South America: Crypto and Blockchain News Roundup 24th to 30th March, 2019

South America: Crypto and Blockchain News Roundup 24th to 30th March, 2019



South America: Crypto and Blockchain News Roundup 24th to 30th March, 2019

South America

Welcome to another weekly blockchain news roundup from around the world. Here we present to you all the latest Bitcoin news continent by continent and country by country.

Brazil

Central Bank of Brazil Looks for Blockchain System Upgrades With an Innovation Program: The Central Bank of Brazil (BCB) has announced the launch of the second edition of the Laboratory of Financial and Technological Innovations (LIFT). The project looks to accelerate the development of technological innovation in the country’s financial system. Local authorities will select proposals for the innovations with the help of BCB and will collaborate with technology partner companies to create prototypes and solutions for the financial industry. The projects will also address some priority actions for the “BC+” Agenda, which aims at increasing banking efficiency, lowering credit, modernizing the financial system, and enhancing financial inclusion.

CoinBene Brasil Clarifies That It Was Not Hacked: Amidst the circulating rumours, CoinBene unit in Brazil clarified that there was no hacker attack on the platform on 26 March. The suspicions arose after the exchange suspended their operations without any prior notice. However, the company clarified that it was nothing more than a failure of communication with the users. Initially, the company’s Twitter handle announced that it was going through a maintenance period and said,

“In order to improve our users’ experience, CoinBene is updating its wallet platform on the 26th of March. During maintenance, portfolio-related operations will be affected, as will deposits and withdrawals. Trading will not be affected.”

But some members of the exchange claim that the ‘maintenance’ was initiated as a preemptive precaution to avoid any potential threats considering the recent attacks on three exchanges in Singapore.

Banco do Brasil Is Required to Keep Foxbit Accounts: Foxbit has finally won a milestone decision against Bradesco, Banco Inter, and Banco do Brasil, which are now required by law to keep Foxbit’s bank accounts open. It was reported that CAIXA closed the Foxbit account without following all steps recommended by the Central Bank, and the Brazilian court found this enough reason to rule in favour of Foxbit. Previously, Banco do Brasil closed Foxbit’s account citing unlawful company activities as the reason, and the lawsuit has been running since 2017. But this watershed moment will encourage more activity in the Brazilian financial markets, as it marks the first favourable decision for any Brazilian crypto company.

Educational Entities Launch the First Blockchain Course for Business in Brazil: The leading blockchain education institutions in Brazil, Mosaic University and Blockchain Academy, have announced their own one of a kind Blockchain Business course. The course will explain the blockchain landscape in Brazil and will go into in-depth concepts like smart contracts, self-executing computer protocols, and tradeoffs for blockchain infrastructures. It also touches concepts like the nature of tokens, crowdfunding models via blockchain, decentralised applications, and Web 3.0. The course is 100% online with a workload of 42 hours and requires no prior blockchain knowledge.

Argentina

Argentina Wants to Surpass Brazil and Take the Lead in Latin America Blockchain: The government of Argentina has made its intentions clear as it tries to take over Brazil and become a leader in technological innovation in Latin America. For instance, the government held a meeting of Secretariat of Science and Technology with the representatives of the private sector, scientific, and academic community to draw up the policy guidelines for the National Artificial Intelligence Plan 2020-2030. The goal of the meeting was “to define a plan throughout 2019 and insert it into the government’s Digital Agenda to develop a digital intelligence lab.” The government has also enacted several other groundbreaking initiatives such as the development of Artificial Intelligence and blockchain applications, and the Ministry of Production and Labor announced a partnership in Latin America with Binance Labs to financially support the development of blockchain-based projects.

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