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Could Blockchain Technology Prevent the Next Financial Crisis?

A central bank’s role is to manage a nation’s currency, money supply and interest rates. The United States did not have a central bank until 1913, when Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law. Since then, the Federal Reserve has been accountable for the elasticity of the U.S. economy through the expansion and contraction of liquidity in the form of credit and new fiat money supply. Retail and institutional banks abide by the Fed’s stringent economic rules, which in turn trickle down to affect the daily lives of…

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Blockchain 

China’s Xi Jinping Urges Accelerated Blockchain Technology Adoption

China’s President Xi Jinping has called for the country to accelerate its adoption of blockchain technologies as a core for innovation. Xi made the comments at a Politburo Committee session on blockchain technology trends on Oct. 24. Blockchain adoption promotes innovation Xi stressed that the implementation of integrated blockchain technologies is key in promoting technological innovation and transforming industries. He told the committee: “We must take blockchain as an important breakthrough for independent innovation of core technologies, clarify the main directions, increase investment, focus on a number of key technologies,…

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Blockchain 

Swiss University Fights Fake Diplomas With Blockchain Technology

The University of St. Gallen in Switzerland is setting its sights on blockchain technology to fight fake diplomas, a type of fraud that has been on the rise globally in recent years. Degree certification According to a CNN Money Switzerland interview from Sept. 19, the University of St. Gallen has announced that it is introducing a blockchain-based pilot project to verify the authenticity of its degrees in a matter of seconds rather than several days. The university’s CIO Harald Rotter said: “I saw that it could be necessary and it…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain Technology to Be Standardized by 2021

Blockchain technology will most likely be standardized by 2021, according to American business and financial services company Moody’s. Per the research report published on Sept. 5, these standards will probably be established in the blockchain industry by 2021 and will be positive for “future securitisations using the technology.” The company claims that this could result in time and cost savings, automation and faster data availability. Blockchain interoperability to come Furthermore, Moody’s Investors Service states that the industry standards could also bring better interoperability and other operational efficiencies. Senior research analyst…

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Walmart’s Foray Into Blockchain, How Is the Technology Used?

Walmart is currently making use of blockchain technology to create a food traceability system based on the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric. Along with IBM, the retail giant has already tested two proof-of-concept projects to examine its envisioned system.  The first project deals actively with tracing the origins of the mangoes being sold across Walmart’s stores in the United States, while the other seeks to trace the pork meat being sold via the company’s different Chinese outlets. From an efficiency perspective, the research team at Walmart claims that by making use…

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Blockchain 

Reconciling Blockchain Technology With California Consumer Privacy Act

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, has signaled a new push in the United States to strengthen and broaden privacy regulations, similar to the trends seen in the European Union through the passage and implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The CCPA affords covered consumers new privacy rights not otherwise enjoyed here in the U.S. Under the CCPA, an entity qualifying as a “business” must provide: Abbreviated disclosures regarding the personal information that is collected from or about…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain for the Food, How Industry Makes Use of the Technology

As blockchain continues to push for mass adoption, the food and beverage industry is shaping up to be one of the most inclusive destinations for the technology: Just over the past few months, a variety of players — including juggernauts like Nestlé, Carrefour and Starbucks — have reported on their latest blockchain-powered initiatives within the field.  Indeed, in 2019, blockchain has been piercing the food industry at an accelerated pace. According to recent research, 20% of the top-10 global grocers will use blockchain by 2025. So, what makes the technology…

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MIT Professor Claims Blockchain Technology Is Not as Secure as Claimed

A professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) says that blockchains are not as secure as they are purported to be in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on June 6. Stuart Madnick — the John Norris Maguire Professor of Information Technologies at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Founding Director of the Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan research consortium — highlighted a forthcoming study on blockchain, stating that the technology is not as secure as many purport it to be. The MIT study analyzed 72…

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Velocity Ledger Technology Launches Testnet and Blockchain API in Bermuda

Bermuda-based fintech firm Velocity Ledger Technology (VLT) has launched a testnet and blockchain API for trading digital assets in Bermuda, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 28. VLT is reportedly letting users develop digital asset applications with their blockchain viewer and web portal, if they are granted early access to the products via request forms. User can create apps for issuing, trading and settling digital asset tokens. Companies can reportedly launch initial coin offerings (ICOs) via these applications via a white label software-as-a-service basis, provided that…

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Technology Is ‘Basically Good Enough’ to Ramp Up Production Blockchains

A Pfizer executive has challenged existing theories about slow rates of blockchain adoption — telling the Consensus conference on May 14 that the technology is “basically good enough to have more production blockchains than we have today.” Ken Nessel, senior director of business technology at the pharmaceutical giant, made his comments during the second day of the conference in New York City. He joined AstraZeneca’s Kate Gofman for an event called From Bench to Bedside: Blockchains and the Future of Clinical Research. When asked for an honest assessment about what is holding…

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