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Blockchain Newsletter for August: How the world is putting blockchain to work

Blockchain is widely recognized for its use cases in the supply chain, from track and trace capabilities and provenance transparency to dispute resolution and streamlining communications between participants in a complex network. Active projects can be found in supply chains for food, beverages, aerospace, automotive and shipping, to name a few. Blockchain-enabled trading networks like […]

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How blockchain can transform a teachers’ pension system

When teachers retire, they expect accurate pension payouts. That’s also the goal of plan administrators, who have an obligation to ensure pension system integrity. Still, inadvertent errors can occur. And if a cybercriminal breaks into the system or corrupts teacher information such as time of service, salary or date of birth, the system will be […]

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Heightened focus on security for public sector agencies

Technology innovations like IoT, autonomous systems and mobile solutions invariably bring with them increased risks and security threats. Today’s news cycle features a constant stream of stories on hackers commandeering household nanny-cams, smart thermostats and video-enabled doorbells. The expansion of the Internet of Things has dramatically increased the attack surface. As the number of connected […]

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Technology for good: Advancements with social responsibility

Sweden’s blood services agency texts donors when their blood donations save a life. In Australia, underwater robots plant coral “babies” to repopulate the Great Barrier coral reef. IoT-driven, dynamic congestion tolling in the UK has led to the lowest carbon emissions since 1888. Each of these examples underscores the common theme that technology innovations are […]

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The future of blockchain

In March 2010, Bitcoin had a value of less than a penny. Less than a decade later, each Bitcoin had a value of almost USD 20,000 and early investors were driving Lamborghinis. And while the excitement around Bitcoin will always be intrinsically tied to the price, its ubiquity drove blockchain, the technology that secures cryptocurrency, […]

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Confidentiality and integrity for blockchain smart contracts

Fabric Private Chaincode is an open source project created by IBM and Intel to enable a new form of smart contract, leveraging Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX) Trusted Execution Environment to help achieve confidentiality and integrity in The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric blockchains. This new model of smart contract is well suited to many […]

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Enterprise blockchain for verifying product authenticity

100% extra virgin olive oil. Fair trade coffee. Conflict-free minerals. Most of us are familiar with these terms, and every day we place our trust in labels and our favorite retailers, but how do we know these claims are real? Many products are in fact mislabeled or have misleading labels. Did you know that more […]

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Blockchain beyond cryptocurrency

I still find the word blockchain elicits thoughts of cryptocurrency much of the time, which does disservice to this disruptive new technology. Bitcoin launched in 2011 and was the first large scale implementation of blockchain technology. Media, investors and bleeding edge technologists have talked about cryptocurrencies for years and folks incorrectly think these technologies are […]

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Blockchain is the next step in democratizing education

Since the time of cave paintings and scrolls, the transformation of educating and learning is one of the greatest measures of societal evolution. Still, the education sector is significantly under-digitized in comparison to other industries, with less than 3 percent of the sector’s global expenditures being contributed to technology. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and […]

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