Microsoft, T-Mobile band together with blockchain startups for new Cascadia Blockchain Council

This proves once again that the Blockchain aspect of the cryptocurrency market will outlast the current gyrations in Bitcoin and Ethereum, among others.

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A group of blockchain entrepreneurs, institutions and tech giants are banding together to make the Pacific Northwest a hub for the burgeoning technology. The Cascadia Blockchain Council is an effort…

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Bringing digital ledger interoperability to Nasdaq Financial Framework through Microsoft Azure Blockchain

Bringing digital ledger interoperability to Nasdaq Financial Framework through Microsoft Azure Blockchain

Again, the mere separation between the Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies that operate off the blockchain is vital for the financial enterprise to operate efficiently and with transparency.

Nasdaq revolutionized financial markets in 1971 by opening them up to millions of individual investors with the world’s first-ever electronic stock exchange. Since then, the company’s innovative spirit has kept them on the leading edge of technology evolution in capital markets, while transforming the brand into a powerhouse technology provider.

 

To accelerate Nasdaq’s blockchain capabilities aligned with the industry’s rising demand, the company is integrating the Nasdaq Financial Framework with Microsoft Azure Blockchain to build a ledger agnostic blockchain capability that supports a multi-ledger strategy.

Dive into the Refugee Camp in Jordan that Runs on Blockchain | Hackernoon

Here is a good place to start. I would also add to this about voting rights independent of political parties that rather certain people, like those pictured, not able to vote. Although this article is published 4 months ago, with recent news events of political expediency, a topical evergreen article.

Imagine a situation where you can’t prove to the world that you even exist. You are alive but you can’t prove your physical existence. Sounds horrible, Right! But according to the World Bank, there are more than a billion people in the world that have no means to prove their identity.
Without legal proof of your identity you officially have no rights. You can’t do many things like you can’t vote , you won’t have access to government services, you can’t drive etc. The people who come in this unverified category generally include refugees, the homeless, trafficked children and the people who have slipped in the society without developing any institutional affiliations.

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How Blockchain Will Build Better Manufacturing

How Blockchain Will Build Better Manufacturing

 

It All Starts with the Supply Chain

Provenance and Everledger are both great examples of what blockchain can do for supply chain management. With Provenance, you get a detailed transaction record that tracks every major event in the production process from when the pieces roll out on the assembly line to the final delivery to a customer. By showing the story behind the production, consumers get a product they can trust that is exactly as advertised. Worried about fair trade? Provenance makes it easy to verify fair trade statements, organic certifications and much more.

 

Everledger focuses on protecting high-value assets as they make their way from the producer to an eventual client. It started with diamonds, a small, extremely valuable asset that has come under fire in recent years, but it doesn’t end there. By incorporating smart contracts, Everledger allows a frictionless transfer of assets that helps protect every party involved in a sale, including banks and insurance companies.

 

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Walmart is betting on the blockchain to improve food safety | TechCrunch

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As you can ascertain from this article, Blockchain is not all about cryptocurrencies. This is what excites me about the technology.

Walmart has been working with IBM on a food safety blockchain solution and today it announced it’s requiring that all suppliers of leafy green vegetable for Sam’s and Walmart upload their data to the blockchain by September 2019.

 

In addition to the blockchain requirement, the company is also requiring that suppliers adhere to one of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which have been internationally recognized as food safety standards, according to the company.

 

With Walmart being a primary Azure customer for competitive reasons (“Walmart establishes strategic partnership with Microsoft to further accelerate digital innovation in retail,” 2018), and IBM, which has a cloud, but is an also-ran in that game (everybody not named AWS and Azure is) (Green, 2018, para. 3). There is an opportunity for further integration that may speed up the timetable for this initiative. If the rest of the industry can be dragged kicking and screaming into a blockchain standard for food retailing with this initiative being part of and possibly dominant into any standard, positive outcomes will result.

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Can Basic Income Plus The Blockchain Build A New Economic System? | Fast Company

Can Basic Income Plus The Blockchain Build A New Economic System? | Fast Company

This article is now a year old but is still relevant today. BTW, the image seen in the social media tease is the current price (as of posting) of Ethereum, easily the #2 Cryptocurrency behind Bitcoin. Not a good week for it.

What is a blockchain? In short, it is a disintermediating technology. In other words, it removes the need for middlemen and trusted third-parties. When combined with other technologies, blockchains have the potential to disintermediate many areas of life, from banking to information storage to voting to the making and sharing of goods and services.

 

UBI is a progressive idea whose time may be coming, but the devil is in the details. Most of this support is for a UBI based on government fiat currencies like the dollar or the euro. It is almost exclusively locked into a welfare frame–as a wage subsidy to address layoffs expected from automation, or as a way to reduce government welfare bills–in other words, a different way of dealing with problems within the current economic paradigm. Existing power structures continue to reign, debt creation still controls the money supply, and the “infinite material growth on a finite planet” logic of extractive capitalism is left untouched.

 

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Top 5 things to know about voting and blockchain – TechRepublic

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West Virginia is trying this out. Imagine this state being a leader in Blockchain technology for political purposes. Hard to so do, but here we are. BTW Ojeda YES!

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