Swiss University Fights Fake Diplomas With Blockchain Technology

The University of St. Gallen in Switzerland is setting its sights on blockchain technology to fight fake diplomas, a type of fraud that has been on the rise globally in recent years. Degree certification According to a CNN Money Switzerland interview from Sept. 19, the University of St. Gallen has announced that it is introducing a blockchain-based pilot project to verify the authenticity of its degrees in a matter of seconds rather than several days. The university’s CIO Harald Rotter said: “I saw that it could be necessary and it…

Global Blockchain Tech Market to Surpass $16B by 2024

The global blockchain technology market is estimated to surpass $16 billion by 2024, according to a recent report from market research firm Global Market Insights, Inc. The report In a Sept. 20 press release, Global Market Insights provided highlights from its 180-page-long report entitled “Blockchain Technology Market By Providers (Infrastructure Provider, Application Provider, Operators), Application (Smart Contract, Payment & Wallet, Digital Identity, Exchange, Compliance & Risk Management), End-Use (BFSI, Government, Healthcare, IT Service, Media & Entertainment, Transportation & Logistics), Regional Outlook, Competitive Market Share & Forecast 2024.” Per the analysis,…

Got ID? New Projects Explore Blockchain Identity Systems

The rapid onset of technological advancement is not evenly spread. Society is increasingly becoming digitally literate and uses emerging technology for work, to communicate and pay for things in ways unimaginable just 15 years ago. So, why are methods of governance largely unchanged since the invention of liberal democracy hundreds of years ago?  Although many aspects of government remain entrenched in the past, one area is being brought into the 21st century: identity. With fears regarding third-party data abuse, citizens are more concerned than ever about how this affects their…

Malaysian Ministry of Education Fights Fake Degrees With Blockchain Tech

The Malaysian Ministry of Education has introduced E-Skrol, an application built on the NEM blockchain to deal with the issue of certificate fraud through the use of blockchain technology. In a Sept. 19 article by local news agency Bernama, the Ministry of Education in Malaysia announced that the previously introduced E-Skrol blockchain application, which makes it possible to verify the authenticity of Maylaysian educational degrees, will now be available for all public and private universities in the country. The E-Skrol application aims to tackle the increasing cases of fake educational…

‘The Business Blockchain’ Author Predicts Year-End Prices of Top Cryptos – CCN.com

On Wednesday, the author of the book “The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology,” William Mougayar, took to Twitter to share his fearless forecast on the possible year-end prices of top cryptos. The crypto tokens that made Mr. Mougayar’s list include bitcoin, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, and Binance Coin among others. Strong end of the year predictions from William Mougayar. | Source: Twitter What immediately caught our attention is the author’s predictions on the top two cryptos. Mr. Mougayar believes that bitcoin will print a new…

South Korea’s CJ Corp Taps Amazon’s Blockchain for Music Copyrights

An IT arm of South Korea’s major conglomerate CJ Corp is using Amazon’s blockchain tech to improve music copyright management. CJ Corp implementing Amazon Managed Blockchain CJ OliveNetworks, a technology subsidiary of CJ, has reportedly implemented Amazon Managed Blockchain in its new digital copyright system for recording and tracking music in broadcast content, local news agency Yonhap reported on Sept. 19. Specifically, the firm reportedly deployed Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) file-based video transcoding service Elemental MediaConvert to recognize and extract music content from broadcasting data. Secure data sharing and storage…

Singapore Bank Giant OCBC Joins JPMorgan’s Blockchain Network

OCBC has become the first Singapore-based bank to join JPMorgan Chase’s interbank blockchain network. According to a Business Times Singapore report on Sept. 20, a total of 134 banks from the Asia-Pacific region are now participants in JPMorgan’s blockchain-powered interbank information network (IIN). OCBC is the second-largest bank in Southeast Asia by assets and among the larger financial institutions in Asia-Pacific. 343 banks have joined JPMorgan’s network since 2018 These 134 banks comprise almost 40% of the 343 banks that have joined IIN since 2018. The network’s largest national bloc is Japan,…

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health Launches Blockchain System

United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) launched a blockchain system for recording and sharing information of healthcare workers in health facilities. The official news agency of the UAE reported the development on Sept. 18, noting that the system aims to improve data integrity. A healthcare data sharing solution Per the report, the platform will “save and share the assessment information of health professionals, including doctors, pharmacists and technicians with local licensing health authorities.”  Assistant under-secretary of the Support Services Sector, Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, offered some…

Publicly-Listed Mining Firm Argo Blockchain Adds 1,000 New Miners

Mining firm Argo Blockchain installs 1,000 more mining machines, financial news outlet ProactiveInvestors reports on Sept. 19. The addition of the new machines would take the company’s total number of miners to 6,000. Furthermore, the firm also plans to acquire another 6,000 of them in the next two quarters. The firm, publicly traded on the London stock exchange under the ARB ticker. Reports which circulated in August also pointed out that the company signed a deal to increase its electricity supply by 357%, which would be enough to power an…

IBM and Citibank Join Singapore Late-Stage Blockchain Accelerator

IBM, Citibank and video game giant Ubisoft have signed up to Singapore-based blockchain accelerator Tribe Accelerator. Corporations mingle with blockchain startups Local news outlet TheStraitsTimes reported on Sept. 18 that the companies above joined as corporate partners Tribe accelerator for the second edition of its four-month program. Per the report, Tribe helps blockchain startups in their growth-stage by connecting them with major corporations. Startups of this second group operate in fields such as media and advertising, cybersecurity, healthcare, fintech and supply chain management.  The list of participating startups includes Binance-backed…