Article: A mission to keep the internet free and open for all

Civil Society, Decentralized Internet

A mission to keep the internet free and open for all

The issues that come with the changes we’re seeing with privacy, consent, and identity concern every internet user on the planet. The decisions we make today to keep the internet free and open will impact how consumers use the web in future and as an industry, we believe it is the way to building long-lasting solutions that consumers trust.

Respecting consumer privacy, while delivering on the outcomes that brands, agencies, and publishers want is key to keeping the internet free and open. I believe that technological innovation, interoperability, contributing to industry standards, and collaborating with customers are all essential to building sustainable solutions. Together, we are powering a free and open internet for everyone.

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Article: The Next Industry Open Data Will Shake Up

Civil Society, Data, Innovation, Open Source

The Next Industry Open Data Will Shake Up

There’s so much hype around the idea of open data regimes that the natural inclination is to be cynical and say it will never deliver on its promise.

But let’s suspend our cynicism, if only for a while, and imagine a world where compliance-driven open data regimes (actually) put power back into the hands of consumers. The consumers’ decisions then drive significant change among providers and, as a result, change the world for the better.

Consumers already have so much information and data on their phones and already have the power to change.

With these kinds of tools in their pockets, the power to change will literally be at our fingertips.

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Article: The Future of Work is Decentralized and Decent

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

The Future of Work is Decentralized and Decent

For decades, holding a “full-time job” with one employer has been the norm in developed economies. Increasingly, those norms are changing. A new generation of young adults entering the global workforce, the aftermath of COVID-19, and numerous other factors have spurred accelerated growth in one specific segment of the economy: independent workers.

More than one-third of U.S. workers (about 56 million total) participate in the gig economy, either as their primary or secondary jobs. Additionally, 4.33 million people in the United Kingdom were self-employed in the first months of 2021.

Beyond those raw stats, we can see the proliferation of freelancing and gig work through the emergence and rapid growth of major gig economy employers, including Uber, Lyft, Turo, Upwork, and Fiverr.

Blockchain now stands poised to take self-employed workers to the next level, with Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) leading the way.

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Article: Leveling the Playing Field: Accelerating ESG Funding in Developing Regions—Could Blockchain Be The Answer?

Blockchain, Governance, Innovation

Leveling the Playing Field: Accelerating ESG Funding in Developing Regions—Could Blockchain Be The Answer?

To encourage greater inflows of capital into sustainable infrastructure, it is necessary to lower the barriers to entry, which is especially necessary for emerging markets. This can be made possible by leveraging emerging technologies such as blockchain and tokenization technology. By digitizing and fractionalizing equity, large sustainable infrastructure such as solar panels or wind turbines—often seen to be exclusive and inaccessible—can be made more liquid, accessible, and tradable with the creation of digital “tokens” representing a share of the underlying asset. With the enhanced liquidity, asset owners can now secure capital from a substantially larger base of potential investors—a benefit especially important for sustainable asset owners from emerging markets—reshaping the sustainable infrastructure sector to benefit developing and emerging markets alike.

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Article: Artists Who Now Make a Living Because of NFTs

Crypto, Digital Content, Money

Artists Who Now Make a Living Because of NFTs

To explain the importance of transparency in her industry, squirterer recalls a situation where an art gallery took one of her physical paintings on consignment and resold it without notifying her.

But what irked her the most was that the buyer had tried to reach out to her via Facebook during the purchasing process, wanting to establish a direct connection with the artist. But the gallery explicitly said it was not allowed and forbade squirterer from engaging with buyers.

Personal experiences like that helped squirterer recognize the blockchain’s usefulness in making all transactions public, immutable and verifiable. Since joining Hive back in 2018, she’s also appreciated the importance of decentralization and anti-censorship, as she’s seen other photographers and artists banned from mainstream platforms for posting their nude art.

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Article: Decentralization vs. centralization: Where does the future lie? Experts answer

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Decentralization vs. centralization: Where does the future lie? Experts answer

Last year, the world witnessed the great rise of the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector, which has started a significant shift toward decentralization. Monopolized data, controlled by a few companies in Web 2.0, causes the redistribution toward individual users in the rise of the Web 3.0 movement, even to decentralized governance that is now theoretically, technically and practically possible.

Blockchain-backed, driven decentralization can potentially redemocratize society by regaining trust in the election process, or as some argue, by protecting democracy around the globe. While blockchain cannot solve everything, it still has the potential to solve a lot of economic and social problems such as increasing diversity and inclusion, bridging the gender gapempowering the unbanked and combating economic injustice.

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Article: Has blockchain found a place in the mainstream?

Blockchain

Has blockchain found a place in the mainstream?

Blockchain works by preserving information in blocks which are chained to each other, according to Investopedia. The system’s uniqueness stems from its sustainability since it makes an irreversible timeline of data in a decentralised nature. When a block is filled, it becomes a timestamped part of this timeline that cannot be changed through one party. Blockchain has the potential to revolutionise the way business is conducted since it includes transparency (due to its decentralised nature), organisation (since new blocks are always stored linearly and chronologically), security and traceability (once a block has been added to the end of the blockchain, it is very difficult to go back and alter its content).

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Article: ‘Crypto is going to be the most significant macro event of my career,’ says longtime investment analyst Jim Bianco

Crypto, Money

‘Crypto is going to be the most significant macro event of my career,’ says longtime investment analyst Jim Bianco

They developed the modern version of paper currencies. I think that crypto is going to be the most significant macro event of my career of the last 30 years, and it probably goes back even further. A lot of people think cryptos are a naked speculation on bitcoin BTCUSD, 0.62%, whether it will go up or down.

If you dig into the crypto universe, and you understand the phrase “decentralized finance,” or “defi,” you will find that they are recreating the entire financial system in a decentralized way, complete with borrowing, lending, derivatives trading, insurance, lotteries, automatic market making as well, too.

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Article: Censorship of alternate media: The West running scared of the truth

Access, Censorship, Deplatforming, Media

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo) Censorship of alternate media: The West running scared of the truth

This is what the West has become. The West which loves to brag about its role in spreading “freedom” and “democracy”, which has the audacity to describe itself as the “free world”, is the biggest robotic, shopping center styled prison, which exists on earth. Now, you can’t even freely share political expression on the internet. Why? Because the dictators of the West are too scared that the public may actually demand an end to the tyranny caused by our major corporations and governments.

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Article: Tracing mining’s carbon emissions with blockchain

Blockchain, Innovation

Tracing mining’s carbon emissions with blockchainTracing mining’s carbon emissions with blockchain

The initiative has recently hit an important stage of development as it released a proof of concept that blockchain, a type of distributed ledger technology, can track embedded greenhouse gas emissions.

The successful completion of the proof of concept and the evidence from the pilot project, named the Carbon Tracing Platform, will be critical to ensure traceability of emissions from “mine to final product”.

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