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Australian Driver’s License Goes Blockchain in Sydney

Australia has been on the international front line in incorporating blockchain technology into its government departments over the past months.

In developments this year, the Australian federal government has announced that welfare payments could be delivered over blockchain through its Centrelink system. The Australian Department of Health is now actively using blockchain for the storage of medical research records. The Department of Home Affairs is also considering blockchain to bring transparency to the continent’s supply chain. Also, the country has developed a forward-thinking approach to the integration of cryptocurrency into some public services.

In November, the State Government of New South Wales plans to trial a digital drivers license backed by blockchain in Sydney. This will give 140,000 license holders in Sydney’s Eastern Beaches access to the new Secure Logic TrustGrid license.

The new smartphone license on the Service NSW app follows a similar trial held in Dubbo, an NSW town of 55,000, 303 km north-west of Sydney. There, participants were able to use their digital license to gain access to pubs and clubs as well as use as ID when stopped by roadside police for standard checks or breath testing.

Australian data security company Secure Logic’s platform provided the tech behind the digital driver license for both NSW government trials. Secure Logic CEO Santosh Devaraj said this really is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to blockchain tech, and says that the tech will be hugely influential when applied to public services in the years to come:

“The era of standing in line to file government paperwork is coming to an end, as is our reliance on physical identification cards to establish your identity or proof of age with law enforcement or at licensed venues. These are mistake prone, time-consuming, expensive, and impractical ways to offer services.”

South Australian drivers have been able to use a similar app since earlier last September. The SA smart app provides a one-time barcode which refreshes every 30 seconds to prevent fraud. The licenses are able to be scanned in bars and pubs to verify the owner details are genuine and the license is valid.

 

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Samsung Claims Smartphones Provide Best Security for Crypto

Multinational tech conglomerate Samsung has argued that smartphones can provide the best security for cryptocurrency holdings because of the combined efficiency of apps and the presence of the trusted execution environment (TEE).

Cryptocurrency wallet apps like Blockchain and Jaxx are a convenient and popular way to transfer, send and store assets on a smartphone. What Joel Snyder, a senior IT consultant and a contributor to Samsung Insights pointed out, is that the TEE under which the majority of smartphones operate offers a nearly impenetrable barrier for hackers.

Because the TEE is completely independent of an individual’s device with its own separate memory and storage, potential hackers and even operating systems such as Android cannot penetrate and alter or access the data. This prevents passwords and private keys of wallets from being accessed.

Laptops and such devices that utilize conventional data storage units such as an SSD are more vulnerable to risk due to their persistent nature that gives an opportunity for hackers to enter and steal data, cryptocurrency account information included.

Snyder for Samsung noted that while ”a naive wallet developer” might fail to employ the advantages of the TEE and store keys on the phone’s internal storage, the combination of the TEE and an effective wallet offer the most secure place for your cryptocurrency holdings.

What else the TEE can offer

A research effort conducted by Cornell University in December 2016 first offered the concept of Bitcoin scaling via the TEE. The team developed a technology called Teechan which they built on top several TEEs including the Software Guard Extensions of Intel.

The results were promising. Transactions were able to be processed off-chain, then fixed into larger transactions to be established on the blockchain. Significant progress has been seen, with over 2,480 transactions per second recorded as successfully processed.

 

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Telegram CEO Will Use Bitcoin To Frustrate Moscow Ban

Telegram founder Pavlov Durov has refused to comply with a Moscow court which has recently banned the popular cloud-based messaging service.

The ban was passed by the Moscow court in an apparent effort to thwart terrorism, citing the app as playing a role in terrorist activities around the globe.  Security agencies had originally demanded Telegram allow them to access to user information.

Durov informed Telegram users that the reason for the ban was the company’s refusal to provide encryption keys to Russian agencies:

“For the past 24 hours, Telegram has been under a ban by internet providers in Russia… our refusal… was an easy decision. We promised our users 100% privacy and would rather cease to exist than violate this promise.”

Within the last two days, Russia blocked over 15 million IP addresses in attempts to ban Telegram on its territory. Regardless, Telegram remained available for the majority of Russia’s residents #digitalresistance https://t.co/2syVbVzXPg

— Pavel Durov (@durov) April 17, 2018

A day after the ban was put into effect, Durov announced that he would use Bitcoin to fund proxies and VPNs to get around the problem for his customers.

Telegram has been in conflict with Russian regulators for some time regarding the use of the app. Those seeking privacy around the world use the app for its encrypted messaging service offering high levels of privacy. The app is used in many countries in areas of conflict or government oppression as a method of secure and private communication.

