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Upcoming Platform That Makes Online Voting Secure Using the Same Technology That Powers Bitcoin

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Blockchain, the same technology that powers Bitcoin, is driving a new platform that aims to improve the way we vote. Imagine being able to vote in the next presidential election from your home on a mobile device. No more waiting in lines to vote, no more inconvenient voting times and no more needing to worry about whether your vote was counted correctly. An American based technology company, Above The Median, LLC is designing such a platform, called PopulaVote, a name which is a portmanteau for Populations’ Vote. The platform plans to utilize new ways to store information on the blockchain.

With PopulaVote, people will be able to vote online by posting encrypted ballots to a secure decentralized database whose records are confidential but can be easily audited. This will make the process of voting simpler and faster. We’ve all seen the issues Florida had during its recount after the 2018 USA mid-term elections. PopulaVote aims to decrease the time it takes to recount an election from days to a matter of a few hours, with less expenses and a blockchain based paper trail included.

Blockchain technology is already being used across the world for Bitcoin transactions and payments and blockchain based voting applications can be used to perform free elections for democracies across the world, especially in countries where there is a desire for transparency from the government by the electorate. The blockchain is designed to maintain an auditable trail that can be used to prove to the public that a vote was fair and by an authorized person. Still, blockchain based voting is in its early stages. PopulaVote will become a pioneer in this technology with the goal that anyone will be able to easily participate in an election without unexpected problems outside of their control, such as crowded lines or voting machine malfunctions.

Come visit www.populavote.com to learn more about this exciting new blockchain based voting application and subscribe to find out when it launches and how you can get involved. You will be able to use PopulaVote to let your voice be heard. Blockchain is more than just for money. PopulaVote is re-imagining it in an all new way to create an easy, secure and traceable method to voice your opinion to the world.

 

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Walmart China Takes on Food Safety with VeChainThor Blockchain Technology

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On June 25, in combination with Walmart China, China Chain-Store & Franchise Association (CCFA), PwC, Inner Mongolia Kerchin Co., Ltd., and VeChain, the Walmart China Blockchain Traceability Platform, built on the VeChainThor Blockchain, was announced at the 2019 China Products Safety Publicity Week Traceability System Construction Seminar. This seminar was jointly organized by Walmart China and the CCFA in Beijing.

The announcement of the Walmart China Blockchain Traceability Platform came with the introduction to the first batch of 23 product lines that have been tested and launched on the Platform. The Platform is expected to scale by another 100 product lines by the end of the year covering more than 10 product categories including fresh meat product, rice, mushrooms, cooking oil, etc. It is expected that the Walmart China’s  traceability system will see traceable fresh meat account for 50% of the total sales of packaged fresh meat, traceable vegetables will account for 40% of the total sales of packaged vegetables, traceable seafood will account for 12.5% of the total sales of seafood by the end of 2020.

VeChain’s blockchain technology is enabling Walmart China to implement a traceability strategy for products and pioneer the large-scale application of blockchain traceability. By scanning the desired products, customers can acquire detailed information, including the source of the scanned products and geographic location received by Walmart, logistics process, product inspection report, and many more data points. Data collection and data availability are to be continually added to the scale of the platform and its use of blockchain technology.

THE WALMART CHINA BLOCKCHAIN TRACEABILITY PLATFORM SIGNING CEREMONY

The Walmart China Blockchain Traceability Platform signing ceremony took place at the 2019 China Products Safety Publicity Week Traceability System Construction Seminar. The partners in attendance are represented by:

  • Mr. Pei Liang, President of CCFA
  • Mr. Chu Dong, Vice President of CCFA
  • Mr. Shi Jiaqi, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of Walmart China
  • Mr. Yang Weizhi, Managing Partner of PwC China Strategy and Innovation
  • Mr. Feng Yikai, Chief Operating Officer of VeChain
  • Mr. Liu Xiaoen, Chief Procurement Officer of Walmart China
  • Mr. Chen Mingzhi, Chief Ethics Compliance Officer of Walmart China
  • Dr. Yan Zhinong, Executive Director of Walmart Products Safety Collaboration Center
  • Mr. Li He, Chairman of Inner Mongolia Kerchin Co., Ltd.

As part of the event, the signing ceremony attendees conducted a discussion on how to share responsibilities and use technological innovations to guarantee the quality and safety of products and edible agricultural produce, boost consumer confidence and satisfaction, and contribute to the upgrading of service consumption.

Kevin Feng, Chief Operating Officer of VeChain commented on the collaboration, said: “As the world-leading enterprise-public blockchain platform, VeChain aims to empower enterprises in the large-scale digitization process by providing safe and mature blockchain deployment solutions and promote the wide application of blockchain technology. We achieve this while putting forward new insights for the development of the businesses’ ecosystems. The launch of the Blockchain Traceability Platform by Walmart China, the world-class retail giant, is of great significance to the commercial application of blockchain technology. VeChain will work with Walmart China to actively take heed of the call of the government, by utilizing technology to promote the traceability of fresh food, and to provide innovative solutions for the traceability platform through digital technology, so as to generate more transparent and reassuring consumption experience.”

