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16th September 2021

Blockchain can transform the financial services industry

Blockchain has the potential to make the financial services industry more transparent, less susceptible to fraud and cheaper for consumers, according to an article on the money section of USNews.com. The piece highlights how blockchain can make the financial industry more transparent since users are performing activities on a public ledger, which can expose inefficiencies […]

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16th September 2021

Despite volatility, optimism supports art NFT market

As with any emerging trend, there are those who have their reservations about the long-term value of non-fungible tokens, particularly as they apply in the art world. In an analysis piece for Cointelegraph, Rachel Wolfson considers not just the market for art NFTs, but also the fact that their underlying value is tied to the […]

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16th September 2021

Nevada city mayor bets on blockchain

Hillary Schieve, the mayor of Reno, Nevada, not only invests in cryptocurrencies herself, but sees the technology as a way to improve government services. According to a story in Wired, Schieve has created non-fungible tokens for art works that are installed in a Reno plaza. Offered for sale on a blockchain called Tezos, the NFT […]

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8th September 2021

Iota Foundation selected for EU blockchain initiative

Iota Foundation has been selected to support the European Commission’s blockchain initiative, as one of seven projects in the preliminary stage of designing an EU-wide distributed ledger technology platform. Cointelegraph reports the initiative seeks to increase the efficiency and accountability of the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI), a network of nodes dedicated to facilitating the […]

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7th September 2021

Phenomenal growth predicted for global blockchain IoT market

According to the Indian market research firm Research Dive, the global blockchain IoT sector will likely produce revenue of $5.8 billion (€4.9 billion) by 2026. As reported by Blockchain.News, the report calculates a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 91.5% during the forecast period from 2019 to 2026. “As per the analysts… rising implementation of […]

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7th September 2021

Blockchain fighting climate change

Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT) have been applied to many things, but there is increasing interest in its utility for supporting sustainability and climate change efforts. Bitcoin Insider gathers the views of a diverse range of experts, from activists and consultants to the World bank, and reports many ways in which blockchain can be […]

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1st September 2021

Ethereum bug triggers fork, prompts debate

A recent bug revealed in the Ethereum system has split its blockchain and opened the possibility of Ether tokens being counterfeited. According to a Bloomberg report, software that was outdated triggered a fork in the digital ledger which underpins many blockchain-based financial services and transactions in online collectibles. Users are reported to have minimised the […]

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1st September 2021

Tax implications of US bill under scrutiny

As is often the case with major US legislation, a tacked-on measure has garnered much attention, despite being unrelated to the central focus of the bill. The recent $1 trillion (€846 billion) infrastructure bill passed by the US legislature contained a small section that dealt with the definition of a cryptocurrency broker, in the Senate […]

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1st September 2021

Convergence of blockchain and the gig economy?

A report from a gig economy platform company and a crypto asset and blockchain index provider argues that a convergence of the gig economy with blockchain technology has the potential to change how people will live and work in the future. With expectations for the global gig economy to account for $455 billion (€385 billion) […]

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25th August 2021

Is blockchain the solution to rising data privacy concerns?

A decentralised future, with Web 3.0 and blockchain at its core, will provide the best practices in users’ privacy and data protection, argues one blockchain expert. Writing for CoinTelegraph, Anne Fauvre-Willis, COO, Oasis Labs, argues that as data privacy pressure on Big Tech increases, these companies are starting to make significant investments in security solutions, […]

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25th August 2021

TikTok’s blockchain start-up efforts could benefit artists

Having announced its intention to partner with blockchain start-up Audius, the partnership might go further and be of benefit to artists. Originally intending to use the streaming music platform to manage its expansive internal audio library, Naomi Joseph, commissioning editor, Arts and Culture, with The Conversation, writes that TikTok may use Audius’ “user-centric” model for […]

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25th August 2021

Majority of finance execs say blockchain has gone mainstream, finds survey

A report on CoinTelegraph details the findings of a new survey from Deloitte that found 81% of finance execs say blockchain has gone mainstream. However, the report says that despite the finance service industry being bullish on blockchain and crypto-currencies, respondents still highlighted cybersecurity as the greatest hurdle to mainstream adoption. The Deloitte queried 1,280 […]

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18th August 2021

Blockchain event season

As world continues to deal with the global pandemic, hybrid events are emerging in various places as a means to test the water and suit the needs of differing audiences. September is traditionally a busy month in the tech world, as events and conferences get into full swing. Here is a small, by no means […]

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11th August 2021

Australian government still dismissing crypto sector as ‘wild west’, argues blockchain association

In an Australian Senate Committee meeting, the CEO of Blockchain Australia, Steve Vallas, has warned the country risks falling behind on regulation due to the persistence of a dismissive “wild west” narrative. Coin Telegraph reports that Vallas said Blockchain Australia strongly resists the notion that the crypto space remains “a bit of a wild west” […]

