Anndy Lian Shared His Perspectives on Crypto Giving with ElonGate, World’s Largest Charity Crypto

Anndy Lian Shared His Perspectives on Crypto Giving with ElonGate, World’s Largest Charity Crypto

Anndy Lian, a thought leader in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space shared his perspective on crypto giving with ElonGate on 14 July 2021, 6.00 am Singapore time.

Alexander Gambon, Chief Storytelling Officer and part of the leadership team at ElonGate hosted the AMA session with Anndy. ElonGate is a pioneer and one of the largest cryptocurrency based organisations that have donated for than $3 million. Donations went to Human Relief Foundation, Action Against Hunger, just to name a few and the most recent to Malala Fund to support girls’ education.

Anndy Lian highlighted that crypto companies must work harder in the downtimes and build other streams of revenue. “ElonGate can offer their technology on the ground to help other businesses in need. They have the community and the people. They can drive traffic to the businesses and in return include an automated deduction to charities by using ElonGate charity mechanism.” Anndy Lian said.

Anndy went on to explain that Asia is an untapped market for them and it is important to set their foot into this market. He also added that the project must gain traction with the mainstream media to gain more acceptance from the general public.

Elongate is providing an opportunity and solution for people to have a social impact by connecting the blockchain with charitable giving. Anndy ended his session by telling all that he believes that blockchain and cryptocurrency are not just about money but also purpose and utility.

“We should all do good using blockchain.”

Elongate consists of a community of over 465,000 holders, with a total following of more than 320,000 users across all its platforms and channels. For more information on Elongate, visit https://www.elongate.cc/.

Anndy Lian is an intergovernmental expert. Currently acting as the Chief Digital Advisor to Mongolia’s national productivity agenda. He is also the Chairman for Asia at BigONE Exchange where he gave strategic advice for the exchange to grow in Asia. For more information on Anndy, visit https://anndy.com/.

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Securities.io Interview Series: Anndy Lian, Inter-Government Blockchain advisor & Author

Securities.io Interview Series: Anndy Lian, Inter-Government Blockchain advisor & Author

Anndy Lian provides advisory across a variety of industries for local, international, publicly listed companies and governments. He is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur, book author, investor, board member and keynote speaker.

Currently, he is appointed as the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group where he looks after the governance and compliance aspects of the business. He is also the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization.

Anndy is also part of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of Republic Korea, together with industry experts such as Brock Pierce (Chairman, Bitcoin Foundation) and Alexis Sirkia (Founder of Yellow.com), helping the province to grow using blockchain technologies.

He is the Chairman (Singapore) for Korea eSports Industry Association (KeIA) where he is actively promoting eSports to go mainstream and adopt cryptocurrencies.

When did you initially become interested in blockchain and cryptocurrency?

My interest was in cryptocurrency first and the interest grew tremendously after reading Satoshi Nakamoto’s whitepaper titled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System back in 2010. We were only using bitcoin as a form of a credit to exchange items online. Maybe for music download, gaming accounts etc.

As for blockchain, it was 2016. As an investor in the health and medical industry, I was invited to a close door discussion with the medical professions and a pharmaceutical company. That was the first time I know how important blockchain is. It helps to fight fake medicines and health products. It can enhance the current search and tracking model if adopted well. My interest for both grew since that point of time.

You’ve spoken to many regulators, what are some of the biggest questions or concerns that they have with DeFi and cryptocurrency?

Their biggest concern for regulators is how to balance innovation and unregulated financial activities. I dare to say all regulators are into blockchain and agree that it can do wonders.

As for unregulated activities like ICOs for instance in 2017, they are concerned that token buyers are scammed and bought into financial products that they do not know much about. This has downstream issues and may lead to more bankruptcies and social unrest. When such issues occur, who will clean up the mess? Binance? Huobi? Gemini? Coinbase? The answer is no. Governments got to step in to help their citizens.

What are some of the biggest industry challenges that you see in DeFi?

