Coinbase: earn DAI while learning about the stablecoin and how it’s generated 10923

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Starting today, Coinbase customers around the world can start earning DAI by watching lessons and completing quizzes about DAI and its features. DAI is the first stablecoin to be made available through Coinbase Earn. Coinbase strives to be a trusted source where customers can educate themselves about new developments in crypto, and we’re excited to offer people a new opportunity to learn about and earn DAI.

According to the DAI whitepaper, DAI is a decentralized stablecoin running on Ethereum and designed with a goal of maintaining a target value of approximately $1 USD. DAI is backed by collateral on the Maker (MKR) platform. The relevant whitepapers explain that MKR and DAI tokens form a paired set of assets in which MKR provides governance, and DAI is a decentralized, collateral-backed stablecoin.

We expect earning to become an increasingly important function in the crypto ecosystem — alongside buying, staking, voting, and mining — especially when paired with education.

If you want to stay informed about future opportunities, please make sure you have verified your ID and opted into getting the latest updates from Coinbase!

You can also check out the newly-launched Coinbase Earn homepage to keep up to date with the latest Earn opportunities. Click here for our Earn FAQ and terms.

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Riot Blockchain Announces March 2020 Production Update 9770

Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) (“Riot” or the “Company”), one of the few Nasdaq listed public cryptocurrency mining companies in the United States, announces a production update for the month of March 2020.

  • During March 2020, the Company produced 102 newly mined bitcoins (BTC) with the new Bitmain S17’s fully deployed for the entire month of March 2020.
  • As a comparison, prior to the Oklahoma City mining facility upgrade, Riot produced 45 BTC in December 2019 with approximately 7,500 S9’s, but no S17’s yet deployed. Post upgrade, the March 2020 production resulted in a 126% increase of BTC when compared to December 2019.
  • Riot’s bitcoin inventory has increased by 14% since February 29 to 819 BTC as of March 31.
  • The Company is currently operating approximately 4,000 S17s and a nominal amount of S9s with an aggregate hashing power capacity of 248 Petahash per second.
  • As of the March 25, 2020 network-wide difficulty adjustment, the bitcoin network experienced a reduction of 16% in difficulty. Future changes in the network-wide hash rate and difficulty will impact Riot’s production of BTC.

As previously announced, the Company intends to release monthly unaudited production results from its mining operation through May 2020, at which point the Company will re-evaluate how best to keep shareholders apprised.

Per the 2019 financial results press release issued on March 25, 2020, Riot is continuing to monitor COVID-19 and its potential impact on the Company’s workforce, operations, finance and liquidity. Riot intends to continue monitoring the situation and will provide updates if and when necessary. Riot began operating under COVID-19 contingency plans several weeks ago and continues to take steps relative to the pandemic to address potential impacts on employees and operations. Thankfully, to date impacts have been minimal.

About Riot Blockchain
Riot Blockchain (NASDAQ: RIOT) specializes in cryptocurrency mining with a focus on bitcoin. Riot also holds non-controlling investments in blockchain technology companies. Riot is headquartered in Castle Rock, Colorado, and the Company’s mining facility is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. For more information, visit www.RiotBlockchain.com.

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The information provided in this press release may include forward-looking statements relating to future events or the future financial performance of the Company. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Words such as “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends,” “will,” “potential,” “hope” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations of the Company and involve assumptions that may never materialize or may prove to be incorrect. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties. Detailed information regarding factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by statements in this press release relating to the Company may be found in the Company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the factors described in the sections entitled “Risk Factors,” copies of which may be obtained from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Taps HHS Technology Group to Modernize Statewide Licensing Platform 15818

HHS Technology Group, LLC™ (HTG) announced today that it has been awarded a multiyear contract through a transparent application process to develop and deploy a new business application: The Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) application will be provided by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).

As a leader in modular software solutions and agile software development, HTG has been selected to provide ABC with a state-of-the-art platform for addressing new licensing and educational requirements that impact an estimated 1 million workers across the state. Since the establishment of the RBS Training Program Act, the California Department of Technology and ABC have been working to ensure alignment and compliance with the new legislation, which is effective July 1, 2021. Key parameters of the legislation, which aims to ensure that those who serve alcohol are properly trained and educated, call for the implementation of mandatory training, as well as the development and regulation of standards for the approval of RBS training providers.

