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: Blockchain Applications and the War for Talent

Blockchain, Innovation

Blockchain Applications and the War for Talent

New and emerging blockchain-enabled technology solutions will enable more progressive ways of designing employee rewards and more effective ways of managing employees and contractors. As companies seek to gain a competitive edge emerging from the global pandemic, blockchain technology can be a  tool for employers to differentiate themselves and win the war for talent.

It is time for finance and HR executives to explore how these technologies may play a role in improving the effectiveness of human capital management and ultimately driving long-term value creation.

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Article: How Global Forest Watch uses open source to fight deforestation

Innovation, Open Source, Software

How Global Forest Watch uses open source to fight deforestation

“We are highly dependent on the open source frameworks and libraries developed by the community,” Global Forest Watch Engineering Lead Thomas Maschler says. “There is so much innovation coming out of open source software. We tend to be on the early adopter side when it comes to tools and frameworks and we wouldn’t be able to move at the same speed if we would work with proprietary software.”

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Article: Wall Street banks diverge in views on bitcoin boom

Crypto

Montage of physical bitcoin with data chartWall Street banks diverge in views on bitcoin boom

Bitcoin is dividing opinion on Wall Street, with a rush of investment banks expressing widely divergent views on the cryptocurrency boom.

The rally in bitcoin has been supported by the growing interest from institutional investors. Some companies, prominently including Tesla, have also loaded up. US Federal Reserve chair Jay Powell, meanwhile, said at an event on Monday that crypto assets are more for speculation than for payments.

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Article: Dutch libertarian posts political campaign signs that read ‘Bitcoin is the future’

Crypto

Dutch libertarian posts political campaign signs that read 'Bitcoin is the future'  Dutch libertarian posts political campaign signs that read ‘Bitcoin is the future’

Robert Valentine, chairman of the Libertarian Party in the Netherlands, has erected a number of pro-crypto billboards in advance of an election later this week.

In an image shared on Valentine’s Twitter account, the Libertarian Party leader appears with laser eyes atop a message that states, “Bitcoin is the future.” The party is one of 37 vying for seats in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands, which is scheduled to hold a general election on Wednesday.

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