Cardano Founder to Develop New Cryptocurrency in Collaboration With Ethiopian Government

Charles Hoskinson, the founder of Cardano (ADA) and the CEO of IOHK, has recently announced the launch of an enterprise blockchain framework that aims to help millions of people in Africa, and will launch a cryptocurrency in collaboration with the Ethiopian government.

The enterprise blockchain framework is known as “Atala,” and is set to be a solution for companies and governments looking to implement new products, similar to Hyperledger Fabric, an open-source blockchain framework used by IBM Blockchain.

Atala, however, takes a different approach as instead of focusing on businesses, it’ll focus on governments in developing countries. Speaking to Forbes, Hoskinson stated:

However, the point is to be a solutions provider for governments in need of a municipal currency or a supply chain management system.

The framework has reportedly been built from the ground up, and is prepared for real-world use cases such as voting system, supply chain management, and property registration. Moreover, Atala focuses on cryptocurrency adoption.

The blockchain framework will reportedly first be used in collaboration with the Ethiopian government, to develop a new cryptocurrency that’ll “provide a secure and dependable means of payment for the nation’s capital.”

Per Hoskinson, the utility currency is set to allow millions of users to enter the cryptocurrency space. He was quoted as saying:

We are working with the Ethiopian government to create a new digital payments system that will allow six million users to pay their power and electric bills with cryptocurrency. We want to eventually combine this with an identity card.

While one of Atala’s first use cases will be with the Ethiopian government, the framework is reportedly going to be introduced in other African countries and service enterprise industries looking to adopt blockchain technology.

The launch of Atala was notably controversial within the Cardano community, as some users saw it as a distraction for Charles Hoskinson’s work in the cryptocurrency itself, which had its successful 1.5 upgrade in March of this year.

Others in ADA’s community, however, saw the move as positive as it may bring millions of users to Cardano and its decentralized applications, even though a new crypto will be launched with the Ethiopian government. The founder of Cardano has last month seen its coverage on Yahoo Finance get dropped over the initial public offering of internet unicorn Lyft.

Opera Launches Blockchain, Cryptocurrency-Ready Browser for iOS

Opera Ltd., the company behind the Opera browser, has recently launched a new blockchain and cryptocurrency-ready browser for iOS, following the company’s addition of a built-in cryptocurrency wallet to its Android and PC browsers.

According to a press release shared with CryptoGlobe, the company’s Opera Touch browser for iOS features “crypto wallet integration and Web 3 support,” meaning users can interact with blockchain-based applications through it, as if they were using an extension like MetaMask. The company hinted at the move in March of this year.

The company touts it now offers browsers supporting blockchain-based applications and with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet in various operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS, allowing users to “seamlessly interact with the next generation of Web 3 applications.”

Currently, the browser only supports ERC-20 tokens, stablecoins, and non-fungible tokens, although the company has revealed earlier this year it’s looking to add support for TRON and multiple other blockchains within a  year.

Charles Hamel, Opera’s head of crypto, stated:

We believe that all modern browsers should integrate a crypto wallet. This will enable new business models to emerge on the web. Opera is the first browser to make using crypto on the Web seamless and easy. Following a strong demand from the crypto-community, we are now making this experience available on iOS.

In the press release the company added it believes the “web of today will be the interface to the decentralized web of tomorrow,” with cryptocurrencies being at its forefront. Along with the iOS release, the company announced it partnered with a decentralized-application (dApp) called Marble.Cards, which allows users to turn unique web pages into collectible cards on the blockchain, each being a non-fungible token.

The Opera touch browser itself has a user interface built to let users use large phone screens with ease, as it shifts the navigation towards the bottom of the screen and adds features that make it easy to share pages across devices.

Opera’s main Android browser is also its cryptocurrency-ready browser for the operating system, and it has made it easier for users to buy cryptocurrencies directly from their mobile phones.