Violations of KYC/ AML: Not knowing who is who and where the money is flowing from is one of the main problems for DeFi right now. When such trades occur between unknown parties and if these parties violate any of the regulations, the consequences can be very damaging. Nevertheless, it has improved a lot from the older days.

Liquidity issues: This is still a problem although we see PancakeSwap is doing very well with their volume. There is still clear competition between CEX and DEX. There is also competition between chains on pricing too. When you see the competitions, the liquidity flows is very obvious, some totally withdraw themselves from Chain 1 to Chain 2 because Chain 2 is new and they can get more out of it.

DeFi is very complex to use: The UI and UX have increased a lot. It is still an uphill task for many to follow. Do you know how to activate the expert mode? Why I cannot sell my coins away? Where are my coins? Slippage? Many who read this article will find these problems have happened to them before and newer problems appear day to day too.

What are some cryptocurrencies that currently have piqued your interest?

Bitcoin and the original main cryptocurrencies are still of my interest, although some of them are not doing much for the last 2 years. New cryptocurrencies with innovative tokenomics like Safemoon for example piqued my interest in the recent months. A few other NFT and MEME projects have also gain my attention too.

What’s the most important attribute that you consider when reviewing new cryptocurrencies?

Concept, Marketing, Community, Technology and Business.

These are the 5 things I look at when reviewing new cryptocurrencies. The project must have a good concept and has to solve some issues. With good marketing, it can draw in support from the community at large. Technology will help them with their use cases. Last but not least, it has to have be able to gain revenue.

“Always remember, all hype but no business = failed project.”

You’ve spoken a lot in the past about NFTs, what are your current views on the space?

The NFT space is getting exciting. Recently Twitter has also joined the bandwagon, giving away 140 Ethereum NFT on Rarible. I can see more artists, movie stars, sportsmen, luxury brands, politicians knowing more about crypto because of NFTs.

The flip side is there are not enough users to buy the overwhelming creation on many platforms. Many of the demands you see may not be the real demand. In the next year, we will see the creative folks dropping out and only the toughest can survive.

Nevertheless, this space will grow faster and has not reached its fullest potential yet.

You’re currently the Chairman (Singapore) for the Korea eSports Industry Association (KeIA) where you are actively promoting eSports to go mainstream and adopt cryptocurrencies. How has the gaming community in South Korea reacted to mixing eSports with crypto?

South Korea is both strong in cryptocurrency and esports gaming. I cannot speak for all gamers in South Korea. All I can say that they are the fastest-growing country when it comes to esports + crypto.

More semi-professionals became full-time professionals thanks to the COVID19 situation and also cryptocurrency. The gamers are rewarded with cryptocurrencies instantly after the game. This becomes a revenue stream for them to continue their lives despite lockdown. Win-win situation.

You believe that the blockchain industry needs to be “redecentralised”, could you elaborate on these views?

I started advising governments earlier than most of my peers. Most of my peers think in order for crypto to grow we need to go fully decentralised. No governments, no banks. Of course, they think I am crazy too.

My stand is if we want to grow we need to redefine the word decentralise. If we can “redecentralise” things properly, we can gain acceptance faster. This has aged well with times 🙂

Is there anything else that you would like to share regarding the industry or what’s currently on your mind?

I think all coins must co-exist.

This space must mature with time and not work on groundless price pumps, washed trading or out of this world FUDs.

Let’s work together in the right manner.

Thank you for the great interview, readers who wish to learn more about Anndy and his views should visit the Anndy Lian website.

 

Original Source: https://www.securities.io/anndy-lian-inter-government-blockchain-advisor-author-interview-series/

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Catching up with Anndy Lian: “WE ARE SATOSHI”

Catching up with Anndy Lian: “WE ARE SATOSHI”

1. Where are you originally from, what was your upbringing like?

I am born in sunny island Singapore. Singapore’s environment is rather competitive if you compared it to other countries. You can imagine how is life like in this fast pace country. I am trained to do my best in whatever I do, be effective and results driven.

