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Will Dream Market’s Fentanyl Ban Save Lives?

Dream market recently issued a ban on fentanyl sales and surprised many users in the process. The decision to ban fentanyl came somewhat unexpectedly. All Dream updates have taken place quietly, but many feel that banning fentanyl goes against the very nature of the Dream administration. The list of banned products has looked the same for several years. And although ... Read More »

China Instates ID Requirement for Internet Comments Following VPN Ban

Chinese regulators have released new rules which would require identity verification for people in China who make comments on the internet. This new regulation expands on a prior regulation that has been in effect for several years already which requires identity verification in order for people in China to purchase cell phone numbers or to use online chat services such ... Read More »

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In Switzerland, Even Authorities Oppose a Darknet Ban

Authorities in Switzerland see an increasing number of crimes linked to the darknet. FDP National Council member and so-called IT expert Marcel Dobler argues that the federalization of police departments that fight cybercrime hinder darknet investigations [and ordinary cybercrime]. The only way to improve the government’s ability to find and catch cybercriminals who retreat to the darknet, according to Dobler, ... Read More »

Researchers Suggest a Ban on Encryption Will Drive Darknet Use

After the London terror attack in June, Prime Minister Theresa May lashed out at communication companies for “providing safe places for extremists to broadcast their hate messages over the Internet.” She pushed for international agreements allowing the government to regulate the internet—a step she believed would curb terrorism. Some security researchers, though, argued that doing so would only push terrorist ... Read More »

WA State Bill to Ban Bitcoin at Marijuana Shops Dies, & the Companies that Bring Bitcoin to Marijuana Stores

According to an anonymous source within the Washington state legislature, Senate Bill 5264, a bill to prohibit marijuana retailers from accepting bitcoin as payment for their products, has died in committee. While the bill remains in the state Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor & Sports, it appears that the bill’s prime sponsor, Republican state Senator Ann Rivers, has withdrawn her ... Read More »

Arizona Bill Would Ban Mandatory Tracking of Firearms By Blockchain

On January 17th, 2017, Arizona State Representative Paul Boyer introduced House Bill 2216, a piece of legislation which would ban the mandatory tracking of firearms with blockchain technology. The bill provides exceptions for firearm owners who voluntarily agree in writing to having their firearm tracked with blockchain technology, as well as an exception allowing law enforcement officers, who have obtained ... Read More »

Legislation in Washington State Would Ban Bitcoin at Marijuana Stores

The use of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by marijuana retail stores is under attack in the State of Washington with a new bill filed on January 18th, 2017. The bill, Senate Bill 5264, was introduced in the Washington State Senate by Republican State Senator Ann Rivers and Democratic State Senator Steve Conway. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee ... Read More »

No ban for Bitcoin in Russia

Although the relationship between Russia and Bitcoin has always been uneasy, the cryptocurrency was never officially banned in the country. A new statement by the Bank of Russia now reveals that Bitcoin will, in fact, remain legal in Russia and that no further action to prohibit its use. Although the currency is still not seen as legal tender in Russia, ... Read More »