those who would one day be adopters of this looming technological revolution.

Trusting a developing multi-billion-dollar market, UNICEF sure sees the new technology as an opportunity do much more than virtual trading and speculative analysis. Director of UNICEF France Sébastien Lyon stated in the past: “Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology used for charitable purposes offers a new opportunity to appeal to the generosity of the public and continue to develop our operations with children in the countries of intervention.”

Prior to this news, other developments made by UNICEF around the blockchain industry included the addition of nine popular digital currencies to its website donation portal and a USD 100,000 funding across six blockchain startups.

Other companies are contributing their quota to extend charity through blockchain initiatives. Binance Charity Foundation (BFS) is another active portal that seeks the furtherance of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

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Monero Becomes a Payment Option on Fortnite’s Merchandise Store Retail Row

Monero Becomes a Payment Option in Fortnite’s Merchandise Store Retail Row

The adoption of cryptocurrency as a payment option for mainstream merchant stores outside crypto-related systems continues at a rather gradual pace. Retail Row, a retail merchandise store by Fortnite is the latest to accept exclusively Monero payments from the online video game community.

The announcement was made yesterday by Monero fans on Reddit and then on Twitter by the official Monero page. However, the Fortnite team is yet to comment with regards to the development.

The official Fortnite Merch Store is now exclusively accepting #Monero as a cryptocurrency payment option! https://t.co/NWmHhzE6Kg

— Monero || #xmr (@monero) January 1, 2019

The store already accepts payments through credit cards and PayPal, but for cryptocurrency payments, it uses Globee as the gateway. Globee also allows payments in BTC, LTC, DOGE, ETH and more across its gateway, however, the store currently accepts only Monero (XMR) for purchases as it is one of the most privacy-centric cryptocurrencies.

According to some of the replies on Monero’s Reddit and Twitter feeds, choosing Monero is a good thing since it preserves the identities of customers. However, some did suggest that they could use BTC or ETH to pay via proxies such as Shapeshift. BTC may as well be a potential option in the future as news outlet CCN disclosed that Fortnite is interested in Lightning Network.

In terms of worth and influence, the game company Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite was recently valued at over USD 15 billion during a recent funding round. Fortnite has become quite popular despite being less than two years old.

According to a report, Fortnite has influence over 125 million players worldwide, especially among the millennials. During a poll in 2018, many teenagers in the US who play the Fortnite game said they would prefer to receive V-bucks – the native virtual currency of the game or cryptocurrency as gifts instead of cash or gift cards.

The privacy concerns of Fortnite is an important one and cannot be easily dismissed as recent hacks and data breaches have made users of social media and other online transaction portals uneasy.

On a broader outlook, payments through cryptocurrency can accord such benefits as fast cross-border payments and transfers, relatively cheap transaction costs and privacy. But how long will privacy-centric cryptocurrencies last? Seeing how their very core antagonizes the will of the government beyond decentralization. In the latter part of 2018, the US government began making plans on tracking privacy coins such as Zcash and Monero to keep a line on transactions trail that could be considered illegal.

Cryptocurrency adoption on the merchant route may indeed be a continuous but challenging one. Different merchants will have to make concise and careful decisions on the choice of crypto-asset(s) to adopt for payment options as the commercial world continues to evolve in that direction.

 

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