 

2. What languages are you fluent in, what heritage or culture do you hold onto strongest?

I can speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, a bit of Japanese and Korean. I am Chinese, so I do hold on to my Chinese roots very much. Having said so, we are in 2021. Our culture changes with times, we learn from the best cultures and adapt to our lives.

 

3. What or when was the first time you realized crypto was your life path?

My first encounter with crypto was in 2010/11. My first encounter with blockchain was in 2016/17. Crypto as a life path is a bit cliche. I think it is more like I felt that blockchain can help to improve our lives, that is why I started to find out more.

 

4. If you could change one thing about your crypto journey what would it be and why?

Honestly, nothing in my opinion needs to be changed for my crypto journey. If it is a ‘must” for me to answer this, then I would say get rid of bad partners and find more like-minded individuals. Because I started early, you won’t imagine what kind of bad incidents I have encountered.

 

5. If you could educate new people getting into the crypto space what would you choose?

I would recommend them to learn from the basics and not enter into the cryptocurrency space because their friends made a 100X for example.

 

6. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be and why?

“Maybe to be less successful when young.” Don’t ask me for the details.

 

7. What countries do you feel are leading the way in the digital currency space?

South Korea, China, Singapore and U.S.

 

8. What media do you feel is the right place to search for right information or less FUD?

There is no right media. I read @WuBlockchain, @blockcastcc, @cointelegraph and lots from the mainstream media. Do they have some FUD angles? Yes, but good media will provide both sides of the story.

 

9. Do you believe Cryptocurrency will end the banking system or evolve around it?

As of now, cryptocurrency will not end the banking system. It is evolving around it and improving it. I know many of my friends were against me when I started to give advice to governments in 2018. They told me crypto is decentralised and working with the government makes me look bad. I did not listen, I stuck to my point that we need to work with everyone to make crypto mainstream and we need to redefine decentralisation. I used the word “redecentralise”.

 

10. Will you mentor me? Lol jk. Do you believe Satoshi Nakamoto is an idea or an actual person?

I am in no position to mentor anyone. I need some mentorship myself too. (LOL). I believe Satoshi Nakamoto is amongst us. It may be a group or an actual person in the past but right now- “WE ARE SATOSHI”.

 

About Anndy Lian:

Advisory Board Member, Hyundai DAC Technology (Blockchain arm of Hyundai Motor Group)

Chief Digital Advisor, Mongolian Productivity Organization 

Member, Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of the Republic of Korea

Former Blockchain Adviser, Asian Productivity Organization (APO)

Book Author, “Blockchain Revolution 2030”

Advisory Panel, China-ASEAN Business Alliance

Partner, Blockchain Investment, Passion Venture Capital (Granted Capital Market Services (CMS) licence from Singapore regulator MAS.)

Chairman, Korea eSports Industry Association (Singapore Chapter)

 

Anndy Lian is an all-rounded business strategist in Asia. He has provided advisory across a variety of industries for local, international, public listed companies and governments. He is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur, book author, investor, board member and keynote speaker.

Currently, he is appointed as the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group where he looks after the governance and compliance aspects of the business. He is also the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization.

Anndy is also part of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of Republic Korea, together with industry experts such as Brock Pierce (Chairman, Bitcoin Foundation) and Alexis Sirkia (Founder of Yellow.com), helping the province to grow using blockchain technologies.

He is the Chairman (Singapore) for Korea eSports Industry Association (KeIA) where he is actively promoting eSports to go mainstream and adopt cryptocurrencies.

 

 

 

 

 

This interview curated by Scott Tripp @CryptoBeast32.

Date of interview: 29 June 2021
Time of interview: 9.00 am SGT

 

 

 

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Anndy Lian: The ‘Number Go Up’ Mentality is still the Driving Force now

Anndy Lian: The ‘Number Go Up’ Mentality is still the Driving Force now

Thanks, Crypto news for the mention. Let me add to what I have said in the article.

