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The open society and its enemies

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How open-data compares against other national metricsTHIS week sees a cornucopia of open-data celebrations. Britain’s Open Data Institute is announcing numerous...

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IBM's proposal for an internet of things architecture using Bitcoin's blockchain tech

IBM's proposal for an internet of things architecture using Bitcoin's blockchain tech | Bitcoin | Scoop.it

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Combine Bitcoin’s block chain technology, BitTorrent and a secure messaging protocol called telehash and you get a distributed infrastructure that some IBM researchers think would be ideal for the internet of things.

 

In tech circles block chain technology — the transaction processing engine behind the Bitcoin crypto-currency — has become the technological equivalent of quinoa. Not everyone is sure of what it is, but everyone is raving about it as an answer to any number of tough problems. The latest is IBM’s research team, who are looking at building out a distribution platform for the internet of things that uses block chain.

 

Paul Brody, the head of mobile and internet with IBM, is proposing a system called Adept, which will use three distinct technologies to solve what he sees as both technical and economic issues for the internet of things. The Adept platform is not an official IBM product, but was created by researchers at IBM’s Institute for Business Value (IBV). Adept will be released on Github as open-source software.

 

The platform consists of three parts:

Block chain: As mentioned above, block chain is the distributed transaction processing engine that keeps track of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. The beauty of block chain is that it can be used for many purposes. Basically it’s a technology that allows data to be stored in a variety of different places while tracking the relationship between different parties to that data. So when it comes to the internet of things, Brody envisions it as a way for devices to understand what other devices do and the instructions and permissions different users have around these devices.In practice this can mean tracking relationships between devices, between a user and a device and even between two devices with the consent of a user. This means your smartphone could securely communicate with your door lock or that you could approve someone else to communicate with the door lock. Those relationships would be stored on the locks, your phones and come together as needed to ensure the right people had access to your home without having to go back to the cloud.Telehash: It’s one thing for devices to use block chain to understand contracts and capabilities, but they also need to communicate it, which is why Adept is using Telehash, a private messaging protocol that was built using JSON to share distributed information. It’s creator Jeremie Miller says at its simplest telehash is a “very simple and secure end-to-end encryption library that any application can build on, with the whole point being that an “end” can be a device, browser, or mobile app.” He added, “Perhaps, you can think of it as a combination of SSL+PGP that is designed for devices and apps to connect with each other and create a secure private mesh?” A new version of the software is expected soon.BitTorrent: And finally, to move all this data around, especially because not everything has a robust connection to each other — especially if they are using a low data rate connection like Bluetooth or Zigbee, Adept uses file sharing protocol BitTorrent to move data around keeping with the decentralized ethos of Adept.

The end perspective is one of many chunks of data flying between devices where it can then be assembled according to the rules laid out by the block chain software. Of course, this sort of architecture won’t work with machines running 8-bit processors, which means it won’t appear on low-end devices any time soon. However, Brody is convinced we won’t be dealing with embedded processors for much longer as connectivity takes over our every appliance and electronic device.

Why this, why now?

Read the full story: https://gigaom.com/2014/09/09/check-out-ibms-proposal-for-an-internet-of-things-architecture-using-bitcoins-block-chain-tech/


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Georgia Tech Integrates Bitcoin into Student Payment Cards

Georgia Tech Integrates Bitcoin into Student Payment Cards | Bitcoin | Scoop.it

The Georgia Institute of Technology has become the first university to integrate bitcoin into its students’ dining and shopping experience.

Campus payment cards, known as BuzzCards, can now be topped up with the digital currency at the university’s BuzzCard Centre, located inside its bookstore.

 

BuzzCards can be used at more than 200 locations on campus, allowing students to pay for meals, parking, recreational facilities and tickets for various sporting events using bitcoin. Georgia Tech also features 10

BuzzCard ATMs where students can withdraw hard cash.

 

Former students and current bitcoin executives Tony Gallippi and Stephen Pair will handle payment processing for the institute via their company BitPay.

 

Georgia Tech’s athletic director Mike Bobinski said:

“At Georgia Tech, we are always looking to lead in innovative ways, and this partnership with BitPay gives us an opportunity to do so by integrating this new technology at a sports venue and in the daily lives of our students.”

 

In addition, Stephanie Wargo, vice president of marketing at BitPay, revealed the company has ambitions to take the programme further afield:

“We see the student market as a huge potential as these millennials are the executives of the future. They have grown up with technology and are quick to embrace new ideas, like bitcoin.”

 

Read full story at: http://www.coindesk.com/georgia-tech-integrates-bitcoin-student-payment-cards/


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Bitmarket.lt Takes Bitcoin's Fight Against Big Banks to Court

Bitmarket.lt Takes Bitcoin's Fight Against Big Banks to Court | Bitcoin | Scoop.it
Lithuania-based startup Bitmarket.lt talks about its ongoing court battle with Swedbank.

