UN Agencies Turn to Blockchain In Fight Against Child Trafficking

UN Agencies Turn to Blockchain In Fight Against Child Trafficking

The United Nations has partnered with the World Identity Network (WIN) to develop a blockchain identity pilot aimed to help curb child trafficking. Announced during the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit in New York on Friday, the pilot involves participation from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT), a press release indicates.
UN Agencies Turn to Blockchain In Fight Against Child Trafficking

UN Agencies Turn to Blockchain In Fight Against Child Trafficking

The United Nations has partnered with the World Identity Network (WIN) to develop a blockchain identity pilot aimed to help curb child trafficking. Announced during the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit in New York on Friday, the pilot involves participation from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT), a press release indicates.
Blockchain ID Schemes Could Kill the Data Breach, But How Soon?

Blockchain ID Schemes Could Kill the Data Breach, But How Soon?

Awareness of the serious drawbacks of centralized identity services is growing. Spurred by the Equifax breach earlier this year, the problem isn't relegated to the U.S. credit scoring company alone. In mid-October, a database leaked the personal information of more than 30 million South Africans (more than half the population). Further, searching "data breach" in Google news turns up a significant recent data breaches globally.
US State Department Seeks Blockchain Boost Amid $10 Billion Reboot

US State Department Seeks Blockchain Boost Amid $10 Billion Reboot

The U.S. agency that oversees foreign affairs is looking seriously at blockchain. That's according to John Sullivan, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, who encouraged the State Department and its private sector partners to embrace the technology as a way to "advance diplomacy and development objectives" at the Blockchain@State forum held Tuesday in Washington, D.
IBM, Hyperledger Join Blockchain Identity Consortium

IBM, Hyperledger Join Blockchain Identity Consortium

IBM and Hyperledger have signed on with the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF), a consortium formed earlier this year in a bid to promote interoperability and standards for blockchain-based ID systems. The two enterprise blockchain heavyweights join a diverse group of organizations, including big corporates like Microsoft and Accenture, startups such as Civic and Gem, as well as open-source projects like uPort and Sovrin. "This should be a signal that there is broad agreement in this area that crosses some significant strategic [and] organizational boundaries," Daniel Buchner, the DIF's executive director, told CoinDesk by email.
US Government Awards $750k in New Blockchain Startup Grant

US Government Awards $750k in New Blockchain Startup Grant

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a grant of nearly three-quarters of a million dollars to a blockchain startup. Virginia-based DigitalBazaar, according to a September 25 release from the DHS, received the $749,241 in funding through the Small Business Innovation Program (SBIR). The grant, the department said, is intended to fuel the development of "fit-for-purpose blockchains" for a number of use cases.