Crypto in the Congo, and a chip design milestone

Must read I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/cool stories about technology. 1 China is strengthening its control over online contentBy taking the “golden shares” in major technology companies Alibaba and Tencent. (FT $)+ Didi taxi ordering apps are back. (Reuters)+ China wants to censor online comments. (MIT Technology Review) 2 The … Read more

Why Congo’s most famous national park is betting big on crypto

That is why the park is a vital source of coal, or Makala in Swahili, and for food — although farming, fishing, hunting, and logging are all illegal. Park resources are being stripped regularly: between 2001 and 2020, Virunga lost nearly 10% of its tree cover, and De Merode estimates that $170 million in Virunga … Read more

The computer scientist who hunts for costly bugs in crypto code

Johnson may wish he had hired Ronggui Gu. Gu is the co-founder of CertiK, the largest smart contract validator in the mysterious and unpredictable world of cryptocurrency and Web3. Gu, a friendly, talkative computer science professor at Columbia University, leads a team of more than 250 people who sift through cryptographic code to try to … Read more

What’s next for crypto | MIT Technology Review

Tornado warning DeFi advocates are also confronting regulators on a separate front, with the main issue at hand being privacy. There are no greater risks to the future of decentralized financial systems than the case of Tornado Cash. Like Uniswap, Tornado Cash is a set of smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain. It allows users … Read more