Article: Open data journalism, making stories better

Data, Media, Open Source

Open data journalism, making stories better

Traditional journalistic work is presented to the reader in its complete, hopefully perfect form, while open journalism encourages reader participation from the start. It represents a key change in the role’s perception of news agencies—rather than being a sheer distributor of the news; it becomes a knowledgeable voice that steers a discussion around the news.

Open journalism has the power to turn all of us into experts, each with our own unique experience, skills, and perspective that contribute to the global story, and reporters who can use the power of the web can produce stronger, better stories.

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Article: Tech News: Blockchain could make supply chains more efficient

Blockchain, Governance, Innovation

Blockchain solutions are not easy to implement but they are highly desirable for governments and businesses in developing countries, who have long been overwhelmed with issues surrounding data collection, organisation and integrity. Picture: Reuters/Dado RuvicTech News: Blockchain could make supply chains more efficient

Using blockchain technology to digitise, secure and keep track of records will not only avoid the issues around information mismanagement that many institutions struggle with, but could also curb corruption and restore trust in the public sector, which is at an all-time low among many African citizens.

Many companies across the globe are therefore taking a huge interest in the potential Africa has to offer in terms of market growth for blockchain products.

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Article: Blockchain Experiments Aim to Improve Waste Management

Blockchain, Innovation

Blockchain Experiments Aim to Improve Waste Management

Most plastic and other waste are not recycled. However, communities around the globe are experimenting with blockchain technology to improve that process.

Waste collection essentially consists of different data points along a chain. So, it’s only natural that blockchain technology has the potential to facilitate improvements to that process.

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Article: Will Blockchain Disrupt Government Corruption?

Blockchain, Governance

Will Blockchain Disrupt Government Corruption?

At its core, the problem blockchain seeks to address is to ensure the security and integrity of information at a time when there is increasing concerns about data privacy and declining trust in government. It is a technology that allows one to record assets, transfer value, and track transactions in a decentralized manner, ensuring the transparency, integrity, and traceability of data without a central authority to authenticate the information. It is essentially a system to encrypt information and a shared database. It is based on a consensus mechanism amongst trusted parties to certify the information and validate transactions.

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