Sony Will Manage Its Work Using the Blockchain Technology

The Japanese electronics giant Sony announced the adaption of the blockchain technology in order to improve and upgrade its systems of work.

As stated in the official press release of the company:

This new system is based on Sony and Sony Global Education’s previously developed system for authenticating, sharing, and rights management of educational data, and additionally features functionality for processing rights-related information.

Different branches of Sony will utilize blockchain for similar purposes, but in different spheres, namely:

1. Sony Corporation, which is actually a producer of electronic devices, will create a special management structure on blockchain. It will help keep track of copyright of particular digital content and protect it from any type of violation.

2. Sony Music Entertainment will use the system while focusing mainly on music-related content. Given the amount of music stolen nowadays, Sony representatives believe that their innovation might help smaller artists keep ownership to their own music.

3. Sony Global Education aims at revolutionizing the sphere of education. Blockchain will be used to manage and distribute information and store educational content.

This is not the first time the company touched upon blockchain. In the past, it submitted around 20 different blockchain-related patents and made it into top-30 businesses that work with this technology.

Sony is not the only electronic device producer that took interest in blockchain. We remind you:

Samsung Created a Blockchain Platform for Banks

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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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The CEO of Circle Believes That a Clearer Policy of the SEC Will Cure the Crypto Industry

The CEO of the project Circle, backed up by the major bank Goldman Sachs, Jeremy Allaire started a thread on Reddit together with his co-workers, where they debated the accomplishments of the company in the recent time, talked about prospects for the future and discussed the overall situation on the crypto market.

According to the representatives of Circle, one of the main issues with crypto in the US is the lack of regulatory framework and, most importantly, the inability of the Securities and Exchange Commission to clearly define cryptocurrencies as belonging to a particular type of assets.

We remind you:

The SEC: Unlike ICO Tokens, Bitcoin and Ethereum Can Not Be Securities

There absolutely needs to be more regulatory clarity to really make this fly — in particular around who can issue these, how they can be stored and transmitted, and what markets can allow their trading. There’s a lot of attention on this and we absolutely expect to see these issues resolved and for far more real world experiments to hit the markets this year,” said Jeremy Allaire.

Also, the CEO of Circle claimed that the US should follow the example of France and have a separate kind of taxation for crypto-to-crypto transactions.

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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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Blockchain in China Is a Bubble? About 50% of Chinese Companies Failed To Present Operations Using DLT

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