[BeyondCC Daily Update] - 5 October 2019
The state of Ohio has become an unexpected center of American fintech focus in recent years, thanks to remarkable developments at the intersection of crypto, blockchain and government. That said, the online crypto portal that has allowed Ohio businesses to pay their taxes with bitcoin since last year, ohiocrypto.com, has just been suspended due to regulatory concerns. Meanwhile, a local city’s government is pushing forward toward the release of a Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP) token for digital identity, voting, and social incentives.Global Law Enforcement Has Auctioned Massive Amounts of Bitcoin
Last month, the U.K. police auctioned off roughly $300,000 worth of cryptocurrencies after they were confiscated by the country’s Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU). Since 2014, law enforcement agencies worldwide have been auctioning large sums of bitcoin seized during investigations. For some reason, governments don’t want the digital assets used in crimes and entities like the U.S. Marshals have auctioned thousands of bitcoins. In contrast to the governments looking to unload confiscated digital assets, there have been many types of investors interested in bidding for seized coins.Zimbabwe Bans Popular Mobile Money Services From Paying out Fiat Cash
Zimbabwe is once again showing the need to take away from politicians the power to control normal people’s money. The government there is now trying to cope with the results of mismanaging the economy by preventing citizens from using their fiat currency as they see fit.