South Indian Government’s ‘Innovation Society’ to Promote Blockchain Development

It seems not every government official in India has an eye toward draconian or restrictive blockchain regulation, as we’ve seen this year from some in the country’s government. In the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, where they have the APIS – Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society, blockchain is being actively promoted at various levels of government. In particular, native major tech firm and blockchain development company Tech Mahindra’s Eleven01 gets a lot of love in the region. They’ve now entered a partnership with APIS to promote blockchain in using all means…

7 Major EU Countries to Go Big on Blockchain, What It Means for Crypto

On December 4, seven EU countries led by Malta and France have established a group called the “Mediterranean seven” to encourage and promote the usage of blockchain technology. In the months to come, the seven countries that include France, Italy, Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain, will work to implement the blockchain in education, transport, mobility, shipping, Land Registry, customers, company registry, and healthcare. The declaration obtained by FT read: “This can result not only in the enhancement of e-government services but also increased transparency and reduced administrative burdens, better…

Major Indian Business School Issues Blockchain Certs to Combat Fake Degrees

India’s top ten business school, SP Jain School of Global Management, has issued 1,189 blockchain-based certificates to graduands who recently obtained degrees and professional certifications. The certificates which are now live on the Ethereum blockchain will allow prospective employers and other parties to verify the authenticity of a job seeker’s educational qualifications without having to contact the business school. The validation process is intuitive and technical know-how will not be necessary, according to Business World. Neither will additional software or specialized equipment be required as all that a prospective employer…

Thailand Revenue Department to Track VAT Payments using Blockchain

In 2014, the Revenue Department of Thailand had arrested many individuals and investigated about 60 companies for defrauding the department out of $18.29 million worth of baht in value-added taxes (VAT). Since and before, the department has been unable to track a majority of such tax defaulters, losing billions of dollars in the process. So could blockchain be the solution that could minimize tax frauds? The director-general of the Revenue Department believes it can. Ekniti Nitithanprapas, in his latest comments to the Bangkok Post, revealed that their department is conducting a…

Investment Funds Network to Migrate Entire System to Blockchain in 2019

Investment funds transaction network Calastone, a founding member of the Linux Foundation-led Hyperledger Project, is shifting its entire system to the blockchain. The firm, which assists its client sell their funds all over the world via banks and financial advisors, expects to complete the switch to what it is calling the Distributed Market Infrastructure (DMI) next year in May. Calastone launches world-first #blockchain powered global funds marketplace in May 2019 pic.twitter.com/fd7UhGYfdE — Calastone (@CalastoneLtd) December 3, 2018 The move is expected to radically transform how funds are traded especially in…

GDPR Uncertainty a Key Concern of 74% of Blockchain Firms in the UK: Report

Regulatory uncertainty in Britain’s blockchain sector has emerged as one of the biggest concerns for distributed ledger technology firms in the country. According to research conducted by digital innovation agency Digital Catapult, 74% of blockchain firms in the United Kingdom cited regulatory issues as being one of their key concerns, surpassing other issues such as access to technical, business or legal expertise. These regulatory challenges include the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As the GDPR unifies Europe’s regulatory landscape regarding the use and storage of personal data, the…

Former Ernst & Young Analyst Disillusioned by the Blockchain

CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. A recent article in Barron’s describes Angus Champion de Crespigny, who spent ten years at professional services firm Ernst and Young and led the blockchain financial services division for years and was the subject of the article entitled “This Blockchain Believer Turned Heretic Is Still Bullish On Bitcoin,” as a “major skeptic.” Champion de Crespigny describes himself as an “experienced executive with 11 years in financial services, evangelist for bitcoin…

Huawei Cloud Announces Global Launch of its Blockchain Services

CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. Huawei Cloud, the cloud services arm of Huawei Global, has announced the launch of its Blockchain Service (BCS), according to an official press release. The BCS was launched for commercial use in China earlier this year, and it is now available to a global audience on Huawei Cloud’s international website. The service allows global entrepreneurs and developers to create, deploy and manage blockchain applications on Huawei Cloud, at a…

Korean Firm Aims to Make Blockchain Faster

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. According to local news outlet Joongnag Daily, a blockchain company based in Korea believes that it has found what it takes to revolutionize blockchain technology and bring even quicker pace to the way that transactions are being carried out. SymVerse, a blockchain firm that was established earlier this year, hosted an event and held a demonstration on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Choi Soo-hyuk, CEO of SymVerse, calls…

BP And Shell’s Blockchain-Based Oil Trading Platform Goes Live

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn CCN is expanding. Are you our next full-time journalist from the West Coast USA? Send us your CV and examples here. A blockchain-based trading platform that could assist oil majors and trading firms to drastically reduce costs is now operational. Known as Vakt, the platform which was created last year by a consortium consisting of Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell and British Petroleum (BP), went live on Wednesday, according to Reuters. Other members of the consortium include global commodity trading firm Gunvor Group, Norwegian energy firm Equinor and energy…