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State of BSN
August 25 2020

Some world leaders have something far more stable and enduring in mind. China’s nationwide blockchain project, the Blockchain Service Network, or BSN, will be integrating stablecoin support in 2021.

Piloted in late 2019, China’s BSN is a state-backed initiative that intends to support medium-sized businesses in building and deploying blockchain applications. 

Stablecoins will be used as payment for various services on the BSN ecosystem, including cloud resources. “Only stablecoins can make it much easier, quicker, and safer,” the executive noted. 

Stablecoins will purportedly enable instant settlement between public city node providers and the so-called BSN portals. Also known as the digital currency electronic payment, or DCEP, the project is backed by China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC).

While China’s digital yuan is not based on blockchain technology, it could use BSN infrastructure. Some commercial banks are purportedly considering using blockchain on DCEP settlement or circulation.

 


Credit: Angie Wang

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Crypto Currency Startups:

Founded in 2013, Circle is a payment services company that operates stablecoin USDC, subsidiary crypto exchange Poloniex, and equity crowdfunding platform SeedInvest. It has also introduced a mobile app, which was eventually rebranded as Circle Pay.

Storj is a decentralized system of distributed object storing, which keeps information encrypted. Storj is based on Bitcoin’s blockchain technology and peer-to-peer protocol in order to provide safe and efficient cloud storage. Besides that, the cloud storage company has issued its own Storj tokens (STORJ) similar to other cryptocurrencies. The main idea of the Storj coin is to allow users to lease unused space on a hard drive as a way to gain profit. The Storj ICO was conducted in 2017 and, before the ICO, the project had become more and more popular, with Storj’s price growing more than 10 percent. The company also offers two types of Storj wallets for cryptocurrency, one of which is based on blockchain and the second option is available at Freewallet. Storj mining happens when space on a hard drive is leased.

Hashgraph is a distributed ledger technology developed by Leemon Baird, the co-founder and CTO of Swirlds, in 2016. It is an asynchronous Byzantine Fault Tolerance consensus algorithm that they consider capable of securing the platform against attacks.

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