‘Child porn links could make Bitcoin blockchain illegal’

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Researchers in Germany have found hundreds of links to child sexual abuse imagery on Bitcoin’s blockchain. This could make using the blockchain, a digital ledger of crypto-currency transactions, illegal.  The study, from RWTH Aachen University, also said other files on the blockchain may violate copyright and privacy laws.  Researchers said they had found eight files with sexual content…. Read more »

How blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin, could change your life

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  Digital evangelists believe that the blockchain could revolutionize everything from legal contracts to the way we use the internet.  The trouble is, most people still don’t really know what the blockchain actually is, aside from being associated with the hyped — and volatile — digital currency bitcoin. Given the current cryptocurrency market, that has made blockchain a hot commodity…. Read more »

Startup Codex Brings Blockchain to Art With Backing From Pantera

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Verifying authenticity or provenance is one of the art industry’s biggest challenges. Blockchain can help. Blockchain is a potentially revolutionary technology for all sorts of industries, from finance to food safety, social media and retail. A startup plans to use it in the notoriously opaque world of fine art to verify authenticity.  Codex has developed a decentralized database… Read more »

IBM, Maersk Form New Blockchain Company for International Cargo

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IBM and A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S have started a company that will use new technologies such as blockchain, a digital ledger best known for underpinning bitcoin, to track cargo movements and automate paperwork for shipping across international borders. Source: BusinessWeek Date: January 16th, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-16/ibm-maersk-form-new-blockchain-company-for-international-cargo Discussion 1) It is becoming more and more apparent that blockchain technology is going to… Read more »

Banking On The Blockchain

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Ever since Bitcoin was introduced in late 2008, the blockchain code that underpins the cryptocurrency has been the source of hope and fear—and much hype. In theory, agile startups could create software built on blockchain protocols with the hope of providing a safer, faster, cheaper and more transparent alternative to traditional financial intermediaries, such as… Read more »

How The Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Going To Change The Lives Of The Bottom Billion

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Description: The blockchain is coming—and it’s going to create huge benefits for the world’s poorest people, from financial access to property rights to controlling their identities. Source: Fast Co. Exist Date: March 15, 2016 Perhaps it’s hard to imagine bitcoin making the world a better place. The price has shuffled around a lot, invoking something more… Read more »