A worker handles meat at the Doly-Com abattoir in Romania in 2013 when Europe was facing a scandal over incorrectly declared horsemeat. The problem of food fraud and its health and economic implications affect a broad range of foods around the world, but technology could soon end the problem.
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Food fraud is a common problem that technologies such as blockchain and DNA fingerprinting can help to solve.
One of China’s biggest bitcoin exchanges recently stopped trading after regulators ordered all digital currency exchanges to close — demonstrating traditional institutions’ nervousness about distributed trust technologies. In this 2013 photo, a staff member at Bitcoin mining company Landminers in southwestern China checks a computer used for that purpose.
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The development of distributed trust technologies is making traditional institutions like banks, corporations and governments nervous. Those who have power like to hold onto it. What's next?
Can criminals use cryptocurrency to hide their identities and activities?
As cryptocurrency systems improve, they will better protect criminals' identities and even allow people to offer anonymous rewards for crimes they want committed.
All Australians involved in property transactions will likely be dealing with privatised land title offices in future.
The way land titles are issued, bought and sold will soon be very different, thanks to privatisation and technology.
A Bitcoin (virtual currency) souvenir coin. But cryptocurrencies like this can be debt and equity as well.
Despite its name, cryptocurrency isn't just money. It could also be debt or equity and so it should be regulated and taxed in the same way as other finance.
An illustration photo of Bitcoin (virtual currency) coins
The recent crackdown on cryptocurrencies in China is a prelude to the assertion of control over this area by the Chinese authorities.
Regulation and oversight could be the saviour or the death of a Bitcoin and others.
The way we talk about cyberspace may make us more vulnerable to hacking.
The UK's biggest industry is poised to lose a big chunk of its (human) workers.
More cryptocurrencies appear all the time.
Cybercriminals increasingly depend on e-currencies to profit from their misdeeds. They, and their potential victims, could be driving some of the growth in cryptocurrency markets.
Blockchain technology is familiar to us in the form of digital currency bitcoin. And if it makes it way to the mainstream, could it change the way the world does business forever?
Voice authentication technology could be used to increase blockchain security.
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Providing security in the blockchain would convert into a degree of predictability in the technology. If this was shown to work in the long term, it would also create trust.
Cryptocurrencies are still the only usecase for the blockchain.
The blockchain has been successful when it comes to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but we haven't yet figured out other uses.
Many bitcoins equals a heavy environmental burden.
The digital world is taking more and more space in our lives... and dramatically increasing electrical use. It’s a serious problem given the urgent need fight climate change.
Blockchain is an exciting technology, but for it to go mainstream governments must be able to regulate it.
Laws cannot keep pace with technological advances – but that may not be a bad thing.
No need for a bank: Just a smartphone and a blockchain.
Houman Haddad/UN World Food Program
Already becoming a darling of Wall Street, blockchain technology's biggest real benefits could come to the world's poorest people. Here's how.
A blockchain’s ability to move assets from one owner to another allows less dependence on intermediaries.
There are many hidden costs and inefficiencies in housing markets. Blockchain is poised to transform that.
The Internet of Things offers great opportunities for Africa.
The new Internet of Things has the potential to compensate for Africa's legacies of underdevelopment.
Today’s advertising executives must get familiar with new technology like Bitcoin and blockchain before they are left behind.
The blockchain isn't just for Bitcoin transactions. Advertisers can no longer ignore blockchain's huge implications for the world of marketing.
It’s too soon to say what advantages there are to issuing government bonds using blockchain technology.
Despite a media statement announcing that Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) have created the first government bond using the blockchain (dubbed the “cryptobond…