PR: BitCanna – Dutch Blockchain Startup Launching a Revolutionary Cannabis Platform



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Leading global cannabis brands are ready to go cashless and take advantage of all the opportunities offered by the BitCanna blockchain platform

AMSTERDAM, October 31, 2018 – With the current exponential growth of both the global cannabis industry and blockchain technology, there is a potential partnership that stands to benefit both. Within the cannabis industry, there is a growing demand for payment solutions, track & traceability of crops, and trust mechanisms. BitCanna is combining the best of all worlds, addressing each of these problems through the launch of its blockchain platform and associated cryptocurrency. Over the past year, a team of 20 dedicated specialists has worked in close collaboration with the cannabis industry on the development of the platform and its global expansion. A large and growing number of leading international brands have already confirmed their partnership, and on the first of November their ICO will open for interested investors.

Most banks and financial service providers still refuse to process cannabis transactions due to the large degree of regulatory uncertainty in the industry. Leading experts and entrepreneurs from both the financial and cannabis industries view this as a huge opportunity to build a global digital payment solution for cannabis retailers that can circumvent traditional financial institutions.

“Keeping up with constantly changing cannabis laws is very difficult. So banks, credit card companies, and online payment providers either refuse to get involved in cannabis, or they charge excessively high transaction fees,” according to Jan Scheele, CEO of BitCanna. “That puts companies who are selling cannabis products legally in a tricky situation — they have to figure out how to take their businesses cashless and sell online without breaking any laws. That’s where BitCanna will help.”

BitCanna is a global blockchain technology company that helps cannabis companies to go cashless securely, legally, and cost-effectively. The company claims to be able to process transactions using its BitCanna token almost instantaneously and for a fee of just a few cents. It will also let vendors manage their supply chains and record all customer identification data. It is an incremental technological breakthrough for the entire global industry.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a $10 or $100 transaction. Our customers will pay a small flat fee,” says Scheele. “We’re introducing a payment system that will make it cost-effective and safe for all cannabis companies to accept digital payments — whether they’re selling online or in-store.”

It’s not just online retailers who can benefit from blockchain technology. Some brick and mortar cannabis retailers spend as much as 10-15% of their revenues on security and staff to upkeep a cash-only business. Providing these companies with payment processing technology can help them reduce security risks while complying with regulations.

Many industry experts believe that despite the growth we’ve seen over the past few years, the cannabis market is only just beginning to take shape. In the United States alone, the cannabis market is forecast to double from $22B in 2017 to $44B in 2020. And the global market is expected to reach $140B by 2027, according to European investment bank Bryan, Garnier & Co.

BitCanna is well-placed to benefit from this growing industry. The company will have direct integration with some of the largest online cannabis shops when it launches in Q3 2019. It will run pilots at brick and mortar locations in the cannabis capitals Amsterdam and Barcelona. BitCanna alone has already partnered with dozens of cannabis companies to create the BitCanna Alliance. Alliance members are active in 27 countries and attract a combined 10 million unique website visitors a month so far.

The company has ambitious plans to become the global digital payment solution for the cannabis industry. It will launch in Europe first and then quickly expand to the rest of the world.

About BitCanna

BitCanna is a decentralized payment network for the legal cannabis industry. The company was founded by Boy Ramsahai, a true cannabis industry veteran who founded an internationally successful cannabis media company in 1991. His Dutch-language magazines High Life and Soft Secrets are well known in the Netherlands. BitCanna has partnered with major brands in the European cannabis market to form the BitCanna Alliance. The Alliance is working to create a healthy and transparent cannabis market by securing and tracking digital transactions and implementing supply chain and customer management.

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Kenya’s Bithub Africa Mines Bitcoin Using Solar Power

Bithub Africa has started using off-grid solar power to mine bitcoin and ethereum. John Karanja, the founder and chief executive officer of the small Kenyan mining operation, hopes to spread the technology to the rest of the continent while exposing the lie that cryptocurrency mining poses a danger to the environment.

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“We are using solar energy in a similar manner to traditional power sources to test its reliability as a source for cryptocurrency mining,” Karanja told news.Bitcoin.com in an interview on Oct. 30. “We are still analyzing the data, but what we can already see is that the blockchain economy is certainly incentivizing innovation in the renewable energy industry globally.”