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“I want to fight for the bitcoin industry, at least in Lithuania. I would like to create precedent. I mean if we win against Swedbank, it will be easier for other players in this market and around the world.”

 

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Tim Berners-Lee: we need to re-decentralise the web (Wired UK)

Tim Berners-Lee: we need to re-decentralise the web (Wired UK) | Bitcoin | Scoop.it
Twenty-five years on from the web's inception, its creator has urged the public to re-engage with its original design: a decentralised internet that at its very core, remains open to all

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Why cultural predispositions matter & how to measure them: a fragment ...

Why cultural predispositions matter & how to measure them: a fragment ... | Bitcoin | Scoop.it
Here's a piece of something I'm working on--the long-promised & coming-soon "vaccine risk-perception report." This section discusses the "cultural predisposition" measurement strategy that I concluded would be most useful for the study.

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Google Wants The Government's Data On You

Google Wants The Government's Data On You | Bitcoin | Scoop.it
Google's president for the Americas urged local government officials Friday to release data so Google can use it to become everyone's perfect personal assistant—an invisible entity that knows what you want before you do.

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Working With Company Data

Working With Company Data | Bitcoin | Scoop.it
We all think we know what we mean by “a company”, such as the energy giants Shell or BP, but what is a company exactly?

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The Assembly Project - Meeting Places in Northern Europe AD 400-1500 (TAP) | HERA

The Assembly Project - Meeting Places in Northern Europe AD 400-1500 (TAP) | HERA | Bitcoin | Scoop.it

This project will establish for the first time, the archaeological diversity of assembly and administration in north-western European societies after the collapse of the Roman Empire (AD 400-1500). We will examine how these sites formed and changed and how differing social modes of organisation impacted and interacted with each other and therefore engage with one of the largest European and global current research themes: how complex societal organisation develops and what social mechanisms facilitate the transition from localised organisations and micro-polities to large-scale kingdoms and nation states.


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Bankers Debate Bitcoin at Sibos 2014

Bankers Debate Bitcoin at Sibos 2014 | Bitcoin | Scoop.it

The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, located in the rapidly growing Boston Seaport district, proved a fitting location for Innotribe’s series of digital currency seminars and talks at the Sibos 2014 technology and innovation trade show.

 

Innotribe’s bitcoin series included talks on regulation, disruption and the future of investment in the space. The crowd, comprised of a mix of digital currency veterans and novices alike, displayed an enthusiasm and critical eye that largely defined the day’s events.

 

Innotribe is a startup and innovation project started by financial network operator Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT).

 

Amidst the backdrop of a broader banking trade show and exhibition composed of the banking industry’s biggest players, the Innotribe talks pointed to the next generation of financial technology that, for now, remains just outside the broader financial space.

 

Read the full report at: http://www.coindesk.com/bankers-bitcoin-sibos-boston/


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Swedish Central Bank Research: Bitcoin Hasn't Affected the Economy | CoinDesk

Swedish Central Bank Research: Bitcoin Hasn't Affected the Economy | CoinDesk | Bitcoin | Scoop.it

Sweden's central bank has published research detailing bitcoin's impact on its retail payment system and krona trading volume.


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wbn - Bitcoin Price Speculator Model - Alpha Version


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WBN Bitcoin Price Model

Mission Impossible: Modeling a market price. This is a Simple Linear Model - Alpha Version - For Education Purposes Only

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Анна Сакоян: Школа открытых данных: образовательный эксперимент - ПОЛИТ.РУ

Анна Сакоян: Школа открытых данных: образовательный эксперимент - ПОЛИТ.РУ | Bitcoin | Scoop.it
Анна Сакоян: Школа открытых данных: образовательный эксперимент - Полит.ру

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Анна Сакоян о школе открытых данных

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Beware of Greeks bearing stats: Debt statistics and Benford's Law - Web Exclusive Article - Significance Magazine

Beware of Greeks bearing stats: Debt statistics and Benford's Law - Web Exclusive Article - Significance Magazine | Bitcoin | Scoop.it
Benford's law is, potentially, a way of spotting fake data. http://t.co/yX3Dz1WwxS But my suspicion is it's really too unreliable.

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The open society and its enemies

The open society and its enemies | Bitcoin | Scoop.it
How open-data compares against other national metricsTHIS week sees a cornucopia of open-data celebrations. Britain’s Open Data Institute is announcing numerous...

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Antique maps of Iceland | Íslandskort.is

Antique maps of Iceland | Íslandskort.is - Partners The project is done in collaboration with NDLC (Nordic Digital Library Center) which is one of the information centers of NORDINFO (The Nordic Council for Scientific Information).


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Big Data, Analytics and a New Era of Efficiency in Government | Data-Smart City Solutions

Big Data, Analytics and a New Era of Efficiency in Government | Data-Smart City Solutions | Bitcoin | Scoop.it
This same technology that Amazon and other companies use can fundamentally change the way government operates, breaking down hierarchies and silos, enabling preventive action, incorporating citizens into every aspect of governance and increasing...

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