Australia’s Science Agency & Commonwealth Bank Trial Blockchain ‘Smart Money’

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn A trial conducted by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Data61 unit of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has proven that blockchain-powered smart money possesses immense social and economic benefits for Australia’s insurance scheme for persons living with disabilities. In the proof of concept, it was demonstrated that participants in Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) benefited from increased choice and control using the smart money that they accessed via a prototype app. Not only were administrative costs reduced but the risk of…

Blockchain Wunderkinds Headline Forbes 30-Under-30 List

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn The blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem is well represented in this year’s Forbes 30-Under-30 list, with four young founders and CEOs aged between 25 and 28 featured for their work on crypto finance, blockchain scaling and crypto asset management. Olaoluwa Osuntokun (25), Nader Al-Naji (26), JB Rubinovitz (26) and Hunter Horsley (28) have made their debut on this year’s list after applying blockchain technology to solve real world problems through their various startups. Disrupting Economic Instability and Scaling Bitcoin Olaoluwa Osuntokun is featured this year because of his…

IBM Looks to Disrupt Scientific Research on the Blockchain

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn The use cases for distributed ledger technology are on the rise, as evidenced by IBM’s most recent patent application for open scientific research on the blockchain. The tech giant envisions a system in which a blockchain represents an experiment with individual blocks comprised of project components including research data, data analysis and results as well as post-data analysis and more all with block-linking capabilities to reflect the status of modifications. The patent, which was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office at year-end 2017, comes on the…

Singapore’s Central Bank, Stock Exchange Settle Tokenised Assets on a Blockchain

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn In a blockchain breakthrough, Singapore’s central bank and the country’s primary stock exchange have successfully developed an automated method for rapid settlements of tokenized assets. In an announcement on Sunday, the government of Singapore announced the successful development of a Delivery versus Payment (DvP) mechanism – powered by smart contracts – for settlement of tokenized assets over different blockchain platforms. As reported by CCN in August, the joint endeavor was built upon the blockchain developed by the central bank’s effort to tokenize the Singaporean dollar into a…

BBVA and Co-Lenders Complete $150 Million Syndicated Loan on a Blockchain

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Two European and one Japanese bank one have completed the first blockchain-based syndicated loan. Together with France’s BNP Paribas and Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Spain’s banking behemoth BBVA utilized a private blockchain network in arranging a syndicated loan amounting to US$150 million for grid operator Red Electrica. Initially reported by the Financial Times, legal advisers were also granted access to the private blockchain network allowing instant exchange of information among all the parties to the deal. According to BBVA, the blockchain pilot is proof that distributed…

Cities in China are Using Blockchain to Track Parolees

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn At least two Chinese cities are using blockchain technology to track offenders on parole, CCN has learned. In the city of Foshan, a report from May indicates that officials would like to deck their system out with bracelets similar to those issued in western countries. In the city of Zhongshan, which is in the same province as Foshan (Guangdong), the system will reportedly transcend boundaries previously in place for community corrections officials, such as when data regarding parolees was available to them. Both cities are essentially using…

15 Banks Join DTCC Post-Trade Blockchain as Project Enters Testing

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) has advanced its main blockchain project to a testing phase with 15 global banks, one of the last steps before taking the tech live.  Announced today, U.K.-based Barclays is among the global banks participating in the test, while the other 14 were not named. Together they will be kicking the tires of DTCC’s distributed ledger and cloud-based platform for its credit derivatives Trade Information Warehouse (TIW). Upon successful completion, DTCC expects to move to an “open” testing phase by the end of the year,…

Thailand’s Tax Authority Taps Blockchain to Fight Tax Evasion

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn In its fight against tax evasion Thailand’s tax collection agency will turn to blockchain technology among other measures to fight the vice. According to the director-general of the Revenue Department, Ekniti Nitithanprapas, the government agency will employ blockchain technology in verifying whether owed taxes were paid in the correct amounts. Per the Bangkok Post, distributed ledger technology will be used in hastening the tax refund process by the department which falls under the country’s Ministry of Finance. The director-general of the Revenue Department, who was appointed to…

China’s Central Bank Slams Blockchain Investment ‘Bubble’

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn China’s central bank has called on the government to strengthen supervision into ‘speculative’ financing and investments in the blockchain sector. The Research Bureau of the People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, published a working paper titled ‘What can a blockchain do and cannot do?’ on Tuesday. An early analysis of the working paper by CCN China can reveal that the central bank’s research arm is studying the impact of blockchain and various projects aimed at commercializing the decentralized tech in society. Pointedly, the central bank…

India’s Biggest Private Company Gets Paid on a Blockchain

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Reliance Industries, India’s largest private sector firm, has successfully participated in its first ever trade finance transaction powered by blockchain technology. In an industry first, Indian oil and energy conglomerate Reliance Industries completed a trade finance transaction with US-based Tricon Energy, a global chemical distributor. The end-to-end ‘live’ transaction was executed over R3’s Corda blockchain, a press release from HSBC India confirmed. Corda’s blockchain platform is described by the press release as a “single shared application, rather than requiring multiple isolated digital systems across various counterparties, located…