Kenya's Bithub Africa Mines Bitcoin Using Solar Power
John Karanja

Bithub Africa has laid out a series of interconnected cables and devices at its small mining facility in Nairobi. An inverter connects to a battery, which is patched through to a controller that is linked to a 200-watt solar panel. The PV module is fixed to the roof at an angle to maximize solar capture. “We are using a standard (solar) panel that generates enough to power a small network node that runs the blockchain software,” Karanja said.

In a separate demonstration video on Bitcoinke, a Kenyan news site, he explained the setup in more detail. “Essentially what we have here is that the nuc computing device is integrated to the controller to generate the tokens on the protocol,” he said.

Founded in 2015, Bithub.Africa is a commercial blockchain accelerator that is driving the adoption of blockchain technology and solutions across Africa. The company also focuses on building systems that facilitate access to financial services and energy through public blockchain projects and open protocols such as Bitcoin.

In addition to its solar-powered cryptocurrency mining operations, Bithub Africa also extracts litecoin and ripple using conventional sources of electricity, with only minimum air-conditioning needed to keep the mining rigs from overheating. Its payments unit is aided by two Bitcoin Lightining nodes, which are collectively capable of supporting three million transactions per second.

Unfounded Environmental Claims

Off-grid solar panels are already lighting up many homes in urban and rural areas across Africa. And now they are also creating new businesses in cryptocurrency mining, on a continent that boasts an excellent solar resource.

Kenya’s Bithub Africa Mines Bitcoin Using Solar Power

 

With bitcoin mining facing criticism from environmental activists for allegedly consuming too much electricity, new business models that utilize renewable energy to generate digital coins could help to neutralize such concerns, however untrue. Renewables are also generally cheaper than electricity derived from coal-fired power plants, which still dominate in Africa’s nascent bitcoin mining industry. They can ease concerns about the high cost of electricity and computing power.

Karanja is opposed to the hullabaloo. “Recently there has been a lot of angst focused on bitcoin mining being a major contributor to global warming due to its extrapolated energy use based on current trends,” he said via email. “We disagree that this is the case. In fact, we believe the converse; that it will spur innovation in sustainable energy solutions.”

One challenge that Bithub Africa could encounter with renewable power sources is the issue of intermittency. Solar power is dependent on reliable, sunny weather. When the sun is not shining, it can be bad for business, as the company’s cryptocurrency mining rigs have to run continually, non-stop. Some solar systems, however, can provide power in bad weather by using energy stored in batteries.

Kenya's Bithub Africa Mines Bitcoin Using Solar Power

Karanja believes that the jury is still out on the potential scalability of solar-powered cryptocurrency mining. That’s largely because the technology is in the early stages of development, he said.

“However, if you look at solutions that scale in Africa, they tend to be organized in a localized and peer-to-peer manner, as this is the main way societies are organized,” he said. “We plan to increase adoption by educating and resourcing skilled engineers who will test and deploy the solution across the continent.”

What do you think about using renewable energy to mine cryptocurrency? Let us know in the comments section below.


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链得得获联合国组织颁发“社会影响力投资创新奖”

美东时间10月30日下午,ChainDD在联合国2018全球企业社会责任峰会上荣获“社会影响力投资创新奖”。来自联合国、非政府组织和企业界的近百名代表在该峰会上做了交流。

美国东部时间10月30日下午,ChainDD在2018联合国全球企业社会责任峰会(Global Corporate Social Responsibility Summit, GCSRS)上荣获“社会影响力投资创新奖”,链得得(ChainDD)也是峰会上唯一获奖的区块链相关企业,这是对区块链未来发展趋势和ChainDD全球影响力的充分肯定。


联合国全球企业社会责任峰会于10月30日在纽约联合国总部举行,由联合国新闻部非政府组织执行委员会(DPI/NGO)、全球企业社会责基金会(GCSRF)、沃优联盟(WGCA)三大机构联合主办。来自联合国、非政府组织和企业界的近百名代表就世界各国企业如何依据联合国可持续发展目标(SDGs)承担社会责任进行了交流与经验分享。


(图为中国投资集团董事长哈里·爱德森向链得得(ChainDD)美国创始合伙人&COO代表颁奖)


峰会上与会者一致达成“将企业社会责任纳入核心业务战略,加速实现联合国2030年可持续发展目标”的共识,誓言共同参与以综合方式解决社会、经济和环境三个维度的发展问题,协助世界各国的合作伙伴走向可持续发展的道路。