1. Is chasing big short-term gains more important for most crypto traders than investing in a crypto that actually has a good prospect of offering a meaningful product?

Of course, most traders are chasing big short-term gains. In the first place, the big gains got them into the crypto market. The hype, greed and prosperity drive them to stay on to “prey” for new tokens. Whether the product is meaningful or not is no longer important, most traders are looking at the short term value.

 

2. How much of the recent late-2020/early-2021 bull market was driven by ‘number go up’ traders? Was the bull market simply the result of a quest for big gains, or were at least some investors driven by the sense that crypto is getting closer to having a significant impact on the wider world?

2017 bull run is driven by retail investors. 2020 bull run is driven by the institutions, not the ‘number go up’ traders.

The ‘number go up’ traders came in when the prices were fairly high. 1% of the traders/ institutions contributed to 90% of the volume. This is how the market is like.

The new traders were especially happy when the price went up, and when the price went down a bit, their weak hands led them to sell off at losses. The billion liquidation headlines you see in the news are mainly contributed by that group of people. I have not heard of any institutions going burst.

 

3. Do you think this ‘number go up’ mentality is ultimately damaging to the crypto sector’s maturation and development in the long run? And is it something that crypto can get rid of as time passes?

I think ‘number go up’ traders contribute to the ecosystem and they are here to stay. Just like the stock market.

The group of people will go into a rotation mode. Those who have gone through the up and down. They will understand that the market is not about speculations. The ‘number go up’ group will move to look at the real value behind the coin or company. Then new ones will take over their role.

In terms of maturation and development in the long run, it will take time to reach that stage.
In bearish times, it is the best time to build technology and business. So the bear market is not so bad after all.

BTC went up, drew many here.
BTC went down, pushed many away.
This is a cycle.

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The ‘Number Go Up’ Mentality Drives Crypto World As It Matures

Is crypto all about ‘number go up’? Many of its detractors would certainly say so, while many proponents get overly excited about big price rises, betraying the possibility that they’re only in it for the money.

In either case, while skeptics argue that bigger numbers are the only things that drive cryptoassets traders and holders, others would affirm that many participants are driven by a vision of the future where governments and central banks have less power over economies and financial systems.

However, there are no numbers that would indicate how many crypto users are entering the Cryptoverse only because of a hope to make a quick buck. Especially, when it takes time and effort to understand this new complex world.

The driving force

Noted crypto author and skeptic David Gerard is firmly of the camp which holds that the number-go-up mentality is dominant within crypto.

“Long-term in crypto trading seems to be on the order of months, in the course of a bubble when all the numbers are going up. Long-term bitcoin holders might be an exception to this rule, or those who got in early with a popular coin such as ethereum or (to a certain extent) EOS,” he told Cryptonews.com.

For Gerard, few cryptoasset holders are actually investors who firmly believe that a project will make a meaningful contribution to the world. This is in part, according to him, because blockchain remains such an experimental and unproven technology, with relatively little demand from the wider world.

“The overwhelming majority of crypto projects fail. Even trying to pick winners here is largely professional gambling,” he added.

Even big players such as Barry Silbert, Founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group, said recently that he finds 99% of cryptoassets to be overpriced.

Also, certain people more sympathetic towards crypto agree that ‘number go up’ is pretty much the driving force of the market and industry now. This includes Anndy Lian, the Chief Digital Advisor at the Mongolian Productivity Organization, who says that most traders are doing what traders usually do – chase big short-term gains.

“In the first place, the big gains got them into the crypto market. The hype, greed, and prosperity drive them to stay on to ‘prey’ on new tokens. Whether the product is meaningful or not is no longer important, most traders are looking at the short term value,” he said.

However, the OKEx Insights team stresses that trading and investing (in the longer-term sense) exist side-by-side in crypto, as two different strategies.

