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Since the incipience of blockchains and digital assets, digital identity has been a hot topic. Vinny Lingham, South African internet entrepreneur, foresaw the applications of blockchain technology towards digital identity and founded Civic, his blockchain-based identity platform. This only after he had much success transforming gift cards with bitcoin after founding the startup Gyft.

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“Civic is building an ecosystem that is designed to facilitate on-demand, secure and low-cost access to identity verification (“IDV”) services via the blockchain, such that background and personal information verification checks will no longer need to be undertaken from the ground up every time,”

states Civic’s white paper.

Starting June 21 at 9am EDT, Civic will commence its token sale for the Civic token, or CVC.

“Participants in the ecosystem will use [the coin] to transact in IDV-related services. Civic hopes this ecosystem can reduce the overall costs of [Identity & Age Verification] IDV, remove inefficiencies, enhance security and privacy, greatly improve user experience and disrupt the current IDV supply chain.”

While many initial coin offerings are based on future promises, Civic, alongside its clear vision for the future, offers many services already.

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Its digital identity platform, Civic Secure Identity Platform (SIP), can be accessed by downloading the Civic App. This allows users to verify an identity and become a Civic user. The Civic App makes it more difficult for hackers and other malicious groups to gain access to a user’s information.

Civic App

Source: Civic

CVC – Viability Assessment

Civic is viable at least for its own devices -which, if the platform’s design is functional and user-friendly as one would expect from Mr. Linghman, could be noteworthy.

“Civic’s token, or CVC, will be used as a form of settlement between participants to an identity-related transaction within the Ecosystem,” states the Civic white paper.

Users and transaction ‘Validators’ in the Civic model receive CVC as a reward for information sharing on the app. “The proportion in which they share the CVC is defined by the smart contract, and can be adjusted by consensus of the Ecosystem participants.”

CVC should incentivize participants, including users, to contribute to Civic’s Ecosystem and beyond. “Civic anticipates that the Ecosystem will develop such that Civic and third-party providers of identity-related products and services will offer those products and services to Ecosystem participants in exchange for CVC.”

CVC-holding Civic App users can use the token to purchase services native to the application. Civic can also build additional identity-focused services that can be exchanged for Civic tokens.

Source: Civic

Services include personal background checks; blockchain notary services; dark web monitoring and searches; access to individual credit reports, and peer-to-peer identity services.

CVC, according to Civic, has “a number of advantages over the use of existing tokens.” The blockchain-based startup writes, “[It] can be used across any number of jurisdictions, retaining a single uniform method of settlement.”

It states further: “Using a blockchain-based token makes it possible to perform settlements automatically and…within a smart contract.”

Civic writes that a specialized token to access identity services ensures stability and shields Civic’s Ecosystem from “extraneous considerations” that can lead to viability within a crypto-asset. All-in-all, buying CVC in Civic’s initial coin offering means buying into the notion that Civic’s platform improves efficiency and reduces the costs of doing business in the IDV industry.

“Organizations that have invested heavily in IDV services will have the opportunity to monetize their processes both inside and outside their core business areas,” concludes the white paper. “These reduced costs and ease of access to verifiable Users will likely encourage organizations to improve their processes to help combat fraud and deliver better services.”

End users will enjoy greater privacy and control of their personal information and identity, as well as other sensitive data, according to Civic. “Access to services will be faster and more seamless and users will be able to trust more readily services they are using,” states the startup. “Simply through participation in the Ecosystem, Users will earn tokens which will allow them access to a vast array of useful services that will ultimately help them protect and control their identity.”

The company suggests that its model can ensure “Proof-of-data ownership” to help people protect themselves against identity fraud. Organizations will be able to trust users without the need to retrieve and store data. “This new paradigm will ultimately reduce the risk of data breaches and dramatically increase the cost of committing fraud.”

That there are to be 1 billion CVC tokens might make the offering less attractive to certain investors.

Who is Behind Civic

Vinny Lingham is about as confidence-evoking as you can get in the space. His achievements are numerous and his analysis of the Bitcoin and blockchain industry has earned him thousands of followers in this new exciting frontier of fintech. When he opines, people listen, and oftentimes his price prophecies come true. (though, he his humble about his conclusions)

He sold Gyft, his bitcoin gift card startup, in order to start his identity verification company. Gyft represents one of the most successful early bitcoin businesses thanks to its innovation at the intersection of bitcoin and gift cards.

Blockchain appeared on Shark Tank in South Africa, for which Mr. Lingham is a judge. He invested in a startup using not dollar, but bitcoins.

