Blockchain Commons, a non-profit social benefit organisation focused on technology has notified the public of its bitcoin and blockchain internship programme for 2022.
The technology hub founder, Christopher Allen, in a GitHub post stated that this year’s internship edition will wrap around bitcoin and blockchain technology, human-rights privacy and advocacy, and decentralized identity.
He explained that the programme will be held remotely during the summer months and the application deadline is April 22, 2022.
Investors King reports that the Blockchain Commons’ internship programme will run for three months and demands 40 hours of professional work. It will offer two mentoring calls to all interns and those who complete the three milestones set at the beginning of the programme will be given a token honorarium.
Stating the categories of persons needed, Allen said, “we are looking for interns with a wide range of expertise including not just software engineers and hardware developers, but also pre-law students, library science students, and technical writers.”
He further said that at least a third of the work during the programme will be centered on tools and resources for supporting activists around the world, adding that it is aimed at exposing them to the right technology for their daily advocacy efforts.
He noted that the initiative will secure people and empower them with the right knowledge beyond just making money.
“This has been a long-held goal at Blockchain Commons, where we’re working to protect people, not just money. For the second year in a row, a grant from the Human Rights Foundation is putting this work front and center this summer,” he said.
The technology-based organisation seeks to create and advocate for open and safe digital infrastructure; training and mentoring interns efficiently to grow the organisation.
Investors King gathered that interns are to learn the ins and outs of open development; participate in weekly office hours’ conversations with each other. Also, experts from leading Bitcoin and advocacy companies like Blockstream, HRF, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation will facilitate discussions whereby the interns’ participation is required.
Another task for the interns includes collaborating with one another to devise powerful open-source projects at the intersection of their passion.
Allen, therefore, charged interns to work together while they are being taught on how to function in the open-source ecosystem.
“Past internship projects have included our Spotbit pricing server, our Mori-cli app for Bitcoin inheritance, and a pseudonymity guide,” he added.
Bitcoin, Other Cryptocurrencies Gain on Monday
Bitcoin, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, on Monday slightly crossed over the $30,000 a coin resistance despite cryptocurrency space remaining largely flat since the Luna coin catastrophe.
A check by Investors King revealed that Bitcoin, Ethereum and other leading cryptocurrencies improved a little compared to last week.
In the last 24 hours, the world’s most dominant cryptocurrency asset has risen by 1.02% to $30,275.28 a coin. While in the last seven days the leading digital asset has gained 2.33% with its total market value improving to $575.085 billion. Investors transacted 875,447 bitcoins valued at $26.432 billion in the last 24 hours.
In the same vein, the second most capitalised cryptocurrency, ETH, the token of the Ethereum blockchain, appreciated by 1.90% to $2,054.97 per coin in the last 24 hours and 2.48% in the last seven days. Investors had transacted 6,782,909 ETH estimated at $13.902 billion in the last 24 hours to push ETH market capitalisation to $247.783 billion.
Tether (USDT), the world’s leading stablecoin, gained 0.02% in the last 24 hours to $0.9991. USDT market value also grew to $73.204 billion while investors exchanged 52,015,694,499 USDT worth $51.968 billion in the last 24 hours.
However, BNB, the token of Binance, the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange platform, appreciated the most. Posting 5.47% in the last 24 hours and 12.48% in seven days. The CEO of the company CZ had said he only invested in tokens with a use case like Bitcoin and BNB.
Over the years, he has warned people against investing in tokens without a use case and recently he has upped his warning, especially after the Luna coin plunged from $119 a coin to $0.00013 in a week.
“Even though BTC gained nearly 4 percent growth in the past 24 hours, it could not break the US$30,000 level. If BTC can break its initial resistance level at US$31,000 and US$32,000 this week, we may see an upward trend”, Edul Patel, the CEO and Co-founder of Mudrex stated on Sunday before Bitcoin extended its gain above the $30,000 level.
Bitcoin Plunges Below $30k as Cryptocurrency Market Recovers from Bearish Trend
Bitcoin still remains the number 1 crypto asset in the market with a market dominance of 44.57%
Bitcoin (BTC), the world’s most dominant cryptocurrency, pared losses to trade at $29,844.20 a coin as the global cryptocurrency market recorded a surge of 4.87% over the last 24 hours.