“Oftentimes crypto traders have separate allocations for investing in projects and platforms that have promising potential. Ultimately, the choice between trading and investing depends on personal preference, goals and the broader market sentiment and condition,” said Hunain Naseer, Senior Editor at OKEx Insights.

Others take a more nuanced view, suggesting that even traders driven by short-term gains are looking to see whether a coin or project has good, fundamental reasons for going up. Analyst and author Glen Goodman is one of these, and he told Cryptonews.com that crypto has bigger problems than people looking for quick short-term gains.

“What isn’t good practice is becoming obsessed with one particular crypto and convincing yourself it’s going to conquer the world, even as the community loses interest, its price plummets for years and its network effects dwindle away,” he said.

Did ‘Number Go Up’ Drive the Recent Bull Market?

Assuming that the number-go-up mentality is dominant in crypto, you’d think that it’s largely responsible for the late-2020/early-2021 bull market we recently witnessed. However, depending on your general stance towards crypto, it wasn’t the initial cause.

For Robbie Liu, a Market Analyst at OKEx Insight, the primary instigator was the wider macroeconomic condition in which the world found itself, defined largely by “an overabundance of cash liquidity.”

“The economy was more depressed in the midst of the epidemic. Without enough consumer spending and a slowdown in business expansion, money can only go into risk assets to seek returns,” he told Cryptonews.com.

Such conditions resulted in institutions entering crypto in a way they hadn’t previously done.

“Another important factor is that institutional investors are gradually classifying Bitcoin in the alternative asset class since last year […] These entities have also been seeking diversification and bigger returns in this market,” Liu added.

Still, if quantitative easing, low interest rates and an excess of cash were the initial movers, short-term traders soon followed to add momentum to the bull market.

“More speculative trades were made by retail investors, betting on Bitcoin, tech, and growth stocks. I think some of these investors can go under ‘number go up’ traders,” Liu said.

However, Glen Goodman suggests that, in the context of large-scale money printing, concerns regarding inflation and the money supply were also a big driver, and not just pure short-termism.

“I think the recent bull market was driven by powerful narratives about the future, not just by traders looking for a quick buck. The pandemic ushered in a new era of money-printing by central banks, which stoked fears about the dilution of the dollar and inflation,” he said.

A necessary part of the maturation

Looking to the future, the number-go-up mentality might remain a fixture for a long time to come. For critics this is a bad thing, while others say it’s a necessary part of crypto’s maturation.

“This ‘number go up’ mentality does not exist in a vacuum and is continually reinforced as BTC continues to appreciate over the long term. However, this market dynamic is unlikely to last forever, especially as more participants, retail and institutional, enter the space,” said Hunain Naseer.

Likewise, Anndy Lian suggests that at least a portion of short-term traders will, over time, develop more of a longer term mentality, particularly as crypto begins to offer genuinely viable products and services.

“The group of people will go into a rotation mode. Those who have gone through the up and down. They will understand that the market is not about speculations. The ‘number go up’ group will move to look at the real value behind the coin or company. Then new ones will take over their role,” he said.

On the other hand, David Gerard claims that crypto will never really offer a meaningful product that has wider application or use, meaning that ‘number go up’ is here to stay.

“Number-go-up is intrinsic to the way crypto works; I’ve seen no sign of utility for crypto beyond this, or prospects for maturation,” he said. “DeFi is touted as solving some sort of problem that’s applicable to broader finance — I’ve even seen DeFi pumpers claim it’ll bank the unbanked, somehow — but is functionally just a shell game to the death played amongst the most committed crypto day traders.”

However, BTC users in the Bitcoin Beach in El Salvador might be of different opinion, as well as crypto payments processors such as BitPay and BTCPay that have processed billions in crypto payments, while DeFi users are also testing new ways to interact with a new, experimental financial infrastructure. Moreover, while some people in less stable countries are using cryptoassets to protect their capital, a recent international survey by Mastercard showed that 40% of the respondents are considering using crypto as a payment method.

Perhaps, if we look at both the price and adoption, possibly a more correct diagnosis would be that “numbers go up.”

