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Luxembourg University and VNX Exchange Collaborate On Crypto Security

Luxembourg-based VNX Exchange and the University of Luxembourg have combined efforts to improve the security of digital assets in a collaborative project.

VNX is a marketplace and trading platform for tokenized ventures, and a member of Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT), Infrachain and APSI (L’Association des Professionnels de la Société de l’Information).

The university’s role in the project will be to develop greater security for digital assets and design new IT frameworks to improve exchange security. Researchers at the University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability, and Trust (SnT) will be working on a solution to ensure that contracts that control individual transactions are vulnerability free.

Network Security expert at the University Dr. Radu State has noted that several issues need to be addressed regarding the current systems offering tokens. VNX founder and CEO Alexander Tkachenko has agreed that the exchange will need to adjust and improve in order to meet market standards by examining its investor protection facilities, commenting:

“In creating a secure and regulatory compliant marketplace for the transparent trading of tokens representing digital assets we aimed to introduce modern security mechanisms that could totally secure our platform and could impact the global cybersecurity market.”

Tkachenko said he was convinced that “blockchain technology is the next big step in the financial sector’s evolution.”

Tiny landlocked Luxembourg has an important role in the EU as the seat of the European Court of Justice, the highest judicial authority in the European Community. Luxembourg is continuing to position itself as a blockchain hub in the region; surrounded by France, Germany, and Belgium. It is still in the throes of expanding its development in the sector. In comments made last year by Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister and Minister of Telecommunication stated:

“The state is fulfilling its role as a kickstarter and a coordinator while leaving technological and commercial choices to the industry,” whilst facilitating projects which create “meaningful projects in cutting-edge technology.”

 

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Luxembourg Aims to Provide Legal Certainty for Blockchain

The government of Luxembourg is hoping to pass a bill through their legislature which will enable blockchain technology to be backed by an extra layer of legal security.

Tiny landlocked Luxembourg has an important role in the EU as the seat of the European Court of Justice, the highest judicial authority in the European Community. The bill which is being tabled by the government has been drafted in order to ensure that all blockchain-based transactions have the same level of security and legal stature as of those made without the technology behind them.

The country’s finance minister Pierre Gramegna has suggested that such measures are being introduced as a step to guarantee investor security and confidence in blockchain as a technological tool, suggesting that:

”This was in the best interests of the financial sector, as there have already been transactions done using blockchain, such as distributing parts of investment funds, for example.”

Luxembourg, is continuing to position itself as a blockchain hub in the region; surrounded by France, Germany, and Belgium. It is still in the throws of expanding its development in the sector. In comments made last year by Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister and minister of Telecommunication stated:

“The state is fulfilling its role as a kickstarter and a coordinator while leaving technological and commercial choices to the industry”, whilst facilitating projects which create “meaningful projects in cutting-edge technology.”

The new bill which is expected to pass into legislation is primarily aimed at blockchain and will make no reference to cryptocurrency or ICOs, but will focus on the new technology’s target of promoting new financial goods and services. Luxembourg’s financial regulator the CSSF has not particularly warmed to cryptocurrency in the same way as its neighbours, warning earlier this year that as yet the ICO model is as yet unproven.

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A Traveler’s Guide: How to See the World With Bitcoin in 2018

After software developer Felix Weiss from Luxembourg attracted worldwide attention two years ago, by traveling the world with Bitcoin at his disposal, Hard Fork asks the question: Has this feat become easier in 2018?

When Weiss left on his world trip in January 2015 Bitcoin had crashed to around $200 per BTC, but started to slowly climb back en-route which he said had helped him to complete his 18-month journey. He said that the easiest country had been the US, particularly San Francisco, where Bitcoin acceptance was widespread around the city.

He struggled in Cuba having to revert to cash. In Asia, he said his cash usage again was high and found a higher degree of Bitcoin acceptance in South America.

Hard Fork’s Neer Varshney researched how this picture might pan out in today’s crypto space by contacting airlines: the first port of call for any travelers. He found that there are multiple airlines accepting cryptocurrency payments including CheapAir.com, who started accepting cryptocurrency payments as far back as 2013. The company now accepts Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Dash payments.

Other companies offering cryptocurrency booking services included Expedia, BTCtrip.com, Destinia.com, Japan’s Peach Aviation, California’s Surf Air, and Latvia’s airBaltic, and A Bit Sky.

Finding a placed to stay has become even easier as most of these companies also allow you to pay in crypto for accommodation too, although it depends on exactly which part of the world the traveler chooses.

Eating is not quite such a simple affair with limited restaurants and cafes around the globe accepting Bitcoin and other currencies. Although, CoinMap can help travelers find a Bitcoin-accepting venue for the next meal. La Sirene in Manhattan now accepts Bitcoin. Some companies now offer a gift card service which can be used to purchase food coupons for Bitcoin.

Shopping has become easier with many online stores now accepting the popular cryptocurrency, and as revealed in the last week if you land in Brisbane, the International airport there will be welcoming crypto payments in all its terminal shops and cafe’s this year.

The last resort, of course, is to hunt down a Bitcoin ATM. This is good news for the traveler, as there are now over 3000 such ATMs worldwide, and if South America is the list, then Argentina must be a destination for the discerning Bitcoin traveler, with its plan to install 30,000 machines in that country alone. Europe and the US are increasingly installing machines to keep up with customer demand, most machines offering Bitcoin and often a choice of other major digital currencies.

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