Given the recent revelations about how much data is being tracked and watched by large corporations and governments, people have become increasingly cautious about what information they share. One obvious example of this is sharing credit card details over the internet to buy something. Although we have technology like SSL to secure our browser connections, the data is often retained by the seller and can end up in the hands of hackers who steal it from unsecured databases. The solution to this is to reveal less information and ensure that it is encrypted when you do. Building an improved web atop the latest cryptographic technologies will help ensure us users of the internet are able to keep personal details personal. This section contains the latest news & information about the hot topic of privacy & security that is sure to be part of the web3 experience.
This episode of Blockchain Token covers Civic! In this series, we will cover the different types of blockchain platforms and cryptocurrencies on the market right now. We’ll give you a quick description of each blockchain/token, its function, who is their competition and where you can learn more!
Civic is a blockchain-based platform that has the goal of affirming identity through the use of blockchain technology. Privacy is on the forefront of Civic’s agenda, as with Civic, you alone have the private keys to access your information. Through implementing this technology, social trust is established through trusting the platform. Watch Disruption Joe as he breaks down the Civic project!
The Internet is a centralized mess! Is decentralization the answer? Decentralization describes the design of a network that isn’t managed by a central party. Instead, peer-to-peer interaction drives the network, as no third party is needed! Jeremy explains how decentralization impacts you, and how it could revolutionize the Internet as we know it!
Moving the Chain is an ongoing series from Blockchain WTF that shines a spotlight on folks who are making an impact in the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.
J.P. Morgan executive, Amber Baldet, is in charge of the team that is currently developing the blockchain-based Quorom. Quorum is an enterprise-focused version of Ethereum, which is designed to improve things like privacy and performance for large corporations. Baldet was also instrumental in organizing the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), a group of businesses that collaborate and experiment with Ethereum-based blockchain technology.
However, blockchains can be used for far more than simply trading bitcoins. In fact, there are many companies that are looking at this relatively new technology as a way to improve efficiency and transparency.
Retail giant Walmart, for example, is experimenting with a way to use this distributed database to make sure that tainted food products stay out of the hands of the general public.
As you know, blockchain has the ability to affect pretty much every industry on the planet. Law, of course, is no exception. Smart Contracts are ground breaking, in that they allow technology to execute the terms. Ultimately, this leads to more overall security. Furthermore, blockchain allows clients to set up royalty payments–a system that is currently very outdated. Watch this video about blockchain and law, to learn more!
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Blockchain has a plethora of benefits in the world of cybersecurity. Thanks to the use a peer-to-peer network (P2P), information is inherently more secure than on a centralized network. To give you a quick idea, a centralized network is a platform in which all information passes through a single point. A decentralized or P2P network requires data to pass through multiple points. So, a centralized network can easily collect data because everything goes to one place.
Lockheed Martin has capitalized on the concept of decentralization to up their cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is specifically the security of information associated with networks, platforms or the Internet. The well-known security and aerospace company chose to implement blockchain, in order to address the real issues with centralized security. They’re the first US Defense contractor to make a move towards the execution and use of the technology. Lockheed Martin specifically paired with Guardtime Federal, the leading blockchain cybersecurity company in the industry.
Healthcare: 2017’s most hotly contest debate. While the discussion has largely been within the insurance industry and the repeal of Obamacare–also known as the ACA–other issues have become glaringly obvious. Costs surrounding healthcare have soared, owing to a variety of factors. Without question, though, issues existed prior to the adoption of Obamacare.
The digital age presents further challenges in the healthcare industry. Navigating the technological healthcare waters is daunting, to say the absolute least. As many doctors offices, hospitals, and specialists move towards the digitization of medical records, huge issues have begun to arise. Even if a patient participates in the digitization of her medical records, because there’s no standard network, she may not always be able to easily track down her own information. This ultimately leads many feeling like they do not have control of their own medical records.
Unfortunately, a slew of recent assaults on corporations housing containing personal data have occurred. A requirement to fix the healthcare industry exists–and fast. In order to address these complex problems, medical professionals and policymakers alike have turned towards blockchain technology.
Taylor Gerring joins Ben Matthews (BCS Consulting), Greg Jendroszczyk (Piwik PRO), and George Wilson (Tallysticks) for a lively panel on how the blockchain will play into the future of digital identity & reputation.
In this panel, we tackle common questions such as:
Cybersecurity issues are cropping up as more people turn to the internet for everyday activities. Every single day, regardless of what centralized platform you use (such as Facebook or Google), your data is being collected in mass amounts. Since centralized platforms require all data to pass through a single point, they can easily collect scads of it every second of every day.
Your online identity is something that should be protected. Unfortunately, with the way technology is currently set up, there are gaping holes in terms of security. Blockchain, however, is a great way to up the security of just about any system. There are literally thousands of blockchain-based programs that allow you to increase your personal identity security. Truly, any cybersecurity issues can be fixed, or nearly so, by blockchain. (If you don’t know what a blockchain is, read about it here!)
Blockchain Provides Huge Strides in Healthcare Data
When it comes to healthcare reform, only one thing is certain: it’s going to be a tall task to complete. The recent change in administration has led to examination of current insurance healthcare data systems. Healthcare is poised to change, thanks to both the White House and Congress. This leaves the industry left with the question of how it is going to adapt to the rapidly changing healthcare environment.