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Microsoft harness blockchain technology to protect customer data

Microsoft has announced plans to use blockchain technology to create a decentralised identity system making it easier for consumers to self-control their customer data.
online dating

How Blockchain can transform online dating

AI and Blockchain could have the potential to help spark life back into online dating The perception of Valentine’s Day has changed dramatically, with more singles feeling less pressured to have a date for the hallmark occasion, but it has become a problem for dating apps. As a result, some operators...
ICO issuers

ICOs for real estate

A number of ICO issuers have envisioned a future in which tokenized pieces of a property could be tracked and traded via shared database There are currently four ICO issuers with a real-estate component and more are to be expected in the future. They include; BitRent, a way to speed up...
cryptocurrency markets

Regulation within cryptocurrency markets

Alexander Larsen from the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) provides an in-depth look at the state of play concerning regulation within cryptocurrency markets According to Reuters: “Japan’s financial regulator said on 2nd February it had ordered all crypto - currency exchanges to submit a report on their system risk management,...
blockchain funding

European Union boosts blockchain funding for research

European Union will increase its blockchain funding from 83 million EUR to 340 million EUR by 2020 The European Union will increase research funding for blockchain after it recognised a lot of potential use cases for the technology, especially for administration and businesses. Distributed ledgers are seen as a major breakthrough...
exchange-traded fund

Canada approves first blockchain exchange-traded fund

Canada’s first exchange-traded fund (ETF) is set to launch on the Toronto Stock Exchange next week as the price of bitcoin continues to fall The independent Canadian investment management company filed the paperwork for its Blockchain Technologies ETF in January, as it seeks to provide Canadian investors an opportunity to...
blockchain in security

Six use cases for blockchain in security

Blockchain has the potential to improve encryption and authentication as these six use cases for blockchain in security demonstrate It has become something of a priority for industry leaders, especially in financial services, energy and manufacturing. Authenticating Bitcoin payments has perhaps become the most cited use case, but this technology...
Blockchain Innovation

Blockchain Innovation February 2018

Welcome to the February 2018 Blockchain Innovation supplement. We begin with an article by Vice-President and European Commissioner for Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, who shares his thoughts on how digitisation is changing both people and society, including disruptive technologies such as blockchain. Updating us on the latest developments in...
blockchain and artificial intelligence

Blockchain and AI research at the University of Nicosia

Prof. Spyros Makridakis and Prof. George Giaglis, Directors of IFF at University of Nicosia lift the lid on the institution’s blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) research, including the launch of The Institute For the Future (IFF) 2018 may prove to be a historic year: as a number of technological innovations...
Compliance

Blockchain technologies for automatic regulation and compliance 

Professor Tomaso Aste from The UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies shares his perspective on the use of blockchain technologies for both automatic regulation and compliance Blockchain technologies have the potential to radically change compliance and regulation improving efficiency, reliability and transparency whilst redefining the services industry landscape generating new business...
Cryto payment network

Blockchain in business: Telegram app said to launch its own crypto payment network

In this article, the founder and co-founder of the Blockchain Federation provide insight into the use of blockchain in business, including how the Telegram app is said to launch its own crypto payment network Ever since the smartphone, we all know Telegram as a worthy and very secure alternative to...

Blockchain – a “Fosbury flop” for the insurance industry?

Jags Rao, from Swiss Re explores how a maverick mentality can turn the tables on tradition and have a global impact Mexico City, 1968. The Summer Olympics. And the scene is the men’s high jump final. The whole stadium was stunned when a 21-year-old lanky American called Richard Douglas Fosbury...
What is Bitcoin Cryptocurrency?

What is Bitcoin Cryptocurrency?

Bitcoin this, Blockchain that. All we ever hear about lately is cryptocurrencies and how they are going to transform the world. But what exactly is cryptocurrency and how does it work? Cryptocurrency is a digital currency that uses cryptography for security, which makes it difficult to counterfeit. The most well-known...
Economic policies

European Commission Officials discuss economic policies for Cryptocurrencies

The European Commission has discussed the development of blockchain technology and how cryptocurrencies fit into international economic policies in a series of speeches Commissioner of the European Commission Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said “think blockchain” at the Digital-Life Design Conference in Munich as she determined how regulation and...
cryptocurrencies

European Central Bank to discuss cryptocurrencies with youth

The President of the European Central Bank (ECB) will be answering questions about bitcoin and blockchain via a series of videos Mario Draghi, the President of the European Central Bank, will respond to a number of questions that were submitted, on Tuesday 23 January 2018, to discuss the topic of...
governance

Blockchains, trust and power: Governance models of the future

Sari Stenfors, PhD from the ReCon Blockchain Research Project at Aalto University looks at how distributed and open technologies transform our interactions In a forward-looking research project at Aalto University’s Business School in Helsinki, together with partner companies and public organisations such as the Finance Ministry of Finland, we are...
Etherify

Leading Portugal’s blockchain revolution

In a special interview with Open Access Government, Justin Wu from Etherify sheds light on the firm’s role as a leader in Portugal’s exciting blockchain revolution Etherify is the first Ethereum consulting and software development firm in Portugal. Etherify was started in April 2017 by two young entrepreneurs: Justin Wu...
Distributed Ledger Technologies

Disruptive innovation: How distributed ledger technologies are about to change society

European Commissioner for Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip shares his thoughts on how digitisation is changing both people and society, including disruptive technologies such as blockchain It is often said how much digitisation is changing people and society and how much it affects every sector of the economy. Technology facilitates...
Ledger technology

Blockchain technology used to track and authenticate diamonds

Originally set up for cryptocurrency usage such as Bitcoin, blockchain technology is now being looked at to aid other industries Blockchain acts a shared database across a series of networks which allows information to be distributed to, and accessed by, anyone on the internet. The information is not copied, nor...
transform healthcare

Blockchain technology is ready to transform healthcare

Technology that powers blockchain could transform healthcare by upgrading its systems, making it affordable and putting patient care first The healthcare industry is limited by legacy technology systems that are put under strain by the healthcare standards. It makes healthcare expensive while at the same time not improving patient care. Deloitte,...

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