Interview with Mark van Rijmenam: In 2019 We Will See More Blockchain Projects Coming to Fruition

How often do you have questions about cryptocurrency that no one can answer? How many times have you had them in your head before investing in a dubious project or in the most popular cryptocurrencies? And how does this blockchain even work? We often need an assistant or an inner voice that will put everything in its place. The Coin Shark will introduce this person to you.

We ask the most relevant questions about cryptocurrency to our experts, professionals in crypto and blockchain business. Today, our “inner voice” will be Mark van Rijmenam, founder Datafloq, named global top 10 Big Data influencer and one of the most influential Blockchain people. 

Hello, Mark. What do you think, what problems can be solved using blockchain at the global level?

Blockchain is a paradigm shift, a fundamental technology that will change every industry. Blockchain is relevant everywhere there is a trust issue (when individuals, organisations or things have to collaborate) and when there is a transaction. Blockchain is especially relevant for the financial sector and the supply chain sector, but blockchain can also be used for social good. In our latest book, Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World, we discuss how blockchain can contribute to solving issues such as poverty, climate change, fraud, corruption, censorship, identity theft, etc.

What is the most extraordinary and unique project you had to work with?

Personally, I find the projects that look at using blockchain to solve real-world problems the most interesting. Projects that aim to offer us a self-sovereign identity for example, such as Sovrin or uPort, have the opportunity to change how we deal with identity. That can also be used for developing countries, as over 1,5 billion people still lack a government-issued identity. Also, those projects that aim to help the 2 billion unbanked in our world, such as Humaniq, are very important.

How can your own Datafloq project affect crypto and tech industry?

Our objective is to help the community with relevant articles on blockchain, crypto and other technologies including big data, artificial intelligence and the internet of things. In addition, we are about to launch a new project that could help in the massive fake news problem we have.

Do you invest in cryptocurrency? If so, do you prefer well-known coins or new projects?

I do have different cryptocurrencies. Whichever project I decide to participate in, I always look at what the product is that they are developing, who the team is, how long they have been working on it, what code is already there, do they already have an alpha or beta version, etc. For me to participate in a new project means that I need to have a very good understanding that the project is capable of achieving what it wants to achieve.

Your forecast: what future awaits crypto industry and all holders of cryptocurrency in 2019?

Hopefully, 2019 will see a more stable environment due to global regulations being put in place how to deal with ICOs (although I am aware that it takes time to achieve that). In 2019, we will also see more blockchain projects coming to fruition and delivering real-world products and services. Slowly, the decentralised ecosystem will become to appear as the technology required for that becomes ready. 2019 will be a very interesting year!

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Bitfury Launches Open-Source Music Platform Based on Blockchain

A UK-based mining firm, The Bitfury Group, has announced that it will launch a music platform which operates on the blockchain technology. This idea is not new, as  many other tech companies also tried to do such a platform.

The platform, named SurroundTM, will become a helpful tool for every musician, as it plans to create a new environment where it is much easier to manage the musicians’ affairs. In particular, the platform will simplify the process of transfer of copyright assets, the user will be able to see his/her output. Bitfury believes that SurroundTM will implement blockchain into music industry much further than anything ever before.

The CEO of the Bitfury, Stefan Schulz, commented:

“There is a very strong momentum for an open entertainment-related blockchain where market participants themselves would be participating in the market venue, not only from a transactional point of view.”

The company has offices in Europe, yet, it plans to expand the service and  establish offices in Tokyo, LA, Moscow, and Seoul. It also seeks the possibilities of providing a digital system for both monetizing and sharing intellectual property.

We remind you:

WordPress Launches Beta Version of Publishing Blockchain Platform

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The First Ever Joint Arabic Cryptocurrency: Details of the Collaboration Between UAE and Saudi Arabia

As we mentioned before, two major islamic states, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, agreed to cooperate on a joint project, namely a digital currency that will fuel cross-border transactions between the two countries.

We remind you:

Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates Will Release a Joint Cryptocurrency

The project is actively being developed. According to Emirates News Agency, the Executive Committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council had a meeting in Abu Dhabi to discuss the course of future work.

16 representatives from both countries took part in the meeting of the Committee.

The main point of discussion was the Strategy of Resolve which contains “seven strategic initiatives that reflect the bilateral integration in the fields of services and financial markets, tourism, aviation, entrepreneurship, customs and security, among others.”

Also, the pilot version of the joint Arabic cryptocurrency was launched during the meeting. The new token “will be strictly targeted for banks at an experimental phase with the aim of better understanding the implications of Blockchain technology and facilitating cross-border payments.”

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WordPress Launches Beta Version of Publishing Blockchain Platform

WordPress is planning to develop and launch a special publishing resource that will work on the blockchain technology. It is already known that the developers will call the platform Newspack. It will be free to post materials. The creators of the platform are confident that the use of blockchain in this case will affect the development of journalism.

The development of modern blockchain blogs

Now the developers are preparing the beta version of the platform for launch, which is planned for the middle of this year. However, anyone can already put the resource to the test. The feature of Newspack is that it will have its own version of CMS, which will allow editing content directly on blockchain. This will not affect CMS negatively, but vice versa will expand possibilities for ordinary users.

Until launch of the platform, the project will be financed by Automattic, and after all the users will be charged $ 1-2 thousand per month. There will also be a free version available, which will have limited functionality. The end of the platform development including the integration of all additions is scheduled till January 2020.

According to the information posted on the WordPress blog, Google will finance the platform, investing more than $ 1.2 million in its development. Civil Media’s progress is supposed to be used in order to use various plugins for CMS blockchain version.

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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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