ChainDD美国创始合伙人Catherine Li代表ChainDD现场领奖,并在获奖感言中表示,我们在目标成为全球领先的区块链资讯与数据服务商的路上,也非常清楚知道,要成为一家伟大的公司,必须要持续承担的社会责任和用技术创新推动解决社会问题中持续作出贡献,这也将是我们的重要使命。


本届全球企业社会责任峰会在联合国举办之际,正值全球可持续发展面临诸多挑战的关键时刻。在这次峰会上,联合国商务理事会前副主席、中华文化基金会主席约翰·艾伦,联合国青年全球领导力基金会(YGLF,联合国学术影响力、联合国非政府组织教育委员会成员)主席林达•斯蒂尔曼博士,美国前国家橄榄球联盟(NFL)管理理事会主席、体育金融界知名人士查尔斯·沙利文,中国投资集团董事长哈里·爱德森等嘉宾出席并发表了讲话。

联合国非政府组织委员会主席布鲁斯·诺茨在视频发言中表示,“可持续发展是一项马拉松而不是短跑冲刺。希望今天的活动能成为我们千里之行的第一步。” 

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链得得独家专访美国基因工程学专家:区块链或将推动基因技术重大突破

George教授表示,基因技术是人类未来发展的核心技术之一,他对区块链技术也有着同样的愿景。

George McDonald Church是美国基因工程学家、分子工程学家与化学家。他在哈佛大学担任罗伯特·温斯罗普基因学讲座教授、哈佛大学和麻省理工学院健康科学与科技教授,也是哈佛大学韦斯研究所生物工程部门的创办者。2017年,George教授创办了专注于基因测序和区块链技术的Nebula Genomics,并于今年8月完成了价值430万美元的种子轮融资。


George McDonald Church

上周,George教授在北京参加2018基因组编辑前沿国际研讨会期间,接受了链得得App的独家专访。他从一个国际顶尖基因工程专家的角度介绍了基因技术和区块链技术之间碰撞出的火花。


人类对于生命的探索从来就没有停止过,但对于生命本质的探索在近一百多年才真正有了进展。1869年科学家发现了核酸,1944年才知道核酸是遗传物质,又过了近十年,人们才知道核酸的双螺旋结构。1985年美国科学家率先提出的人类基因组计划聚集了全世界最顶尖的科学家,耗资30亿美元进行了一次完整的基因测序,直到2003年才完成,耗时13年。2003年,双螺旋结构的发现者詹姆斯·沃森进行的基因测序花费了2400万美元。


那么,仅仅13年后的2016年,基因测序的成本又是多少呢?答案是500美元,折合人民币约3000元。如果不考虑通货膨胀,现在的测序成本是25年前的600万分之一,是13年前的四万八千分之一。华大基因董事长汪建甚至还表示,基因测序成本将在2020年降至1000元人民币。


基因测序作为基因工程的基础,无论是精准医疗、基因编辑还是疾病诊断、制药都需要依靠基因测序获得人类基因数据。基因测序的成本越低,基因技术的发展就会越快,就能够越发广泛的进行普及,最终造福人类。


目前的基因研究是以基因测序公司和学术机构为核心展开的。用户在基因检测公司付费进行检测,公司再将这些数据出售给需要基因数据的企业。


以制药为例,制药公司在研发基因疗法所需的药物时,往往需要对大量的基因组数据进行研究。为了获得这些基因数据,他们需要从学术机构和基因测序公司处花费巨资来购买这些数据。而Nebula Genomics的目标就是利用区块链技术消除“中间商”,完成用户和制药企业基因组数据的直接交易,在降低制药公司的研发成本同时,也能让基因测序服务实现普及,从而推动基因疾病预防和基因精准医疗的实现。


Nebula Genomics的业务分为两部分,其一是遗传咨询:Nebula Genomics会依托其兄弟公司Veritas Genetics(奕真生物)提供的技术为个人用户提供全基因组测序、基因数据分析、遗传咨询和针对血液病、遗传病的针对性服务;


其二是基因数据库:对用户进行基因检测后,将用户的基因数据上链,形成一个属于每个用户的基因库。需要基因数据的制药企业通过基因库向用户购买基因数据,通过虚拟货币的形式向用户支付这些购买数据的费用。整个交易的过程都在链上发生,用户可以清楚的看到自己的基因数据被哪些企业用在了什么方面的研究当中。