Shi Jiaqi, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of Walmart China, stated: “Walmart has always worked to provide reliable products of quality and convenient services to customers, which is our core value proposition. With this target in mind, Walmart has continuously invested in the whole supply chain, from source procurement and commodity strategy, supply chain construction, to store and e-commerce platform operation management. We use digital methods to improve efficiency and transparency, providing products and services of quality to customers and making life better for busy families in China. ”

Elton Yeung, Strategy and Innovation Leader, PwC Mainland China and Hong Kong, pointed out: “PwC’s mission is ‘building trust and solving important problems’, which is the top priority of PwC in providing professional services and making business decisions. In the face of food safety, how to build consumer trust is a problem that PwC, our clients and partners have been trying to solve. We believe that Walmart’s Blockchain Traceability System will be an excellent example of blockchain technology applied in the retail industry, helping to improve food safety and quality management, and providing a strong guarantee for building consumer trust.

REALIZING LARGE-SCALE APPLICATION OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY AND PROMOTING PRODUCT TRACEABILITY IN THE RETAIL INDUSTRY

As a retailer trusted by consumers, Walmart has been devoted to improving food safety and quality management, and VeChain’s blockchain technology will enable it to take the lead in traceability management among retail peers. Walmart China has pioneered the large-scale application of traceability platform based on the VeChainThor Blockchain, giving priority to products of high-concern and high-risk. The first batch of 23 product lines have been tested and implemented using the public blockchain platform with more than 100 product lines following in the second half of this year, covering more than 10 categories.

Domestic customers are proposing higher demands on food safety, digitalization of food traceability will help suppliers to increase their brand value and win their consumers’ trust. Walmart China expects the use of the platform to continue to grow in scope, accounted scales, and geographic implementation. As the platform continues to expand, more categories of food will be traceable and thus the value transfer will be further expanded in the industry reflected on the VeChainThor Blockchain.

Through the technical support of PwC and VeChain, Walmart China has built the proprietary food safety traceability platform on the VeChainThor Blockchain. Participants in the supply chain will share their portion of data, and promote the visibility and management efficiency of the whole chain by utilizing the decentralized and tamper-proof blockchain technology. This platform enhances the transparency of product information, ensures the authenticity of product data, and boosts the trust of their consumers. In the future, the Walmart China Traceability Platform shall adopt multilateral cooperation, synchronizing data from local governments’ traceability platforms and suppliers’ own platforms, so as to provide customers with safe and high-quality products, all on the VeChainThor Blockchain.

 

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FundCount Wins ‘Best Hedge Fund System’ in the Bobsguide Technology Awards

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FundCount, LLC, a worldwide provider of accounting and investment analysis software, today announced that it was awarded the title of Best Hedge Fund System by bobsguide, an online platform and global information resource for the financial technology sector.

The inaugural bobsguide Technology Awards provide a comprehensive overview of the various segments of the fintech market and the partnerships that contribute to success. Winners were selected by an independent judging panel based on several criteria including the strength of technology updates, the impact on client experience, and user and market engagement.

“The hedge fund category was particularly competitive with both established and newer players making the shortlist,” said Michael McCaw, editor of bobsguide. “However, based on their assessment of the solution and client engagement, the judges felt that FundCount thoroughly stood out – a real testament to the work done by the FundCount team.”

“Hedge funds operate in a highly competitive market where efficiency, transparency and client service have an enormous bearing on success,” said Alex Ivanov, CEO and founder of FundCount. “Integration across accounting and reporting along with the flexibility to drill down into underlying transactions is key. We are delighted that bobsguide recognized these strengths and the tangible benefits FundCount’s back-office accounting and client-focused reporting bring to a hedge fund.”

FundCount improves accuracy and efficiency of hedge fund operations by aggregating all investor and portfolio accounting on a single platform. The software supports virtually all security types in addition to the complex fee calculations, capital calls, entity structures and reporting requirements unique to hedge funds. An integrated general ledger significantly reduces period-end close and tax and audit cycle times, as well as provides accurate, real-time response capabilities to investor relations teams.

 

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Bithumb to Participate in the EOS Election to “Contribute to the Development of the Ecosystem”

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The cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb is to participate in the EOS election. Bithumb intends to take the lead in developing the blockchain ecosystem by supporting outstanding platforms such as EOS.

On June 25, Bithumb plans to participate in the Block Producer (BP) election using the EOS it owns. The top BP team of EOS contains 21 people and is in charge of operative directions and block production. This team is elected by votes of EOS holders.

BP, as the representative of EOS, makes various pledges. Bithumb plans to support the BP who is able to contribute to the development of the EOS ecosystem by carefully considering their pledges. Particularly, it is examining the delegation of votes using proxies based in Korea in order to increase the influence of Korean BPs.

Korea has approximately 10% share of total published EOS and Bithumb, with the greatest volume of EOS, and is expected to have a significant influence on the ecosystem if it participates in the election. Currently, Bithumb plans to participate in the election using the EOS it owns, and is examining the way in which it will be able to offer such opportunity to Bithumb members that want to participate in the election.

Bithumb recently has also been expanding its business into the blockchain domain, aside from exchanges. Since the end of last year, it has continued to cooperate with US fintech firms to establish security token exchange platforms and has recently been taking a lead in developing the blockchain industry with various firms such as Codebox, Xangle, China’s SNC, etc.

A Bithumb representative stated, “EOS has a lot of DApps due to its exceptional expandability and has high potentials to develop into a practical platform,” and added, “Bithumb will take the lead in developing the blockchain industry both locally and abroad, and in creating a healthy ecosystem by supporting outstanding platforms such as EOS.”

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