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Blockchain industry spotlight: travel

The global travel and tourism industry contributes 7.61 trillion US dollars to the global economy per year, with worldwide digital travel sales amounting in 565 billion US dollars per year. When it comes to online travel transactions, Expedia and Priceline have a monopoly on 95% of the industry. This may however be challenged in the near future, with Blockchain creeping in to shake up the travel industry, making travel more affordable and less complex.
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Blockchain industry spotlight: retail

Blockchain technology is well-known for making its way into the financial sector as the technology behind Bitcoin. Its benefits for business-to-business transactions are clear, but what about applications that benefit business-to-consumer transactions? Blockchain is making its way to the retail industry as applications are continually being investigated to increase transparency, reduce counterfeiting, make shipping easier, provide solutions for warranties, and more.
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Blockchain industry spotlight: insurance

Insurance is an old-school industry facing increasing technological disruption in a digitalising world.  Insurance technology is now used by approximately one third of insurance customers, providing users with convenience and more opportunities for personalisation /1/.  As this trend grows insurance companies will have to get on board or become irrelevant as users come to expect digital options for accessing their insurance plans.
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Race for election security blind to existing solutions

This summer the weaknesses of voting machine security were unveiled for the world to see at the DEFCON Hacking Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA). Since then US government has committed to improving security in election process, declaring it a “national security issue,” and considering election systems “critical infrastructure /1/. This week held the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, headed by Mike Pence.
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Air France investigating supply chain enhanced by Blockchain

The fifth largest airline company in the world has in its quest to digitalise begun exploring the implementation of Blockchain technology in its supply chain processes. Air France has been collaborating with universities, manufacturers, and software developers in an MRO lab aimed at full digitalisation of current analog data /2/. The lab has determined that the resilience, traceability, integrity, and reduction in the use of intermediaries provided by Blockchain could be highly beneficial in aviation.
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Auto theft in the U.K. rises 30%: how Blockchain could stop the upsurge

A recent BBC article released news that auto thefts in the U.K. have risen 30% in the last three years. The researchers stated that auto thieves are become more skilled, using new technology to hack security systems. London was reported as the worst place for auto theft, haven risen 189% in recent years, and officials purported that more defense against the sale of stolen cars is needed as a deterrent to thieves when modern security systems are failing /1/.
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How Blockchain could change the way Germans vote

In light of the election in Germany yesterday, we thought we’d take the opportunity to offer a bit of information on how Blockchain has the potential to transform voting in the future.  After the U.S. election last November, Blockchain entered the conversation regarding how countries could make elections transparent and protect results from manipulation.  Several weeks ago hackers at the DEF CON hacking conference proved voting machines in the U.S. to be highly susceptible to attacks (read more here).  Germany still uses a paper ballot system and has prohibited digital voting due to risk of manipulation.
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