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Blockchain and sustainability through responsible sourcing

Mining for cobalt, an essential raw material for lithium-ion batteries, carries a high cost in human suffering. More than 60 percent of the world’s supply comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with about 45 percent coming from large-scale mining operations. The remaining 15 percent comes from small-scale mines in the DRC, where children […]

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Blockchain Newsletter for December: Building the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain

This time of year brings holiday treats, a global sigh of relief that 2020 is almost over, and a spate of predictions for 2021. Martha Bennett, IT industry analyst at Forrester Research, predicts that 30 percent of blockchain pilot projects will make it into production. IBM Blockchain general manager Alistair Rennie confirms that the 30 […]

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Happy birthday to the leading open source blockchain platform

Five years ago, the topic of conversation at nearly every tech holiday party was blockchain, blockchain, blockchain. VCs, CTOs, and CIOs had visions of cryptocurrencies and industry disruption dancing in their heads. But some saw potential for the technology to be applied to the enterprise, not as a disruptive force, but one that could facilitate […]

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Episode 24: How the ticketing industry is thriving in the midst of a global pandemic

Listen to this IBM Blockchain Pulse Podcast episode and others on iTunes, Spotify, TuneIn and Stitcher. IBM Blockchain Pulse has had the privilege of hosting several returning guests this season but few have worked in industries as heavily impacted by COVID-19 as our guests today; Matt Zarracina and Ken Lesnik, the founders of True Tickets. […]

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Blockchain Newsletter for November: The state of blockchain standards and policies

Expanding choice for clients on blockchain technology is the key takeaway from IBM’s recent announcement of a beta program to bring R3’s enterprise blockchain platform, Corda Enterprise, to IBM LinuxONE mainframes both on premises and to IBM Cloud. In parallel, IBM Services will establish an R3 center of excellence leveraging IBM Blockchain Services design thinking […]

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Helping empower refugees with blockchain and process automation

Today, technology plays a key role in all aspects of life. It connects like-minded communities to come together to help them solve common problems. But when certain problems are at such a large scale where they affect the whole world, there is a need to have a platform that can quickly onboard interested parties across […]

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Blockchain for invoice reconciliation and dispute resolution

Every industry experiences a productivity hit when discrepancies arise around financial settlements. In the supply chain, for example, processes that may even be part of an automated procure-to-pay workstream grind to a halt when an invoice and the related goods received documentation don’t match up. Even data-driven industries like telecommunications are affected, with hundreds of […]

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Is blockchain the toy industry’s path to playing together?

Blockchain struck society like a lightning storm on the plains. Fast and sudden. Over 10 years ago, a whitepaper was produced unveiling the technology and within seven years, families were discussing the topic over dinner, state legislators were passing bills, and CEOs were being asked for a “blockchain plan” by their Board. Some industries moved […]

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The ABCs of emerging technologies 2020 and beyond

In the 109-year of history of IBM, innovation and change has been the mantra with which we have lived, and we have never been shy of taking risks. With the recent announcement made by our CEO, Arvind Krishna, separating our Managed Infrastructure Services unit of Global Technology Services from IBM to create a new public […]

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