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Ocean Protocol blockchain-based platform launches beta to kick-start a new Data Economy with safe, privacy-preserving and borderless data sharing

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Ocean Protocol, the world’s first data sharing platform powered by blockchain technology connecting individuals, industries, startups, governments and data and AI experts, announces today the launch of its beta network. Ocean Protocol is a substrate that allows anyone to build data services and marketplaces on top and is launching with a mission to provide safe, privacy-preserving and borderless data sharing, to unlock the Data Economy.

Ocean’s beta network paves the ground for a series of private and public partnerships from the research, insurance, retail and healthcare sectors to deploy their Proof of Concept solutions on the blockchain-enabled data-sharing platform. Existing collaborators include AI Singapore, Aviva, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Roche, all aiming at using Ocean Protocol to set standards and demonstrate how to share data safely and securely without compromising privacy or ownership.

“Today’s beta release is a big milestone for our project and society as a whole. It marks the beginning of a new and open global Data Economy. With the beta network going live, data scientists and developers can start building and experimenting with new services and applications using Ocean Protocol,” said Bruce Pon, co-founder of Ocean Protocol.

Though the world has been generating massive volumes of data, until now there has not been a safe, privacy-preserving and borderless solution to unlock the new Data Economy. Every day, the world creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data[1] and thanks to digitization and advances in IoT technologies, data continues to be generated in an unprecedented rate. However, only 1% of this glut of data is ever analyzed.[2,3] Data supply and demand are currently disjointed. Data remains inaccessible — locked in silos and hardly shared. This is because data owners fear of losing control and violating privacy laws with data sharing.

According to the recent Digital Reality Data Economy Report,[4] many countries are only achieving about half of their current data economy potential. In the UK and Germany alone, research shows that there were approximately EUR140 billion of data-driven economic value not realized in 2016.

Ocean Protocol uses blockchain technology, smart contracts, and tokens to enable safe and secure sharing of data, guaranteeing control and auditability while protecting privacy. The technology allows organizations and individuals to set pricing and trade data without losing control of their data assets. Smart contracts allow data owners to program the conditions of access, which are then executed with precision. This gives data owners and buyers transparency, security and guarantees of payment and use.

Ocean also enables algorithms and models to travel to the data, get trained and then leave without exposing the data or taking a copy, thereby retaining privacy, ensuring regulatory compliance, and freeing up data to advance AI and solve problems for the economy and society.

“Ocean allows people to unlock the value of data without necessarily unlocking the data itself. It is a substrate to finally realize the potential of an open permission-less data economy while still preserving privacy,” said Trent McConaghy, co-founder of Ocean Protocol. “We welcome early collaborators already deploying their solutions on our network today, and we look forward to seeing tens, hundreds, even thousands of other marketplaces and applications to be built on top of Ocean, so that data can be freed from their existing silos to deliver world-changing solutions for many verticals including automotive, energy, healthcare and so on.”

Ocean Protocol is an open source project. Developers from around the world can run Ocean’s full stack and connect to the Ocean beta network. Data Scientists and engineers can leverage the underlying Ocean API to search, publish, and consume data assets in the Ocean Protocol network. They can initiate personal JupyterLab instances running in local browsers, with Ocean Protocol pre-configured. Coupled with the launch is a reference marketplace for free and public data, to serve as a meeting point for public health, sustainability and environmental use cases.

“Data and AI related service providers can use Ocean as a launchpad offering relevant services to data providers and consumers. In addition, Ocean gives data and AI professionals a means to monetize their findings and models,” McConaghy added.

The Ocean network will continue to deliver software and network updates over the next two years, with five phases planned, each providing more sophisticated features, incentives and enhanced performance.

 

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Artprice: The “Toulouse Caravaggio” Acquired Privately

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The public sale was scheduled for Thursday, 27 June at 18:00, Toulouse time. According to the Sale Conditions, anyone interested in acquiring the painting had to “register as a bidder at least 15 days before the sale.” As thierry Ehrmann explains, that meant that since 13 June at the very least, all the potential bidders were known to the sellers. And, as Julius Caesar would have said… the die is now thrown. 

Because… no less than 48 hours before the public sale was due to take place, the sale has been cancelled! A private transaction has been concluded. “An offer that we had no choice but to communicate to the owners of the painting,” says the official statement which provides a very concise explanation: “The fact that the offer comes from a collector with close connections to a major museum convinced the sellers to accept it.

This is undoubtedly a very happy ending for everyone involved, not to mention the sellers the art expert who discovered the work, Eric Turquin, and auctioneer Marc Labarbe. The undisclosed amount apparently readily confirms that the work is indeed an authentic Caravaggio, and the buyer, anonymous, but close enough to the world’s most prestigious museums, is apparently committed to ensuring painting will very soon be exhibited in one of the planet’s top museums. It could be any museum in the world… except the Louvre, which turned its back on the painting… “An attitude that, for me personally, was difficult to digest,” confessed Eric Turquin to the French magazine Le Point. The official statement says: “Purchased by a foreign collector, [the painting] will leave France.” Its ultimate destination was the sellers’ second biggest concern, after its sale price of course… Otherwise a deal would certainly have been struck directly with a major museum.