HTG, which has a proven track record of delivering critical information systems to state governments, was selected by ABC to design and build the information infrastructure that will support the legislation’s implementation.

Additionally, HTG is one of just six supplier partners under the National Association of State Procurement Officials’ ValuePoint contracting arm that has been awarded a Master Agreement for the development, licensing, implementation and operation of modular based Provider Services software solutions.

About HHS Technology Group, LLC
HHS Technology Group is a software and solutions company serving the needs of commercial enterprises and government agencies. HHS Tech Group delivers purpose-built, modular software products, solutions, custom development, and integration services for modernization and operation of systems that support a wide spectrum of business and government needs. For more information about HHS Technology Group, visit www.hhstechgroup.com

Advertising Industry Being Disrupted by ASK Permission First Ad Blockchain 16615

Permission.io announced today that it has signed an advisory agreement with RockTree LEX to provide strategic support as part of the company’s aggressive growth plans into Asia as they lead a new category of digital advertising called “Opt-in Value Exchange.”

RockTree LEX will assist Permission.io with their cross-border blockchain legal compliance and go-to-market strategy as the company enters the Greater China region, where the e-commerce markets are larger than both the US and UK markets combined1, and where e-commerce shoppers are readily primed through developed reward programs for a switch to an opt-in value exchange model.

RockTree LEX is a blockchain-focused professional services platform specializing in providing international legal compliance, transaction execution, overseas investment, token exchange listing and global expansion for top-tier blockchain projects.

“We identify blockchain projects with real utility potential combined with massive markets waiting to be unlocked, then help them localize and rapidly scale into Asia,” said Omer Ozden, CEO of RockTree LEX, adding “Permission.io is going even further and defining a whole new category of advertising that we predict will significantly challenge the old industry model while taking ad revenue away from well-known behemoths such as Google, Facebook, and Baidu and distributing that value back to the consumer.”

Permission.io, as the name suggests, flips the existing legacy advertising model by starting with the person’s permission first, then engaging them on their terms and rewarding the consumer for their time and purchases that come as a result of opt-in advertising. Permission’s blockchain and cryptocurrency ‘ASK token’ enable you to own, control and profit from your own data, a simple idea that is technologically complex for the advertising and e-commerce industries, which is now being solved for by Permission.io.

Charlie Silver, CEO and Founder of Permission.io commented, “Permission is excited to bring the world an advertising platform that enables individuals to earn from their time and data, and that builds trusted relationships between brands and consumers. Advertisers, ad agencies and individuals will all benefit from a model where value is distributed more equally along the buying journey and away from big tech’s centralization and exploitation of consumer data.”

The ad industry’s foremost research and standards organization, IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) refers to this new model, which sits at the heart of the benefits that blockchain can provide, as “a win for consumers and brands alike.”

Permission.io has spent the last number of years building the backbone infrastructure to allow advertisers to connect with e-commerce shoppers and reward them for their time and purchases on the Permission platform; and is a deep technology company with extensive intellectual property, including nine database-optimization patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The company has raised $48 million in capital to date, predominantly from high-net-worth individuals and from blockchain investors, including Richard Li, General Partner at Alphablock. The Permission platform has been in beta for over six months and already has nearly 300,000 registered ASK wallets.

Omer Ozden Bio: Mr. Omer Ozden is CEO and Founder of RockTree LEX, a legal and finance professional service platform focused on the blockchain industry. Mr. Ozden is also co-founder and International Expansion Partner of UCommune, China’s largest co-working company with over 200 locations globally, Partner of DGroup, and its investment arm, DFund, one of the most active Blockchain cryptofunds in Asia, currently invested in over 70 blockchain projects, as well as International Partner of ZhenFund, China’s top Angel investment fund. Mr. Ozden is an international securities lawyer and former Partner with Baker & McKenzie LLP in New York and associate with Morrison & Foerster LLP in Hong Kong. His career spans over 450 transactions totaling over $30 Billion and includes venture capital investments, initial public offerings and other transactions for such companies as NetEase, Alibaba, Baidu, New Oriental and Facebook. Mr. Ozden was on the legal team that invented the Variable Interest Entity (VIE) structure, which opened up China’s internet industry to foreign investment and overseas public listings.

