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South Korea’s SK Telecom is reportedly launching a blockchain-based platform for authenticating customers’ identities within the year. According to a ZDNet report on Tuesday, the telecoms giant – a subsidiary of the SK Group, one of the largest family-owned conglomerates in South Korea – is developing the new system in order to streamline user subscriptions and payment …

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Trust, but verify. Borrowed from a Russian writer, it’s one of crypto’s most widely embraced slogans, though one that’s becoming even more relevant on social media, where battling factions bent on promoting the next great high-tech investment are now turning the very symbols meant to protect users against them. Whether it’s an account impersonating the world’s largest …

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Speaking to an audience in New York City on Thursday, Digital Asset CEO Blythe Masters and R3 founder and CEO David Rutter worked hard to cast their projects not as applications but as entire ecosystems for developers to build apps of their own. Rutter and Masters took the stage during the first session of the …

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A newly published patent filing from Mastercard suggests that the payments giant is looking at blockchain as a way to safeguard identity data. In an application released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last Thursday, Mastercard describes a system in which a semi-private or private blockchain would be used to receive and store …

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Bank of America may be looking into creating a single transaction ledger to replace existing data sharing systems with a blockchain, according to a patent application released Thursday. The filing, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), outlines a permissioned blockchain which, if implemented, would securely record and authenticate personal and business data, …

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Is India emerging as a blockchain trendsetter? Certainly, the sector has been moving in fits and starts in what’s becoming the world’s fifth-largest economy. Despite a bearish outlook on cryptocurrencies from regulators, progressive Indian states and companies are charging ahead in exploring the applications of blockchain technology. Now, there are signs that local companies are seeking to …

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While enterprises have generally been more conservative when it comes to cryptocurrency, one of the market’s key players, the Hyperledger consortium, appears to be opening its code to edgier pursuits. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk this week, the Sovrin Foundation, creator of the Hyperledger Indy codebase for digital identity management (and a Hyperledger group member since 2016), intends to become one of …

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Kaliya “Identity Woman” Young is a co-founder of the Internet Identity Workshop and of HumanFirst.Tech and an independent expert on blockchain and identity systems who consults with governments, companies and startups.   This article was inspired by conversations with Tony Fish and Lubna Dajani. Following the Cambridge Analytics election scandal, the meme #DeleteFacebook is widely circulating, …

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Just six minutes. That’s how long Hyperledger executive director Brian Behlendorf had to get former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet up to speed on blockchain. Spurred by a special request from the nation’s lawmakers, Behlendorf was one of multiple blockchain experts called to the country to talk about the merits of the technology and the ways in which …

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A new patent awarded to Ford suggests the U.S. automaker is considering the use of cryptocurrency to let cars on the road communicate with each other and reduce traffic. The patent – “Vehicle-to-vehicle cooperation to marshal traffic” – was published Tuesday and awarded to Ford Global Technologies, LLC. It focuses on ways to alleviate traffic congestion, …

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A Chinese government-led research body has rolled out a blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform for identity and supply-chain tracking. Dubbed the Blockchain Registry Open Platform (BROP), the system, developed by China Banknote Blockchain Technology Research Institute, was officially launched at a financial technology summit in Hangzhou on Monday, according to Securities Times. While China’s internet giants Tencent, Baidu and …

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The U.S. Postal Service is eyeing blockchain as part of a system for establishing digital trust, newly published patent documents indicate. The “Methods and Systems for Digital Trust Architecture” patent application was published on March 22, having been initially filed last September. According to the application, “it is apparent that the tools that provide trust …

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A Chinese government body is considering creating national standards to boost the growth of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) in the country. According to an announcement released yesterday, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has already, as a first step, hosted a research seminar recently to discuss how such standards frameworks might be …

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Chinese telecoms giant and smartphone maker Huawei may be seeking to use blockchain tech to protect digital property rights. In its latest patent application, released by China’s State Intellectual Property Office on Tuesday, the Shenzhen-based technology firm details an invention that claims to add a verification feature to a peer-to-peer content distribution network powered by …

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Social media giant Twitter appears to be cracking down on cryptocurrency scam accounts – but several members of the crypto Twitter community have been caught in the fray. Responding to a tweet by Cornell professor Emin Gün Sirer, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wrote that “we are on it.” Yet the statement drew some swift critiques …

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“Greed brings attention to things,” Manu Sporny says. He’s thought about this for some time, brainstorming the pros and cons of an immensely popular, yet flagrantly hyped new mechanism for raising money – the initial coin offering (ICO). So, today, Sporny and his team at Digital Bazaar, a successful software provider 15 years in the …

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Even as Russia stands accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, its national capital is taking a leadership role in making democracy more transparent. Using an existing program called Active Citizen, the city of Moscow has been allowing residents to cast votes for measures ranging from the name of their new metro train …

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Software giant Microsoft has said it sees potential for public blockchains in supporting decentralized identities and will explore the possibilities within its Microsoft Authenticator app. In a blog post released on Feb. 12, Microsoft’s Identity Division doubled down on its belief that blockchain technology is the right solution to store, maintain, protect and distribute users’ identification …

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T-Mobile has been quietly toiling away on an enterprise blockchain solution for months, and it looks primed to make a big reveal soon. The telecom giant’s interest in blockchain was most recently advanced after the company was prominently mentioned for its role in helping develop Hyperledger Sawtooth’s 1.0 version. Yet, its overarching blockchain work is not widely …

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An Illinois government task force has outlined a potential direction for applying blockchain technologies in the state’s inter-government operations. According to a report filed on Jan. 31 by the Illinois Blockchain Task Force to the General Assembly, the state is eyeing the use of blockchain technologies to, at least, manage state residents’ identification, as well …

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