George教授告诉链得得App,基因制药往往需要数以百万记的个人基因数据,即便是以最低成本(500美元)来算,这些数据的获得成本也称得上是天文数字了。但如果让更多制药公司联合承担,基因数据获取成本就会大幅度下降。这个体系一旦构建完成,一方面会吸引大量用户进行基因检测,在获取虚拟货币的同时也让基因检测普及开来,另一方面也让基因药物,尤其是治疗罕见病的基因药物研发成本降低,从而为这一小部分患者带来希望。


在这个体系当中,去中心化的区块链技术起到了在制药商和用户之间牵线搭桥的关键作用。



其中,由于区块链是一个去中心化的加密账本,在基因库中的数据仅仅属于用户本人,并不属于Nebula Genomics。用户将数据储存在链上是非常安全的。制药公司以token从用户手中获得基因数据,基因数据所产生的收益就可以绕过中间商直接交给用户。


除了虚拟货本本身的投资价值之外,这些token在未来也可以用来兑换基因检测服务和直接购买药品,最终实现一个价值闭环,让每一个参与者都能够从中受益:用户获得了药品、基因测序和遗传咨询服务,制药企业之间利用基因库与其他药企分摊了成本,降低了研发成本。在这个过程当中还产生了巨大的社会效益:由于基因测序和遗传咨询的推广,基因层面的精准医疗得以实现,恶劣先天疾病的出现率急剧降低,药品价格也随着研发成本的降低而降低。


在电影《达拉斯买家俱乐部》和《我不是药神》中都描述了患者面临天价药品的挣扎。而作为制药方,药物的高昂研发成本又让其不得不提高药品价格,最终成为一个死循环:病人买不起药,药厂赚不到钱,赚不到钱的药厂会失去对特效药进行开发的兴趣,最终导致双输的局面。面对这样的死循环,药品研发成本的降低能够将制药企业从“能不能赚到钱”的焦虑当中解脱出来,关注特效药,尤其是罕见病治疗药物,从而拯救更多病患。


区块链技术在这个过程当中起到了决定性的作用。George教授表示,让制药企业来负担基因检测成本的想法在很久之前就已经形成了,但他始终找不到一种方式,能让企业在不获得个人基因数据的同时将其出售给制药企业。区块链作为一种去中心化的加密账本恰好能够解决这个问题。


因为整个交易都在链上进行,Nebula Genomics无法私自将数据出售给制药企业,而制药企业也只能从个人用户手中购买这些数据,实现了制药企业替个人用户承担基因测序成本,并让这个过程变得完全透明化,从而保护这些敏感的数据不被滥用。


2003年,联合国教科文组织制订的《国际人类基因数据宣言》中强调,所有的医学数据,包括基因数据和蛋白质组数据,不管是否具有明显的信息内容,都应高度保密。区块链技术正以其高度安全性保证了基因数据的保密性和安全性。


George教授表示,基因技术是人类未来发展的核心技术之一,他对区块链技术也有着同样的愿景。将基因技术和区块链技术相结合就能让这两种技术真正的走进千家万户,成为改变未来的契机。(本文独家首发链得得App

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高晓松再谈区块链


可能看《晓说》的观众对高晓松的认知还停留在见多识广的文化人、知识分子层面上,人们佩服他的才华。但实际上,无论是文化界,还是知识分子圈层,高晓松对前沿技术的观察和思考,早就走到了大多数人的前面。


文 | 十叶希

最早从2017年,高晓松开始频繁提到虚拟货币和区块链技术。

在这位才华横溢、自由奔放的文艺工作者的思想体系里,区块链是一个有用的技术,认为“人类从头那货币就是虚拟的”。


10月中旬,在清华大学一间普通的教室里,高晓松站在自己的学弟学妹们面前,摇着一把从不离手的扇子,再次提及区块链技术。

这一次,他讲到的是如何用区块链技术帮助文创领域创作者确权。这不是一个新鲜的话题,去年就有几个区块链创业项目试图落地帮助创作者确权的区块链应用。

但当高晓松提出这个设想,也许与其他不同。2015年7月起,高晓松就出任阿里巴巴旗下阿里音乐董事长,去年又被聘为阿里娱乐战略委员会主席,负责阿里大文娱的国际战略。3年多时间里,阿里音乐在版权方面多有突破。而阿里系从马云到集团旗下的多个产业,都曾明确态度拥抱区块链。

