Article: Leveling the Playing Field: Accelerating ESG Funding in Developing Regions—Could Blockchain Be The Answer?

Blockchain, Governance, Innovation

Leveling the Playing Field: Accelerating ESG Funding in Developing Regions—Could Blockchain Be The Answer?

To encourage greater inflows of capital into sustainable infrastructure, it is necessary to lower the barriers to entry, which is especially necessary for emerging markets. This can be made possible by leveraging emerging technologies such as blockchain and tokenization technology. By digitizing and fractionalizing equity, large sustainable infrastructure such as solar panels or wind turbines—often seen to be exclusive and inaccessible—can be made more liquid, accessible, and tradable with the creation of digital “tokens” representing a share of the underlying asset. With the enhanced liquidity, asset owners can now secure capital from a substantially larger base of potential investors—a benefit especially important for sustainable asset owners from emerging markets—reshaping the sustainable infrastructure sector to benefit developing and emerging markets alike.

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Article: IEEE TEMS TC on Blockchain and DLT Unites with ATII to Combat Human Trafficking

Blockchain, Innovation

IEEE TEMS TC on Blockchain and DLT Unites with ATII to Combat Human Trafficking

“The Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative is honored to have Raymond’s expertise and partnership with firms like IEEE TEMS TC on Blockchain and DLT, which are fostering dialogue, sharing information and reporting activity in an effort to combat human trafficking through their relationships with other academic and research partners and the international blockchain community. The statistics on human trafficking globally shows an astonishing and alarming impact with the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimating that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally and that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide. As public and private organizations continue to collaborate in the creation of a uniform front within the financial sector to fight human trafficking, we will see a true impact in the recovery of victims and prosecution of traffickers.” said Aaron Kahler, ATII Founder and Chief Executive.

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Article: Former security guard launches blockchain-based marketplace

Blockchain, Commercial Intelligence, Innovation
Tim Hogins, chairman and CEO of Hogins Enterprises.

Former security guard launches blockchain-based marketplace

“The Blacqmarket platform aims to be the solution that will help not only SMMEs but also generate employment through the value chain. We live in unprecedented times, with the constant threat of unemployment, economic downturn and the COVID-19 pandemic weighing heavily on African businesses,” notes Hogins.

“Our business model allows Blacqmarket to bring the possibility of digitising the largely informal sector by bringing them online safely and securely. Everyone is equal on our platform and our low transaction fees allow merchants to pay up to 70% less than other platforms, allowing the shop owners to retain more from purchases made.”

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Article: LF Energy announces two open-source initiatives to accelerate decarbonization and the global shift to green energy

Hardware, Open Source, Software

LF Energy announces two open-source initiatives to accelerate decarbonization and the global shift to green energy

“The shift to renewables doesn’t come with the flip of a switch and is a monumental effort requiring collaboration on a global scale,” said Dr. Shuli Goodman, executive director of LF Energy. “Decarbonization is a complex problem, and it’s only growing more complex as new technologies demand more from power system networks. The evolution of a low-inertia grid due to the onboarding of distributed energy resources is requiring that network operators find new mechanisms to balance supply and demand through flexibility and automation. With collaborative, open-source initiatives like SOGNO and PSNO, we can overcome these challenges.”

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Article: Why We’ve Committed Ourselves to Fighting Online Censorship

Censorship, Deplatforming, Media

Why We’ve Committed Ourselves to Fighting Online Censorship

As these platforms have increasingly become monopolies, their impact on the political future of the country has become far more extensive than current legal remedies were designed to resolve. Google (including its subsidiary, YouTube) can effectively make a website disappear. Twitter and Facebook (including its subsidiaries, such as Instagram and WhatsApp) can become an effective government censorship or propaganda tool—not altogether unlike how social media is leveraged in China. Amazon, as we saw earlier this year, can effectively ban books. 

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Article: Bluetooth Mesh Networking Market Industry Share, Trends, Growth, Future Prospects, Forecast 2021 to 2027

Autonomous Internet

Bluetooth Mesh Networking Market Industry Share, Trends, Growth, Future Prospects, Forecast 2021 to 2027

Bluetooth Mesh Networking market report also provides a thorough understanding of the cutting-edge competitive analysis of the emerging market trends along with the drivers, restraints, challenges, and opportunities in the Bluetooth Mesh Networking market to offer worthwhile insights and current scenarios for making the right decision. The report covers the prominent players in the market with detailed SWOT analysisfinancial overview, and key developments of the products/services from the past three years. Moreover, the report also offers a 360º outlook of the market through the competitive landscape of the global industry player and helps the companies to garner Bluetooth Mesh Networking market revenue by understanding the strategic growth approaches.

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Article: Dark fiber optic network coming to NoVa

Autonomous Internet, Dark Fiber

Dark fiber could be the future of school networkingDark fiber optic network coming to NoVa

“It’s going to be a game-changer for us,” because of the speed, scale and expansion possibilities, says Victor Hoskins, CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “The ability to grow is immense. … What’s so incredible about this one is that it’s connecting to the submerged cables that connect across the ocean, that come up in Virginia Beach.”

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Article: Bitcoin’s carbon footprint could be offset by blockchain’s green applications, experts say

Blockchain, Crypto, Innovation

A worker at the Bitfarms cryptocurrency mining operation in Farnham, Quebec. The company has five sites in Canada.Bitcoin’s carbon footprint could be offset by blockchain’s green applications, experts say

Some experts believe blockchain technology (a type of digital ledger technology, or DLT) could help tackle climate change, rather than contribute to it.

To understand how and why, you need to get your head around how blockchain works.

Put (very) simply, it is a database of transactions and rules, but instead of it being held in one central location, it is replicated on a “distributed network” of member computers.

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