Government officials in the Baltics have struck an accord that includes a commitment to support the development of technologies like blockchain.
In a newly released Memorandum of Understanding, the finance ministries for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania agree to cooperate on a number of actions to expand and develop their economies – a process which, as the document outlines, would include the promotion of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) to aid in capital market innovations.
The European Commission (EC), the economic bloc's legislative body, is launching a study aimed to assess the feasibility and potential of an EU-wide blockchain infrastructure.
The study, which is set to cost €250,000, will focus on whether blockchain can assist the commission's objective of creating the conditions for a reliable, transparent and EU law compliant "data and transactional environment."
In a call for tenders, the EC said:
"This study will assess, in the first place, if, when and how blockchain technologies may help public authorities to deliver European services and implement policies in an optimised way.
A government official involved in the US Treasury's investigation of distributed ledgers is pushing for further testing of the technology.
In an article published in the Journal of Federal Financial Management this week, Craig Fischer, who serves as program manager for the Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT), part of the Treasury's Bureau of the Fiscal Service, offered a broad overview of the tech, writing that its potential application could lead to advances in data and information sharing.
The U.S. government agency in charge of logistics is taking the next step in its effort to better understand blockchain.
Through its Emerging Citizen Technology (ECT) program, a blockchain analysis effort first announced in September, the General Services Administration (GSA) this week opened to contributions from industry members, according to a post on its website.
The U.S. agency that oversees foreign affairs is looking seriously at blockchain.
That's according to John Sullivan, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, who encouraged the State Department and its private sector partners to embrace the technology as a way to "advance diplomacy and development objectives" at the Blockchain@State forum held Tuesday in Washington, D.
Two IT workers employed by an authority in Crimea were fired late last month after they were reportedly caught mining bitcoins at work.
RIA Novosti reports that the two unnamed individuals were employees of the Council of Ministers of Crimea, part of the disputed territory's executive branch. The news service indicates the workers installed mining software on computers owned by the council, though the report didn't state how long the operation had been in place.
Two IT workers employed by the government of Crimea were fired late last month after they were reportedly caught mining bitcoins at work.
RIA Novosti reports that the two unnamed individuals were employees of the Council of Ministers of Crimea, part of the territory's executive branch. The news service indicates the workers installed mining software on computers owned by the council, though the report didn't state how long the operation had been in place.
Blockchain is in America's "national interest."
That's according to J. Christopher Giancarlo, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), who issued the bold proclamation in remarks at a gathering of government technology executives in Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning.
But while the blockchain industry has been encouraging regulators and government agencies to embrace the technology for years, this acknowledgment might have more oomph behind it.