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10th August 2021

SEC boss seeks to regulate crypto space to protect investors

Following an extensive interview on the subject, the chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Garry Gensler, has confirmed that although he has a deep interest, and no small knowledge, of the “digital money craze”, he is not in favour of a hands-off oversight approach, as supported by many involved. Writing for Bloomberg Business, […]

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10th August 2021

Investors back blockchain companies at record level in 2021

Based on reports that over the first half of the year alone, venture capitalists have invested some $17 billion (€14.5 billion) into various crypto-related start-ups and companies since the start of the year, cryptocurrency journalist and analyst for Coin Telegraph, Shiraz Jagati looks to understand the nature of the market. The analyst starts by putting […]

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4th August 2021

Blockchain ID market to grow $3.58b by 2025, says report

A new forecast for the global blockchain identity management market expects growth at a compound annual growth rate of almost 71% during 2021–2025, reports Cointelegraph. A new report on the potential for blockchain identity management solutions to become integrated across sectors has forecast strong growth for its global market, at a compound annual rate of […]

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4th August 2021

China is years ahead of the US in blockchain payments systems

The CEO of Pantera Capital Dan Morehead, has told Yahoo Finance that United States has fallen significantly behind China in efforts to develop a blockchain-based payment system. “China’s six years ahead of the United States in building a blockchain-based payment system,” said Morehead in an interview. This perceived dominance may spur the US towards action […]

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28th July 2021

Gartner publishes hype cycle for blockchain 2021

“Decentralised public blockchain applications are thriving, but successful permissioned enterprise blockchain projects are scarce. Users must understand how new advances are supporting integration of enterprise requirements with public blockchain innovation.” This is the conclusion of the Gartner Hype Cycle for Blockchain, 2021. The much respected hype cycle reports are widely used as an industry guide […]

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28th July 2021

Ethereum blockchain selected for India’s diploma verification

A report from Coin Telegraph has said the government of Maharashtra has announced a partnership with Indian blockchain start-up LegitDoc to implement a credentialing system powered by Ethereum (ETH) for providing tamper-proof diploma certificates. The initiative is an effort to combat fraud and provide a secure basis to manage credentials. The report says that other […]

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27th July 2021

UK publishes National Blockchain Roadmap

The British government, in association with the Centre for Evidence-Based Blockchain, the British Blockchain Association and various other stakeholders, has published its National Blockchain Roadmap Vision 2030. “This framework sets out a blueprint to devise the UK’s National Blockchain Roadmap. It is a concise summary of the key recommendations that aim to inspire and reform […]

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21st July 2021

Blockchain will be ‘hugely disruptive’ to finance, says Franklin Templeton CEO

The CEO of global investment and finance group Franklin Templeton, Jenny Johnson, has told Yahoo Finance that blockchain will be “hugely disruptive” to finance, “eventually allowing everyday people to place small investments in otherwise inaccessible assets like major real estate projects”. Franklin Templeton manages more than $1.5 trillion in assets. Yahoo Finance quotes Johnson as […]

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21st July 2021

Combatting disinformation with blockchain

While warning that blockchain and distributed ledger technologies are not a panacea, an article in the Harvard Business Review argues that these technologies do have the potential to address many of the risks and root causes of disinformation. Kathryn Harrison and Amelia Leopold argue that blockchain can be used to combat disinformation by tracking and […]

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20th July 2021

Former commissioner Hogan appointed executive advisor in DeFi legal assurance firm

Former European Commissioner Phil Hogan has been appointed as executive advisor to the decentralised finance legal assurance firm Astra Protocol, according to an article in the Business Post. Astra Protocol is described as a new smart contract product platform from Dublin-based company The Proof of Trust and Assurance. The article quotes Hogan as saying “Decentralised […]

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16th July 2021

Ireland for Finance Industry Advisory Committee seeks expressions of interest for panel of international advisors

The Minister of State for Financial Services, Credit Unions and Insurance, Sean Fleming TD, has announced a selection process to identify a panel of international advisors to the Ireland for Finance Industry Advisory Committee (IAC). Ireland for Finance is the Government strategy for the development of the international financial services sector in Ireland to 2025. […]

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14th July 2021

Hemp Blockchain Inc selects Algorand for blockchain platform

Industrial hemp company, The Hemp Blockchain Inc, has selected Algorand as its blockchain platform, to support a range of supply chain management and marketplace solutions purpose-built for the industrial hemp industry, according to an article on Business Wire. The Hemp Blockchain, says the article, seeks to “leapfrog” existing solutions in an agriculture sector with significant […]

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13th July 2021

UN considers the dangers and promise of cryptocurrency technology

Experts at the United Nations (UN) believe that cryptocurrencies and the technology that powers them – blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT) – can play an important role in sustainable development, and improving stewardship of the environment. An article from UN news, says that while cryptocurrency mining has been labelled “one of the most fundamentally […]