 

Source: https://cryptonews.com/exclusives/the-number-go-up-mentality-drives-crypto-world-as-it-matures-10757.htm

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Asian Digital Week 2021 “Special Edition” Interviews Anndy Lian- Evolving fintech landscape in Asia

Asian Digital Week 2021 “Special Edition” Interviews Anndy Lian- Evolving fintech landscape in Asia

Can you tell me a bit about your background and your current role?

My name is Anndy Lian. I am an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial blockchain entrepreneur. I am known for my work in the government sector for the blockchain space.

Currently, I am appointed as the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group where he looks after the governance and compliance aspects of the business.

I am also part of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of Republic Korea, together with industry experts such as Brock Pierce (Chairman, Bitcoin Foundation) and Alexis Sirkia (Founder of Yellow.com), helping the province to grow using blockchain technologies.

Concurrently, I also act as the Chairman (Singapore) for Korea eSports Industry Association (KeIA) where I am actively promoting eSports to go mainstream and adopt cryptocurrencies.

I have also played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region. I advise the Secretariat on the latest concepts and applications of blockchain technologies in cybersecurity and IoT network data integrity across smart factories and upskills the Secretariat staff in blockchain technologies as applicable to productivity. APO members include Bangladesh, Cambodia, Republic of China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

I have played a leadership role in not-for-profit and quasi-government linked organizations such as Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) where I worked alongside policymakers, private sector decision-makers, and experts to create business value propositions for different industries.

I have also written a book titled “Blockchain Revolution 2030” and is published by Kyobo, the largest bookstore chain in South Korea. Together with co-authors, Park Young Sook and Shawn Hamnison, they share insights on how blockchain technology plays an important foundation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, I have investments in several companies such as worldairfare.com. I have also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, I strategically demonstrate this in the companies I choose to be involved with.

 

 Can you tell us more about Fintech and its importance today?

Fintech stands for financial technology. It is an integration of technology that helps consumers or financial institutions deliver financial services in newer, faster ways than was traditionally available.

It is important to many as it extends financial inclusion, improves our daily lives, creates economic growth, empowering users & businesses. In today’s context, Fintech should be already part of our daily lives. This digital age has made Fintech more accessible, reach a whole new level of finance, and is changing the face of modern banking.

 

What’s gone wrong with traditional SMB Banking?

From a technology standpoint, actually, there is nothing wrong with traditional SMB banking. In the past, SMBs think that their banking needs are not fully met but this is not true entirely. Most SMB Banks are already harnessing the power of technology, they have adopted technology to enable digital banking abilities. They have also converted themselves from purely over the counter services to fully digitalised banking services.

For the very traditional banks who fail to keep up with the current times, they will fall behind. Traditional methods mean no harm. Innovation will push them to embrace changes and such will add in more revenue to the banks and bring customers closer to them.

 

What is the future of digital banking?

The future of digital banking will understand the users’ needs better. With the help of AI and machine learning, it can provide customized services and reduce fraud and loss.

Blockchain technology will also come into place to assist banks with automated services through the usage of smart contracts. It will be an added layer of security, convenience and reliability. Blockchain will form a trusted and controlled environment to streamline the banking performance and making financial transactions convenient and safe for users.

Cryptocurrency will be part of digital banking for sure. It will disrupt and replace how currency is being used.

 

Will banks eventually migrate to a cloud and what hardware they will keep?

The majority of the banks and financial institutions have or are developing a cloud strategy and the more forward-looking ones are also using cloud for years. The reduced in cost and speed to market have moved them into the cloud model. In my opinion, most hardware should be kept as migrating into cloud does not mean closing down the physical counters or closing down their current servers.

 

What do you think is the future of the Fintech industry in Asia?

The Fintech industry in Asia will continue to grow. Blockchain and cryptocurrencies will redefine the future of finance.

 

Or you can read the whole magazine at https://ditech.media/magazine/asian-digital-week-2021-special-edition/.

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