Homeless in Vancouver: BC Ministry of Citizens’ Services joins the Linux Foundation

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    A funny thing happened on my way to writing about IBM buying the open-source company Red Hat: I noticed that a ministry of the B.C. government is listed as a member of the Linux Foundation.

    According to a B.C. government spokesperson, the Ministry of Citizens’ Services of British Columbiajoined the Linux Foundation as an associate member on September 4, 2018, as part of becoming an associate member of the Foundation’s Hyperledger project.

    The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium founded in 2000 to encourage the development and widespread adoption of the open-sourceLinux operating system. The foundation currently has about 1,000 members, running the gamut from private-sector information technology companies, public-sector government and nongovernmental organizations, as well as open-source software developers—all of them having a direct interest or involvement in Linux.

    Associate membership, explains the the Linux Foundation, is open at no cost to government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that “have demonstrated a commitment to building, sustaining and using open source technologies”.

    The B.C. Ministry of Citizen Services’ is the only B.C. government ministry—apparently the only government agency in Canada—to have joined the Linux Foundation.

    It did so in order “to learn from other organizations, collaborate and share information around open source software,” according to the spokesperson, who emailed me in reply to a series of questions on Tuesday (November 6).

    Fast, functional and free—what’s not for a government to like?

    Specifically, the spokesperson explained, the B,C, Ministry of Citizens’ Services is keen to learn and share information about Hyperledger—a Linux Foundation initiative to extract the general-purpose functionality from the open source Bitcoin blockchain.

    The Bitcoin blockchain is a decentralized, cryptographic ledger designed to keep track of all Bitcoin transactions in the world.

    Being stored not on one central computer but linked across some 6,000 computers on the Internet gives the Bitcoin blockchain great computational power, certain economies of scale and makes its encrypted and multiply redundant record of transactions nearly indestructible.

    With Hyperledger, the Linux Foundation is hoping to create a decentralized ledger platform with all the benefits but none of the limitations of Bitcoin’s blockchain—adding scalability and capacity for confidential one-to-one transactions—making it suitable to the varied needs of both government and enterprise.

    An open-source blockchain solution like Hyperledger could be a potential Swiss Army knife for Big Data management—both powerful and inexpensive; suitable for everything from healthcare records, citizen identity and rights management, financials, census and demographics, stock market exchanges and large-scale longitudinal databases.

    For her part, the BC. Ministry of Citizens’ Services spokesperson described Hyperledger as “a collaborative effort created to advance blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration, hosted by The Linux Foundation, including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology”—adding:

    “The ministry is actively exploring the potential uses of technology such as block chain and innovative ways that service delivery for people could be improved.”

    “The ministry is responsible for considering ways that new technologies could be used to provide better services to British Columbians, and the Linux Foundation membership assists in this work,” the spokesperson concluded.

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    New Keynote Speakers Announced for Hyperledger Global Forum

    With over 75 sessions, keynotes, hands-on technical workshops, social activities, evening events, and more, Hyperledger Global Forum gives you a unique opportunity to collaborate with the Hyperledger community, make new connections, learn about the latest production deployments, and further advance your blockchain skills. In addition to previously announced keynote speakers, new keynote speakers include:

    • Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety, Walmart
    • David Treat, Managing Director, Accenture

    Session Highlights Include:

    Technical Track:

    • Approaches to Consortia Governance and Access Control in Hyperledger Fabric Applications – Mark Rakhmilevich, Oracle
    • Chaincode Best Practices – Sheehan Anderson, State Street
    • Lessons Learned Creating a Usable, Real-world Web Application using Fabric/Composer – Waleed El Sayed & Markus Stauffiger, 4eyes GmbH

    Secure your spot now and save up to $150 with the current registration rate, available through November 25. Register now >>

    Read more at The Linux Foundation

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    Hyperledger Welcomes 6 New Organizations With State Farm Insurance And EEA Headlining

    Hyperledger Welcomes 6 New Organizations With State Farm Insurance And EEA Headlining

    Hyperledger Introduces Six New Members to Group

    Hyperledger has welcomed six new organizations to its growing community. Hyperledger is an open source collaboration that seeks to foster cross-industry blockchain technologies. At the core of hyper ledger’s agenda is a balance of blue-chip, entrepreneurial and technology-driven organization. The newest members CENCON BLOCKCHAIN GROUP, State Farm Insurance and Vered Information Technology represent what is at Hyperledger’s Core.

