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Thomson Reuters Releases BlockOne IQ into Blockchain Developer Community

Move Underlines Thomson Reuters Commitment to The Exploration of Applications of Blockchain Technology Through the Provision of Market Data Via a Smart Oracle Thomson Reuters is the first major industry player to make a smart oracle available in the blockchain ecosystem for lean experimentation purposes. Organizations are now able to represent real market conditions more accurately in their proof of ... Read More »

Forrester Report: A Secure Blockchain Will Transform Security and Risk Management

Secure Payments, Cryptocurrencies, Anti-Money Laundering, Identity Verification Demand New, Distributed, And Tamper-Evident Transaction Databases Forrester Research has recently issued their latest report on the above topics which should be of high interest to our members.  Compliance (KYC, Anti-Money Laundering), identity management (authentication and verification), will be key components in any blockchain transactions. Here are some of the Key Takeaways: Tougher ... Read More »

Blockchain: Singapore’s Central Bank Details New Blockchain Trial

Singapore’s central bank has published new details of distributed ledger trial that saw it issue digital tokens tied to its national currency.  The report, released recently, details work conducted by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in partnership with a group of domestic banks, along with professional services firm Deloitte and distributed ledger consortium R3. The publication comes months after R3 opened ... Read More »

Could we be getting closer to a blockchain-based, central bank-backed digital currency?

BIIA was at Consensus 2017 last week in New York.  Could we be getting closer to a blockchain-based, central bank-backed digital currency?  Yes, but not in the way most people imagine. The combination of technology, regulation and geopolitical shifts points to the emergence of a new type of digital asset: a cross-region blockchain-based currency.  Last year, Barbadian startup Bitt announced ... Read More »

JPMorgan Formally Quits R3

JPMorgan Chase has formally exited blockchain consortium R3, following in the footsteps of fellow titans Goldman Sachs and Banco Santander who split last November. JPMorgan was one of nine original members of R3, which has since seen its ranks swell to more than 70 of the financial services industry’s biggest players. The departure comes as R3 continues to pursue fundraising ... Read More »

Equifax & TransUnion Join Canadian Blockchain Identity Network Trial

Credit reporting agencies Equifax and TransUnion have joined to test and experiment Canadian blockchain identity network in order to ease the sharing of consumer data through the internet. The two credit agencies said that they are taking part in the initial tests of the blockchain network that is being developed by Toronto-based technology firm SecureKey. With the SecureKey network, customers ... Read More »

IBM Launches Blockchain Supply Chain for Chinese Pharma Retail

IBM is firmly solidifying its proactive lead as a blockchain solutions provider with another launch of a blockchain platform in China, this time in the pharmaceutical retail sector. Developed in partnership between IBM and Chinese supply chain management firm Hejia, the Yijian Blockchain Technology Application System was launched this week with the aim to improve the operational efficiencies of supply ... Read More »

Keep the Date: BIIA 2017 Biennial Conference Bangkok, Thailand October 18 to 20, 2017

BIIA Biennial Conference 2017

BIIA invites its members from the business and credit information industry, users of information services, government policy makers and regulators to attend the BIIA 2017 Biennial Conference, where we intend to discuss disruptive technologies  impacting our industry and the businesses of our customers. Venue: The Okura Prestige Hotel, Bangkok Thailands October 18, 2017: 13:00 hrs:  Registration opens 17:00  hrs: Membership ... Read More »

Alibaba Turns to Blockchain in Fight against Food Fraud

Alibaba has teamed up with PwC to develop a system to reduce food fraud using blockchain technology The Alibaba Australia project, which also includes AusPost and nutritional supplement maker Blackmores as partners, is aimed to improve the way foods are tracked, cutting down on the risk of counterfeit products on the market. The so-called ‘Food Trust Framework’ effort will see the partners build ... Read More »

Foxconn Subsidiary Debuts Blockchain-Powered Supply Chain Platform

FnConn, the financial services arm of Taiwan-based Foxconn, launched the platform alongside Dianrong, a Chinese online lending marketplace. Dubbed Chained Finance, the platform is aimed at providing working capital to smaller businesses involved the manufacturing supply chain. According to the two firms, a previous proof-of-concept involved the issuance of loans worth $6.5m to a group of unnamed companies. Chained Finance has an initial focus on ... Read More »