所以业内人士认为,高晓松多次在外畅谈区块链和虚拟货币,也许是阿里真的在此有所行动。而若真的有所行动,又必将对这个产业产生影响。

对于外界的猜测我们不得而知,但我们可以通过高晓松此次清华演讲,窥探表面总随性潇洒的高晓松,实则对区块链的理解到了什么地步。


“今天不讲文艺”

作为曾经在清华读书的学长,高晓松每次回校园都备受关注。秋季阳光正好,10月中旬的清华园格外明媚,大教室被提前赶到的同学坐的满满当当。高晓松一身休闲装扮,拿着他那把题字为“晓书馆”的扇子走进教室。

“我就站着讲吧,不然就更像‘矮大紧’了。”一阵哄笑。

“今天不讲文艺创作,我是专讲数据的。”他说。

1990年就创作了《同桌的你》、《白衣飘飘的年代》、《青春无悔》的高晓松,给外界尤其是文艺青年的印象是文化人、知识分子。然而,1988年进入清华大学读书时,高晓松选的专业是电子工程系无线电专业。

这也是为什么近几年在高晓松的节目《晓说》里,他可以轻松提及大数据、虚拟货币和区块链技术。

一位自称高晓松粉丝的区块链从业者告诉Odaily星球日报,也许无线电专业基础和广博的思维方式,让高晓松比其他文艺界人士更容易接受区块链技术。

因此在清华的那场演讲里,尽管下面做的是来自各个专业的同学,而且大多数没有接触过区块链,高晓松还是告诉大家,他希望能够运用智能合约,明确内容产品的价值,让生产者获得多少收益都可以用节点来分散确权。

也许有学生听不懂这些区块链专业名词,高晓松铺垫了他所表达的这个观点的背景,即目前文创产业存在很多侵权、收益不均等痛点。


“价值Token化让创作者直接收益”

在目前的文创产业里,收益方式主要是广告和创作者的授权,其中有很多不透明、侵权的行为。

高晓松告诉讲台下的同学,区块链技术有不可篡改的特点,创作者将自己的作品上传到区块链平台上,平台将会为作品生成一个不可改变的、准确的原创证明,证明其归属和完整性,并同时记录到链上,出现盗用的情况也可以查出,从而有效保护版权。

同时,高晓松还提及,由于中心化程度较高,创作者和用户之间的有效联系更弱,往往还需要经过许多环节,中间环节的分成使创作者得到的收益较少。

“去中心化将价值Token化,以类似积分的方式交易、流通,用户进行购买,形成社群经济体系,创作者可以直接得到收益。”高晓松说。

他举了音乐方面的例子,影视产业成本对于影片质量和受众的影响较大,而音乐更多是粉丝驱动的平台。20%的粉丝能够为内容买单,但其中1%的粉丝花费了总金额的80-90%,但这依然是“弱价值”。

如果运用区块链技术,将可以有效转化为强价值。具体的操作方式是采用Token积分的方式,来进行平台的购票。这种去中心化的积分,通过“点对点”的交易,个人之间实现积分的交换,可以通过这一方式进行票补。


另一种转换为强价值的方式是粉丝对IP的积分“投资”来分享收益。例如,用户看好某位作者的作品,可以用积分进行投票,当这一作品获得关注而升值,积分的作用就类似于股票的方式来投资。通过粉丝收益的方式减短了产业链,驱动行业发展。和传统的通过唱片公司等进行投资,由少数人决定市场不同。


“多次公开谈及区块链技术”

可能看《晓说》的观众对高晓松的认知还停留在见多识广的文化人、知识分子层面上,人们佩服他的才华。但实际上,无论是文化界,还是知识分子圈层,高晓松早就走到了大多数人的前面。


(密集恐惧症慎点)

去年5月,在一期名为《未来世界》的节目里,高晓松就畅想了区块链能帮助人类实现的去中心化办公的场景,天马行空的想象中,试图解决大公司办公效率低的问题。

今年3月的一次采访中,高晓松大谈区块链技术将为音乐带来革命性的影响。他表示音乐版权分发可能进入到区块链阶段,去掉中间环节,让音乐人更直接的获得收益。高晓松判断,在区块链技术的基础上,音乐的应用会爆炸式的成长。这可能是继互联网音乐后又一次重大的革命。