    Hyperledger is a fast growing community with ten business blockchain and distributed ledger communities. Many contributors continue to work hard to develop, maintain the code and for frameworks and tools. These contributors also ensure that they provide governance and organization resources. It is this dedicated work that has produced thousands of code contributions thus increasing the millions of lines of code and leading to the development of Hyperledger Fabric 1.3.

    Hyperledger’s Executive Director Brian Behlendorf spoke confidently about the new members noting that they will add energy and diversity to the community which will help the blockchain industry to adapt quickly to every part of the world. Behlendorf notes that it is this growing and diverse community that strengthens Hyperledger and this was evident during the preparation of the first Hyperledger Global Forum. He recognizes that it is these diverse and active communities that energize the growth of Hyperledger.

    Hyperledger is very instrumental to organizations. It enables organizations to create powerful applications that are industry specific. It also creates platforms and hardware systems that support individual business transactions. This is enabled by creating enterprise grade and open source distributed ledger frameworks and code bases.

    Hyperledger reinforces an open community that treasures contributions and involvement of diverse entities. This has enabled various entities to join hyperledger very easily. Entities such as pre-approved non-profits, open-source projects and government entities can now join the hyperledger community without paying any cost. These entities who join under such terms are referred to as associate members. There are many associate members currently joining hyperledger. They include CPqD, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) and Information Technologies Institute which is a member of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas. (CERTH).

    The newest members are very excited about this new venture. The Founder and CEO of CENCON BLOCKCHAIN GROUP Jacky XU are optimistic that joining hyperledger will power CENCON to attain its vision and mission through CENCON One Touch BlockChain System and the CENCON New Trust Business Ecosystem. Jacky XU acknowledges that as a chainist and innovator in Blockchain, CENCON will profit from its collaboration with HyperLedger and the Linux Foundation community. This joint venture will also help them work better with their target customers who are entity entrepreneurs with high values of the brand, credit and fixed assets.

    It is a strategic alignment for State Farm Innovation as reported by their Executive Director Mike Field. He states that State Farm initiatives are geared toward shaping blockchain innovations. State Farm acknowledges that the financial sector is headed towards blockchain technology. The company’s decision to join the hyperledger community is to help it learn and understand what blockchain technology can do for its organizations and customers.

    Hyperledger has exhibited itself as a multi-project that has gained its success through collaboration with diverse and active communities.

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    Catch Up on October Events with Videos from OS Summit, Linux Security Summit, and Open …

    October was big month for events at The Linux Foundation. Seriously, just this month, the LF-affiliated events included:

    Following this flurry of activity, we want to share some of the highlights with you. At Open Source Summit Europe & ELC + OpenIoT Summit Europe, more than 90 sessions were recorded, and you can browse the list of presentations here. A few of the featured keynotes include:

    There are 21 videos available online for Linux Security Summit Europe, several of which provide an overview of recent developments in the Linux kernel, including the following:

    The Open FinTech Forum is a brand-new event, which took place in New York City earlier this month and focused on the intersection of financial services and open source. It covered cutting-edge open source technologies including AI, blockchain, and Kubernetes, and there are 9 keynote videos available online, including:

    We invite you to check out these presentations, see all the upcoming Linux Foundation events, and mark your calendar to join us.

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    Hyperledger blockchain project welcomes six new members

    Enterprise blockchain project Hyperledger has announced that six more organizations have joined its community.

    The latest general members include CENCON BLOCKCHAIN GROUP, State Farm Insurance and Vered Information Technology.

