Article: A Beginner’s Guide to Decentralized Identity

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

A Beginner’s Guide to Decentralized Identity

Instead of a centralized issuer and storage, DID solutions spread out the issuance and storage of information that make up an identity across various entities.

This information could include a user’s height, weight, eye color, favorite Spotify playlists, and even social security number. Decentralized identity solutions are very comprehensive and sometimes offer incentives to attract new users, similar to how airline mile points can be earned for signing up for new credit cards.

Instead of storing your personal information on a single server, blockchain technology encrypts this data and spreads it across multiple nodes. Usually, this encryption comes in the form of a two-key password called a private and public key. The only way to access the personal information in question is by matching the two keys.

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Article: New Linux Foundation project takes blockchain and the open source approach to the insurance industry

Blockchain, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

New Linux Foundation project takes blockchain and the open source approach to the insurance industry

The Open Insurance Data Link platform will reduce the cost of regulatory reporting for insurance carriers, provide a standardized data repository for analytics and a connection point for third parties to deliver new applications to members, according to the foundation. The foundation announced the new project on Monday, April 12 and describes the project as the “first open blockchain platform that enables the efficient, secure and permissioned-based collection and sharing of statistical data.”

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Article: 3 Tips for Succeeding When Your Industry is Dominated By a Monopoly

Blockchain, Commercial Intelligence

3 Tips for Succeeding When Your Industry is Dominated By a Monopoly

Here are three tips on how your business can thrive in a monopolistic industry.

  1. Be flexible where they can’t
  2. Solve a unique problem
  3. Be a first mover

A further interesting technological opportunity is blockchain technology. Besides providing the framework for cryptocurrencies, this technology offers a variety of interesting use-cases that attract big-tech skeptics like bees to honey. From blockchain-based file storage, to smart-contract based transactions and decentralized governance, all of these aspects can be applied to an endless variety of .

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Article: 4 Ways Institutions Can Meet Students’ Connectivity and Technology Needs

Academia, Access

4 Ways Institutions Can Meet Students’ Connectivity and Technology Needs

The association for IT professionals in higher education surveyed 8,392 students from 54 United States institutions about their experiences with technology in fall 2020 — their learning environments, instructors’ use of technology, problems with devices or connectivity, and more. Overall, 36 percent of respondents said they sometimes, often or always struggled to find an internet connection that met their academic needs; that share jumped up to 62 percent for students in unstable housing situations. And students in rural areas had more connectivity issues than those in suburbs, towns and cities.

Educause recommended four steps institutional leaders can take to help address students’ technology and connectivity needs:

  1. Provide more support for reliable internet access.
  2. Expand investments in device-lending initiatives.
  3. Encourage faculty to presume students are under-connected.
  4. Increase campus technology support services for device and internet connectivity.

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