Article: How open source databases drive rapid innovation

Open Source, Software
How open source databases drive rapid innovation

In a Red Hat survey, 52% of Asia-Pacific (APAC) respondents said they use open source databases, highlighting the prominence of open source in the region. Unlike proprietary databases, open source databases enable developers to ‘fail fast’, a concept in DevOps and agile, whereby developers work with small increments of code that allow them to detect problems early and fix them while still in development. Open source databases enable developers to rapidly try new capabilities that speed innovation and improve the efficiency of their projects.

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Article: Blockchain tech has a solution to secure your email

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet

Blockchain tech has a solution to secure your email

The constant influx of unwanted emails at all hours of the day can be taken care of easily, and a “clutter-free inbox” can be provided using smart contracts. The inbox experience goes several notches up when these possibilities can also be integrated with smart contracts.

There could be a possibility to create a one-time email address to share with strangers, which could later be completely erased. The option of creating a fixed-time email address, from a duration of one day to several months, is also a possibility. This powerful feature makes it much easier to choose a reliable provider, without having the almost-permanent digital footprint of an email address.

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Article: How open DeFi markets in Southeast Asia can drive financial inclusion

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Innovation, Money

How open DeFi markets in Southeast Asia can drive financial inclusion

Increasingly, with greater focus on the development and nurturing of the right skills and through enhanced exposure to technical mentorship, these same people are building the very frameworks necessary to create solutions and products for the population that are underserved and overlooked by legacy finance.

DeFi’s model of peer-to-peer engagement and inventiveness, has created a significant opportunity for the making of real-world solutions to the challenges that exist of giving people a proverbial “seat at the table.”

The possibilities for financial inclusion alongside the accretive upside that these types of businesses generate mean that throughout the ASEAN and Indian region entrepreneurs, technologists, investors and innovators are working side-by-side to create open markets that can truly help everybody.

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Article: VPNs are No More Sufficient to Protect Your Privacy on the Web

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

VPNs are No More Sufficient to Protect Your Privacy on the Web

Well, the reason lies in the very word that ails the freedom on the internet today — centralization. Centralized businesses manage and control the VPNs we use today. These central entities offer bandwidth to users for a premium fee, and they store their users’ data on a centralized server. Now, we all know that anything with a centralized infrastructure is highly susceptible to hacks.

It’s best to conclude by saying the same thing we started with: we are fighting a never-ending battle against cybercriminals. While in the future it may be something else, today, one of the best solutions in sight for personal security and privacy on the web seems to be a decentralized private network.

Article: Why Free and Open Source Software is in vogue now

Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

Why Free and Open Source Software is in vogue now

What makes a piece of software FOSS depends on the licences its creators have chosen to adopt. But beyond licensing, FOSS is about harnessing a culture of open and transparent collaboration to co-create something useful for users and other developers around the world.

In each of these examples, anyone located anywhere in the world has the freedom to view the source code, use it, add to it and modify it to make something new. For the creators of FOSS, this presents an opportunity to problem-solve with tech talent from around the world, to collaboratively improve their code, and further develop their own skills. A wide range of such open-source products is gaining popularity around the world and being used for large-scale tech development and business operations.

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Article: DeFi Will Decentralize the Enterprise

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

DeFi Will Decentralize the Enterprise

The real innovation of decentralized finance (DeFi) is decentralization, not finance, our columnist says.

DeFi and enterprise have a lot to learn from each other. The most important thing enterprises can learn from DeFi is how to use public permissionless blockchain technology to become more technically and economically decentralized to enable much greater fairness and inclusion in economic activity. For example, corporations can employ public blockchain technology for shareholder voting and limit the role of the board of directors to guardians rather than often conflicted intermediaries. Corporations can further enable shareholders to delegate votes to other stakeholders in the society and thus alleviate the externalities and ill effects of shareholder capitalism.

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Article: Why it’s time to veer towards an Open Web

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Why it’s time to veer towards an Open Web

The decentralised ecosystem is not a dream anymore, it’s a reality and the world over there is a call for an ecosystem that encourages privacy. One that does not give away control of the web to a handful, rather make the web a democratic place for users to consume and share information and content.

The Open Web, which is an ecosystem that every independent website is a part of, has close to 350 million websites that get 250 billion visits month on month. The leading apps, however, garner only about 20 billion users, but still manage to grab our attention with the user experience they offer. Now, with a better user experience, there is a potential for a unified open web to take on the big tech and make the web the democratic space that it should be.

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Article: Bringing clinical trials into the new age with blockchain

Blockchain, Innovation

Bringing clinical trials into the new age with blockchain

In its simplest form, decentralisation means that no single power has exclusive control over the data or its processing. In the context of blockchain, this is achieved because the data is also distributed, ie, it is stored at each individual node in the network and not a single location. In terms of clinical trials, decentralisation means that it is not happening at a single central site; instead, it may be a multi-centre trial or be using connected technologies to enable participants and investigators to report remotely – while remaining within the overall structure of scientific and regulatory controls.

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Article: Deeper Network, Launches a blockchain-based home-network hardware, Deeper Connect

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Deeper Network, Launches a blockchain-based home-network hardware, Deeper Connect

In our view, the Deeper Chain is a significant forward step in the development of a more transparent and democratic internet. Yes, it’s referred to as Web 3.0 by others. We all know the internet has never been the free, available, and democratic medium that it was intended to be. We’re putting our money on solving these tough problems, and we want to be one of the leading contributors to the development of a distributed, democratic, and equitable Internet: which incentivizes citizens, the real users.

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Article: Cofounder of blockchain-based solar power company explains what the technology means to the future of energy

Blockchain, Innovation, Software
Jemma Green

Cofounder of blockchain-based solar power company explains what the technology means to the future of energy

Power Ledger, an Australia-based startup, is combining two innovative technologies – blockchain and solar power – to transform global energy markets and ultimately power the world through renewables. The company’s blockchain-enabled technology promotes peer-to-peer (P2P) solar energy trading, allowing consumers to sell their excess electricity to other residential and commercial users. The software is currently in use in a number of countries including Japan, India, the US, and Australia.

Insider spoke with cofounder and chairman Dr. Jemma Green to understand more about how Power Ledger works and its hopes for a decentralized and democratized energy future.

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