From the sellers’ point of view, this is the best possible outcome. In terms of transparency, it’s a total and singular reversal of the situation. The sellers promised a “authentic” public sale, i.e. a sale that was 100% public, with no reserve price and broadcast live on internet so that everyone and anyone could participate in the auction. The final price was going to allow the Market to decide on the painting’s authenticity… but the curtain has fallen even before it went up… and the amount of the transaction will remain forever confidential.

Last Monday, on 17 June, Sotheby’s announced its withdrawal from the public sphere. A week later, the most anticipated work of the year has suddenly done more or less the same. For Artprice, the two cases strongly suggest that the Art Market is seeking a certain discretion. In the sales catalogue, Eric Turquin thanked his collaborators: “I wish to thank my expert colleagues, the restorers, the framers, the bankers, the insurers, the photographers and the transporters, etc. who have scrupulously respected their professional confidentiality obligations and allowed us to work in a calm and collected manner.”

After five years of work, research and determination, “this painting will go to one of the best museums in the world. And for me that was essential,” concludes Eric Turquin.

Given the importance of this work in art historical terms, Artprice promises to track the reappearance of this painting – a painting that, as of today, no longer needs to be referred to as the “The Toulouse Caravaggio” –  and to shed as much light as possible on this private sale, concluded just hours before an auction that had all the makings of a truly historic event. Artprice’s consistent and long-standing efforts to bring transparency to the Art Market are more than ever justified.

 

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Huobi Expands to Turkey

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As part of its ongoing plans for global expansion, Huobi Group will be moving aggressively into the Turkish market over the course of the next 12 months. Plans include a fiat onramp for Turkish Lira, a branch office with local resources in Turkey, and localized products and customer services.  Huobi invites Turkish projects to apply for listing here: list@huobi.com.

Turkey is a very important and promising prospective market for us and we plan to take an aggressive approach to bring the Huobi ecosystem there,” said Huobi Global CEO Livio Weng, fresh off a Huobi-sponsored meetup in Istanbul.  The event was attended by traders, crypto enthusiasts, and blockchain professionals, including digital economy expert Erkan Öz and lecturer and cryptocurrency mentor Ismail Hakki Polat.

Huobi’s expansion into Turkey will be overseen by Huobi MENA, the Middle EastAfrica, and South Asia branch of Huobi Group. Huobi MENA is headquartered in Dubai.

“We are really excited with the response we received from the Turkish community. With their support, we successfully pulled off one of the largest crypto events in Turkey. We’ve already added a Turkish language option to the Huobi Global website and will also be rolling out Turkish language customer support and a Turkish language mobile app. Other than this, we’ve also launched Huobi Tokens for the Turkish users, which gives them access to Huobi Prime and Fast Track. We also hope to have a crypto-to-fiat onramp for Turkish users by the end of the year.” said Mohit Davar, Co-Founder of Huobi MENA.

According to market research and analysis firm Statistica’s  Global Consumer Survey for 2019, Turkish citizens already have the highest per-capital rate of cryptocurrency ownership of all nations surveyed. A whopping 20% – or 1 in 5 – Turkish residents now own some form of cryptocurrency. “That figure definitely matches what we’ve experienced during our time here,” Weng said. “We’ve been blown away by the numbers and passion of the Turkish trading community.”

In addition to Turkey, Huobi is exploring an expanded role in other markets as well. This includes Romania, where, at the invitation of the Romanian government, Weng recently delivered a keynote speech in Bucharest’s Palace of the Parliament as part of the 2019 Romania Blockchain Summit.

“It’s unclear what changes blockchain will bring to the world but today we are all pioneers in the space,” said Weng.  “Huobi is willing to work with you in charting a path into a promising future.”

 

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TransPerfect Announces New Transcend Integration With True Digital Dossier’s Blockchain Technology

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TransPerfect, the world’s largest provider of language and technology solutions for global business, and distributed ledger firm True Digital Dossier (TDD) today announced a partnership to integrate TDD’s new blockchain technology with TransPerfect’s virtual data room (VDR) tool, TransCEND, for the mortgage, art, energy, regulatory, and supply chain sectors.

This partnership is the first integration of blockchain technology with VDRs on a global scale. Branded under the TDD “Digital Dossier” name, the service aims to help professionals prevent lost revenue from poor due diligence and poor record keeping. It will serve markets where the value of assets, such as a mortgage or work of art, is tied to the quality of their information packages.

VDRs are online document platforms that compress the time for M&A transactions by allowing concurrent document review by unacquainted parties. Customers can manage, read, write, execute, search, audit, and access documents in the secure, collaborative environment. By integrating blockchain technology, owners can now embed a “digital fingerprint” in documents, creating a long-term tracking system for an asset’s paper trail and ensuring protection from data tampering.

“By combining TDD with TransCEND, we can create long-term trust in business and the world,” said Rob Chepak, CEO at True Digital Dossier. “Data rooms are brilliant for document sharing but mainly reserved for corporate finance. Distributed ledgers help networks of people secure information. Put them together, and we see game-changing applications that can benefit due diligence professionals in many markets.”

Phil Shawe, TransPerfect President and CEO, remarked, “Security and tracking are key elements of both VDRs and blockchain technology. They are a natural pairing that will promote more secure, reliable, and trusted transactions between parties.”

 

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