Webinar: How to apply to the TruBlo Open Call #2

Webinar: How to apply to the TruBlo Open Call #2

This is the recording of the online workshop for all teams interested in applying to the TruBlo open call #2. The deadline for applications is September 10, 2021.

Contents

  • Overview and goals of the project (Worldline)
  • Overview regarding the scientific expectations (ICCS)
  • How to apply (F6S)
  • Technical support services (Alastria)
  • Business support services (Athens Technology Center)

Video

Video Recording – Webinar for TrubBloOpen Call #2

Presentations

A PDF of all presentations used in the webinar.

Full.2021.07.15 TruBloCall InfoWebinar.pptx

The webinar was held on July 15, 2021.

TruBlo Newsletter #20

TruBlo Newsletter #20

TruBlo Project Update

This week was kick-off week. The TruBlo consortium met representatives of all ten projects selected for funding in Open Call #1. All teams will receive funding, as well as technical and business support, in the next six months.

* Alastria offers a scalable infrastructure to initiate, test, launch and scale blockchain projects.
* ATC, ICCS/NTUA (and partially Deutsche Welle) will provide business model support.

Links to all 10 open call #1 projects:
  • BlockTrust – Reputation management for science.
  • FogBlock4Trust – A fog assisted, blockchain based credential management solution.
  • FAKE – To evaluate news items producers as well as content generated by users.
  • CONTOUR Trusted content for tourism market purposes.
  • LedgeAIR – Reliable data from aircraft, combined with blockchain storage for trust.
  • ShoppEX – A better, trustable shopping experience – by enabling more information about products and production background
  • TRUSTMEDICOS – Creating trust in healthcare info in social networks.
  • TSC – Truth Seekers Chain
  • Trust and Reputation – Focus is on the circular economy and reliable info about recycled items.
  • NPRO  NPRO aims to improve the quality of reputational information in high-trust service markets.

Updates this week


#TRUST


Worldcoin wants to distribute digital money to everyone, based on biometric scanning

Worldcoin is a new US startup, with financial backing from VC firm A16z and Coinbase. Among the founders is Sam Altman, the former head of YCombinator, a very successful incubation platform – which is why the project gets considerable attention. The idea of Worldcoin is to work towards global financial inclusion, to provide digital financial services to everyone. For identification, the company has developed its own hardware, a camera-like device to scan the iris of a user.

LINK


German identity service ID Now buys French competitor

For onboarding, many services and subscriptions demand a digital verification process. As a result, platforms offering digital identification services are in demand. This now leads to consolidation in the market. Example: German startup [IDnow](https://www.idnow.io) will acquire the French platform [ARIADNEXT](https://www.ariadnext.com) for €50m ($59m). The motivation is to be present in more markets with an extended number of services, eventually in one combined platform.

LINK


How blockchain could help to bring trust to used car sales

Buying a used car today is riddled with uncertainties: Paper records do not reliable tell about repairs, hidden accidents or even total mileage. In Germany, it is a known problem that it is relatively easy to reduce the mileage of a luxury car by 20K or even 30k kilometres, then asking a higher price. Storing vehicle information on a blockchain could solve this problem.

LINK


#CONTENT


Neeva, a new search engine, promises ad-free search but will need a subscription

How would a search results page look without any advertising? This is the question Neeva will explore as a business. The venture was founded by two ex-Google executives with deep knowledge about the search engine market. The company is readying for a July launch, but won’t be available in all world regions, at least at the start. It is currently possible to line up for early access. Neeva will allow a free try-out period of three months and plans to then charge $4.95 per month. The new search offering has secured $77.5 million in funding.

More background


Global spending for mobile apps reached a new record of $65 billion, in the first six months of 2021

Across all smartphone platforms, this represents an increase of 24%, compared to last year, says a release of preliminary data from Sensor Tower.

  • Spending on the **App Store by Apple** is projected to reach $41.5 billion for the first half-year of 2021. This number includes in-app purchases, subscriptions, premium apps and games.
  • In relation, this is about 1.8 times the amount spent on the rival **Google Play** platform, which is estimated to reach $23.4 billion.

Link


Social token platform Coinvise receives $2.5 million VC money

The platform enables users to “create, earn and collect” social tokens. Social tokens are a recurring topic, there is a hope for better interactions plus the idea to monetize fan groups for music, movies or other creative areas. No clear winner yet, but interesting. Note that besides Coinvise there are a number of competitors in this field – check them out by opening the links below.

It is an interesting field. For example, music bands can create communities with their fans. Or, in a wider context, positive actions and the support of others could be rewarded.

LINK


BLOCKCHAIN


Combining green smart contracts and ‘oracles’ could help to reach climate goals.

The energy consumption of blockchain has been discussed extensively this year. Tesla first said they would accept Bitcoin as payment, then retracted that offer weeks later because of concerns about the environmental issues, specifically of energy-intensive Bitcoin mining.

Others pointed out: The existing global banking system uses a lot of energy, too. In part, because extensive IT systems are needed to channel money from one country to another and so on. Gold mining, too, leaves a huge footprint.

This is the article linked below is worth reading: It argues that the combination of “green” smart contracts with a nascent technology called ‘oracles’ could evolve into a tool to reduce energy consumption and help to reach climate goals. The big promise here is a new level of efficiency. Reaching higher trust and transparency of production chains is a key motivation.

LINK


Banks look at blockchain to save costs with bonds

Handling long term debt in bonds results in costs. Using blockchain data storage and smart contracts could result in considerable costs savings. This is why banks are increasingly interested in this scenario. The European investment bank used Ethereum for a €100m bond in April 2021.

LINK


Coinbase receives a licence from German regulator BAFIN

Germany passed a new law in November 2019, demanding a licence for custody services in the crypto market. Now, Coinbase has received the first such licence, allowing the company to keep operating in the country.

BAFIN Press Release (in German)

LINK


Russia testing digital ruble with 12 banks

Both in China and in Russia, authorities are in step-by-step processes to test digital currencies. In Russia a current test involves 12 banks, one motivation is to check whether the banking systems can handle the move to digital.

LINK

Three use cases for timestamps: General benefits, use by media and to fight misinformation.

Three use cases for timestamps: General benefits, use by media and to fight misinformation.

Slides from Sebastiaan van der Lans presenting at the joing TruBlo/Ontochain workshop for NGI Forum 2021.
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Use case: How media companies benefit from timestamps

The second document is a presentation of how NRC, a large Dutch media publisher, uses timestamps for SEO (search engine optimization). A key element here: It can be determined who published the content and when. While search engines are currently not considering timestamps this could change in the near future, because even Google and co. would welcome verifiable data about the content.
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Timestamps and disinformation: EU research results

Yet another use case for timestamps is to fight misinformation. In principle this could work in the way of positive proof, in the future.  Articles with a valid timestamp could be shown, while content without such quality marks could be filtered down.

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TruBlo Newsletter #17

TruBlo Newsletter #17

TruBlo Newsletter #16: Governments in US, Russian and India putting pressure on social networks. Plus: Updates on Bitcoin energy use

TruBlo Newsletter #16: Governments in US, Russian and India putting pressure on social networks. Plus: Updates on Bitcoin energy use

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