Article: The centralised nature of our internet makes outages like Fastly’s inevitable

Cloud, Data, Decentralized Internet

The centralised nature of our internet makes outages like Fastly’s inevitable

While Fastly’s outage is a wake up call for its customers, who will be doing back-of-the-envelope calculations to work out their losses during the downtime, there’s no obvious solution, warns Kevin Curran, Professor of Cyber Security at Ulster University and senior member of technical professional organisation IEEE.

While Sir Tim is busy dedicating his time to building a newly-decentralised version of the internet via his web platform Solid, until the public grasps how important that data is and mounts a full backlash against the ways in which tech giants abuse it, the ways in which the internet operates is unlikely to change, Prof Curran adds. Hospitals and banks and airlines and power grids and other major infrastructure systems need to ensure they have sufficient extra security layers and protocols in place for when people make configuration changes and to crucially, to learn from their mistakes, he says. “At the end of the day, the five giants rule the internet. But the internet really can be brought down by one person making a mistake.”

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Article: Specialized workforce needed as crypto and blockchain courses enter colleges

Academia, Blockchain, Crypto

Specialized workforce needed as crypto and blockchain courses enter colleges

Although useful, it may take some time for all major universities and colleges to start offering blockchain and cryptocurrency courses. For example, Lupien noted that limited resources are a challenge for universities looking to expand their curriculum. “As a nascent technology, there are few faculty that have both the academic credentials as well as the experience to effectively teach this technology — but that is changing rapidly,” Lupien said.

Moreover, students might question the relevance of these courses due to the fact that crypto and blockchain aren’t entirely mainstream. Piergiacomo Palmisani, vice president of the Blockchain Acceleration Foundation — a nonprofit organization helping universities incorporate blockchain curriculum — told Cointelegraph that for students, the challenge is to get them interested enough to choose a career in blockchain over a safe and well-paid job in tech, finance or any other field. “I believe that, as more success stories come out of the crypto industry, students will be more attracted to it,” he said.

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Article: Artists Who Now Make a Living Because of NFTs

Crypto, Digital Content, Money

Artists Who Now Make a Living Because of NFTs

To explain the importance of transparency in her industry, squirterer recalls a situation where an art gallery took one of her physical paintings on consignment and resold it without notifying her.

But what irked her the most was that the buyer had tried to reach out to her via Facebook during the purchasing process, wanting to establish a direct connection with the artist. But the gallery explicitly said it was not allowed and forbade squirterer from engaging with buyers.

Personal experiences like that helped squirterer recognize the blockchain’s usefulness in making all transactions public, immutable and verifiable. Since joining Hive back in 2018, she’s also appreciated the importance of decentralization and anti-censorship, as she’s seen other photographers and artists banned from mainstream platforms for posting their nude art.

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Article: Government should recognize cryptocurrency for what it is: Critical infrastructure

Crypto, Governance, Web 3.0

Government should recognize cryptocurrency for what it is: Critical infrastructure

Eventually, we’ll likely see that cryptocurrency’s critical infrastructure status goes beyond financial services. Many see cryptocurrency as the driving force behind Web 3.0, which they view as an upcoming shift towards a more decentralized internet with greater privacy and power for individual users. In this new paradigm, cryptocurrency and its related technologies will power businesses that overlap with other critical infrastructure sectors. So, while cryptocurrency is currently having its greatest impact in financial services, it’s easy to see how it could soon play a role in other pieces of critical infrastructure, which is all the more reason to include it now.

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Article: Interoperability: The Next Blockchain Frontier

Blockchain, Crypto, Decentralized Internet

Interoperability: The Next Blockchain Frontier

Blockchains currently lack a similar universal communication system, but an army of developers are working on the problem — and for good reason. The first truly blockchain agnostic interoperability solution stands to unite the $2 trillion cryptocurrency industry, and potentially pool together tens of millions of users into a single unified interface for all things crypto.

This poses not only a massive economic incentive — after all, widely adopted interoperability solutions could be an incredibly lucrative endeavor for investors — but also helps to move the needle forward in the crypto space, making it more competitive with legacy financial technologies. In turn, this could help catalyze the next wave of adoption, further benefiting early players.

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Legal Notice: Letter to PayPal CEO As Delivered

Letter

OFFICIAL LETTER with Letterhead: PayPal Letter Final

Dear Mr. Schulman,

As of the first minute of April 16, 2021 PayPal terminated my client, Robert David Steele, by terminating the PayPal account of Earth Intelligence Network, a 501c3 educational corporation in good standing with the IRS and also the recipient of a Gold Star transparency award from Guidestar, a leading evaluator of non-profit endeavor competency and integrity. A copy of the termination letter is attached.

Article: Bitcoin and Blockchain’s Impact on Gaming

Blockchain, Crypto, Innovation

Bitcoin and Blockchain’s Impact on Gaming

The gaming industry is rapidly changing as technology continues to advance. The impact of blockchain and cryptocurrency has been pretty great too. Now, the two worlds are starting to merge, and gamers all over the world have realized the convenience of cryptocurrency, which makes the gaming experience even better.

Bitcoin and blockchain’s impact on gaming is clear to see. According to estimations, the cryptocurrency and gaming market is set to increase to $200 billion in 2023. While it can seem technical at first, it brings a lot of benefits to gamers and game developers across the world.

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Robert Steele: DEPLATFORMED by PayPal — Am Striking Back — Checks Are Best Way of Donating

Borg-Like Evil

By the grace of God, donations by check and wire offer me the Armor of God against unethical abusive companies among which PayPal is now assured of front row standing.

They know full well of my strong history as a Patriot and as having a Gold Star rating as a non-profit. This is a Deep State attack, perhaps without the knowledge of the CEO, but our top ten law firm will make sure the CEO knows about this on Monday.

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Article: Like it or not, you should probably start paying attention to bitcoin

Blockchain, Crypto

Like it or not, you should probably start paying attention to bitcoin

Coinbase’s public listing is just the latest milestone on cryptocurrency’s journey from nerdy curiosity to mainstream investing opportunity and payment method. Since 2018, Square, the payment processing service, has let most of its payment app Cash App users buy and sell bitcoin. And lately, more and more of them have been doing so. Square CFO Amrita Ahuja said in February that 3 million people did transactions in bitcoin on the app last year, while 1 million did so in January 2021 alone.

Similarly, PayPal began to allow users to buy cryptocurrencies through their accounts last year. The platform expanded its cryptocurrency capabilities this March and started allowing users to exchange their crypto holdings into US dollars in order to pay for things, which is just one step short of allowing users to make purchases with actual cryptocurrency. Paypal has also indicated that users of Venmo, which it ownswill soon be able to transact in cryptocurrencies, too.

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Article: Bitcoin: Latest Price Record Is Irrelevant Compared To ‘Quiet Revolution’ Of Cryptocurrency, Experts Say

Blockchain, Crypto

Bitcoin: Latest Price Record Is Irrelevant Compared To ‘Quiet Revolution’ Of Cryptocurrency, Experts Say

In the longer term, the underlying technology could see this growth sustained through its ability to transform the financial system through radically more efficient payments and transactions through its peer-to-peer network.

“An ongoing pandemic may be furthering a safe haven narrative for bitcoin, particularly in emerging markets where bitcoin is gaining traction,” said Paolo Ardoino, chief technology officer of leading cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex.

“While this particular all-time high will make headline, daily price movements are of little consequence in comparison to the quiet revolution that is blockchain technology… This rally could possibly herald bitcoin’s first meaningful encroachment into the legacy financial system and credit card industry.”

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