Buterin to Support Arrested Ethereum Researcher

Virgil Griffith attended a blockchain conference in Pyongyang in April 2019, therefore he was accused of violating US sanctions laws
02 December 2019   87

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin supported the arrested Ethereum Foundation researcher Virgil Griffith and volunteered to sign a petition in his defense.

The FBI and the Southern District of New York prosecutor arrested Griffith, accusing him of violating US sanctions laws and ties to the DPRK.

Buterin said he refuses “to take the convenient path” and blame Griffith, because “that would be wrong.”

He also noted that Griffith’s trip to the DPRK was a completely personal initiative of the developer himself and “this whole thing has nothing to do with EF.”

The creator of Ethereum called Griffith's intentions a virtue, noting his "geopolitical open-mindedness."

I don't think what Virgil did gave DRPK any kind of real help in doing anything bad. He *delivered a presentation based on publicly available info about open-source software*. There was no weird hackery "advanced tutoring.

Vitalik Buterin

Co-creator, Ethereum

Finally, the founder of Ethereum called on US authorities to focus on genuine corruption, not "going after programmers delivering speeches parroting public information".

Griffith’s defense petition was proposed by the creator of Commerc.io platforms Enrico Talin.

Do anyone honestly think, that there is something Virgil Griffith said about the blockchain at the conference that was not already available on the internet?

Enrico Talin

Creator, Commerc.io

In April 2019, Griffith attended a blockchain conference in Pyongyang, at which he allegedly told representatives of the DPRK about how to use cryptocurrencies to circumvent sanctions and make cross-border transfers. However, he did not receive special permits from the US Department of Justice and the Office of the Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to visit North Korea and provide any services or goods.

Nike to Protect Authenticity of Shoes With Blockchain

Company filed a patent of "CryptoKicks" project, designed to protect the authenticity of the sneakers
11 December 2019   118

The world famous manufacturer of sportswear and footwear Nike has patented the mechanism of tokenization of products using the Ethereum blockchain. The company intends to issue tokens to protect the authenticity of the sneakers, according to a document published by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

In particular, Nike intends to issue non-interchangeable (NFT) tokens of the ERC-721 or ERC-1155 standard. One of the most striking examples of the use of such tokens is the game CryptoKitties.

With the help of tokens, the owner of the shoe will be able to indicate his ownership of it.

Tokens called CryptoKicks “unlock” when buying shoes - they match their own unique code with the owner ID through the application on the smartphone.

Prospective and current owners of a cryptographic digital asset, such as the CryptoKick of FIG. 2, may buy and sell digital assets through one or more blockchain ledgers operating on the decentralized computing system 30. By way of example, and not limitation, a user may buy a new pair of highly sought after sneakers from a verified vendor who may provide authenticated provenance records for the sneaker.

Nike Patent Filling

Nike also proposes to create collectible pairs of shoes by “crossing” digital analogues among themselves.

Using the digital asset, the buyer is enabled to securely trade or sell the tangible pair of shoes, trade or sell the digital shoe, store the digital shoe in a cryptocurrency wallet or other digital blockchain locker, intermingle or "breed" the digital shoe with another digital shoe to create "shoe offspring," and, based on rules of acceptable shoe manufacturability, have the newly bred shoe offspring custom made as a new, tangible pair of shoes.

Nike Patent Filling

Nike filed a Cryptokicks trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in April.