    Recently, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), a consortium driving the adoption of Enterprise Ethereum, and Hyperledger announced that they have joined each other’s organizations as associate members. Other associate members joining Hyperledger this month include CPqD and Information Technologies Institute, a member of Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH).

    Hyperledger is going to hold the inaugural 2018 Hyperledger Global Forum on December 12-15 in Basel, Switzerland at the Congress Center Basel.

    “Our growing, diverse and active community is what powers Hyperledger,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “Preparing for the first Hyperledger Global Forum has really brought the scope and scale of all this community has accomplished into focus. Everything from the advances to the core technology to the diverse use cases and the increasing success stories to community-led training and collaboration underscore Hyperledger’s growing momentum. The latest members bring even more energy and diversity to the table, helping advance enterprise blockchain adoption worldwide.”

    Hosted by The Linux Foundation, Hyperledger enables organizations to build robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions by creating enterprise-grade, open source distributed ledger frameworks and code bases. The multi-project, multi-stakeholder effort includes 10 business blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

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    HyperLedger is a Platform-Agnostic Toolset For Building Blockchain Apps

    This article is part of ProgrammableWeb’s series on Crytocurrency and Blockchain. Please check out our articles on Ethereum, an overview of the businesses providing tools and services to the blockchain world, a look at some well known APIs in the space, and a case study on Ripple.

    With the popularity of blockchain, tools will most certainly come along so that companies don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Ethereum is a popular means to create blockchain apps, building on Ethereum’s flavor of blockchain. Up-and-coming in 2018 is HyperLedger, from the Linux Foundation.

    While often perceived as competitive to Ethereum, HyperLedger actually operates on a different wavelength. In fact, new efforts have come along to enable HyperLedger to work alongside Ethereum. While Ethereum enables new applications on its blockchain, HyperLedger provides a set of agnostic tools for developers who are building blockchain apps, regardless of the core blockchain layer. For instance, if I wanted to build blockchain technology from the ground up, like Ripple has done, HyperLedger provides supportive tools. Likewise if I want to build with a pre-existing blockchain platform.

    HyperLedger is therefore an umbrella project involving a suite of the following tools for blockchain developers:

    Sawtooth

    Defined as “a modular platform for building, deploying, and running distributed ledgers,” Sawtooth essentially provides a platform layer for blockchain application development to build applications on one’s own blockchain (similar to what Ripple has done for itself). It’s designed for enterprises building with their own blockchain.

    Fabric

    Another platform layer to start building blockchain apps more easily, lead by IBM. Like Sawtooth, this can be used to build applications on your own blockchain.

    Iroha

    A blockchain framework intended for infrastructure projects.It has a focus on mobile development, with tools for iOS and Android.

    Burrow

    Burrow is essentially a set of tools built on top of Ethereum to support Ethereum development. It includes an Ethereum virtual machine, and an API gateway to expose REST and JSON-RPC APIs from one’s application.

    Indy

    Indy provides a framework for “decentralized identity”, basically supporting identity management on the blockchain.

    HyperLedger’s community boasts many high profile members, such as IBM, Intel, and Cisco. Several of these members are bringing their blockchain efforts to the HyperLedger community, opening-up frameworks such as IBM’s Fabric as part of the HyperLedger program. We anticipate more tools being shared through the Linux foundation as the offerings from the various players mature.

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    Six new members, including State Farm Insurance and EEA join Hyperledger

    Hyperledger, the open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, today announced six more organizations have joined the community. The newest members represent the balance of blue-chip, entrepreneurial and technology-focused organizations that are at the core of Hyperleder’s diverse ecosystem. Hyperledger is a multi-project, multi-stakeholder effort that includes 10 business blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

    These projects are the result of the hands-on work of contributors around the world who develop and maintain the code for the frameworks and tools as well as provide governance and organizational resources.

