Government and Startups are Partnering Effectively to Develop Blockchain in Nigeria – The Cointelegraph

By Iyke Aru    October 10, 2017

Blockchain activities in Nigeria is beginning to put the nation on a solid technical foundation. This is causing some to suggest that Africa stands to benefit more than any place in the world from the emerging technology.

The signs of a welcoming community are evident in the openness and unbiased approach of the nation’s government so far towards understanding the intricacies of the ecosystem. The Nigerian government is trying to map out a balanced operational environment where the most benefit can be achieved from the emerging technology.

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ERC725: A Self-Sovereign Identity Standard For Ethereum – ETHNews.com

By Matthew De Silva    October 10, 2017

If you are who you say you are, then why must you prove it over and over again? One day, a blockchain-based standard could make the monotony of identity verification a relic of the past.

On October 2, 2017, Ethereum developer Fabian Vogelsteller created Ethereum Request for Comment 725 (ERC725) on GitHub. The ERC doesn’t even have an assigned Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) number, but within 24 hours, the plan for a standardized identity system for humans and machines reached the Twitterverse.

Vogelsteller is working on a critical development for Ethereum’s infrastructure. On GitHub, UX designer and fellow Ethereum Foundation member Alex Van de Sande called the ERC “very useful,” while suggesting some adjustments. In an email to ETHNews, Vogelsteller explained, “Identity is certainly one of the most [important] missing pieces in the Blockchain ecosystem, and I think this standard can fulfill that.”

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GSA opens platform for blockchain, AI info sharing – GCN

By Sara Friedman    October 10, 2017

As the pace of government innovation rapidly accelerates, the General Services Administration’s Emerging Citizen Technology program is bringing together agencies and industry stakeholders to share use cases, pilots and resources for blockchain and artificial intelligence projects. Justin Herman, who leads the GSA program, announced that the U.S. Emerging Citizen Technology Atlas is now open for contributions.

“Things are happening so quickly and it is hard to get a quick snapshot,” Herman said the Oct. 10 Blockchain @ State Forum.  With the atlas, “we are open sourcing the use cases, programs and resources that agencies have come to the table with.”

Herman told GCN about plans for the atlas in July and his efforts to build a network of government and industry representatives to share what they have learned about blockchain and AI.  Some of the initial work on the potential use cases comes from a Sept. 8 GSA workshop to integrate ideas from interested stakeholders into the fourth National Action Plan for Open Government, which will be released later this month.

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Is Blockchain the Answer to Identity Management? – JDSupra

By Sean Lawless    October 10, 2017

Considering the recent Equifax data breach which put an estimated 145.5 million American’s identity at risk, main stream media outlets are starting to ask an important question; if we can’t stop data breaches, how do we project our identity? According to data from the Identity Theft Resource Center, U.S. companies and government agencies have disclosed 1,022 breaches in 2017 so far. The idea that the social security number is the foundation of our identity is under more scrutiny than ever. Bloomberg reported recently that the Trump administration is considering ways in which it can replace the social security number as a means of federal identification. So, can blockchain technology solve our identity management (IDM) problem?

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Ethereum Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin on Lack of Incentives for Public Projects, Possible Solutions – Coinjournal

By Joseph Young    October 10, 2017

Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, has been vocal about the lack of incentives for public open-source projects and developers contributing to the open-source codebase of Ethereum and its scaling solutions.

Core developers for public blockchain projects such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin generally take pay cuts and work for salaries below industry standards to improve public blockchain protocols and their infrastructures. In Bitcoin, for instance, the Bitcoin Core development team and its open-source community of contributors have overseen the development of Bitcoin for many years, implementing necessary scaling solutions and pursuing public projects to provide better infrastructures for businesses, app developers, and users.

The Ethereum open source development community is very vibrant and active. Many independent projects are collaborating to solve some of the Ethereum blockchain’s underlying issues and scalability problems. Plasma, the scaling, and privacy solution for Ethereum users developed by Buterin and Bitcoin’s Lightning co-author Joseph Poon is an example of an ongoing scaling project within the Ethereum development community.

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Streamr, the Decentralized Real-Time Data Economy, Joins the Trusted IoT Alliance – Blockchain News

By Richard Kastelein    October 10, 2017

Streamr, the decentralized peer-to-peer data sharing protocol, today announced that it has joined the Trusted IoT Alliance, an open source software consortium which aims to create a secure, scalable, interoperable, and trusted IoT ecosystem. Founded by industry leaders such as Bosch, BNY Mellon, Cisco, Gemalto, and U.S. Bank, the consortium seeks to standardize an open source Blockchain protocol to support IoT technology in major industries worldwide.

Streamr CEO and Co-founder Henri Pihkala said:

“The exponential growth of IoT and the ubiquity of connected devices brings unparalleled value to data, fully transforming the service sector, the supply chain and in turn the modern economy. Yet the rapid nature of that technological evolution has come at the cost of our security and freedom, a cost that has not gone unnoticed by industry leaders.”

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Bloomberg – Want to Ditch Social Security Numbers? Try Blockchain – Security content from SuperSite for Windows

By Suzanne Woolley    October 10, 2017

In the wake of the huge Equifax data breach, which compromised the personal information of 145.5 million U.S. consumers, the Trump administration asked federal departments and agencies to do something bold: Come up with a new identity system that does not rely on overexposed and octogenarian Social Security numbers.

Other countries already enjoy just this kind of society in which there’s no unique nine-digit number that holds the key to anyone’s economic identity. The problem might not be imagining a world without Social Security numbers but surveying other systems to pick, and perhaps adapt, the best ones. “The U.S. doesn’t have to totally reinvent the wheel here,” said Daniel Castro, director of the Center for Data Innovation, a think tank.  Rob Joyce, special assistant to the president and White House cybersecurity coordinator, suggested at a recent conference in Washington that an improved system might involve technologies such as a “modern cryptographic identifier.” And in fact other countries already embrace blockchain and biometrics as backbones for government and private-sector systems. Often these tools are used in tandem with other authentication techniques to verify a citizen’s identity, provide easy access to services, and keep a permanent record of interactions. Whether these technologies now gaining momentum will prove enough protection against future cyberattacks will be the story to watch over the next few years.Here are some of the ways governments outside the U.S. have set up modern identity systems that allow citizens to share and protect their personal information.

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