Article: The Internet of Energy: 3 Paths Towards Peer-to-Peer Electricity

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Hardware

The Internet of Energy: 3 Paths Towards Peer-to-Peer Electricity

A blockchain database is typically decentralized, meaning that it is collectively controlled by its participants rather than a single person or entity. This could facilitate a truly decentralized peer-to-peer energy system. Additionally, the information stored in blockchains is unchangeable, and the identity of participants is ensured through a unique identifier. This solves the issue of record keeping and tracking. It also offers additional possibilities in distributed energy management like the issuing of carbon tokens to offset an individual’s carbon footprint.

Article: NFTs are much bigger than an art fad – here’s how they could change the world

Crypto, Digital Content, Innovation

NFTs are much bigger than an art fad – here’s how they could change the world

NFTs create opportunities for new business models that didn’t exist before. Artists can attach stipulations to an NFT that ensures they get some of the proceeds every time it gets resold, meaning they benefit if their work increases in value. Admittedly football teams have been using similar contractual clauses when selling on players for a while, but NFTs remove the need to track an asset’s progress and enforce such entitlements on each sale.

But beyond these fields, the potential of NFTs goes much further because they completely change the rules of ownership. Transactions in which ownership of something changes hands have usually depended on layers of middlemen to establish trust in the transaction, exchange contracts and ensure that money changes hands.

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Article: Open source solution adapts apps for Huawei AppGallery

Open Source, Software

Open source solution adapts apps for Huawei AppGallery

The solution, called the Choice SDK, makes it easy for app publishers to transform their existing apps based on GMS and Firebase frameworks into HMS usable applications. This significantly saves developers cost and time in app development, provides a decisive head start in adaptation and ultimately enables their apps to run on Huawei devices with significantly reduced development effort.

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Article: Privacy activist takes on Google over Android tracker

Cyber-Security, Software

Privacy activist takes on Google over Android tracker

A pressure group set up by Austrian privacy activist and lawyer Max Schrems has launched a new campaign in France, this time complaining that Google’s Android advertising tool violates European Union rules by failing to get users’ consent.

noyb (none of your business), established by Schrems to take on the Internet giants and others over perceived privacy violations in Europe, said it launched action against the Android Advertising Identifier (AAID) claiming that the “somewhat hidden ID” allows Google and all apps on the phone to track a user and combine information about online and mobile behavior.

“While these trackers clearly require the users’ consent (as known from ‘cookie banners’), Google neglects this legal requirement,” said noyb.

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Article: The Real Battle Between Big Tech and The Free Press is Just Beginning

Content Integrity, Digital Content, Media, Open Source

The Real Battle Between Big Tech and the Free Press Is Just Beginning | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • SmithsonianThe Real Battle Between Big Tech and The Free Press is Just Beginning

From Australia to Maryland, the News Industry Is in a Fight for Its Life Against Facebook and Google.

From Australia to Maryland, the free press is waging a battle for survival against Facebook and Google. Besides being gushing firehoses of COVID disinformation and QAnon conspiracies, Google and Facebook have been dangerously undermining the financial stability of media outlets all over the world.

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