    To date, the community has made thousands of code contributions, adding up to millions of lines of code. This collective development effort most recently delivered the releases of Hyperledger Fabric 1.3.

    “Our growing, diverse and active community is what powers Hyperledger. Preparing for the first Hyperledger Global Forum has really brought the scope and scale of all this community has accomplished into focus. Everything from the advances to the core technology to the diverse use cases and the increasing success stories to community-led training and collaboration underscore Hyperledger’s growing momentum. The latest members bring even more energy and diversity to the table, helping advance enterprise blockchain adoption worldwide.”

    Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger.

    Hyperledger enables organizations to build robust, industry-specific applications, platforms, and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions by creating enterprise-grade, open source distributed ledger frameworks and code bases. The latest general members to join the community are: CENCON BLOCKCHAIN GROUP, State Farm Insurance, and Vered Information Technology.

    Hyperledger supports an open community that values contributions and participation from various entities. As such, pre-approved non-profits, open source projects and government entities can join Hyperledger at no cost as associate members. Associate members joining this month include CPqD, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) and Information Technologies Institute, a member of Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH).

    “Being a chainist and an innovator in blockchain, CENCON is honored to be a new member of Hyperledger and The Linux Foundation community, which has so many technology giants and industry leaders. CENCON’s target customers are entity entrepreneurs with high values of brand, credit and fixed assets. With the support of Hyperledger, The Linux Foundation community and the power of blockchain technologies, CENCON is achieving its vision and mission to be greater through the ‘CENCON One Touch Blockchain System’ and the ‘CENCON New Trust Business Ecosystem.’”

    “State Farm believes the financial and insurance industries are poised for blockchain disruption. We are rapidly approaching a window of opportunity to help shape blockchain innovations. Through strategic relationships with consortiums and other blockchain-related groups, State Farm is looking to collaborate and explore with organizations to learn and better understand what this type of technology can do for our organizations and customers.”

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    Software Development and Community Growth Continues for Hyperledger

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, today announced six more organizations have joined the community. The newest members represent the balance of blue chip, entrepreneurial and technology-focused organizations that are at the core of Hyperleder’s diverse ecosystem.

    Hyperledger is a multi-project, multi-stakeholder effort that includes 10 business blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. These projects are the result of the hands-on work of contributors around the world who develop and maintain the code for the frameworks and tools as well as provide governance and organizational resources. To date, the community has made thousands of code contributions, adding up to millions of lines of code. This collective development effort most recently delivered the release of Hyperledger Fabric 1.3.

    “Our growing, diverse and active community is what powers Hyperledger,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “Preparing for the first Hyperledger Global Forum has really brought the scope and scale of all this community has accomplished into focus. Everything from the advances to the core technology to the diverse use cases and the increasing success stories to community-led training and collaboration underscore Hyperledger’s growing momentum. The latest members bring even more energy and diversity to the table, helping advance enterprise blockchain adoption worldwide.”

    Hyperledger enables organizations to build robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions by creating enterprise-grade, open source distributed ledger frameworks and code bases. The latest general members to join the community are: CENCON BLOCKCHAIN GROUP, State Farm Insurance and Vered Information Technology.

    Hyperledger supports an open community that values contributions and participation from various entities. As such, pre-approved non-profits, open source projects and government entities can join Hyperledger at no cost as associate members. Associate members joining this month include CPqD, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) and Information Technologies Institute, a member of Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH).

    New member quotes:

    CENCON BLOCKCHAIN GROUP

    “Being a chainist and an innovator in blockchain, CENCON is honored to be a new member of Hyperledger and The Linux Foundation community, which has so many technology giants and industry leaders,” said Jacky XU, Founder and CEO of CENCON BLOCKCHAIN GROUP. “CENCON’s target customers are entity entrepreneurs with high values of brand, credit and fixed assets. With the support of Hyperledger, The Linux Foundation community and the power of blockchain technologies, CENCON is achieving its vision and mission to be greater through the ‘CENCON One Touch Blockchain System’ and the ‘CENCON New Trust Business Ecosystem.'”

