The blockchain technology and its underlying use case cryptocurrency is making waves across the world. The technology aids in tracking and storage of data that will be immutable. It is a secure way of storing data and industries around the world are adopting the technology at the speed of lightning. From insurance and real estate to crowdfunding and data management, the potential applications of blockchain technology are numerous. The technology also allows for many other uses and applications as well. It’s likely that the blockchain technology will be of use to some of the world’s most impoverished nations who will benefit from integrating the blockchain technology to their systems.
The economy of Venezuela has been suffering from hyperinflation which worsen after the US sanctioned the Venezuelan Government. The situation prompted dramatic shortages of basic necessities such as food, health amenities and the rest. However bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies had been used to help ease the strain. With Venezuelans turning to mining and bitcoin trading. Even more, the government of the nation even made their own crypto called Petro. Since the value of Venezuelan fiat had fallen so low that local artist now resort to using the money in making crafts. With crypto, the failing economy is able to sustain itself.
The blockchain technology can be used as a means to help the defenseless such as the children of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The central African country which has mined 54% of the 123,000 tons of cobalt generated around the world has child miners working at informal mining structures. A project is however working to launch a platform to protect children there from forced labor. The project aims to provide global manufacturers of high-tech devices like smartphones with cobalt used in lithium-ion batteries that the colbats was not mined by children. This way protecting children labourers. This project will protect the right of the children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A country that has been ravaged by wars and has a significant amount of problem causing informal mining sites where many of the workers are child workers.
Countries such as Haiti which is still affected by the damages caused from hurricane and earthquake over the last decade. This country has a lot to benefit from the blockchain technology. Also, EatBCH a charity arm of Bitcoin Cash launched a feed South Sudan project. The country had been ravaged by civil war for the past four years and was equally suffering from hyperinflation.
There are many struggling nations that could benefit from the blockchain technology. Governments can apply it in their database, enhance their services and collate information about citizens identity. But regardless the use case, the blockchain technology is definitely the way forward and forward thinking government should employ it.
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Waves to Launch Blockchain-Based Games Marketplace with The Abyss
Blockchain Platform Waves and blockchain distribution platform – The Abyss will jointly launch blockchain-based marketplace of digital goods and in-game items.
The co-operation will see the building of a universal marketplace of all tradable goods and in-game items offered by Abyss partner game developers through their games.
The marketplace will enable users to purchase items with Abyss Tokens and sell to other users no matter what supported game it was purchased from. This, according to Waves will open another way for game developers to monetize their games on The Abyss.
Waves revealed the Abyss tokens will be integrated with the Waves Blockchain thereby enabling developers to connect The Abyss Token operations directly into their Waves-based games.
This will be made possible and easier by the release of an SDK and provision of technical assistance by Abyss.
Founder, The Abyss Konstantin Boyko-Romamovsky is quoted saying “The Abyss development team has already started preparation for the integration of Waves solution. The respective API methods and libraries will be added to the platform SDK and offered to game studios and developers.”
As a mutual benefiting arrangement, games built on the Waves blockchain will be able to utilize the distribution network of The Abyss therefore getting exposure to a wide audience of gamers.
Speaking on the arrangement between both firms, CEO, Waves Platform, Sasha Ivanov said, “The integration of Waves technology will enable The Abyss to create one of the best and the most advanced digital marketplaces in the video game industry. Apart from boosting up blockchain adoption, it is also supposed to increase the speed of processing trading transactions”.
Based on the Ethereum blockchain, The Abyss is a digital distribution platform for online video games with a unique revenue sharing system. The Abyss offers browser, client and blockchain games and provides game studios with additional customer benefits, from community features to marketing tools. Part of the income generated by sales of games & services is distributed between users in the form of rewards for various activities available on the platform.
A Proposal Has Been Made To Move ZCash from POW to POS
A ZCash Improvement Proposal ZIP was submitted to the ZCash community to migrate the privacy focused blockchain from the Proof of Work protocol to Proof of Stake.
The proposal was made by a user rebekah93. According to the community member, “Zcash was launched using Proof of Work. This meant that as well as removing the risk of POS being in some way faulty, the developers could focus on snark development rather than proof of stake development. Now the situation is a little different, as POS is a little mature and shielded transactions in zcash have come leaps and bounds.
This means that we should be able to switch from POW to POS without diverting developers too heavily away from other protocol improving works.”
The motivation according to rebekah93 for the improvement proposal was “by not wanting to have ‘destroying the planet’ as one of zcash’s most prominent achievements.
This is related to the amount of power needed to maintain the proof of work blockchains with Bitcoin being the highest consumer as the largest pow blockchain.
In order to achieve consensus, the community will have to answer some questions such as:
what properties does it want from POW? BFT or not?, Which are the best POS protocols that satisfy the needed properties, who gets to have the loudest/definitive say, when will it be implemented, who will implement it, will there be a transition period, when will the transition go live?
The ZIP which is currently in draft stage has attracted comments from the zcash community with one member Faddat defending POW by saying it doesn’t harm the environment and that it is one of the most efficient uses of stranded energy. According to him, POS chains have more favourable performance characteristic, but POW is more secure.
Another member of the Zcash community by the name OliverNChalk is of the opinion that the migration to POS should be put on hold and wait to see how the Ethereum imminent migration to POS goes as this would give an idea of how POS looks in the ‘wild’.
A member of the Zcash foundation by the name Sonya said concerning the ZIP “I like proof-of-work because the economics are straightforward and the model is battle-tested. I don’t think proof-of-stake has been around long enough that we should jump on it — maybe another couple of years.”
The proposal was created over 40 hours ago, it has received 1500 views and 12 replies. At current it is still a draft.