About RockTree LEX: RockTree LEX Limited (“LEX”) is a global blockchain professional services platform. LEX provides cutting-edge legal compliance, overseas investment, and listing execution on a global scale. The LEX team in Beijing, New York and Toronto includes a full team of multijurisdictional lawyers and finance experts speaking Chinese and English who provide a truly international solution in a rapidly evolving blockchain industry and a regulatory framework that is cross-border at its core. The LEX team has collectively executed over 120 public security offerings and initial coin offerings (ICOs) and hundreds of private securities offerings in 18 countries across a broad range of sectors. LEX’s investment partners are Huobi (one of the largest global cryptocurrency exchanges), ZhenFund (the leading early stage fund in China), and DGroup/DFund (one of the most active blockchain and cryptocurrency funds in Asia). To learn more, please visit www.rocktreelex.io

Charles Silver Bio: Mr. Silver has been building companies and creating liquidity events for shareholders for nearly 30 years. In the dot com era, he founded RealAge, a pioneer in using data and email marketing to connect consumers with branded content. The company was very successfully sold to the Hearst Corporation. Prior to RealAge, Mr. Silver founded and built the Oil Dispatch franchise in Michigan. It grew to be the largest independent quick-oil-change operator in the state and was successfully sold to Jiffy Lube. In addition to founding Permission, Mr. Silver is co-founder of LoveStoriesTV, a leading wedding-video platform, and is also co-founder and serves on the board of Reality Shares (dba Blockforce Capital), an SEC registered investment adviser with five publicly traded ETFs, including the first blockchain ETF (BLCN).

About Permission.io: Permission.io is leading the web toward a new engagement model built on opt-in value exchange. With the creation of the permission blockchain and cryptocurrency (ASK), Permission has developed a digital advertising protocol that enables individuals to own, grant permission, and monetize their time and data while engaging with the web as they normally do. The company’s mission is to provide opportunities for members to earn from their data in multiple contexts and to connect brands and consumers on a permission basis. To learn more, please visit: https://permission.io/.

‘4IR: AI, Blockchain, Fintech, IoT – Reinventing a Nation’ Book by Dinis Guarda and Rais Hussin 15813

Ztudium, Dinis Guarda and Dr. Rais Hussin, leading global voices in strategy and research, analyze how future digital tech can be used by developing nations in the publication of a new book titled “4IR: AI, Blockchain, Fintech – Reinventing a Nation.”

The Fourth Industrial Revolution – 4IR – and all the emerging technologies are part of this concept, disrupting the world as we know it, particularly affecting nations and businesses that need to adapt quickly to avoid being left behind.

“4IR: AI, Blockchain, Fintech – Reinventing a Nation” offers insights into the present and future of the 4IR and how the associated variety of evolving technologies can and will have a significant impact on economies and societies. The book challenges nations to prepare for 4IR, asking them to focus on the needs of their society, leading to a future of sustainable, mindful economic growth on a global field, and how this, if rightly utilized, might contribute to a better world where nations are seen as collaborators rather than adversaries.

The book assembles an array of thought leaders who all contributed research to the book and is a testament to the impressive global network that Dinis Guarda has built during his 25-year career. The list of contributors includes a foreword by Eric Van der Kleij – the founder of London TechCity and Level 39, Emmanuel Daniel, founder of Asian Banker, Guenther Dobrauz Saldapenna, author and Director at PWC, Yoshiyuki Yamamoto, advisor to the UN, Efi Pylarinou, influencer in fintech, Thomas Power, global authority in social media and tech, Maria Fonseca, Anca Petre, Dr. Margarita Peredaryenko, Hernaldo Turrillo and Javed Khattak.

The book highlights the technologies of AI, Blockchain, Fintech, and IoT, which are at the core of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It discusses the risks and threats and explores how we can best harness the opportunities, strengths, and potential of these technology tools for the future advancement of countries and their citizens.