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12th July 2021

Blockchain promise for bond market reform

According to an article in the Financial Times, there is an increasing number of banks issuing bonds on blockchains, simplifying processes and reducing costs. The article says that the bond market has been lagging behind other areas of financial markets in adopting new technologies. Now, reports FT, bankers are realising that putting new debt on […]

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6th July 2021

Big Banks are adopting blockchain and DLT

An article from Forbes explores how big banks are adapting to and investing in blockchain and DLT as part of the increasing digitisation of the world of finance. With particular focus on how currencies are being digitised, such as the proposed ‘BritCoin’ and the digital Yuan, Forbes Digital Council member, Chris Naprawa, TAAL president, the […]

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6th July 2021

US passes consumer safety tech act to evaluate blockchain

While cryptocurrencies still dominate the headlines, there are also interesting developments on the consumer front for blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT). One such development is the recent passing in the US legislature of the Consumer Safety Technology Act, by a healthy majority of 325-103. The Act requires the office of the Secretary of Commerce, […]

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30th June 2021

Blockchain Ireland Enterprise Working Group call for members

The Enterprise working group within Blockchain Ireland is actively looking to recruit new members to guide the group in delivering content and engagement for the enterprise membership. If you are involved with blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in an enterprise environment, check out the working groups page of BlockchainIreland.ie, where you can make contact with […]

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30th June 2021

Formula 1 gets crypto backing

Formula 1 has secured a $100 million sponsorship deal with cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com. Reported to be a five year deal, it will see branding trackside from the British Grand Prix onward, as well is in the new spring qualifying format. Not a first for the sport, as the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One team had […]

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30th June 2021

Report highlights European blockchain investment gap

The European Investment Bank, working with the European Commission, has produced a report on artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies, providing “a global overview of the state of play of both technologies”. The report says that Europe needs to address an investment gap of up to €10 billion which it argues is holding back development and […]

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23rd June 2021

Joint project on demand and supply of blockchain skills

A joint project is being undertaken by ESRI, Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit) at the University of Sussex, and Blockchain Ireland on blockchain skills development as part of a joint project on the demand and supply of blockchain skills. Below is a letter from the respective instututes, with a call to action for […]

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22nd June 2021

Micro-credentials for lifelong learning and employability

The European Commission wishes to hear the views of citizens, governmental and non-governmental organisations (international, European, national, regional and local) as well as of education, training and employment stakeholders on the subject of EU-wide recognition of learning outcomes. They can respond to the public consultation in a personal or organisational/institutional capacity by filling a the […]

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22nd June 2021

StartupsLunchbox-06 – 23 June

The Blockchain Ireland Start-ups working group is continuing its Lunchbox series of events at 13:00 on 23 June, with the topic of decentralisation, innovation and the public sector. The series comprises bitesize conversations with DLT entrepreneurs and trailblazers from Ireland and overseas, covering emerging trends, early adoption and advice on getting started. Featured speakers are: […]

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18th June 2021

New event series on MiCA

The International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) has created a new event series entitled “MiCA goes Global”. According to the association, the series was created to be the next step in its work on the EU Commission’s Regulation of Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) and the Prime Pilot Regulation (PRR). Each event in the series, […]

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18th June 2021

Education opportunities for the digital world

The world of finance is moving at a swift pace, driven by various digital developments, such as blockchain, digital currencies and decentralised finance (DeFi). For those already in the world of financial technologies (Fintech) or for those who want to understand these growing trends, ICT Skillnet has a range of courses delivered with education partners […]

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16th June 2021

Blockchain Ireland Week 2021 – solid foundations

Blockchain Ireland Week 2021 was an unqualified success, as more than sixty events and hundreds of speakers and participants over the course of the week generated more than 4,800 registrations from 60 countries. With the broad theme of blockchain as a foundation of trust for a new era of digital services and applications, clear themes […]

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27th May 2021

SkillsBuild FREE Blockchain Learning Pathways

Blockchain for BusinessBlockchain is a shared, immutable ledger that facilitates the process of recording transactions and tracking assets in a business network. An asset can be tangible (a house, car, cash, land) or intangible (intellectual property, patents, copyrights, branding). Virtually anything of value can be tracked and traded on a blockchain network, reducing risk and cutting costs for […]

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19th April 2021

Blockchain Associations Forum launched

 British Blockchain Association initiative brings together blockchain associations from around the world. The British Blockchain Association, today, welcomed 55 senior representatives of the world’s leading international Blockchain associations to the inaugural meeting of what is set to become the most influential Blockchain and DLT advisory group globally – The Blockchain Associations Forum (BAF). The launch of what […]

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7th October 2015

Blockchain Ireland’s new Twitter handle

A new handle for news, resources and communication Blockchain Ireland has a new Twitter handle. @Blockchain_Irl is the new identity on the Twitter platform to communicate news, highlight resources and to interact with the wider blockcahin and distributed ledge technologies ecosystem. Please click and follow to keep in touch.

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