The Verdict

The startup’s team, thanks to Mr. Lingham’s leadership, is one of the most trusted in the ICO-space. In an industry built on minimizing trust, there’s no understating how far this can go for a cryptographic asset such as CVC. Assuming liberal amounts of public blockchain holdings by an investor, Civic ranks 8 out of 10 in terms of interesting/good/probably-profitable investment.

Investment Details

The Civic token sale kicks off June 21 9am EDT at Tokensale.civic.com. “A fixed supply of CVC will be created during a token sale, with no mechanism for supply to be increased,” states Civic’s white paper. A ledger will be maintained for CVC. The token will be issued via the ERC20 Standard. They will be sold in lots starting at $50 to $25,000. 330 million tokens will be made available at ten cents per. Civic has reserved 110 million of the tokens – $11 million USD – for the crowdsale itself. The total supply – 1 billion tokens – will be split three ways: 33% for the token sale; 33% for company reserves; and 33% to incentivization for Community members.

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  1. fkohist123

    June 20, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Given Vinny’s position against the speculation-craze does the author think Civic will ever be traded on exchanges?

    If so, what could be the possible implications on the price?

    • bananatrue

      June 21, 2017 at 11:32 am

      • fkohist123

        June 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm

        This means nothing to traders, your typical indemnity clause. It’s out of Civic’s control to prevent exchanges like Polo from listing CVC.

        The contract states they can revoke CVCs and migrate to another token. However, it’s not in their best interest to do this. It would be like slashing their own jugular.

        Vinny is aware investors aren’t buying $33m of tokens just to spend on ‘identity verification services’. The bottom line is speculators are the lifeline of ICOs.

    • Justin OConnell

      June 25, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      I suspect investors will trade CVC, as developers will be able to create the tools to make this possible.

  2. fkohist123

    June 23, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Has anybody received their tokens?

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Crypto Update: Coins Consolidate Above Support but Downtrend Still Intact

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It has been a very quiet weekend for the major cryptocurrencies so far, as the predominantly bearish week ended with range trading and a collapse in volumes across the board. Most of the top coins failed to gain back the ground they lost during the steep selloff, with only Binance Coin and VeChain showing meaningful bullish momentum.

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The relatively strong Ethereum, EOS, and Ripple remained stable, with ETH hovering around the $500 level, EOS trading north of the key $10 support despite the network’s technical issues, and Ripple being stuck in a narrow range just below the widely-watched $0.54 resistance level. The total capitalization of the market has been virtually unchanged at $280 billion, as both Bitcoin and Ethereum flatlined.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Bitcoin is trading right at the short-term support level near $6500, holding up just above the April low, with the crucial long-term support zone near $5850 that is vital for the whole segment. The coin is clearly in a short-term downtrend, while also being relatively weak on all time frames. The oversold short-term momentum readings are now cleared and that could point to a test of the lows in the coming days.

 

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum also cleared the short-term oversold readings, but it failed to leave the vicinity of the $500 support/resistance level. Despite the coin’s undoubted relative strength, and the still bullish long-term setup, the short-term trend signal remains a sell, and the declining trend is intact. Traders should still not enter new positions here, while investors could add to their holdings on the short-term selloffs. Strong resistance is ahead between $555 and $575, while further support is found at $450, $400, and $380.

Divide Widens between Leaders and Laggards

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Although short-term correlations skyrocketed during last week’s decline, the divergence between the relatively strong and weak coins got even more pronounced, with the likes of Litecoin, Dash, and Monero severely lagging the broader market. Litecoin got stuck below the $100 level after the breakdown last week, and it is below the long-term base pattern, as it failed to show relative strength during the weekend. Immediate support is found at $90, but new lows are likely in the coming days, as the short-term downtrend remains dominant. 

BNB/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

As a positive outlier, Binance Coin remained bullish amid the broad decline, holding on to the relative strength that it has been showing for several weeks. The coin’s stability is encouraging, and it’s nearing its rally highs with today’s surge, while having a good chance of resuming its uptrend, even as another segment-wide selloff could cause a jump in volatility again.

For now, the market is torn between bullish and bearish forces, and investors should focus on the technicals of BTC and ETH, while also keeping an eye on the leaders of the rally for signs of sutained strenght.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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Long-Term Cryptocurrency Analysis: Bull Market in Jeopardy

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As the crucial rally attempt that we pointed out in our previous long-term analysis failed, and the major coins sold off heavily afterwards, the segment is now in a difficult situation. While Bitcoin and especially Ethereum are still in bullish setups, the most valuable coin is now close to a major breakdown that could lead to structural bear market as we laid it out back in January.

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Some of the weaker coins are already below the large-scale consolidation patterns that developed after the year-end run-up, and as the divergence between the leaders and the laggards widens, the path of the two dominant coins even more importance.

BTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

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Bitcoin failed to trigger a short-term buy signal throughout the Ethereum-led rally in May and early June, and that technical weakness still persists, as BTC is now trading right at the April low, testing the key long-term base pattern.

A break below the strong support zone near $5850 would be the first similar event since the beginning of the bear market in 2014, and it could lead to an extended period of bearish bias for Bitcoin after the spectacular bull run of 2017. For now, the bull market is intact, with support found near between $6000 and $6275, at $5850 and below that at $5500, while resistance is ahead at $6500, $7000, $7350, and $7650.

ETH/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

Although Ethereum is clearly stronger from a technical perspective compared to Bitcoin, the coin is struggling to hold the key $500 level, as it is resumed its short-term downtrend. The April lows are well below the current price level and the long-term setup is bullish, so long-term investors could still add to their positions during the selloffs. Resistance above $500 is ahead between $555 and $575, while strong support is near $450, $400, $380.

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Crypto Psycho:  Crazy Price Action

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Say what you will about the cryptocurrency bubble of 2017 not making sense, what about the action lately?  Prices are acting terribly. Professor John Griffin claims last year’s bitcoin rally was manufactured by Bitfinex. Economist Nouriel Roubini proclaims bitcoin is going to zero. The founder of Crypto Asset Management says about bitcoin: “We are shorting it like maniacs at the moment.”  If that is not enough, technical indicators keep barking downtrend.

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Over the past week already depressed prices have fallen further with things like bitcoin down 14%+, Ethereum 17% and XRP 21%.  Yes, there were those stories about the CFTC digging into price manipulation and demanding more data from Coinbase and other exchanges. And then there was the hack on that small exchange in South Korea.  But nobody could reasonably pin the blame of this week’s performance on these two factors.

MarketWatch quoted Matt Hougan, head of global trading at Bitwise Asset Management: “The big story to me is the absence of positive news”.  There is some truth to this but that is only part of the story. As we pointed out in a recent article, most serious investors in crypto don’t pretend to understand what is causing the mess.  

When bitcoin evangelist Alistair Milne published a survey of his Twitter followers, 81% of them had nary a clue.  Interestingly enough though, almost half of these respondents checked the box “Crypto iz ded”.

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What exactly to conclude from this is open to interpretation but one thing is clear.  It is a big part of the problem long term investors face today. Crypto psychology sucks, the worst it has been since the Mt. Gox hack of 2010.

Good News Being Ignored

One of the barriers to progress in the crypto wars was the issue of regulatory clarification. Are cryptocurrencies simply digital assets or a class of securities that fall under the regulation of the Securities and Exchange Commission?

That question has now been answered.  On Thursday, the SEC’s announced that both bitcoin and Ethereum were not securities but digital assets.  However, the good news does not end here.

William Himman, representing the SEC, clarified the position of Initial Coin Offerings.  In cases where the ICO does not convey equity ownership of an enterprise and where the digital asset is sold only to be used to purchase a good or service available through the network on which it was created, it does not qualify as a security.

This represents one huge step forward in clarifying the regulatory environment and yet the markets response was brief and uninspiring as the full week’s performance unfortunately demonstrates. Honestly, this is a bit bizarre.

Other Good News Being Ignored

Crypto Asset Management may be short selling lots of currencies, but they are not alone.  According to www.bfxdata.com/swaphistory/usd  margin interest in bitcoin and Ethereum is in excess of $1.2 billion.  While this is down from around $2 billion last December it still represents a sizable pool of future buyers.

It’s In The Mind

For digital asset prices reflect not only investor sentiment but also those who represent ultimate users.  For a digital currency to represent a storehouse of value, it must have public trust. Right now that appears to be at a low.

According to the British publication London Loves Business, the story is pretty clear. Headlines state “71% of the UK public think the value of Bitcoin will either decrease or collapse over the next six months.”  According to LLB,  this represents a 10% fall in investor confidence since the same question was last asked in April’s 2018 poll and a 24% fall in investor confidence from November’s 2017 poll figures.  In other words, the price of bitcoin holds the same implication for investors as it does for potential users.

This Too Shall Pass

Mob psychology often proves wrong and this negative mindset appears to be feeding off of itself right now.  Even one of crypto’s biggest critics Warren Buffett would agree that betting against the mob has been a big part of his investment strategy. At some point the mob will once again be proven wrong when short sellers get spooked and forced to cover positions or value investors will filter over from an overpriced U.S. equity market.  Either way, there is value in the crypto market that has not existed for quite some time. In the end, 71% of the Brits surveyed will be proven wrong also.

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