Crypto Currency 3.0 - A currency that regulators love
As we all know, there have been several events that suggest cryptocurrencies are facing major challenges.
The collapse of FTX occurred within a span of 10 days in November 2022, triggered by a report by CoinDesk on November 2nd. The report disclosed that Alameda Research, a quantitative trading company also managed by Bankman-Fried, held a significant stake worth $5 billion in FTT - the native token of FTX. The sequence of occurrences that resulted in the collapse of FTX, the company's declaration of bankruptcy, and the imprisonment and extradition of its previous CEO to the United States to address various criminal and civil accusations.
Another significant event was the Chinese government's crackdown on cryptocurrency mining and trading. China had been a major hub for cryptocurrency mining, accounting for over half of the world's bitcoin mining capacity. However, in May 2021, the government began to crack down on cryptocurrency mining, citing concerns over energy consumption and financial risk. As a result, many mining operations were shut down, leading to a significant drop in the hash rate of the bitcoin network. The government also tightened restrictions on cryptocurrency trading, causing the value of many cryptocurrencies to plummet.
Add to that the recent hacking of several decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms. In July 2021, the DeFi platform Poly Network was hacked for over $600 million worth of cryptocurrency. The hacker was able to exploit a vulnerability in the platform's smart contract, allowing them to transfer funds to their own wallet. While the hacker eventually returned most of the funds, the incident highlighted the security risks of decentralized platforms and the potential for significant financial losses. The incident also raised questions about the maturity and reliability of the DeFi ecosystem, which is still in its early stages of development.
Paradoxically, I believe there is no better time to launch cryptocurrencies that can be successful. The question is how to combine the strengths of blockchain - decentralization, smart contract, and virtual currency benefits, with society’s need for rule of law, compliance and control and consumer/investor protection. New applications won’t serve money laundering and criminal use cases, but instead, serve a new set of users - the broad majority.
The most important problem to solve is making Tying a blockchain token to an eIDAS qualified certificate would involve creating a smart contract on a blockchain that verifies the authenticity of the certificate and associates it with the token. Here are the steps involved:
Obtain an eIDAS qualified certificate: This is a digital certificate issued by a trusted third party that confirms the identity of an individual or organization. It is issued in accordance with the eIDAS regulation, which sets standards for electronic identification and trust services across the European Union.
Create a smart contract: A smart contract is a self-executing program that runs on a blockchain. It can be programmed to perform various tasks, such as verifying the authenticity of a certificate and associating it with a token.
Verify the certificate: The smart contract would need to verify the authenticity of the eIDAS qualified certificate. This could involve checking the certificate's digital signature, verifying the identity of the issuer, and ensuring that the certificate has not been revoked.
Associate the certificate with a token: Once the certificate has been verified, the smart contract can associate it with a blockchain token. This could involve adding the certificate's public key to the token's metadata, for example.
The advantages of tying a blockchain token to an eIDAS qualified certificate include increased security and trust. The certificate provides a way to verify the identity of the token holder, which can be useful in various applications, such as digital voting, supply chain management, and financial transactions. It also provides a way to prevent fraud and unauthorized access to the token.
Risks of tying a blockchain token to an eIDAS qualified certificate include the possibility of the certificate being compromised or revoked. If the certificate is compromised, the token holder's identity could be stolen. If the certificate is revoked, the token holder may no longer be able to access the token. Additionally, the use of eIDAS qualified certificates may be subject to legal and regulatory requirements, which could vary by jurisdiction.