2015年7月15日高晓松加盟阿里音乐,出任阿里音乐董事长。2016年9月出任阿里娱乐战略委员会主席。在文创领域的多年经历和现有职权都促使他去深刻理解版权、合理的利益分配对于创作者的重要性。

所以,高晓松才会多次公开畅谈如何运用区块链技术解决上述问题。


今年4月,在其《晓说:货币战争》节目中,他畅谈货币的本质,“货币本质其实不在于它到底是金子还是银子,最重要的是全体人们都共同认定这个东西,有交换价值,它就是货币。所以我这个很不明白的一件事,就是今天好多人在批判虚拟货币,人类从头那货币就是虚拟的。”

业内人士分析,高晓松为什么对区块链等技术如此关注,一方面是其曾经是清华电子系的学生,加上他本来就天马行空的思维方式和广博的知识体系,致使其对前沿技术本身拥有异于常规文艺界、知识分子的敏感性。


曾“凑热闹”加入

“3点钟无眠区块链群”

在今年春节期间,高晓松还曾加入了彼时中国区块链圈子最火的“3点钟无眠区块链群”。

 

“偷偷来学几句江湖切口,以免跟不上时代。”高晓松在群里说,并且@李笑来。群内人士一片欢腾,有人回复,“内容产业需要区块链来颠覆。”

群内大多数区块链创业者,高晓松也曾谈到关于创业的话题。他认为最好的创业机会是上下游都打散,而区块链技术搭建了大量的“碎片化”的创业机会,是颠覆性的未来产业的影响。

其实在文创领域运用区块链技术,近两年已有不少项目在进行尝试。例如「颜场FAC」、ENT娱乐链等投创类项目,就是通过区块链技术重塑文创娱乐产业。


在娱乐产业中,传统渠道话语权较大、中间人过多、IP内容侵权等问题一直得不到有效解决。通过区块链实现去中心化的内容传播、降低明星和粉丝之间的交易成本、对内容进行确权和传播、通过Token化的经济体系把行业串联起来。

也因此,吸引了不少文娱产业有影响力的人士和企业都来关注区块链技术。

在这场清华大学演讲中,同学们听完高晓松讲区块链,有些被他深深吸引,也有同学表示还应该对区块链和文创产业的结合与发展,抱有更加审慎的态度。

毕竟在公链技术尚未成熟的情况下,无法承载拥有较大用户量应用的使用,这就使得较大平台使用区块链技术保护版权存在技术壁垒。而在弱价值转换为强价值的过程中,怎样保证大公司购买用户积分,引导投资意向而产生再次的“中心化”行为,都是需要在技术运用中需要解决的问题。


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Chinese Ecommerce Giant JD Launches Blockchain Research Lab

While China is known for its rather unfriendly stance toward cryptocurrencies, the situation is significantly better when it comes to blockchain technology. Numerous companies, influential individuals, and even the country itself recognize that this is the technology of the future. As such, they are very supportive of it and eager to expand it further and compete with other nations that are doing the same.

In an attempt to do so, China’s largest retailer, JD.com, decided to collaborate with NJIT’s (New Jersey Institute of Technology) Ying Wu College of Computing. In addition, the two entities are joined by ISCAS (Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences).

Despite the fact that blockchain technology is already accepted and supported in many countries around the world, this technology still cannot experience a wider application. This is due to several issues, such as stability challenges, efficiency issues, and alike. It is problems like these that the three entities will attempt to solve, in addition to exploring other aspects of this technology. The research is expected to last for several years, and to inspect multiple areas of blockchain in order to expand it and discover new use cases for it.

This represents only the latest move that China, or a company based in China, has made in order to further develop blockchain technology. So far, there were many reports of blockchain firms being much more successful. Some reports even claim that China is funding blockchain startups all the time, wishing to be the leading country when it comes to this technology.

China Supports Blockchain

Blockchain technology is still rather young, and there are numerous issues and vulnerabilities that have yet to be solved. However, blockchain is also a technology that has grown far beyond its original purpose already. Even those who have been skeptical of cryptocurrencies for years have welcomed blockchain with open arms, such as Alibaba’s Jack Ma.

Numerous startups with a focus on this technology’s use cases have appeared since then, like VeChain. This is a commercial blockchain platform that is using blockchain’s capabilities to track the import of red wine. Shipping firms have found that the blockchain technology is an excellent method of tracking international shipments at all times.

