Article: SKT to use blockchain to identify and manage hazardous buildings

Blockchain, Innovation

SKT to use blockchain to identify and manage hazardous buildings

South Korea’s top mobile carrier SK Telecom has joined with an eastern Seoul district to identify and manage the safety of hazardous buildings using its blockchain-based decentralized identity technology.

Decentralized identity (DID) is a blockchain-based identification system that normally generates and gives unique digital identities for individuals. DID was rarely given to objects and structures as the digital identification system is mainly used by online services for the authentication of users.

Using “Initial,” the company’s blockchain-based mobile identity authentication service and internet of things (IoT) devices, the consortium will monitor the structural integrity including large cracks and the slope of old buildings. SKT’s mobile DID system can give digital identity to IoT devices to prevent hacking or forgery.

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Article: “I want to see how Web3.0 is changing the world” Interview with Huobi Japan CEO

Blockchain, Web 3.0

“I want to see how Web3.0 is changing the world” Interview with Huobi Japan CEO

Web3.0 is a world where you can exchange data whose existence is guaranteed even if it is digital data that does not exist on the Internet. It can be said to be a “world where value can be exchanged on the Internet.”

Blockchain technology enables users who participate in the blockchain, rather than a specific company, to manage data such as personal information in a decentralized manner. This mechanism can reduce the risk of unauthorized access, information leakage, and data falsification, and makes it possible to build a highly reliable network.

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Article: Balancing data rights is about protecting human rights

Data, Open Source

Balancing data rights is about protecting human rights 

Governments and their citizens can no longer avoid these questions, as we work together to tackle climate change, racial injustice, gender inequality and other defining challenges of our age. We need to establish policies and practices that show how to govern data for the public good, while keeping those in power in check. This kind of commitment can help restore public trust and maximize benefits, from closing gender and racial gaps to dealing effectively with future pandemics. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it.

Article: Blockchain technology used for commercialization of mobile driver’s license service

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Blockchain technology used for commercialization of mobile driver’s license service

The demonstration will be based on the ministry’s experience of creating a digital identification service for government workers. The app ID card service used a DID system instead of a centralized identity (CID) system in which the host can track and monitor users. The DID system ensures users’ self-sovereign over privacy. Users can choose to share their identity or not.

The ministry thinks the blockchain-based license will pioneer the global personal digital identity authentication market. “Starting with the digital driver’s license service, the government and private companies will eventually have to provide various identification services that integrate mobile ID cards,” it said.

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Article: Blockchain’s Disruptive Potential in Academia is Massive

Academia, Blockchain, Innovation

Blockchain’s Disruptive Potential in Academia is Massive

Blockchain has been receiving considerable attention from a score of industries and audiences due to its promises of immutable, decentralized, and verifiable data management. Despite these characteristics offering a substantial draw for both academia and other industries, it is the social benefits of a trustless system enabling seamless peer-to-peer interaction within a decentralized network, that academic institutions have latched onto. Is there a need for blockchain adoption within universities?

Article: South Korea to issue blockchain-protected digital “vaccine passports”

Blockchain, Innovation

South Korea to issue blockchain-protected digital 'vaccine passports' | The  Japan TimesSouth Korea to issue blockchain-protected digital “vaccine passports”

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said a mobile app, which will allow international travellers to show digital proof of vaccination, will be officially launched this month.

“The introduction of a vaccine passport or ‘Green Pass’ will only allow those who have been vaccinated to experience the recovery to their daily lives,” Chung told a government meeting, adding the app uses blockchain technology to prevent counterfeit.

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Article: Government Efforts To Block Twitter URLs Increased by 10 Times Since 2016, Data Shows

Deplatforming, Governance, Media

Government Efforts To Block Twitter URLs Increased by 10 Times Since 2016, Data Shows

The government regulations expand its ability to police online content in the name of national security and public order, which many believe take away individual digital rights. They would not only restrict free speech, experts worry, but would be a disservice to readers and consumers in prohibiting them from accessing multiple perspectives and ideas.

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Article: Hospitalization Insurance Industry Trends Involve Integration Of Blockchain In Health Insurance

Blockchain, Innovation

Hospitalization Insurance Industry Trends Involve Integration Of Blockchain In Health Insurance

The integration of blockchain in health insurance is a key trend gaining popularity in the global healthcare insurance market and thus the hospitalization insurance market. The incorporation of blockchain in health insurance provides many benefits, such as enhancing integrity and protection by offering better control of patient data, reducing regulatory and enforcement costs, and maximizing interactions between health practitioners, insurance providers, and insurers.

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Article: Vietnam Education Ministry Moves to Blockchain for Diplomas

Blockchain, Innovation

Vietnam Education Ministry Moves to Blockchain for Diplomas

The Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam will be uploading its high school and university diplomas onto a blockchain, its partner TomoChain announced on November 18, 2020.

The move includes a trial run over 2020-2021, including secondary and tertiary education diplomas for over 1.5 million students, and then adding previously existing degrees held.

Students graduating with other types of diplomas under the ministry’s umbrella will also be included.

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