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Christina Tkach

Geotagging Crypto Derivatives Traders with NLP

Although the blockchain space supplies troves of open data to sift through, trading venue activity often remains a mystery due to unreliable trade data and a lack of transparency from trading venue owners. To fill these data gaps, we leverage a variety of Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques that can produce reliable datasets based on the digital footprint of crypto users.

Inca Digital’s Investigation Team is often tasked with collecting hidden data on crypto market participants. Although the blockchain space supplies troves of open data to sift through, trading venue activity often remains a mystery due to unreliable trade data and a lack of transparency from trading venue owners. To fill these data gaps, we leverage a variety of Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques that can produce reliable datasets based on the digital footprint of crypto users. In the…

Nakamoto Terminal CBDC Factbook: The Bahamas

The Bahamas’ Sand Dollar is a distributed CBDC that was rolled out on October 20, 2020.

The Bahamas’ Sand Dollar is a distributed CBDC that was rolled out on October 20, 2020. The Bahamas is one of the first countries to move beyond pilot testing of its CBDC. It has a functioning blockchain ecosystem and is progressing in creating CBDC-specific legislation. As The Bahamas is an island nation and has many residents who do not have access to financial services, the Sand Dollar’s main objective is to provide greater financial inclusion across all the country.

Nakamoto Terminal CBDC Factbook: European Union

Europe’s Digital Euro is a joint CBDC project of the EU member countries.

Europe’s Digital Euro is a joint CBDC project of the EU member countries. As of February 2021, the European countries are more or less on the same stage of conceptualizing the legislative, technical, and business components necessary for a CBDC. The only exception is France, which has already conducted two pilot tests. Despite the countries’ independent efforts, the European Central Bank (ECB) will be the one responsible for the introduction of the Digital Euro. Christine Lagarde, President of…

Nakamoto Terminal CBDC Factbook: Venezuela

Venezuela’s Petro, also known as Petromoneda, is an allegedly oil-backed CBDC introduced in 2018.

Venezuela’s Petro, also known as Petromoneda, is an allegedly oil-backed CBDC introduced in 2018. Although actively pushed by the Maduro government, Petro has not been actively used by the Venezuelan citizens. Most of it was being immediately sold for US dollars or exchanged for goods and services. Despite the lack of adoption, the Venezuelan government managed to put together one of the most advanced CBDC projects, making Venezuela one of the first countries to introduce a CBDC legislation and…

Nakamoto Terminal CBDC Factbook: Russia

Russia’s Digital Ruble is a CBDC designed to be an additional form of money equivalent to cash and non-cash rubles.

Russia’s Digital Ruble is a CBDC designed to be an additional form of money equivalent to cash and non-cash rubles. Currently, the country is discussing the preferred architecture, model, and blockchain, and the government has already tested a CBDC prototype. From a technical standpoint, Russia has created a technical foundation for Venezuela’s CBDC (Petro), as we discuss further below. This suggests the country is in advanced stages of technological implementation.

Tether's Growing Role in Illegal Activities

Allowing Tether to thrive for years led to new resilience mechanisms. Today, Tether is already in use on five independent blockchains, often dominating their on-chain transactions, and, in some cases, causing network congestion. Current blockchain forensics and market surveillance tools are unable to provide acceptable levels of KYC/AML efficiency.

Tether has been the subject of multiple investigations over the past few years. Most fit in at least one of these categories: