Your wallet, your freedom: Expert Blog

Before Blockchain technology was invented, there were very few options if you needed to store value. You could either buy a safe and keep your valuables there - gold, jewelry, bank notes - or trust a third party like a bank, to do it for you. The modern banking system - the fractional reserve system -  only works if depositors leave their funds in their bank accounts. It is the most convenient, and until recently the most secure way to keep your money.

Blockchain Technology Can Accelerate International Trade Flows, Say Industry Experts

According to IBM and WEF experts, Blockchain technology has what it takes to facilitate the workflow of cross-border trading transactions, particularly the handling of document approval processes. Blockchain is the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

According to technology major IBM Vice President of Blockchain Solutions, Ramesh Gopinath, the traditional way used by supply chains to physically move the large volumes of paper documents for shipping transactions is very vulnerable to fraud, human error and inadvertent delays.

The Next Frontier in Blockchain Technology: Scaling and Commercial Optimization

Every successful startup at one point or another faces a turning point in its history. This turning point, whether a challenge, conflict, or opportunity, oftentimes becomes the defining moment for the startup’s leadership team. How will they respond? What steps need to be taken? What is the game plan to get from point A to point B? These questions are vital, and investors and board members demand answers.

Ethereum Could Soon Launch Its First Casper Testnet

Ethereum developers are looking to use code for their experimental Casper proof-of-stake protocol as the basis for a new test network.

During a core developer meeting today, ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin said that not only is Casper ready to be tested, but that it could provide a security boost when testing code across clients. It's a prospect that could come as a relief to developers, particularly those working on projects that must interface with the network's varied client offerings.

How Blockchain Revolution is Going to Make Global Economy More Fair: Federico Pistono

Federico Pistono is a charismatic writer, entrepreneur, researcher, angel investor, TV presenter and public speaker who routinely tours around the world, lecturing on exponential technologies and their economic impact on society.

In 2012 Pistono wrote the book "Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse and be Happy," which became an international success. Recently he published another book, Startup Zero, to help his compatriots Italians get a better understanding of the startup culture.

In addition, Federico has more than a decade of professional experience in different fields that vary from IT Management and human machine interaction to screenwriting and directing.

AMEX Partners With Ripple For Blockchain Payments

As adoption continues to grow, partnerships that utilize Blockchain technology are exploding. The most recent is an important connection between American Express (AMEX) and Ripple (XRP) to create a Blockchain-based payment infrastructure. Per the announcement, the platform is already being used.

The specific application is for Business to Business (B2B) payments between US corporate customers and UK based customers banking with Santander UK. The service will provide real-time trackable payments between customers.

Blockchain-based Secure Online Voting System Showcased

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has introduced its Blockchain technology-based secure online voting system dubbed as Polys at the company’s annual Cybersecurity Weekend event in Dublin, Ireland.

The system is supported with transparent crypto algorithms.

In a statement at Polys’ website, the company claimed that Blockchain is the missing link in the architecture of an effective and secure online voting system.

Software Firm SAP Accepts 27 New Members To Its Blockchain Program

Major German software firm SAP has accepted 27 new members to its collaborative Blockchain program. The new members came from various industries such as retail, pharmaceuticals, logistics, public services and telecommunication.

The new members of the initiative were announced at the SAP TechEd event in Barcelona, Spain on Nov. 14, 2017. The program aims to integrate Blockchain technology into the Internet of Things, manufacturing and digital supply chain solutions through the SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service.

Blockchain Digital Identification in Canada Coming in 2018

Finding ways to prove consumer identity with 100 percent accuracy has been a tough task. Everything from simple cards to fingerprints to iris scans have been used in different applications to provide identity certainty. However, most biometric systems require huge amounts of infrastructure and are cost-prohibitive, while simpler and cheaper methods are often not secure.

Canada has now embraced a solution for this security/cost dichotomy. A new system based on Blockchain technology will allow Canadian citizens to prove who they are instantaneously, and with 100 percent accuracy.

Fujitsu Eyes Cryptocurrency Trading With Cross-Blockchain Payments Tech

Japanese IT firm Fujitsu has unveiled a new payments technology designed to facilitate transactions between blockchains.

Announced today, the "ConnectionChain" project is aimed at providing a way for two cryptocurrency networks to interoperate. In statements, the company – which is a member of the Hyperledger blockchain consortium and has developed several products based on the technology to date – suggested that rising activity around cryptocurrency exchanges and initial coin offerings (ICOs) is driving demand for such services.