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AID:Tech to use USDC in fraud-proof disaster relief delivery



The company uses digital ID and blockchain technology to deliver international aid and disbursements

Financial services company AID:Tech announced yesterday that it will be using the payment rails of stablecoin issuer Circle to provide fraud-resistant disaster relief delivery in USDC.

AID:Tech aims to reduce inequality and increase opportunity by bringing accountability and transparency to the distribution of federal relief. They became the first company to use blockchain technology to deliver international aid in 2015.

Those in need can easily access and receive data and payments directly with AID:Tech’s technology and the company has worked with development banks, governmental bodies and charities such as St. Vincent de Paul Disaster Services and Women’s World Banking.

CEO of St. Vincent de Paul Disaster Services, Elizabeth Disco-Shearer, said, “We first ran a hugely successful pilot with AID:Tech in Florida in 2018, and it opened up our eyes to the power of blockchain and how it can help us provide more disaster services faster. We’re grateful to work with AID:Tech and witness how new financial solutions can make a difference.”

Users of AID:Tech’s digital ID and blockchain technology can onboard beneficiaries, with options for document submission, self-verification and individual case management. Disbursements can then be made instantly through cash, payment cards, vouchers or directly to digital wallets. Organisations can even collect data on their beneficiaries’ spending habits.

Co-founder and CEO of AID:Tech, Joseph Thompson, said of the new collaboration, “AID:Tech’s work with Circle accelerates our ability to deliver seamless, transparent payments transactions between humanitarian organizations, merchants and people requiring fast access to funds. In the wake of disaster, money matters and timing is everything. This collaboration gives AID:Tech an opportunity to make a meaningful impact when people need it most.”

The speed, convenience and global nature of digital assets make them an ideal solution to many real-world problems and leveraging USDC will help AID:Tech streamline charitable programmes, government disbursements and aid delivery to victims of natural disasters.

Circle Co-founder and CEO, Jeremy Allaire, commented, “Collaborating with AID:Tech to power the delivery of relief payouts via USDC to people impacted by natural disasters and helping connect underserved individuals to financial means is extraordinarily rewarding. It’s the application of the mission we set out to accomplish when we started our journey with Circle.”

Blockchain News to help kids learn about Web3 in a deal with LeBron James’ Foundation



  • The students taking part in the foundation’s I PROMISE program will have access to resources to help them learn about Web3 and other technologies   
  • The partnership is not only focused on Akron kids but also their families as part of the values the Foundation holds dear has teamed up with 4x NBA Finals MVP LeBron James in a philanthropic pursuit in the latter’s home area, as per a Friday report on Akron Beacon Journal. Through the partnership, blockchain and Web3 modules will be integrated into training offered to kids under the LeBron James Family Foundation’s I PROMISE program

“Building on a strong basis of educational empowerment, the partnership will give students and families connected to the I PROMISE program access to the tools and educational resources needed to participate and succeed in building Web3, the future of the internet,” the LeBron James Family Foundation noted in a press release.

The I PROMISE program has about 1,600 students under its wings who will now be well-equipped to learn about blockchain and how it can benefit their lives. The exchange will extend its support to include financial aid to the Foundation though the specific terms of the multi-year deal were left out.

The partnership will benefit the larger community

The LJFF spoke highly about Web3 and its potential, noting that it creates a fairer and equitable internet that everyone can leverage.

The Web3-focused education drive will also include families of the kids, including siblings and guardians, the press release confirmed. James, widely considered one of the greatest basketball players, added that he is thrilled to present such an opportunity to his community, so it doesn’t remain ‘left behind.’

“I PROMISE students and families will get a strong foundation in Web3 and the innovations behind blockchain-based decentralized applications powering the future of many sectors from finance to media to art,” a section of the press release read. 

The Laker’s star recognised the power of blockchain technology, explaining that it has reshaped and transformed several aspects of life, including sports. Further, he noted that technology is redefining engagements and day-to-day interactions. is committed to building its brand has been at the forefront of crypto and sports integration.

Last November, the exchange sealed a $700 million deal that saw it acquire the naming rights to the Los Angeles Lakers’ home arena (shared with the Clippers, the NHL’s Kings and the WNBA’s Sparks) for the next two decades.