About The Authors

Dinis Guarda is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, advisor and CEO. Dinis is the author of the books “How Businesses and Governments can prosper with Fintech, Blockchain, and AI?”, “Blockchain, AI and Crypto Economics – The Next Tsunami” among others. He is listed in various global fintech, blockchain, AI, social media industry lists as a top influencer. Dinis is the founder of ztudium, which manages blocksdna, intelligenthq.com, openbusinesscouncil.org, fashionabc.

Dr. Rais Hussin is a strategist, perennial wordsmith, social engineer, entrepreneur, and serious policy intellectual. He is the President/CEO of EMIR Research, which specializes in data-driven research on national or international issues. Dr. Rais also serves as Co-Chairman of Deutsche Malaysia Ventures, which he co-founded to promote inbound investment, technology, and execution for high-tech, high-value projects in Malaysia and the exciting growth markets of the ASEAN economic zone.

New York Times Profiles Voatz 14190

Voatz is honored to be featured in The New York Times this morning in a story written by Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Matthew Rosenberg. The story identifies Voatz as the first and only voting app available for consideration by election officials to explore additional technology for better voting access. This attention is especially significant for Voatz as a young company that has spent five years building and piloting a voting platform that first and foremost offers better accessibility, security and resilience when compared to any of the existing options available to those whose circumstances make it difficult to vote in person. This includes our overseas military servicemen and women and those with disabilities.

Background Context

We are often the subject of doubt, and new technologies are frequently the target of skeptics. A group of researchers, in an effort to trigger a media campaign geared to systematically disrupt a live election process, contacted The New York Times with allegations of vulnerabilities in our system. This effort resulted in a story.
After receiving and reviewing the full report, Voatz concluded that the report is fundamentally flawed, as detailed by our analysis below. Most telling, the foundation of the research is based on an Android version of the Voatz mobile voting app that was at least 27 versions old at the time of analysis. We highlight the flaws within the research and expose the agenda of the researchers below, which is aimed to thwart the process of innovation and progress for better voting access.

Voatz Analysis & Response to Researchers’ Flawed Report
Voatz wishes to acknowledge the enormous effort it must have taken for the team of researchers, two student researchers at MIT with Daniel Witzner, founder of MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative, to produce “The Ballot is Busted Before the Blockchain: A Security Analysis of Voatz, the First Internet Voting Application Used in U.S.”

Our review of their report found three fundamental flaws with their method of analysis, their untested claims, and their bad faith recommendations.

First, the researchers were analyzing an Android version of the Voatz mobile voting app that was at least 27 versions old at the time of their disclosure and never used in an election. Had the researchers taken the time, like nearly 100 other researchers, to test and verify their claims using the latest version of our platform via our public bug bounty program on HackerOne, they would not have ended up producing a report that asserts claims on the basis of an erroneous method.

Second, as the researchers admitted, the outdated app was never connected to the Voatz servers, which are hosted on Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. This means that they were unable to register, unable to pass the layers of identity checks to impersonate a legitimate voter, unable to receive a legitimate ballot and unable to submit any legitimate votes or change any voter data.

Third, in the absence of trying to access the Voatz servers, the researchers fabricated an imagined version of the Voatz servers, hypothesized how they worked, and then made assumptions about the interactions between the system components that are simply false. This flawed approach invalidates any claims about their ability to compromise the overall system. In short, to make claims about a backend server without any evidence or connection to the server negates any degree of credibility on behalf of the researchers.

The researchers have labeled Voatz as “not transparent”. With qualified, collaborative researchers we are very open; we disclose source code and hold lengthy interactive sessions with their architects and engineers. We educate them on the critical demands of election security; they give us feedback and educate us on new best practices based on their practical knowledge of security drawn from other industries.

Voatz has worked for nearly five years to develop a resilient ballot marking system, a system built to respond to unanticipated threats and to distribute updates worldwide with short notice. It incorporates solutions from other industries to address issues around security, identity, accessibility, and auditability.

