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Crypto 2023

After FTX, Where Does the Industry Go From Here? A Series Exploring What Could, and Should, Happen in the Year To Come. Presented by Bitstamp.

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ReFi Is Going Mainstream

The successful Ethereum Merge is just the start of a growing movement to leverage crypto rails to fight climate change.

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Shifting Crypto's Center of Gravity

Rediscovering the joy of creation and the passion for using crypto to solve society’s problems is the antidote to the calamitous past year.

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The Next Generation of Automated Settlement

We have elaborated the circuitry of DeFi, and must now realize its potential to replace the oil lamps, hand cranks and steam engines of the present financial landscapes.

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DeFi’s Difficult Governance Decisions Lie Ahead

Decentralization was proven to be DeFi’s saving grace this year. Shouldn’t protocol governance also be as decentralized as possible?

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The Loyalty Revolution

Because current loyalty programs operate within closed systems, many of them don’t create loyalty as much as captivity. Blockchains make alternative systems possible, where both brands and consumers can share bigger pieces of a larger pie.

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Web3 Needs Seamless Infrastructure to Drive Adoption

This coming year will be a tipping point for crypto projects that are looking to position themselves well for the next wave of crypto growth.

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2023 Will Be the Death of Bitcoin Energy FUD

It's becoming increasingly difficult to ignore how green bitcoin mining can combat climate change.

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2023: The Year DAOs Follow the Law?

Decentralized autonomous organizations should make the necessary handshake with the existing legal system in order to mature and integrate with the rest of the global economy.

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This Was the Worst Year for Crypto Hacks. Here’s How 2023 Can Be Better

OpenZeppelin’s Stephen Lloyd Webber writes about the plague of exploits that drained billions from crypto protocols – and how Web3 can better secure itself.

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DeFi Derivatives Trading Has Untapped Potential

If we learn to read the markets, make smart use of the data at our disposal and overcome a few speed bumps along the way, options will certainly drive the next era of DeFi to higher highs than ever before.

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2023 Will Be the Year of Dapps – Here's What to Expect

The greatest areas for decentralized application (dapp) development will be across gaming, identity and the evolution of Web2 apps.

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The Best Bitcoin Lightning Payment Solutions

A look at open-source and corporate point-of-sale systems from BTCPay to Confirmo, so any merchant can start accepting BTC in 2023.

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The Art World Underestimates the Power of NFTs

NFTs will bring about a profound structural shift in how art is created, enjoyed and sold.

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Forget CBDCs, Here’s Where the Biden Administration Needs to Focus in 2023

Rather than centralizing the digital dollar, lawmakers should focus on exploring a decentralized identification program and develop financial literacy programs for the general public.

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The Next Step in the Evolution of Web3: Regenerative Finance

“ReFi,” coined by economist John Fullerton, is the process of using markets to fix the issues markets have created. Crypto, the freest market system yet, can help bootstrap efforts to regenerate the world economy.

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After FTX, Let's Get Back to Hiring Crypto People for the Job

You got into crypto for the money. We got in for the system design. We are not the same, says Jenna Pilgrim.

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Brand Building On-Chain: Why Marketers Are Shifting Investment Into Web3

2022 was a year of upheaval in crypto. It also marked a turning point for advertisers.

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Why Hong Kong Is Pushing for Its Own Central Bank Digital Currency

As a global financial hub, Hong Kong has a vested interest in shaping the development of CBDCs and especially the systems in which they will transact across borders. But the U.S. should be concerned by its lack of full independence from mainland China.

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I, Trading Bot

Algorithms are being unleashed on the crypto markets.

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Starlink, Verizon 5G and Crypto: What the New ‘War of the Currents’ Means for Decentralization

A modern-day “War of the Currents” is silently unfolding across blockchain, broadband, existing power lines and even outer space.

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Blockchain vs. Crypto: Not What It Seems

“Blockchain not bitcoin” emerged in 2018 as an attempt by enterprise projects to capitalize on the market’s performance woes – the new version does the same but swaps in “crypto” to reflect the ecosystem’s spread.

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Self-Custodial Onboarding Will Be the Norm in Web3's 2023

By making sure users have self-custodial options easily available within their own services, Web3 projects can help the industry rise to safer standards.

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Japan Was the Safest Place to Be an FTX Customer

As regulators look to regulate exchanges in light of the FTX's collapse, they would do well to look to Japan, which has some of the most mature rules in the world.

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Cryptocurrencies: A Necessary Scam?

Web3 is a bunch of bull hockey, Matt Stoller, author of "Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy," writes.

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The Year Crypto Yields Blew Up

Centralized interest-bearing accounts stayed artificially high after DeFi yields programmatically went dry. Crypto can be competitive with TradFi, but it needs to remain transparent and composable.

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What the IMF Can Teach Binance About Crypto Bailouts

In the aftermath of the FTX fiasco, the world’s largest crypto exchange is rushing to backstop failing firms and protocols. Should it?

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How Crypto Can Repair Its Reputation in Washington

Trust in the industry is at an all-time low, but key stakeholders can still rebuild relationships with regulators and politicians by focusing on what makes crypto unique: trustlessness.

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2023: The Year Blockchain Becomes a Sustainability Solution

Blockchain's role in helping the environment can go far beyond energy footprints and carbon credits.

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How Crypto Can Avoid the Next FTX

Blockchain technology and cryptographic standards like ZK-proofs can help crypto companies and protocols prove they are solvent – even in times of crisis.

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