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Sierra Leone Denies Recent Presidential Election Used Blockchain Tech to Tally Votes

Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) has denied reports that it used blockchain technology to record votes and verify the integrity of the results in its recent presidential election. In a statement posted on the agency’s Twitter account, the NEC stated in no uncertain terms that its systems utilize “an in-house database to tally election results” and “does not use Blockchain in...

The First Blockchain-Backed Presidential Election Just Took Place in Sierra Leone

On March 7, 2018 the world's first blockchain-backed presidential vote took place in Sierra Leone. As election suspense heightened, a Swiss blockchain startup, Agora, was working hard behind the scenes to help process and tally the results using blockchain technology. In this particular election, Agora utilized a custom permissioned blockchain technology that it has built over the last two years...

Bitcoin Trader And Accomplice In Ireland Plead Guilty To Darknet Drug Sales

Two men in Ireland, one a bitcoin trader, pled guilty to selling drugs on the darknet to customers worldwide, according to The Irish Examiner. The bitcoin trader posted drug orders to different countries after trading bitcoin. He admitted to selling drugs on Silk Road and Agora. Police charged Richard O’Connor and Neil Mannion, both 34 years old and from Dublin, with possessing drugs valued at...

Dark Net Weapons Bust Leads To 17 Arrests and a $80,000 Bitcoin Seizure

A recent series of busts has shaken the world of dark net weapons commerce. A six-month joint investigation between law enforcement in Australia and the United States, which involved law enforcement going undercover as weapons dealers,  has resulted in 17 arrests internationally. In September 2014, the US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) identified a 33-year-old US-based dark net seller of...

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