Why Ford Believes Blockchain Can Help Fight Child Labor

Ford has partnered with IBM to use blockchain to fight child labor in the cobalt mining industry. | Source: Shutterstock Automotive giant Ford has entered a partnership with IBM, Huayou Cobalt, and LG Chem to build a blockchain platform to monitor the supply of cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of an attempt to ensure that child labor does not make up any part of its supply chain. Ford & IBM Partner to Monitor Cobalt Mines Announced on Wednesday, the project, which will be managed by the…

Genesis Partners With Blockchain Security Firm to Provide Direct Custody Operations

Blockchain security firm BitGo has partnered with Bitcoin (BTC) over-the-counter (OTC) trading platform Genesis Global Trading. The partnership intends to allow clients to trade crypto directly from BitGo custody, according to a press release posted today, Jan. 16. Following the recent acquisition of a crypto custodian qualification, BitGo has endeavored to improve its custodial services by protecting clients’ funds through allowing them to trade digital assets without need for withdrawals from hard storage. The new feature enables clients of тче BitGo custody service to conduct buy and sell orders directly…

Canada Digital ID System Could Use Blockchain to Secure Data, Says Banking Executive

A Canadian banking group supports the idea of using blockchain technology as part of a digital ID system for residents, national news agency The Canadian Press reported via various local media outlets on Jan. 15. Speaking during a presentation at the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto, chief executive of the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) Neil Parmenter said it was necessary for untamperable solutions to form the basis of ID procedures relating to the banking and finance sectors going forward. The comments come as Canada eyes the opportunities afforded by…

South Korean District to Implement Blockchain for Administrative Transparency

A district in the South Korean capital has announced it will apply blockchain to its proposal evaluation system, privately owned local news agency Newsis reports on Jan. 16 According to the article, South Korea’s Yeongdeungpo-gu — an administrative district in southwest Seoul — aims to strengthen its administrative transparency by applying a blockchain-based evaluation system. The system will also help to avoid falsifications within the various public service bidding company selection procedures, the publication notes. The blockchain-based application will be used throughout all proposal evaluation projects in the district in…

IBM, Ford Blockchain Pilot Targets Cobalt Supplies From Democratic Republic of Congo

Global technology giant IBM will use its blockchain platform to monitor and trace supplies of cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the company confirmed in a press release on Jan. 15. IBM, which has already used the in-house IBM Blockchain platform built on the Hyperledger Fabric in multiple use case environments, will now target the rapidly expanding supplies of cobalt needed for electric cars and consumer devices. The scheme will run in tandem with motor company Ford, South Korean cathode maker LG Chem and China’s Huayou Cobalt. RCS Global,…

Spanish Energy Firm Repsol Claims Blockchain Can Help It Save 400,000 Euro per Year

Madrid-based energy company Repsol reported a successful test of a blockchain pilot to improve the quality of safety certification of its products. Cointelegraph in Spanish reported the news on Jan. 15. Established in 1987, Repsol is a leading energy company that operates in the oil and gas industry, including exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas. In the first nine months of 2018, the company’s net income reached 2,7 billion euros, rising by 37 percent since the beginning of the year, according to Financial Times. The Repsol…

Rising Blockchain Dev Salary May Not Mean Increasing Crypto Activity

Rising blockchain developer salaries doesn’t necessarily mean crypto is on the upswing. | Source: Shutterstock Despite the 80 percent correction in the crypto market, blockchain developers are making $130,000 to $180,000 a year. But, the rising salaries of blockchain developers do not necessarily translate to an increase in developer activity in the crypto sector. Too Many Variables in Crypto Over the past two years, especially at the height of the bull market in late 2017, the crypto industry saw an inflow of talent from the technology and financial space. Some,…

Blockchain Adoption in IoT Industry More Than Doubled in 2018: Survey

Blockchain adoption in the Internet of Things (IoT) industry more than doubled over the last 12 months, a survey conducted by major Dutch cybersecurity firm Gemalto reveals Jan. 15. According to the survey, firms in the IoT industry are increasingly turning to blockchain tech, with adoption of blockchain more than doubling from 9 to 19 percent in the past 12 months. Gemalto reportedly surveyed 950 information technology (IT) and business decision makers globally. According to the survey data, 90 percent of the companies think that IoT device security is a…

European Blockchain Startup Launches Trading in Tokenized Securities

Belarus-based blockchain startup Currency.com has launched a trading platform for tokenized securities. The firm announced Tuesday that the platform would allow investors to directly trade and invest in financial instruments using the cryptocurrencies bitcoin or ethereum, without first converting to fiat. The platform will initially host over 150 tokenized securities, tracking the underlying market price of financial instruments such as equity and commodities, it said, while over 10,000 similar offerings could be available in the future. Currency.com explained that the service lets investors buy a token that would reflect the…

Major Blockchain Investors Arrington XRP, NEO Global Back DEX-Focused Startup

Decentralized exchange (DEX) aggregator Totle has closed a fresh funding round led by major blockchain investors, according to a blog post from the firm Jan. 14. Arrington XRP, a crypto-focused hedge fund created by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, alongside top blockchain investment funds NEO Global Capital (NGC) and Goren Holm Ventures, have reportedly jointly led the $1 million round. Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, Totle focuses on building infrastructure to support the decentralized application (DApp) and DEX ecosystem — notably through the recent launch of its API. As the post outlines:…