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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Spanish Parliament to Implement Blockchain Solutions for Governance

  In the wake of the news that a major political party in Spain has submitted a blockchain-related proposal to the Spanish Parliament, we hear from eminent Spanish blockchain experts, entrepreneurs, and technological innovators, who have dedicated interests in the Spanish blockchain ecosystem.     The proposal recommends that the government introduce blockchain to improve governance “with the aim of improving internal processes and [providing] traceability, robustness and transparency in decision making”.   The proposal, signed by 133 deputies of the Popular Party and submitted to the Congress of Deputies,…

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European Banks Finally Use Blockchain – European Tech Experts React

The news broke that a group of European banks has completed the first live blockchain-based financial trades across borders via their jointly developed we.trade blockchain platform.   Built on IBM’s Blockchain Platform and its Hyperledger Fabric technology, we.trade was established by Deutsche Bank, HSBC, KBC, Natixis, Nordea, Rabobank, Santander, Société Générale and UniCredit, in a bid to boost the efficiency of cross-border financial transactions.   This latest development evoked comment from leading projects leaders within the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, a number of which have already launched blockchain education initiatives…

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Industry experts weigh in on Facebook crypto ad ban reversal

  Facebook have announced that they will be reversing their crypto advertising ban, however, the ban has not been lifted for ICO’s, otherwise known as Initial Coin Offerings.     A number of blockchain and crypto industry’s most renowned experts have weighed in on this announcement and the initial Facebook blanket ban on crypto ads a “poor approach” to new ideas.    Iqbal Gandham, UK Managing Director at eToro, global investment platform said “We have always advocated for a more sophisticated approach to cryptocurrency advertising, as we believe legitimate providers shouldn’t be…

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