WikiLeaks accepts donations via SegWit

According to Julian Assange, it might help encourage more donations to keep WikiLeaks up and running
15 December 2017   773

Today the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange announced in his twitter account that WikiLeaks now supports Bitcoin Segwit addresses. Assange also stated that transaction fees from SegWit-enabled wallets are minimized, which might help encourage more donations to keep WikiLeaks up and running.

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In 10 years of WikiLeaks existence, it has amassed a database of over 10 million documents that shed light on things that governments and other entities would prefer to remain in the shadows.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks supports a number of donation methods, including ZCash, Litecoin, and Monero.

Recently, we have reported that Bitwala implemented SegWit into the Bitwala Wallet and now it is available for all users of wallet.

UK launches an inquiry into cryptocurrencies

The inquiry by UK Treasury Select Committee will examine the risks and possible benefits of crypto for investors
22 February 2018   10

European governments are quite cautious about cryptocurrencies and investments into them. And the regulatory base is as of now a lot more sparse, than one in America and Asia. But UK has announced that the Treasury Select Committee is launching an inquiry into cryptocurrencies and the distributed ledger technology that is the base of all crypto networks.

The inquiry will study the risks and opportunities presented by digital currencies for businesses and individual investors. Also, the government wants to see the possible benefits for itself from integrating cryptocurrencies and blockchain into daily operations.

Nicky Morgan, the Chair of the Treasury Select Committee, told the press that public interest in cryptocurrencies is rising, but the investments are unregulated and unprotected by the laws. High risks involved in this market are worrying. She added, that finding the right balance between regulating digital currencies for protection of individual investors and allowing the freedom of innovation is necessary in this case, so the Committee's goal isn't stomping down on overall usage of digital currencies.

This notion is just a next step in widespread action taken by EU governments to regulate cryptocurrencies. Lawmakers all around the Europe are discussing the possible governmental stance on crypto. For example, France and Germany have announced the joint effort which will present a set of regulation in the field during the next G20 summit.