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Blockchain Bundesverband welcomes Blockchain in Germany

A new lobby group for Blockchain in Germany recently announced plans to roll out a comprehensive strategy and legal framework for advocacy for welcoming Blockchain technology in Germany. The group sees a very positive future for the technology and sees the lack of regulation and oversight as a hindrance to the growth of the industry in Germany; they hope to help establish a market for the technology.
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Penske joins BiTA to explore Blockchain in shipping

This week shipping giant Penske announced that they have joined the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA). Several weeks ago UPS announced their decision to join the alliance (read more here), which was formed last year. BiTA is made up of a number of logistics companies exploring the potential for Blockchain in the industry, as well as promoting education about the technology in the transportation industry.
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UPS enters Blockchain alliance

On Tuesday UPS officials reported their decision to joining the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA).  This alliance is made up of a number of logistics companies seeking to examine the benefits that Blockchain has to offer in the industry.  The alliance has been formed in response to enormous growth in the shipping industry putting strains on its foundations.
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Walmart and JD.com implement Blockchain for food safety and traceability

This week Walmart and JD.com announced today a new effort to improve food safety and traceability using Blockchain technology.  These two companies along with IBM and Tsinghua University have formed the “Blockchain Food Safety Alliance,” which will seek to find solutions for improving food tracking and safety in China.  This will be an extension of previous collaborative efforts to improve tracking of pork products.
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Visa announces Blockchain platform

Last week Visa announced the test phase of a new Blockchain-based payment system called B2B Connect.  MasterCard recently unveiled a similar platform, and Visas move signifies the arrival of Blockchain in financial technology outside the realm of cryptocurrencies.
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Canada using Blockchain to create digital identity system

After the massive Equifax data breach (read more here) this summer affecting 143 million Americans governments are coming face to face with the question of how to keep citizens’ data safe from hackers.  The data breach highlighted the vulnerability of large databases containing sensitive information being maintained by third parties; the data that landed in the hands of cybercriminals was sufficient to steal identities completely and left those affected drawing a blank on what to do next.
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Blockchain industry spotlight: energy

The energy sector might not be at the forefront of every conversation about digitalisation, but an increasing number of companies are exploring ways to decentralise the transfer of energy using Blockchain technology.  A number of use cases have been explored, and projects are cropping up in e-mobility, the production and sale of electricity, and support for community energy models.
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