In the latest development, Russian state communications regulator Roskomnadzor has blocked IP addresses owned by Google and Amazon, both used by Telegram. Interfax news reports that the Russian regulator has now blocked 18 sub-networks and some 15 to 20 million Google and Amazon IP addresses. Roskomnnadzor is a Russian federal executive body responsible for censorship in media and telecommunications.

As a result, Russian users, as well as being shut out of Telegram, can no longer use other services which route through Google and Amazon servers including the Viber messaging app. Latest reports that Microsoft and Windows updates and online games by Wargaming and Netflix may have been impacted.

Durov appears to be committed to servicing his customers despite all the hurdles thrown his way by Russian government agencies, including making donations of Bitcoin for individuals or companies running proxies and VPN:

“I am happy to donate millions of dollars this year to this cause… I called this Digital Resistance – a decentralized movement standing for digital freedoms and progress globally.”

 

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Finney the Blockchain Blackberry

Foxconn is going to assist Sirin Labs with the development of its new Finney blockchain phone.

The blockchain Blackberry

Finney, the “state-of-the-art mobile device for the Blockchain era”, is rumored to ship in October for a target price of USD 1,000. Sirin has currently received 25,000 preorders, with 2018 sales expected to exceed 100,000 units, with the possibility of reaching several million. The device is due to initially go on sale in stores located in active crypto communities such as Vietnam and Turkey. As sales increase, the intention will be to expand distribution to common mobile retailers.

Cryptocurrency accessibility

Cryptocurrencies have grown in popularity but in terms of everyday convenience, there hasn’t been much progression. Most people store cryptocurrency on hardware or software wallets which tend to require PC access, or hot wallets such as Coinbase. Although mobile wallets are available, they aren’t necessarily as secure. Bitcoin ATMs are increasing in number, but are not as abundant as their fiat counterparts and are limited to trading a few currencies. Having a secure, intuitive mobile designed from the ground up around blockchain would bring cryptocurrency use to the mainstream.

Tech specifications

Current smartphones have several underlying issues in their ability to deliver a secure crypto experience. Sirin Labs’s mission with Finney is to provide the functionality and usability of an Android. Their flagship will shift towards enhanced security via its suite of cybersecurity technologies, providing reliable access to the blockchain. Finney’s physical security switch is a cool addition to the hardware as a preventative measure.

Finney Blockchain Phone

An app store for distributed apps (like ysigns messenger app) will streamline accessibility and provide a competitive marketplace for developers. The ability to make easy purchases from crypto-friendly sites like Overstock and Newegg with quick conversions from cash to crypto may encourage a more widespread adoption from customers and retailers alike.

Secure future

It’s time for innovation in the outdated mobile market shadowed by ever-growing cyber threats. With more personal details being stored on our mobile devices, a future with secure mobile trade and communication is imperative. Mobiles need to take on the responsibility of safeguarding our data so we don’t have to worry as much.

 

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Jonathan Stacke – Bitcoin in India

Jonathan Stacke – Bitcoin in India:

Jonathan Stacke writes on Bitcoin in India for his latest article on The Genesis Block (@TheGenesisBlock). Excerpts:

“With talk of inflation and capital controls familiar to the bitcoin community, one might think Indian citizens would be jumping at the opportunity to adopt the digital currency, yet the hurdles to wide-scale bitcoin proliferation in India may be significant for the foreseeable future. While demand for gold has grown in India, the multiple applications it offers culturally and industrially in addition to acting as an alternative store of wealth may mean that such demand does not translate to bitcoin.”

“[A correlation exists] between bitcoin adoption and internet penetration in a given country. India, with just 12.6% of its citizens having internet access, has the sixth lowest internet penetration of the 100 largest countries. Despite that fact, the size of the total Indian population – more than 1.2 billion – makes India the third largest internet-using population in the world, with 150 million users, behind only China and the US.”

“It is possible to buy and sell bitcoin through a number of websites including buysellbitco.in and there does appear to be a healthy LocalBitcoins market.”

“Not to be overlooked is India’s mobile phone penetration of 71%, or approximately 900 million total users. […] only 44 million Indians are smartphone subscribers.”

“M-PESA, the mobile payment system that has changed the lives of millions in Kenya recently rolled out in India. […] If mobile payment systems like these gain traction in India as they have in Africa, acceptance of digital currency would prove to be a less significant hurdle.”

“India had the highest remittance volume in the world in 2011 with $58 billion, or 3.1% of GDP, according to the World Bank.”

“Forward-thinking companies like Buttercoin have recently stepped in to apply the potential of bitcoin to these markets […]”

“The Reserve Bank of India has stated that it does not immediately intend to regulate bitcoin, but their historic actions indicate that may change soon enough […]”

 – http://thegenesisblock.com/bitcoin-in-india-drivers-and-barriers-to-adoption
 – (Further discussion of this article)

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