    State Farm

    “State Farm believes the financial and insurance industries are poised for blockchain disruption. We are rapidly approaching a window of opportunity to help shape blockchain innovations,” says State Farm Innovation Executive Mike Fields. “Through strategic relationships with consortiums and other blockchain-related groups, State Farm is looking to collaborate and explore with organizations to learn and better understand what this type of technology can do for our organizations and customers.”

    Vered Information Technologies

    “We are pleased to join the Hyperledger community,” said Chen Heng, CEO of Bigtree Finance, a subsidiary of Vered Holdings Corporation. “Dedicated to the practice of blockchain technology, Bigtree Finance focuses on the industrialization of technology and commits itself to the in-depth integration of blockchain, big data, cloud computing and AI to provide Fintech service to supply chains all over the world. We have developed Biglock Blockchain Platform, a consortium blockchain for supply chain finance, and are applying this technology to ensure genuine trade data by verification so as to minimize the information asymmetry in transactions. Since the second half of 2017, we have successfully employed Biglock Blockchain Platform in many substantial business models and promoted it actively to many other industry segments. We look forward to dialogue and cooperation with the Hyperledger community to further promote the practice of ‘blockchain + supply chain finance’ in other sectors.”

    Join industry peers in helping build and shape the ecosystem for blockchain technologies, use cases and applications. More information on joining Hyperledger as a member organization can be found here: https://www.hyperledger.org/members/join.

    About Hyperledger

    Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger under the foundation. To learn more, visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/.

    Contact:

    Jessica Rampen

    The Linux Foundation/Hyperledger

    jrampen@linuxfoundation.org

    650.787.3548

    SOURCE Hyperledger

    Related Links

    https://www.hyperledger.org

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    Japan Bankers Association (JBA) To Test a Hyperledger Fabric-based Interbank Payment System

    Nine member banks of the Japan Bankers Association (JBA) will test an interbank payment system based on the “Collaborative Blockchain Platform,” a solution on the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric created between financial institutions and the technology company Fujitsu.

    Both parties seek to develop a new payment network to make transfers using a private blockchain. Fujitsu announced, through a press release, that the test “will use a cryptocurrency dedicated to interbank payments.” That will serve to evaluate the system as a financial settlement platform for small transactions, using a real-time interbank method.

    The banks involved are Mizuho Bank, MUFG Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Resona Bank, Joyo Bank, The Bank of Fukuoka, The Nishi-Nippon City Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, and Keiyo Bank. The JBA is providing member banks and other institutions with its “Collaborative Blockchain Platform,” which is a cloud service from Fujitsu, K5, based on Hyperledger Fabric, a platform powered by the Linux Foundation.

    Japan Bankers Association (JBA) to test a Hyperledger Fabric-based interbank payment system

    “The goal of this is to test the functionality of digital currency as a new interbank payment system that uses blockchain technology, as well as test the practical aspects surrounding the system such as performance and security,” stated Fujitsu.

    Fujitsu has been involved with several blockchain projects since 2016. One of them was the test of cross-border payments made jointly by Mizuho Bank, Fujitsu Limited, and Fujitsu Laboratories. In July 2017, Fujitsu also announced that it was developing technology to accelerate transaction processing with Hyperledger Fabric.

    Beyond the announcements of Fujitsu and the JBA, it must be noted that the operations involving cryptocurrency technology were created precisely to conduct transactions without the involvement of intermediaries, banks and other third-parties. Now it is the banks that are exploring the blockchain technology to take advantage of this technology financially.

    Jackson Bey

    Jackson Bey was born and raised in Lethbridge Alberta but moved east when he was 22. Apart from running his own consulting firm. Jackson spends his time canoeing the many lakes of Ontario. As a financial journalist Jackson has published stories for CBC Business Online, as well as Buzz Feed and Motherboard. As a contributor to Billionaire 365, Jackson mostly covers markets and trade.

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