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First Blockstack Workshop in Cairo

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Tomorrow July 31, Blockstack will host a one day event in Cairo, Egypt. Blockstack blockchain is built to put users in control of their data and identity. Apps built on Blockstack make data breaches and trust violations an antiquated notion.

Attendance to Blockstack Workshop is free, but you will need to book your ticket by filling this online form.

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Key Speakers:

Mohamed Elkasstawi will give an introduction about Blockstack and how it is leading the way to a decentralized computing era and why developers should build on Blockstack.

Mohamed Abdou will introduce Dmails, a privacy focused email built on top of Blockstack and the #1 application for June and July earning $20K MRR.

Mina Philemon, Lead Developer at Dmails will give a technical session on how to build a dApp on Blockstack.

Agenda:

6:00PM – 6:15PM: Welcome To Falak. (Karima El Hakim, Head of Business Development and Investor Relations and Farah Ehsan Head of Programmes and Marketing)

6:15PM – 6:30PM: CIT Initiative for BlockChain Community (Khaled Moursy –Board Member & Head of Capacity Development Pillar at Chamber of Information Technology & Telecommunication CIT)

6:30PM – 7:00PM: Blockstack Intro (Mohamed Elkasstawi, Founding Partner at ZK Capital)

7:00PM – 7:30PM: Dmails, the first application success story from MENA region, How ? When? Why? (Mohamed Abdou, Founder and CEO at Dmails)

7:30PM – 8:00PM: Build your First blockchain App from Zero to Hero – Part1 (Mina Philemon, Lead Developer at Dmails)

8:00PM – 8:30PM: Break and Networking

8:30PM – 9:00PM: Build your First blockchain dApp from Zero to Hero – Part2 (Mina Philemon, Lead Developer at Dmails)

9:00PM – 9:15PM: Blockstack App Mining Tips and Tricks (Mohamed Abdou, Founder and CEO at Dmails)

9:15PM – 9:30PM: Closing Remarks (Mohamed Elkasstawi, Founding Partner at ZK Capital – Mohamed Abdou, Founder and CEO at Dmails)

This event is sponsored by Dmails, Egypt CIT and Blockstack

Daily cryptocurrency trader, miner, technology enthusiast and a full time IT and security consultant. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email him at [email protected]

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Video: TEDx – A Blockchain-based Decentralized university

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Professor John Domingue, Director of the OU’s Knowledge Media Institute, discusses developments in technology at TedX

I believe that with blockchain technology we can create a radically new type of university: a DAO University. A DAO is a Decentralised Autonomous Organisation which operates with no central control and no humans in the loop and are based on Smart Contracts: pieces of computer code on a blockchain which can represent and enact financial and legal contracts.

In a DAO University value and reputation associated with teaching and learning would be accounted for through a blockchain with no central control. Instead the whole learning community would agree how the educational elements, for example, learning materials, teaching resources and teaching delivery are shared and recompensed.

A DAO University is a next step evolution in higher education. A born digital community owned educational institution for the 21st Century. Open University Professor. Director of the Knowledge Media Institute and President of STI International. Published over 270 articles in the areas of semantics, the Web, distributed ledgers and eLearning. Instrumental role in the EU-funded project, QualiChain, which aims to revolutionise public education and its relationship to policy making and the labour market.

*Video Courtesy Of TEDx.

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Syria Might Issue a New Digital Currency

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Soreyaty, a Syrian company has revealed the completion of a new digital currency which will go by the name of e-Lira. The new cryptocurrency will be launched on January 1st, 2020.

According to Al-Iqtisadi (a Syrian financial news portal), Soreyaty’s CEO Fadi Shammout, told Al-Iqtisadi that the new digital currency will be a stable currency backed by real fiat money and will replace US dollars in all of Syria’s foreign trade and transactions, such as imports and exports.

Soreyaty will open local exchanges all across Syria, so Syrians can exchange the new cryptocurrency with fiat.

The economy of Syria has deteriorated considerably since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. Syria’s decreased economic output has also lead to a trade deficit of epic proportions. As a result of the war, Syria’s total exports have eroded to a mere 5% ($622 million) of the country’s 2008 total ($13.3 billion). The country currently faces a trade deficit of $3.8 billion.

The U.S. government has imposed a series of economic sanctions on Syria. These include legislatively mandated penalties, including export sanctions and ineligibility to receive most forms of U.S. aid or to purchase U.S. military equipment.

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Sweden Launches a Digital Currency

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Sweden just announced the launch of the “e-krona”, it’s own central bank digital currency in a new pilot platform. Sweden’s central bank (Riksbank ) will sign an agreement with IT consultancy firm Accenture to create a pilot platform for a it’s new cryptocurrency.

The primary objective of the e-krona pilot project is to broaden the bank’s understanding of the technological possibilities for the e-krona

the Riksbank said in a statement.

Sweden has been working hard to eliminate the use of cash. It introduced negative interest rates and bitcoins are in high demand since citizens now see cryptocurrency as a way to store wealth. There are many Bitcoin startups that launched in Sweden, including KnCMiner and Safello. Cryptocurrency demand is growing in Sweden and there are no signs that this will stop.

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