In addition, it is not only startups who has developed a strong interest in this technology. Chinese powerhouses like Tencent, Baidu, and Alibaba are competing in its development, not only with the world but also with one another. Since they are all well-established firms, they have more developers and funding that they can devote to expanding this technology.

While the enthusiasm and excitement regarding this technology is still very strong, a lot of firms that are involved with the blockchain are trying to keep a low profile. The regulations are still unclear, ICOs are completely banned, and exchanges are not allowed to provide services in this country. While China doesn’t seem to have issues with blockchain technology itself, a lot of these firms are not willing to take risks and announce their progress.

For now, it appears that China’s authorities aim to maintain control over this technology. However, they are also more than willing to expand it further, which is why they encourage innovation through the launch of their own initiatives.

 

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Central Election Commission Head Says It’s Time To Rebrand The Word Blockchain in Russia

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Central Election Commission Head Says It’s Time To Rebrand The Word Blockchain in Russia

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The leader of Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) said at a recent conference how there needs to be a new word to describe ‘blockchain’ in the country if the technology was going to advance.

According to TASS, Ella Pamfilova made the remarks at a conference focusing on the 25th anniversary of Russia’s electoral system.

Topics included discussions on the viability of electronic voting technology, including blockchain-based systems.

Pamfilova made headlines in March after revealing plans to unveil a blockchain-based voting system to protect against rigging “from any side whatsoever.”

She hoped at the time it would be ready for use by the 2024 Russian presidential elections. 

A Rebrand Of The Word Is Needed

The CEC head gave some insights about how the word blockchain fits into the Russian language.

Pamfilova said the word ‘block’ had a connotation with something closed – since a third of Russia’s population was held behind bars. Then, she said “you have ‘chain’. ‘Block’ and ‘chain’ — it works on a subconscious level.”

Pamfilova suggested a study be carried out to actually see if a change is necessary, but maintained a “clear Russian word” was needed. She did not propose an alternate or equivalent for the word.

She made her remarks about the word blockchain in a response to a speech by a conference participant where they discussed the advantages of using the tech during an election period.

TASS reported how Pamfilova made a suggestion earlier in the conference about “renaming the ballot box” because the words led to “unpleasant associations.”

Crusading For Fair Elections In Russia?

Pamfilova’s ascension to the top of the Central Election Commission has given her considerable press coverage, especially in light of her past work as a rights activist.

Back in 2016, she noted in an interview how her appointment suggested a “political desire for normal, fair and open elections” since she was not one to “play the subordinate.”

At the time, she said President Vladimir Putin “knows my difficult character.”

Others, however, thought her appointment was just a strategy for the Kremlin to maintain electoral control and avoid protests.

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Bitcoin (BTC) Price Analysis – October 31

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BTCUSD Medium-term Trend: Bearish

Resistance levels: $7,000, $7,100, $7,200

Support levels: $6,200, $6,100, $6,000   

The BTCUSD pair was in a bearish trend yesterday. There has been no significant price movement in the last 24 hours. The price of Bitcoin fell to the $6,300 price level and commenced fluctuations above that level. The indices and the indicators are pointing in the same same direction for the price. Firstly, from the price action, the BTC price is below exponential moving averages (EMAs) and the crypto’s price is ranging for another fall.

Secondly, the Stochastic indicator has remained oversold since yesterday. The stochastic is below 20 which indicates that the momentum is strong on the downside. The price of  Bitcoin is likely to fall and test the $6,200 price level which is in the lower price range. If there is more pressure at the $6,200 price level, Bitcoin will find support at the $6,000 price level.    

BTCUSD Short-term Trend: Bearish  

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On the short term trend, Bitcoin is in a bearish trend. The crypto’s price is ranging and likely to see another price breakout. The price is below the 12-day EMA and 26-day EMA which indicates that the price is in the bearish trend zone. The Relative strength index period 14 is level 26 which indicates that the market is oversold suggesting bulls will take control of the market.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

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Will Small Companies Beat Large Corporations if They Use Blockchain?

An American startup is building a blockchain agnostic protocol in a bid to provide small businesses with affordable access to new technology, and drive the mass adoption of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

Opporty, with experienced founders from the U.S., has also set up a “trusted and verified services marketplace” on the Ethereum blockchain, with features such as smart contracts, decentralized escrow, and lead generation. The company believes its platform helps small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to compete with large corporations, without requiring large investments in technology and marketing.

