Football Fans Will Soon Be Able to Buy Tickets for Games Using Blockchain

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The UEFA wants the fans to have the smoothest experience ever. Right now, buying tickets for football matches is one of the most problematic areas: tickets are often falsified and stolen, moreover they are very hard to get. That’s why the organization is researching new technologies to fix the problem.

UEFA has recently announced about the testing of blockchain for developing a ticketing app. The app works via bluetooth on electronic devices and will be used when entering the stadiums.

The report said: “Fine-tuning and improvements took place at several test events, and the system was first used for 50% of the tickets distributed to the general public for the 2018 UEFA Europa League final between Atlético and Marseille in Lyon.

The Association will keep on developing its blockchain-based app, and, hopefully, football fans will soon have an opportunity to use it.

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WWF Will Handle the Supply Chain with the Help of Blockchain

The Australian division of World Wildlife Fund has decided to integrate the blockchain technology into its supply chains in order to track down and store data on various kinds of food.

WWF partnered up with the company BCG Digital Ventures to create a blockchain-based platform called OpenSC and bring the plan into reality.

According to the official announcement of WWF Australia:

OpenSC enables businesses to track their products – anything from food to tissue paper – by adding a unique blockchain code at the product’s point of origin, such as the moment a fish is caught at sea.”

Moreover, OpenSC will allow its users to scan a special QR-code on the food they want to buy in order to see the information on a specific product: from its properties to how it traveled in the supply chain.

This is not the first time an organization or company of a global scale is turning to the blockchain technology. We remind you:

Ford Will Fight Child Labor in Africa Using Blockchain

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Is Bank of America Going to Cooperate with Ripple?

As we all know, the crypto market is still in a deep recession. The collapse of cryptocurrencies at the end of last year negatively influenced all coins, however, some of them suffer less than others.

One of such coins was Ripple. Not only did it manage to outrun Ethereum in the rating, its blockchain platform keeps being implemented widely by the world’s largest companies in various spheres.

We remind you:

Ripple: 13 Financial Institutions Have Joined RippleNet, Surpassing 200 Customers All Over The World

Recently, there appeared rumors on the Internet, saying that the second largest financial institution, Bank of America, might be considering forming a partnership with Ripple Labs and incorporating the blockchain technology into its system, according to Fintech News.

Currently, the bank is using SWIFT technology for international transactions, which proved to be quite inconvenient, slow and insecure.

It is still unclear whether Bank of America wants to fully apply Ripple technology or create a similar app, but its main intention is to let the customers make transaction between various banks in a safer and easier way.

Neither of the sides have officially commented on the matter so far.

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Ford Will Fight Child Labor in Africa Using Blockchain

According to the report made by Reuters, an American major car manufacturer Ford is partnering up with such giants as IBM, LG Chem and Huayou Cobalt to create a joint blockchain platform which will track down cobalt coming from Congo.

This project is aimed at helping children who are working at cobalt mines in Congo against their will and against any human rights.

The blockchain platform is going to analyze the supplies of cobalt coming from Congo to be later utilized to produce lithium-ion batteries (which can actually be found in Ford cars) and, if it is coming from mines where child labor is applied, make sure it never makes its way into the world market.

Moreover, the future plans in this direction involve using AI chemical analysis in order to identify cobalt from other metals in the supplies, since they often merge together naturally, making it impossible to distinguish between them.

This important step in fighting child labor in Africa has been in the making since the December of last year, however, the companies taking part in its implementation chose to keep it quiet until recently. The trials of the platform that will soon be conducted are going to track cobalt form Huayou mines to LG chemical plants and finally to Ford vehicles.

We remind you:

The UN Will Use Blockchain to Develop Healthcare in Africa

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Will NASA Be Using the Blockchain Technology?

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is considering the blockchain hyperledger technology as a solution for the air traffic management.

According to a NASA researcher Ronald Reisman, blockchain could be crucial in dealing with security and privacy issues and prevent various kinds of cyber attacks, such as IP-spoofing.

The design innovation is the use of an open source permissioned blockchain framework to enable aircraft privacy and anonymity while providing a secure and efficient method for communication with Air Traffic Services, Operations Support, or other authorized entities,” he said.

Reisman is sure that NASA’s upcoming release, the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, which will be out next year, is not equipped sufficiently to protect all the data that needs to stay classified.

Blockchain, with its smart contracts technology, certificate authorization and many other unique features, could potentially solve all of issues mentioned above. However, it is still unclear whether NASA will follow the suggestion of its researcher.

We remind you:

The U.S. Department of Energy Is Going to Finance Blockchain-Based Projects

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China Toughened Rules For Blockchain Service Providers

The Chinese government is quite strict to the services that provide information which does not correspond to the rules and regulations of the country. Usually, such accounts or services are banned or some limitations are established.

This time China, namely the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), has forbidden blockchain services providers to distribute illegal content by publishing a set of blockchain regulations, named “Blockchain Information Service Management Regulations.”

According to these rules, blockchain providers do not have the right to “produce, duplicate, publish, [or] disseminate” information that is prohibited in China. They also need to register their companies in special agencies. Upon the registration, providers are to indicate their name, server addresses and service types. The services, which do not comply with the rules, will be fined from $737 to $4,420 depending on the severity of the offense.

Previously, the blockchain network was used by residents of China to evade censorship rules. For instance, the supporters of #MeToo movement have posted their stories on the Ethereum blockchain, so that they will not be deleted.

Another example is posted by Twitter user (nickname: @readkrystalhu):

In this regards, the Chinese authorities have made such a decision. No one knows whether it is for good or for bad. All we can be sure of is that censorship in China is extremely severe.

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The U.S. Department of Energy Is Going to Finance Blockchain-Based Projects

According to the official announcement of the American Department of Energy, the federal government is going to allocate 4.8 billion dollars to sponsor various universities and institutions engaged in research and development projects, including those studying the potential of the blockchain technology.

The plans for funding are the part of the initiative organized by the Office of Fossil Energy with the aim of developing and expanding the technologies of applying fossil energy.

As for the blockchain technology, the Office is interested in utilizing it for processing “signal data and other information flows within distributed sensor networks for fossil-based power generation systems.”

Such projects may be engaged in searching for a solution for various energetic problems: from looking for the way to use fossil fuels more rationally to analyzing and providing statistical data on coal power stations.

The US has already understood the massive potential of the blockchain technology. Besides applying it in various fields, often funded by the government, the demand for the specialists in this industry has skyrocketed. We remind you:

The Demand for US Blockchain Specialists Has Grown by 700%

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