Article: NFTs by mail? US Postal Service plans to support postage tokens

Crypto, Innovation

NFTs by mail? US Postal Service plans to support postage tokens

In an announcement on Tuesday, communications-as-a-service platform CaseMail said the USPS had certified its postage nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, for use in the United States. The tokens are digitally stamped on the USPS’ ePostage labels and the physical item being mailed, creating a verifiable chain of custody for digital and physical assets, as all data is recorded on the blockchain.

CaseMail’s use case for NFTs is part of a seemingly larger trend for companies to incorporate real-world data on tokens. This year, individuals and technology firms have used NFTs to geotag street art and develop a device capable of recording and encrypting temperature, air quality and other data to tokens in a proof-of-presence verification.

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Article: So many people don’t have internet — and it’s not their fault

Academia, Access, Civil Society

So many people don't have internet — and it's not their fault - Social GoodSo many people don’t have internet — and it’s not their fault

The pandemic has proven that consistent access to high-speed internet is an essential good. Without it, urgent tasks like applying for unemployment, attending school, scheduling a vaccine appointment, and seeing loved ones are difficult or impossible. Those who’ve finally gotten connected during the pandemic say it provides a sense of normalcy and safety amidst crisis. Advocates of equitable access say the internet is no luxury but instead a utility like water, gas, or electricity, and that Americans like Wright shouldn’t be left behind to bridge the digital divide on her own.

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