We want to be clear that all nine of our governmental pilot elections conducted to date, involving less than 600 voters, have been conducted safely and securely with no reported issues. Pilot programs like ours are invaluable. They educate all election stakeholders and push innovation forward in a responsible, transparent way. For nearly two decades, the researchers and the community to which they belong have waged a systematic effort to dismantle any online voting pilots. These attempts effectively choke any meaningful conversation and learnings around the safe integration of technology to improve accessibility and security in our elections. The effect is to deny access to our overseas citizens, deployed military service men and women, their families, and citizens with disabilities.

It is clear that from the theoretical nature of the researchers’ approach, the lack of practical evidence backing their claims, their deliberate attempt to remain anonymous, and their priority being to find media attention, that the researchers’ true aim is to deliberately disrupt the election process, to sow doubt in the security of our election infrastructure, and to spread fear and confusion.

The reality is that continuing our mobile voting pilots holds the best promise to improve accessibility, security and resilience when compared to any of the existing options available to those whose circumstances make it difficult to vote.

About Voatz
Voatz is an award-winning mobile elections platform that leverages cutting-edge technology (including biometrics and a blockchain-based infrastructure) to increase access and security in elections. Since 2016 Voatz has run more than 50 elections with cities, universities, towns, nonprofits, and both major state political parties for convention voting. In 2018 Voatz partnered with West Virginia to empower deployed military and overseas citizens to vote, marking the first mobile votes in U.S. history. In 2019 Voatz expanded its pilots to Denver, Utah, Oregon and Washington, all of which held citizen’s public-facing audits, hosted by the National Cybersecurity Center. All pilots increased turnout and in the case of Denver, 100% of voters responding to a post-election survey said they preferred this method of voting to any other.

BitDegree to Compete for 1M EUR in the Finals of EIC Horizon Prize for Blockchains for Social Good 17041

BitDegree Scholarships’ solution was selected to appear among the 23 finalists in Brussels and will compete for a 1M EUR prize in the category “Aid & Philanthropy.” BitDegree has developed the first-ever transparent P2P blockchain system for scholarships tied to educational outcomes. Now, anyone can get paid to learn at BitDegree.org.

The EIC Horizon Prize ‘Blockchains for Social Good’ focuses on scalable, efficient, and high-impact decentralized solutions to social innovation challenges using blockchain technology. The task requires multidisciplinary expertise. Winning solutions are expected to address sustainability challenges, generate social change, and demonstrate options for a smoother distribution of information and resources.

Bringing complete transparency to education donations

BitDegree Scholarships disrupts the general belief that donations and aid deviate from the end-recipients. The solution presents individual stories for donors to see and fund easily. People can request financial support to access high-quality online courses and compensate for their time away from work.

Blockchain technology underwriting the Scholarships allows complete financial transparency and educational achievement. If the person completes the course in time, a blockchain certificate is issued and the incentive scholarship is transferred in cryptocurrency, allowing to break the financial barriers and reach the unbanked. Otherwise, the donation is returned to the sponsor, as defined in the smart contract.

Social good potential of P2P scholarships

The Internet allows everyone to reach quality education. However, there can be two obstacles to learning. First, high-quality online courses can be for someone with a lower income. Second, people can’t afford the time to learn, as they need to work. BitDegree Scholarships solve the issue by paying for online courses and providing a local-income-adjusted grant to buy time for learning. People in need can re-skill and up-skill online to work in the global economy or find qualified employment locally.

BitDegree Scholarships spans over developing and developed countries equally. Europe lacks tech talent, and the automation of industry threatens the employment of many. Employer or government-sponsored scholarships tied to clear learning paths can enable and motivate the wide-scale reskilling in Europe.

BitDegree Scholarships open to any education provider

For demonstration, BitDegree has implemented the BitDegree Scholarships system on its platform as a Showcase. The vision is to attract many different online and offline education providers to use BitDegree Scholarships and enable their learners to receive support. Interested parties can already do so manually. The next version of Scholarships will offer automated integrations with third parties and a joint listing of all scholarship requests for donors.

The incentive to go beyond state-of-the-art

In education, blockchain is mainly used for credentials. EIC Horizon Prize has led BitDegree to think of applying blockchain for much greater social good. The company appreciates the ability to network with like-minded leaders sharing common global-scale goals. Winning the prize, BitDegree will use the funds to develop the project further.