Ian Allison

Ian is a reporter at CoinDesk. Prior to that he covered fintech at International Business Times and Newsweek. He is the State Street Data and Innovation Journalist of the Year 2017. Ian purchased a very small amount of DAO tokens but did not reclaim them. He does not currently hold value in any digital currencies or projects (See: Editorial Policy) Follow Ian: @ianallison123. Email: ian@coindesk.com

Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency: A Technical Deep Dive

| Ian Allison and Christine Kim

Technical details of Facebook's Libra blockchain were published Tuesday in a white paper by the Libra Foundation. Here's what stands out.

Private Blockchain’s Biggest Startups Integrate in Unprecedented Tie-Up

| Ian Allison

A historic change in strategy is taking place at R3 and Digital Asset (DA), who are now collaborating to maximize their respective blockchain…

Retail Giant Walmart Enters Second Drug-Tracking Blockchain Trial

| Ian Allison

Walmart will take part in a second drug-tracking blockchain pilot, this one with IBM, KPMG and drug maker Merck.

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14 Banks, 5 Tokens: Inside Fnality’s Expansive Vision for Interbank Blockchains

| Ian Allison

Fresh off a $63 million fundraise, execs at bank blockchain consortium Fnality shed some light on the often-secretive project's plan to tokenize fiat…

Ex-R3 Director Tim Swanson Joins Blockchain Builder Clearmatics

| Ian Allison

Outspoken blockchain analyst Tim Swanson is joining Clearmatics, one of the top rivals to his former employer R3.

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Metaco Offering Crypto Custody Insurance via Giant Broker Aon

| Ian Allison

Insurance brokerage Aon has lined up coverage for institutional clients of crypto custody tech provider Metaco.

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Retail Giant Target Is Quietly Working on a Blockchain for Supply Chains

| Ian Allison and Anna Baydakova

Retail giant Target has quietly entered the blockchain space, working with Hyperledger on supply chain solutions.

Cumberland Global Head Jason Leung Latest to Leave Crypto Trading Firm

| Ian Allison

Jason Leung, global head of DRW's cryptocurrency OTC shop Cumberland, has left the firm – joining two other high-level recent departures.

Ethereum Startups Team to Offer ‘Banking-Grade’ Wallet Security

| Ian Allison

Insurtech startup Nexus Mutual and wallet provider Argent have teamed up to bring bank account-like protection to ethereum.

Anti-Patent Troll Consortium Is Recruiting Blockchain Startups

| Ian Allison

Three blockchain startups have joined a multi-industry consortium that protects its members from patent trolls.