Article: IoT and Blockchain: The Future of Smart Cities

Blockchain, Cyber-Security, Hardware

IoT and Blockchain: The Future of Smart Cities

Existing smart city concepts include within themselves a variety of equipment with sensors for collecting data. This could be driverless transportation, drones for the delivery of goods, city cameras for monitoring, automated stoplights, and any other equipment for that matter. This makes the collection of personal data an inevitable fact, which is why it is necessary to prevent this data from being accessed by unwanted third parties.

The collection and storage of personal data create a risk for the personal lives of every human being. Developers of solutions for smart cities must provide a transparency policy for the exchange, confidentiality, and security of data for end-users.

This is exactly why blockchain technology opens up the possibility for all participants of such a process to collect and exchange their data with a high level of reliability and security without the involvement of a sole centralized administrator or intermediaries.

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Article: Cross-Chain Protocols: Changing The Face Of Blockchain Ecosystems With Integration Solutions

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet

Cross-Chain Protocols: Changing The Face Of Blockchain Ecosystems With Integration Solutions

Despite the innovations, blockchain networks were still limited to their ecosystems until the introduction of cross-chain solutions. This new blockchain infrastructure seeks to enable data sharing and communication between various blockchain networks. In doing so, the blockchain ecosystem will operate as a wholesome network where users can leverage multiple products across the entire digital asset market.

Unlike typical blockchain networks, projects with a fundamental cross-chain architecture are built on interoperability protocols. This form of infrastructure allows blockchain ecosystems to connect seamlessly. Cross-chains enable private blockchains to integrate with fellow private ecosystems and public blockchains as well.

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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: “History Shows Us That You Foster Adoption By Dropping Barriers to Entry”

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

“History Shows Us That You Foster Adoption By Dropping Barriers to Entry”

I’m focusing only on evolution in terms of how distribution and wealth is created and dispersed. Web 3 is in the process of disrupting the tech industry and even the future of work completely. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that projects which open up more opportunities for end-users to turn into collaborators/partners will attract more viral platforms than we have ever seen before. Just as we have seen an explosion of e-commerce through the internet, we will gradually but surely see an explosion of the Web 3 economy.

To provide a contextual example of how and why I think Web 3 alternatives will beat out Web 2.0, I think that over time platforms such as YouTube, which only reward top performers, will be outperformed by upstart Web 3.0 alternatives that reward users from their first video, referrals, curation and other tasks from day one.

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Article: Crypto Assets Are Primarily Communication Networks

Crypto, Money

Crypto Assets Are Primarily Communication Networks

The value in the Western Union franchise, or, if you prefer, Western Union’s corporate moat, is not in the ability to transfer money between users, but rather in the worldwide network of franchisees running Western Union software, which tells them who to pay and how much to charge.

The value of Western Union as a company, for the purposes of money remittance, lies entirely in the size and quality of its network of nodes (franchisees). Money remittance is secondary to network quality.

Does this remind you of anything? Sounds a lot like Bitcoin doesn’t it? Yet when dealing with Bitcoin, we tend to not understand where the value is coming from and we fall into the red herring of Digital Cash vs. Digital Gold; forgetting that these two forms are subject to the quality of the underlying communications network.

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Article: Is Cross-Chain Technology The Best Way Forward For Blockchain and DeFi?

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Money

Is Cross-Chain Technology The Best Way Forward For Blockchain and DeFi?

Why is cross-chain technology so important? Because it’s viewed as one of the main tools to help continue the growth and expansion of decentralized finance (DeFi).

If elements of the DeFi industry are not able to work with each other in a smooth manner, decentralized finance will be hindered in its attempts to challenge, or at the very least, bring traditional finance to the crypto world.

Blockchain interoperability also allows people to make payments across multiple blockchains, fueling an energetic digital economy where many believe multi-token wallet systems should emerge.

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Article: Money Reimagined: NFTs Can Help Create a New Internet

Crypto, Decentralized Internet, Digital Content, Web 3.0

Money Reimagined: NFTs Can Help Create a New Internet

In establishing digital scarcity via one-of-a-kind tokens, and in holding out the promise of peer-to-peer digital media exchanges, NFTs hint at new approaches for media companies and brands to engage directly with their audiences without the intermediation of the platforms.

NFTs pose their own ownership issues. Many buyers are discovering they don’t really own the art or content to which they are attached.

And, as Khloe Kardashian’s bikini photo saga shows, it’s very hard to stop the replication of content, especially when it’s going viral. NFTs can’t physically stop or control the copying of digital content.

However, we can establish standards assuring that special rights to NFT-associated content are not controlled by a separate custodial platform but are assigned to the token owner and  cryptographically bundled with the token itself so they can be easily transferred to the buyer with each downstream sale.

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Article: ESG Investing In Blockchain And Cryptocurrency Decoded

Blockchain, Innovation, Web 3.0

ESG Investing In Blockchain And Cryptocurrency Decoded

While more people are becoming aware of Bitcoin, not everyone understands blockchain technology and what it can do, said Mark Cachia CEO of Vienna-based Scytale Ventures, which has been investing in the technology and believes in a Web 3 vision that includes a decentralized, verifiable and more secure Internet enabled by blockchain technology.

“Right now, it’s very fragmented,” Cachia said. “What does it mean to have a self-sovereign thing living on the Internet with no particular jurisdiction and no employees? Governments don’t know how to deal with it yet.

“As more useful and impactful blockchain protocols gain prominence, that will mark the turning point for public awareness,” he said. “Public awareness of blockchain protocols will mirror the protocols that power the Internet, TCP/IP.”

A set of standardized rules, TCP/IP, which stands for Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, allows computers to communicate on a network such as the Internet.

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Article: Mass adoption of blockchain tech is possible, and education is the key

Academia, Blockchain, Web 3.0

Mass adoption of blockchain tech is possible, and education is the key

Until we educate people about the endless possibilities that emerging technologies could offer, mass adoption will be hard to achieve. That is why it is essential to bring these technologies and the knowledge about them to younger generations, where real transformations can and should be gained.

I would like to remind the young, ambitious blockchain community that a goal without a plan is just a wish, and you never fail until you stop trying. This industry is still in its infancy and is so ready for ambitious ideas to become a reality.

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Article: How To Decentralize Virtual Communities?

Decentralized Internet, Media

How To Decentralize Virtual Communities?

Decentralized social networks and communities provide a higher level of control and autonomy for members than centralized ones. There are also federated decentralized social networks and communities. The principle of interaction between users is significantly different.

For example, Twitter allows users to post and receive messages only to those with Twitter accounts (for example, Twitter users cannot post to Facebook accounts due to the lack of cross-platform). Federated decentralized social networks and communities allow users to communicate independently of the network and community. This is the main difference between decentralized social networks and centralized social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

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