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Blame Bitcoin: UN Cyber Czar Makes Crypto a Child Slavery Scapegoat

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By CCN Markets: A senior UN official, Neil Walsh, claims that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have made the task of fighting money laundering, terror financing, and cybercrime tougher than ever due to the relative anonymity they allegedly offer. According to Walsh, the cybercrime and anti-money laundering chief at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, cryptocurrencies have also made...

Insane UN Study Claims Siri & Alexa Need a #MeToo Moment

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By CCN: In what only be described as political correctness gone insane, the United Nations issued a ridiculous report that claims Siri and Alexa are victims of sexual harassment and should launch their own #MeToo crusade. Alexa #MeToo Report Is PC Culture Gone Mad The 145-page report, issued by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in part: “Siri’s...

UNICEF Chooses Six Blockchain Startups for Humanitarian Investment Venture

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Months after publishing a “blockchain call” to startups that could benefit humanity, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has invested in six blockchain startups. In January 2018, UNICEF called for early-stage technology startups that were registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries. It received over 100 applications from 50 different...

Sierra Leone, United Nations to Develop Blockchain Digital ID System

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Two of the United Nation’s wings are joining hands with Sierra Leone government to build a blockchain-based ID system for their seven million people. The UN Capital Development Fund (UNDCF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have entered into a partnership with  Kiva, a technology nonprofit. Kiva will lend its institutional protocol of the same name to implement the “Credit...

IOTA, United Nations Agency Partner for Blockchain Transparency Push

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UNOPS, a service and technical advisory arm to the United Nations, and cryptocurrency project IOTA have announced a partnership that seeks to help UNOPS benefit from IOTA’s open-source distributed ledger and Tangle technology to improve processes and cut down on middle-men. Yoshiyuki Yamamoto, UNOPS Special Advisor on Blockchain Technology, said: “We share a vision where machines, devices...

Cryptocurrency-Funded Solar Energy Could Power A Moldovan University This Summer

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Moldova, an impoverished Eastern European country with a population of 4 million people, may soon emerge as an unwitting brand ambassador for cryptocurrency-powered, eco-friendly renewable energy. The United Nations Development Program has partnered with South Africa-based blockchain startup, Sun Exchange, to power one of Moldova’s largest universities, the UNDP announced in a statement...

Banks Begone: UN’s World Food Programme Builds on Ethereum Blockchain Money Transfers

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The United Nations’ World Food Programme is expanding its Ethereum-based blockchain payments system to avoid the transfer fees incurred via the traditional banking system. Over a year ago in January 2017, the World Food Programme (WFP) successfully tested ‘Building Blocks’, an early experiment that enabled the transfer of WFP food and cash on a public Ethereum blockchain through a smartphone app...

Moldova to Use Blockchain Identities to Fight Child Trafficking

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Moldova, an impoverished nation whose children are preyed on by sex slave traffickers, plans to use blockchain technology to eradicate child trafficking, in cooperation with United Nations officials, according to Thomson Reuters. The U.N. Office for Project Services (UNOPS) recently met with officials in Chisinau to consider ways to use technology to prevent exploitation of children. Hundreds of...

United Nations Blockchain Pilot Aims to Crush Global Child Trafficking

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Two United Nations agencies have partnered the World Identity Network (WIN) to launch a blockchain pilot to help combat child trafficking around the world. Announced during the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit in New York last week, the blockchain pilot stems from a collaborative effort between the World Identity Network, a universal ID advocacy group; the United Nations Office for Project Services...