The asset recorded gains of 0.57% in the last 24 hours but dropped 9.26% in the last seven days. The live market capitalisation of the asset is pegged at $564,744,032,506 USD, while the 24-hour trading volume of the coin stands at $31,166,243,069 USD.
While the global crypto market is recovering from the bearish trend that gripped LUNA Coin and other assets last week, only a few top cryptocurrencies have shown signs of recovery.
Bitcoin, which is one of the top-performing cryptocurrencies, hit a 24-hour low of $29,412.58 and a 24-hour high of $31,308.19.
However, the fundamentals show that some investors are holding on to their BTC. One of them is value investor, Bill Miller, who is still bullish about Bitcoin despite recent price declines.
The founder of Miller Value Partners told CNBC that he still owns lots of Bitcoin amid market volatility, noting that he is confident about the prospects of the asset.
Meanwhile, President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador has announced that a meeting of 44 countries to discuss Bitcoin and financial inclusion will hold on Tuesday, May 17.
Bitcoin’s popularity soared after El Salvador’s adopted the coin as legal tender. The meeting is expected to highlight the benefits of using Bitcoin.
”Tomorrow, 32 central banks and 12 financial authorities (44 countries) will meet in El Salvador to discuss financial inclusion, digital economy, banking the unbanked, the #Bitcoin rollout, and its benefits in our country,’’ Nayib Bukele said.
However, despite the popularity enjoyed by Bitcoin, the network has come under criticism over its proof-of-work (PoW) consensus algorithm which is energy-consuming.
The PoW consensus algorithm, which validates Bitcoin transactions, relies on computers run non-stop to verify transactions and create new blocks for the network, a process known as mining. Over the years the number of computers doing this work has also steadily risen, leading to huge energy consumption.
Sam Bankman-Fried, the CEO of the fast-growing crypto exchange FTX, recently highlighted this concern when he stated that Bitcoin is not a suitable payments network.
To be clear I also said that it _does_ have potential as a store of value. The BTC network can’t sustain thousands/millions of TPS, although BTC can be xfered on lightning/L2s/etc,” he told he told the Financial Times via a tweet.
Professional Investors Expect Major Improvements in the Regulatory Environment for the Crypto/Digital Asset Market
72% of wealth managers, pension funds and other institutional investors expect the regulatory environment for crypto/digital to improve and become more constructive over the next two years
According to new research from London-based Nickel Digital Asset Management (Nickel), Europe’s largest regulated and award-winning digital assets hedge fund manager founded by senior traders and investment professionals formerly from major financial institutions including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, 72% of wealth managers, pension funds and other institutional investors expect the regulatory environment for crypto/digital to improve and become more constructive over the next two years. Nickel commissioned research with 200 professional investors from across seven countries who collectively manage around $329 billion in assets.
The study reveals 23% expect no change in the regulatory environment, and just 7% anticipate it will deteriorate.
Some 62% of professional investors expect Germany and the UAE to take a huge leap forward as market leaders in the crypto/digital asset space because of their proactive stance in developing a constructive and robust framework for the crypto/digital asset sector. However, this is likely to lead to other major countries following their lead as they fear missing out – this is the view of 63% of professional investors surveyed.
In terms of when professional investors believe financial regulators will agree a global framework for crypto/digital assets, 23% expect it to happen this year, 29% in 2023 and 28% in 2024, with the remainder anticipating it will take longer.
Overall, as regulation of the crypto/digital asset market develops, 20% of professional investors believe it will be a catalyst for a dramatic increase in wealth managers, pension funds and other institutional investors increasing their allocation to crypto and digital assets. A further 36% believe it will lead to a slight increase in their allocation.
Henry Howell, Head of Business Development, Nickel Digital, said: “We are only at the very beginning of the digital asset sector, and the most exciting developments have yet to happen. Record inflows of venture capital in 2021, continued product innovation at the blockchain level and ongoing adoption of the largest players in traditional finance all point to growth of the already multi-trillion-dollar asset class.”
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