Malta, the 'Blockchain Island': First Country to Establish a Full Regulatory Framework for Distributed Ledger Technology

On Wednesday (4 July 2018), the Parliament of Malta, an island nation that is part of the European Union, unanimously approved three bills that regulate Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), making Malta the first country to provide legal certainty in this space.

The three bills passed by "The House" on Wednesday evening, just before summer recess, are the Innovative Technology Arrangements and Services Bill (Bill No. 43), Virtual Financial Assets Bill (bill No. 44), and the Malta Digital Innovation Authority Bill (Bill No. 45). 

This is how Joseph Muscat, Malta's Prime Minister, announced the news on Twitter:

The man he refers to in this tweet, Hon. Silvio Schembri, is the Junior Minister (or Parliamentary Secretary) for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation.

Before these bills were approved, several crypto exchanges, including Binance, BitBay, and OKEx, had announced their intention to move their base of operations to Malta.

Silvio Schembri said in a press release:

"This marks an important milestone through which companies will be provided with the necessary tools to operate in a regulated environment. This will put minds at rest for investors and whoever uses this new technology that is likely to change the world. I am optimistic that further companies will choose Malta to operate from with a system that offers stability and that will eventually result in further economic growth."

Jean-Ph Chetcuti, the co-founder and managing partner at Chetcuti Cauchi, a Maltese law firm, said in an interview:

"We now have a comprehensive framework for the blockchain industry to grow and flourish in Malta. This is a momentous milestone for Malta as a forward-looking economy, truly confirming Malta as the 'Blockchain Island'. We now have ample legal certainty for existing and new DLT projects. The larger crypto operators we have been speaking to in the last months are more comfortable committing to further investment and they are setting up in Malta."

 

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Block.One’s New Social Media Platform Voice Briefly Launched Ahead of Schedule

Michael LaVere
  • Block.One's new social media platform Voice launched briefly ahead of schedule.
  • The blockchain-based platform made its official release on July 4th, placing an emphasis on real user connections. 

The blockchain-based social media platform Voice briefly went live a day ahead of its scheduled launch on July 4th. 

Voice, developed by EOSIO creator Block.one was originally scheduled for launch on the United State’s Independence Day. However, the project briefly went live on July 3rd, with the platform’s main page temporarily displaying posts from several different accounts featuring likes and comments. 

The website was subsequently pulled, with the page displaying an “Error 1020” message in the interim. 

Desipte the miscue, the social media platform was able to initiate its official launch the following day with the iOS app also being made available. 

As previously reported, Voice pivoted its planned launch date in Fall 2020 to July in response to global social unrest. The new platform, which utilizes blockchain technology and biometric authentication to cut down on the number of spam users, has placed an emphasis on real interactions, news, and connections. 

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