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Ethereum [ETH] for change in Afghanistan – Women coding their way to Blockchaing Operation

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Code to Inspire is a non-profit organization committed to teaching female students in Afghanistan on coding. Recently, it was reported that CTI has collaborated with ‘The Bounties Network’, an outsourcing platform, which provides students Ethereum [ETH] in exchange for fixing vulnerabilities for businesses, or projects postings.

They aim to achieve women’s economic and social advancement in Afghanistan’s growing technology industry. The website reads:

“We are going to empower girls online without being worried of physical and geographical distances.”

It further states:

“As role models for other young Afghan women, CTI graduates demonstrate that women are capable of adding value to their communities far beyond simple housework.”

CTI had previously worked on blockchain in May 2018. They worked for Coinone, a Korean cryptocurrency exchange for their donation project ‘Coinone Give’. For this, they worked on a promo for

their users where donations could be made by using the blockchain.

This partnership [CTI-Bounties Network] was first labored in May when these women were set up with MetaMask, a platform that allows running Ethereum dApps on the browser without running a full Ethereum node, accounts and software wallets. They started earning between $10 and $80 per bounty, depending on the project they completed, as said by Fereshteh Forough, the Founder of CTI.

Simona Pop, Head of Community at Bounties Network, who is closely involved in this project tweeted:

“I am so proud of this, thank you @f_forough and the whole @CodeToInspire team for taking the journey with us! #worldonbounties#Ethereum#blockchain.”

The Bounties Network doesn’t always offer just technical related assignment. They have translation jobs and other projects as well, and with this, the girls might have an opportunity to better engage with the Ethereum community as they learn to code.

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BLOCKCHAIN COULD SECURE YOU YOUR DREAM JOB, BILLIONAIRE HINTS

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  • Blockchain to Boost the Value of Credentials
  • Machine Learning to Bring More Accuracy

Blockchain will be among key technologies to transform the job market, according to Aneel Bhursi, co-founder and CEO of human capital management firm, Workday.

BLOCKCHAIN TO BOOST THE VALUE OF CREDENTIALS

Last week, LinkedIn said that blockchain would be the most in-demand job skill this year. However, the technology will also help employees secure their next dream job in a more literal way. Speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Workday boss Aneel Bhusri said that artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain would become essential for the job market.

The billionaires told CNBC’s Squawk Box anchors in Davos:

Blockchain is a technology looking for a problem to solve. We found one to solve, which is credentials. Employees can go from company to company and carry credentials with them in a private network. It can’t be edited by an outside source.

In this way, the technology won’t allow job seekers to exaggerate

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Workday partnered with First Advantage to apply a background-screening technology, including on platforms like LinkedIn. Bhusri said about blockchain-based credentials:

Whatever information you want to carry, it gives employees power over data. Universities can also make sure that diplomas cited by job seekers are real.

There are platforms that already offer this. For example, MIT-backed Blockcerts help institutions issue, manage and verify blockchain-based certificates.

MACHINE LEARNING TO BRING MORE ACCURACY

Besides blockchain, AI will also transform the job market, though Bhusri likes to talk specifically about machine learning.

“AI gives people images of the Terminator, and that’s not the world we live in. Machine learning lets you make predictions, sifting through massive amounts of data. Humans are great at making judgments,” the billionaire explained.

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UK Cricket Club Will Issue This Season’s Tickets Over a Blockchain

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A county cricket club in the U.K. will use blockchain-based ticketing for all domestic and international fixtures played at its home ground in 2020.

According to a report Friday from industry magazine TheTicketingBusiness, Lancashire Cricket Club teamed with the blockchain ticketing provider TIXnGO.

The club said the new blockchain tickets are traceable, unique to the purchaser and nearly impossible to counterfeit. The system also includes a new facility that simplifies the process of transferring or reselling tickets.

Eighteen months in development, the new platform tested the technology during the 2019 season, according to the report.

Friday’s release marks one of the first examples of sporting organizations using blockchain-secured ticketing technology, according to John Nuttal, Lancashire’s head of ticketing and digital systems. With more and more ticket sales being made online, it’s

“vitally important that we continue to improve the digital ticking technologies,” he said.

“Blockchain technology addresses many of the ticketing issues that both sports organisations and fans alike face,” said David Hornby, U.K. managing director of SecuTix, Lancashire’s existing ticketing provider and the sister organization of TIXnGO. “It easily plugs into Lancashire’s existing ticketing system to give fans a better and more secure digital mobile tickets experience.”

The European soccer association UEFA said it was experimenting blockchain-based ticketing app, announcing a successful trial in 2018. But other sports entities have trialled the technology within a much broader range of use cases. The U.S. ice hockey team LA Kings introduced a blockchain app last year to help fans verify official merchandise, and in 2018, Italian soccer club Juventus said it was launching a token that would give fans a “voice.”


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This Virginia Lawmaker Argues Blockchain Can Boost Local Elections, Economy

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A Virginia lawmaker is pushing her commonwealth’s government to study how blockchain could shape the future of local elections and commerce. 

On Jan. 8, Delegate Hala Ayala (D-51) offered two bills to the House of Delegates: the first calling for Virginia’s Department of Elections to investigate blockchain as a means to secure elections, and the second requesting the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) research blockchain’s current and coming role in the Old Dominion’s economy. 

Together, they comprise Ayala’s political drive to embrace – or at least consider – integrating distributed ledger technology in Virginia life. 

They’re also a product of Ayala’s subject matter expertise. She was an information security specialist with the U.S. Coast Guard for nearly 20 years before transitioning to a cybersecurity role at the Transportation Security Administration in 2017, where she continues to work.

“Right now blockchain is a thriving technology,” said Ayala, who was appointed chair of the newly formed Technology and Innovation Subcommittee last week.

The bills outline Ayala’s proposed roadmap to studying blockchain technologies. This is most clear in her election bill. It’s a response to the ongoing threat of election interference by “bad actors,” she said.

But it’s also a detailed prescription to get ahead of future attacks. With text imploring the Virginia Department of Elections to study current blockchain voting mechanisms, perform a

cost-benefit analysis and then determine “whether and how to implement blockchain” in elections, the bill offers a path to possible implementation. 

“We have to take blockchain very seriously and understand it has the mechanics and mechanisms that could potentially provide us with more secure election protection,” Ayala said.

The economy bill, too, would nudge blockchain toward more widespread implementation in Virginia, with two years of mandated studies on the tech’s prevalence and role in intrastate commerce. 

If passed, VEDP would produce multiple reports outlining what the government should do to foster sector growth. Ayala said it would also tamp down on corporate overreach, keeping companies honest.  

While Ayala hopes the reports will shed light on how the commonwealth can take advantage of this relatively new technology, she has not yet committed to implementing blockchain tools.

“We need to do our homework first to see how we can apply these technologies to their businesses as well as our elections,” she said.

Ultimately, her economics bill seeks to create “a statewide, comprehensive, and coordinated strategy relating to blockchain technology,” the text reads. 

“Technology is always ever evolving, and we want to make sure that we are on the forefront and leading the way here in the commonwealth,” Ayala said.

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