EU Blockchain Partnership dedicated to Global Leadership in Blockchain

  Following the recent news of the progress made by the European Blockchain Partnership developing initiatives and programs to become a global leader in Distributed Ledger Technology, this encouraged commentary from a number of leading companies within the blockchain space on the potential impact of the European Blockchain Partnership on the wider ecosystem.     Leading projects within the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, Lisk; Orvium; and the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX), have already launched blockchain education initiatives or are directly involved in the academic space, their comments below:-   Nick…

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Orvium Recognised as Standard Technology Partner of Amazon Web Services Partner Network

  Announcement comes as Orvium launches early stage version of final platform   TALLINN, ESTONIA – 09 October 2018 –Orvium, the first decentralized social platform for scientific collaboration, funding and publications management based on Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, has today announced that it has been recognised as a Standard Technology Partner of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network, enabling the organisation to provide software solutions that are integrated with the AWS Cloud. The AWS Partner Network helps companies with marketing, promotion, funding, and technical support, while providing a unique…

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Google to lift Ad Ban on Crypto Exchanges and ICOs

Initially on Reuters this week, Google is expected to lift an advertising ban on certain regulated cryptocurrency exchanges in the US and Japan from October. This follows a similar decision by Facebook back in June to reverse a blanket ban on ads for crypto exchanges and ICOs.     Several blockchain industry leaders comment on the broader implications of this decision by Google and the likely factors that have influenced it.   Nicolas Gilot, Co-CEO of blockchain-powered gaming distribution platform Ultra, said: As the market has experienced more stability of…

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YouGov Crypto Survey shows 50% of millennials interested in Cryptocurrency

  The recently published YouGov survey found under 50% of millennials were interested in using cryptocurrencies as a primary form of payment as opposed to using the U.S. dollar.  Bitcoin adoption has been growing year on year and here is commentary from a number of spokespeople on the topic of mainstream awareness and acceptance of the crypto and blockchain industry.     The commentary comes from those who have already launched blockchain education initiatives or are directly involved in the academic space, including Lisk; Orvium; the Social Alpha Foundation; Brave…

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11 European Science Funding Organizations to Back Open Access for Academic Publishing

  While the $25 billion valuation placed on the scientific publishing sector paints a picture of a healthy, vibrant industry, it really only masks the internal issues plaguing the space, such as the protracted peer review process and the high prevalence of paywalls slowing down the transition towards open access research.     However, there could be a renewed groundswell of momentum behind the open access movement, as 11 national funding organizations in Europe today announced that as of 2020, they will require every paper they fund to be freely…

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84% of companies now using blockchain, so what does the future hold?

  The PwC’s Global Blockchain Survey 2018, highlighted that 84% of companies are now incorporating blockchain technology at some level.  There certainly is a lot of ‘hype’ around blockchain as well as challenges facing the industry.   But what does the future hold for this promising technology?  Shiv Malik of Streamr, David Hanson of Ultra, and Manuel Martin of Orvium share their expert opinions.   Shiv Malik, Head of Strategy and Communications at blockchain-backed data platform Streamr says: People are both over and underestimating the change blockchain will have on…

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Industry Experts Weigh In On Deloitte’s 2018 Global Blockchain Survey

  Following the recent publication of Deloitte’s 2018 Global Blockchain Survey, some interesting findings that comment on the blockchain sector are highlighted.    Advantages – Speed is seen as the most significant advantage of blockchain technology over existing technology. Adoption – Only 46 percent of public sector workers surveyed believe the technology will disrupt their industry, while 64 percent of financial services believe the same. Barriers – Regulatory issues makes the top of the list of barriers preventing blockchain investment by companies followed by replacement of legacy systems and potential…

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Orvium Announces Appointment of María del Carmen Pastor Sempere, Director of BAES Blockchain Lab, as Advisor

Natalie K. Meyers, E-Research Librarian at the University of Notre Dame Also Joins as Advisor   Tallinn, Estonia– August 9th – Orvium, the open-source, decentralized platform for managing scholarly publications’ lifecycles and associated data, has announced that María del Carmen Pastor Sempere, Director of BAES Blockchain Lab, has joined the project as a strategic advisor. This announcement comes following the establishment of a partnership between Orvium and BAES Blockchain Lab.     I am excited to be joining the Orvium project, which is in a unique position to enable open…

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Ethereum’s 3rd Anniversary 30 July 2018, Industry leaders reflect on Ethereum past and future impact

Ethereum’s third anniversary is this coming Monday, 30th of July.  Ethereum has had an incredible journey impacting multiple sectors during these three years and the untold potential it holds to entirely disrupt numerous industries to come.     Commenting on Ethereum’s progress in the dynamic cryptocurrency market, are leaders from blockchain and cryptocurrency space.   Nick Cowan, CEO of the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX),  which aims to position itself as a world-leading institutional-grade token sale platform and digital asset exchange that is a subsidiary of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange, a…

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Spanish Technology Experts React to Catalonian Government’s Intention to Develop a Plan for Blockchain Integration

  The Government of Catalonia has revealed a plan for blockchain tech implementation in its public administrative activity, according to the official press release 24 July 2018. According to the press release, Catalonia’s Department of Digital Policies must develop a plan for incorporating blockchain technology in all areas of the public administration’s activities by the end of December 2018.     Blockchain technology will be promoted “with the aim of improving digital services to the public and promoting the potential of this technology between the Administration, companies and the citizen[s].”…

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