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China to Ban Bitcoin Mining?

Reuters is reporting that the government of China wants to eliminate bitcoin mining in the country. According to a draft list of industrial activities, The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is seeking to stop which is a clear shot across the bow of the cryptocurrency industry. China, home to the world’s biggest cryptocurrency mining farms (between 40 percent to 70 percent of the world’s mining power is still in China), is now considering banning them. 

Again?

On the other hand… if it does happen.

“We have already seen the Chinese government is clamping down on the use of Bitcoin as a currency, competing with the Yuan, but this has had limited impact thus far. However, if local authorities begin targeting mining farms, this could have a substantial impact on Bitcoin’s global infrastructure. People talk a lot about the risks of a 51% attack, but the problem with accumulating so much centralised hash power in areas such as China is that – should it be turned off – the Bitcoin network’s performance will be harmed, stated Matt Hawkins, CEO of Cudo Miner.

“The current status of Bitmain and its Chinese counterparts is significant to miners and the Bitcoin ecosystem. In the latest Antminer product, Bitmain will substantially reduce the global electricity use of Bitcoin, but only if the company is in a position to ship its products and if mining farm operators in China, and other regions throughout the world, take the risk of investing.

“Other networks, such as Monero and GRIN, are working hard to deploy ASIC-resistant Proof of Work algorithms that help keep GPU miners on the network. Ethereum will soon deploy Progressive Proof of Work to favour GPU characteristics, although you can argue it is already centralised through GPU farms. It’s one of the biggest challenges of distributed computing – without central coordination, computing resources are decided by the market and are at the whim of regional policies throughout the world.”

The NDRC added cryptocurrency mining to a list of about 450 industries that it proposes to eliminate. If the move is finalized, local governments in China would be prohibited from supporting makers of Bitcoin and other digital currencies through subsidies or other benefits.

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p class=”css-1ygdjhk evys1bk0″>The commission said it would seek public comment until May 7 before making a final decision.

Richard Kasteleinhttps://www.the-blockchain.com
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, the Netherlands where he has set down his anchor to raise a family and write. Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015) and director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published in Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat, Wired, The Guardian and a number of other publications. Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute software and Technology. He has over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division. Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology at over 50 events in 30+ cities.
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