The trading platform also recently announced a deal with the local Angel City Football to promote financial awareness. Other sports outfits that the exchange has partnered with are Paris Saint-Germain and the Philadelphia 76ers.

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FTX exchange announced as naming rights sponsor of Australian Blockchain Week



FTX chief executive Sam Bankman-Fried is among the guests expected to present during the flagship blockchain event

Bahamian-based crypto derivatives exchange FTX will be the naming rights sponsor of this year’s edition of the Australian Blockchain Week. The festival is scheduled to run from March 21st to 25th and will cover 75 online, in-person, and hybrid events.

The major topics that will be covered include taxation, the Metaverse revolution, sovereign digital currencies, venture capital, Web3 & its privacy implications, and regulations. More than 200 speakers are set to attend, including blockchain entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried.

No specifics on the partnership terms have been revealed as of press time. However, in his LinkedIn post announcing the arrangement, Steve Vallas, the head of Blockchain Australia (the organiser of the festival), described the milestone as massive.

‘The mainstream moment has now arrived’

He added that the upcoming five-day event would be a ‘watershed moment’ for the local blockchain industry.

Blockchain Week will be a watershed moment for the Australian blockchain ecosystem. The mainstream moment has now arrived. The […] event will be the largest event of its kind to ever be held in Australia,” Vallas wrote.

The arrangement comes when the local blockchain sector is still evolving and aiming at mainstream reach. In a statement included in Blockchain Australia’s announcement post, Vallas hailed the festival’s timing.

“Growing interest in blockchain technology from major financial institutions together with signs of increasing regulation for the industry mean this year’s event is being held at a critical time for all players in this market,” Vallas said in the shared post.

FTX chief gushed over the Australian crypto ecosystem, labelling it as ‘vibrant and innovative.’ The exchange plans to promote and advance the growth of this blockchain space, as per Bankman-Fried, who additionally noted the partnership was the first effort in line with this goal.

“We look forward to contributing to discussions to advance the local industry, better safeguard and protect consumers, and enabling financial institutions to evolve and thrive in the crypto industry,” the FTX chief remarked.

The Australian blockchain industry is attracting big names

The free, open and inclusive event will take place across six Australian cities: – Adelaide, Brisbane, Launceston, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. It will also be shared with a wider global audience via broadcast.

This latest deal the global crypto exchange has sealed is an attempt to reach out to Aussie residents. The development follows hot on the heels of an announcement from also targeting the Australian market.

Yesterday, the Australian Football League (AFL) shared news of a new five-year partnership with the Singaporean exchange in a deal estimated to be worth $18 million. The latter is set to benefit from the deal as the league’s official cryptocurrency exchange and trading platform.

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FTX CEO believes social media on a blockchain would be huge



Blockchain technology is gaining adoption in various aspects of the global economy, but social media is one area it is yet to penetrate.

The CEO of leading cryptocurrency exchange FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried, believes that applying blockchain technology to social media could lead to some huge opportunities. Bankman-Fried made this statement while speaking at Breakpoint in Lisbon.

The FTX CEO said;

“I think social media on the blockchain — I continue to think this could be absolutely huge. I think it solves a lot of existing pain points, which are really coming to the forefront of society right now.”

He added that using blockchain technology would make it possible for people to exchange messages in a secure and private way. However, he believes social media on the blockchain would need to be composable and cross-platform.

Bankman-Fried has been a big supporter of the Solana project since its inception. He admitted numerous times that he holds Solana as his personal investment. Hence, it is not a surprise that he pointed out that the Solana blockchain would be perfect for a social media platform.

According to Bankman-Fried, the Solana blockchain can process a significant amount of transactions (more than 2,300 transactions per second). Hence, making it excellent to host a social media platform.

The FTX CEO also discussed the decentralised finance (DeFi) space, which has recorded massive growth over the past year. He said;

“One potential way to absolutely supercharge DeFi adoption is to first build a great product but then combine it with an already existing massive user base. And many of these user bases are order of magnitude bigger than all of DeFi so far, and you talk about the adoption so far that we’ve seen in the industry, but that might just pale in comparison to what a single gigantic platform can bring forward.”

FTX has experienced massive growth to become one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. In October, FTX reached a $25 billion valuation, ten times its value in the same period last year.

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