Widespread coverage

By now, Opporty has launched its platform’s localizations in China, the UK, Canada, the USA, and Australia. As the company reported to Cointelegraph, currently there are approximately up to 10 registrations per day, by new providers on the platform. “Therefore, we observe that SMEs are ready to grow and benefit with Opporty, an online Marketplace that cares,” added the company’s representative.

First providers already signed up

In the beginning of 2018, Opporty has acquired two new clients in New York. Both offer crypto payment options on their websites.

Universal Accounting Systems, uses the company’s platform to allow its clients to pay with Bitcoin and Ethereum for tax preparation and other services. It uses Opporty’s smart widget to offer its clients a simple view of its services, and allows them to pay with cryptocurrency.

Hudson Law Group, a midtown firm headed by David Treyster, has posted some customized crypto-based offerings for its clients using the Opporty marketplace. It also uses the smart widget and has already begun receiving crypto transactions through it.

The company says, the amount of U.S.-based providers which registered on the platform has increased. The Australian version, which has recently been released, already has new providers that accept crypto payments, including OPP, the company’s token.

The widgets by Opporty allow users to receive payments from customers. Companies that have listed their crypto-based offers at Opporty, ​get smart widgets on their websites​. Once the widget is placed, consumers can choose from several payment options, including ETH and BTC.

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“Small business owners now realize that cryptocurrencies can give them a head start over their competition,” Opporty founder Sergey Grybniak said in a release. Opporty enables anyone to use cryptocurrency, and the attendant benefits of blockchain, without having to master the underlying technology, the entrepreneur added.

Opporty’s Plasma Protocol

In March 2018, the Opporty team decided to implement ​Ethereum’s Plasma Protocol to “resolve the trust issues in business transactions and lack of privacy in traditional blockchain solutions.” The ​First backend version of Opporty’s Plasma solution allowed users to process around 5,000 transactions per second, the company said.

“Then we have decided to come up with our own solution for ​Plasma Cash​, an enhancement technology for Plasma Protocol. After tireless work, our developers managed to enhance the technology​ to achieve the highest public test, which was more than Alipay at peak,” reported the Opporty team to Cointelegraph.

Opporty’s B2B platform allows providers to list their offerings on the B2B services marketplace in a targeted manner, post requests for proposals, receive bids, and execute deals.

The company claims that it resolves trust and sustainability problems between counterparties by storing business transaction data, including transaction quality, on the blockchain. It enables verification and validation of counterparty trustworthiness by implementing the Plasma Protocol. Its benefits position Opporty as a reliable option for domestic and cross-border transactions using cryptocurrencies, which can be used in supply chain risk management, corporate transactions and government procurements. The PoE protocol allows integration with other blockchain-powered platforms.

Big Achievements

Opporty’s project is constantly acquiring new updates and features, such as BLS threshold signatures and Delegated Proof of Stake, zk-SNARKs.

Right now Opporty is in its beta development, with MVP (Minimum Viable Product) already available for application and use. The open-source code has been released on GitHub.

Opporty is a member of China Cooperative Trade Enterprise Association, and the company is advised by Mr. Daniel Wu, who is a Deputy Director of One Belt One Road Development center.

In April 2018, Opporty joined the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), the world’s largest open source blockchain initiative. EEA is a non-profit organization that supports Ethereum-based technology best practices and the whole industry.

The company is proud to be a partner of InfiniVision Network Technology (Shanghai) in the fields of big data and blockchain integrations.

In 2018, ​Opporty has scored two Bronze Awards​, a renowned reward among entrepreneurs and innovators. It won the Stevie International Business Competition in the following nominations: Company of the Year  —  Business or Professional Services  —  Small category, and Online Marketing Campaign of the Year category.

Understanding that an online marketplace could be something much more than just a business product, Opporty has become a UN Global Compact participant. Taking part in this initiative, the Opporty team conducts research work in the fields of resolving issues of poverty and unemployment.

OPP, the company’s token, is already available on several exchanges, and the list is being updated.

 

Disclaimer. Cointelegraph does not endorse any content or product on this page. While we aim at providing you all important information that we could obtain, readers should do their own research before taking any actions related to the company and carry full responsibility for their decisions, nor this article can be considered as an investment advice.