Article: ID, The Unlikely Key to Economic Growth in The Developing World

Academia, Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Human-Centric

ID, The Unlikely Key to Economic Growth in The Developing World

In fact, much of the structural and institutionalized inequality in the developing world can be linked to a lack of verifiable identity. With blockchain, this no longer needs to be the case. By enabling someone to prove who they are, blockchain technology can provide the gateway to equality, and the key to unlocking economic growth and levelling up opportunity.

Effectively, a decentralized identity built on the blockchain to common and agreed standards acts like an identity passport, opening up access to a host of services never available to an individual before. Blockchain pushes power to the edges, empowering thousands and potentially millions on equal identity terms, providing access to education, work, proof of ownership credit, and much more. Blockchain connects, but also liberates. It connects people with each other, and with opportunities to grow and develop as individuals. And this technology liberates the individuals from the constraints imposed by lack of identity, opening up a range of possibilities that had hitherto remained just beyond their reach.

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Article: Open-Source Data Could Fix Fashion’s Supply Chains. Here’s How

Data, Open Source

Open-Source Data Could Fix Fashion’s Supply Chains. Here’s How

To solve these issues quickly, organisations can no longer afford to work in silos. Tracing the provenance of garments from end-to-end of the supply chain demands knowledge and data sharing from all actors, including brands, suppliers, NGOs and industry bodies. By disclosing previously private lists of supplier factories and third-party production facilities, industry actors can collaborate to monitor these sites. Open-source data allows parties to understand compliance risks and create a positive feedback loop with stakeholders on the ground to remedy social and environmental malpractice.

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