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Hyperledger Releases Cryptographic Toolbox for Developers

Hyperleadger Releases Ursa, A Cryptographic Toolbox For Developers

In an announcement yesterday, the Hyperledger’s Technical Steering Committee (TSC) unveiled a new project called Ursa, designed to be a cryptographic modular intended to help project developers within the Hyperledger blockchain community build resourceful applications seamlessly.

Ursa is being touted as a shared “flexible cryptographic library”, allowing developers to tap from a resource pool of development toolkits “so blockchain developers can choose and modify their cryptographic schemes with a simple configuration file change”. This would invariably save time and cost in building individual projects.

The TSC revealed that the library has two distinct modules: the first being “a library for modular, flexible, and standardized basic cryptographic algorithms” and a second library for more exotic cryptography, including so-called “smart” signatures and zero knowledge primitives called zmix.

In the announcement, TSC identified Ursa’s security experts as developers who currently handle Hyperledger Indy, Sawtooth, and Fabric. Other community members include academic cryptographers.

Hyperledger expects the library to simplify the processes of developing projects with the objective of avoiding duplicates, cutting down development costs, improving security, and creating a platform for expert reviews. Further, the ease to use model lowers the entry barrier for inexperienced developers.

On a broader event scale, Hyperledger has been used for both institutional and commercial purposes. Sberbank recently conducted an over-the-counter (OTC) foreign exchange by deploying smart contracts on the Hyperledger platform. More so, last month, retail company Carrefour deployed organic poultry tracking system on the Hyperledger DLT.

Germany’s central bank, Deutsche Bundesbank, in collaboration with Deutsche Börse, also successfully completed two blockchain trials developed on the Hyperledger Fabric to test potential applications in securities settlements, transactions, and payments, as well as bond repayments.

 

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Fintech Fusion Shows Ireland’s Intent to Promote Blockchain Hub

Fintech Fusion, a new Irish research program costing EUR 7 million is being launched to focus on paytech, regtech and insuretech technologies.

The project is the brainchild of Dublin’s Science Foundation Ireland’s Adapt Centre and will enable more data-driven research into blockchain development and big data, say its creators. The research will also address the impact of current financial technology on business, both financial and technological, including the retail and wholesale sector.

Ireland currently has a forward-thinking approach to blockchain technology. Recently, National University of Ireland (NUI) authors of a study on the adoption of blockchain approached the government to promote a more widespread use of the technology in the country.

One of the findings of that study showed that only 40% of companies in Ireland had embraced blockchain technology, which the researchers felt was relatively low, despite Ireland’s 13th position on Bloomberg’s 2018 Innovation Index, with high productivity scores and advanced IT infrastructure.

The latest project could take innovation in technology beyond Ireland’s shores with huge implications for the advancement of global financial services in general. The project will be partially funded by Science Foundation Ireland who has pledged to input EUR 2 million, with the remaining EUR 7 million coming from industry partners.

The Fintech Fusion’s academic researchers have managed to land an impressive crew of companies to assist with their work including Deutsche Börse, Fidelity Investments, Microsoft, Gecko Governance, Fineos and Zurich. Also, researchers from three existing Science Foundation Ireland centers will join the project, along with Trinity College Dublin, UCD, DCU, DIT, UL and NUI Galway.

“Fintech is the marriage between finance and technology and offers huge growth opportunities for Ireland both in research reputation and economic impact,” said John Cotter, director of Fintech Fusion at the Adapt Centre. “This will create new opportunities for Ireland, our researchers, and our industry partners.”

Trinity College itself, highly involved in the project, has its own plans for USD 1 billion campus which will be located in the new Grand Canal Innovation District which could provide a home for 400-500 startups, living alongside the offices of multinationals.

 

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