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Governments eye their own blockchain cryptocurrencies

Last year’s blockchain pilot projects are rapidly becoming this year’s live implementations in a variety of industries, and even sectors that have until now been vexed by the distributed ledger technology are following suit.

Case in point: Governments, which are moving to regulate blockchain technology and the cryptocurrencies it underpins.

Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin that live in open networks, have so far inhabited a  regulatory gray area, because there’s no way for a central authority to track users. The distributed ledgers, however, are useful because they can enable cross-border transactions over peer-to-peer networks in real time, anywhere in the world – without a central governing authority such as a bank or credit card company.

In recent months, however, the U.S., China and other countries have begun to adopt a more hands-on regulatory approach to cryptocurrencies.

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