Recent revelations about the lack of privacy protections in place at the companies involved in Facebook’s new Libra crytocurrency raise concerns about how much trust users can place in Libra.
Recent revelations about the lack of privacy protections in place at the companies on Libra’s foundation raise concerns about how much trust users can place in Facebook's new cryptocurrency.
Freight micro-entrepreneur in Lagos, Nigeria.
Countries in Africa have some of the highest rates of entrepreneurship in the world, yet their contribution to the economy is limited. Technology such as the blockchain, drones and AI could provide a way forward.
More than ten years since blockchains were developed, their usefulness is only just being discovered.
Calibra has little to do with the ideals behind blockchain. The digital wallet is more like a traditional bank account.
Facebook's cryptocurrency and digital wallet will give it unprecedented access to personal data, with the power to take on Amazon and eBay.
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Iran has long recognised the benefits of using cryptocurrencies to counter US sanctions.
Libra could become more successful than other cryptocurrencies because it has the backing of multiple large international corporations.
We go back to the basics and look at what Libra is, how it compares to other cryptocurrencies and whether you should be concerned about using it when it eventually arrives.
Syrian refugee families in Gazza village, in the Beqaa valley, Lebanon, January 30 2019.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon know how best to manage their resources, but food aid currently prevents them.
The fruit of your coins.
Why the coming generation of cryptocurrencies could force us to rethink the entire monetary system.
Will Libra be Facebook’s downfall?
Tech giants like Facebook are at risk of joining the ranks of Compuserve and MCI Mail to be replaced with the next generation of organizing designed for new models of distributed trust.
BeefLedger and QUT work with Mount Gambier High School students on food provenance, IoT and data science.
A project to protect producers from food fraud by verifying and promoting the provenance of the region's beef exports to China turned out to be a source of creative work in the region as well.
Solar has lit up remote communities. The next step is to link these communities to an energy market.
South Africa could become a test bed of technologies that enable households, especially in remote areas, to join electricity trading markets.
The high seas are getting lower.
Blockchains and cryptocurrencies are being co-opted by the very system they were designed to overthrow.
Global supply chains have struggled to deal with poor working conditions including child labour, forced labour and debt slavery.
Blockchain is a promising tool to fight modern slavery by making global supply chains more accountable. But there a few kinks to be worked out.
Distribution center for the UK grocer Sainsbury, Waltham Point, England.
Globalization is making it harder to identify and trace outbreaks of foodborne illness. Technology can help, but consumers may also have to rethink their food choices.
A third generation of web technology could return the web to its original ideals – but do we really want it?
Romanian electric power transmission lines.
The blockchain is creating new opportunities for the electricity sector. The December 2018 Energy Market Barometers looks at where experts think the technology is heading.
For a small fee, anyone can post sensitive documents publicly on a blockchain.
Chinese users have started posting sensitive materials, like documents of sexual assault, on the blockchain. But the government has taken its own steps to crack down on this practice.
More democratic forms of politics, journalism and fact-checking will be needed when we can no longer trust any video footage.
Using blockchain technology can feel like falling and hoping someone will catch you.
Blockchain technology was supposed to make trust unnecessary – but that turns out not to be true. Most people will want laws and regulations to help make blockchain-based systems trustworthy.
Academics from different disciplines come Head to Head in this series to tackle topical debates.