Wyre Adds MakerDAO Stablecoin Pairing for Global Money Transfers

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Blockchain money transfer company Wyre has announced a partnership with MakerDAO, creator of the Dai stablecoin, to offer Dai as part of a fiat-crypto trading pair in more than 30 countries across the world including the U.S.

Under the new framework, Wyre’s regulated money transfer infrastructure will be used to facilitate the instantaneous movement of “fiat currency directly into and out of Dai,” thereby removing the unpredictability of “speculative cryptocurrencies like Ethereum and Bitcoin” and benefiting from the speed and security of the blockchain, a press release for the announcement states. The arrangement is designed to give customers a quick and secure money transfer protocol that offers full regulatory compliance.

“Pairing Dai to Wyre’s trading engine and global fiat on-ramps and off-ramps will enable nearly-instant movement of funds across borders. By decreasing the amount of time it takes to clear payments, businesses can increase the number of payment cycles, therefore increasing revenue. Remittance platforms or crypto services can also settle instantly in Dai rather than using international wires which can take up to 48 hours,” the release continues.

Through the partnership, Wyre now offers prospective users an Access Point Interface (API) to connect their bank accounts to the blockchain through Dai, while taking care of KYC/AML compliance and onboarding concerns. Using the API, users can now trade Dai against many of the world’s major fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies including USD, GBP, EUR and more.

Speaking with Bitcoin Magazine, Rune Christensen, CEO of MakerDAO, said the alliance would be beneficial to API developers who can leverage Wyre’s experience as a regulated money service business and focus on creating access from local currency to Dai to fulfill global transactions.

“Through this partnership, we are now helping API developers leverage Wyre’s experience in banking and compliance so they can take advantage of the stability of Dai stablecoin to build and engage their communities, cutting through the red tape, and leaving the off-chain complications to a regulated money services business,” he stated.

“As it relates to the supply chain, organizations that may have been hesitant to engage in crypto transactions can now go directly from fiat currency into Dai stablecoin without having to take the middle step of converting fiat to ETH and then to Dai.”

For his part, Wyre CEO Michael Dunworth indicated that the partnership offers users around the world a cost-effective means of breaking through bureaucratic red-tape in a compliant manner. In his own interview with Bitcoin Magazine, he said, “We’re committed to developing partnerships with leaders like MakerDAO to enable the blockchain ecosystem to evolve at a faster pace.”

Since its launch in 2017, Dai has maintained its advertised USD valuation, which has earned it the respect and esteem of the crypto community. Unlike other popular stablecoins like Tether and TrueUSD, which are backed by fiat, Dai is crypto-collateralized, backed by coins like ether and bitcoin.

This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.

Distributed Dialogues: Weighing In on Privacy Implications

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Distributed Dialogues: Weighing In on Privacy Implications

At the recent Distributed 2018 conference in San Francisco, Rick Lewis and Dave Hollerith from the Let’s Talk Bitcoin Network interviewed a host of different personalities in the blockchain space about digital privacy.

First, the team interviewed David Chaum, one of the forefathers of cryptocurrency as we know it today. Starting from these humble beginnings, Chaum describes a brief history of the earliest days of digital money, as he built much of the enthusiasm for cryptography himself. His brief account of his work in the field gives a huge amount of insight into the culture and passion for privacy that eventually birthed modern cryptocurrency.

Reuben Yap, chief operating officer of ZCoin, spoke about some of the cultural challenges in being the first real private cryptocurrency in Malaysia.

Yap believes that the most important way to emphasize this concept of digital privacy to a skeptical audience is by putting the issue in financial terms. As Yap puts it, people expect a higher degree of privacy from banks regarding the value of their assets, and he believes that he can tap into this expectation on a greater scale. The platform of ZCoin ultimately seeks to give crypto financial systems an equal expectation of privacy that regular banks would, and this ambitious goal sets it apart.

Finally, Patrick Byrne, founder and CEO of Overstock.com, talks about the path that led him to cryptocurrency as well as what he’s observed entering the space as a mainstream investor. Seeing the overreach that many investment firms are capable of in securities trading, Byrne envisions a model of using blockchains to make transactions much more equitable. His experience provides a firm basis for a mistrust of current Wall Street practices, and a way to use blockchain smart contracts to enforce regulations on privacy.

These interviews and more will be periodically available on the Let’s Talk Bitcoin Network over the next several days as the team from Distributed Dialogues releases interviews on a great number of topics in the crypto space from the Distributed 2018 conference.

This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.

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