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It is quite obvious that divisive forces continue to seek to tear at the fabric of democracy
everywhere, they also continue to utilize any and every means to suppress the fundamental right to vote of millions of Americans mainly in the minority communities.
Staying silent and not speaking out against this apparent abuse is analogous to turning our backs on millions of Americans who are being shoved out of our democracy. Allowing those in positions of power to abuse the aspirations that are enshrined in our founding documents is no longer acceptable.
As the Republican candidate for governor in Georgia continues to use his position as Secretary of State to suppress the registration of tens of thousands of voters, most of them African Americans, this represents a distrustful abuse of his position of power to gain an advantage over his Democratic opponent.
Likewise, voter suppression is quite apparent in North Dakota, where a lower court, with the blessing of the Supreme Court, actually ruled the state can demand voters produce proof of residence before voting, a ruling that effectively disenfranchises thousands of Native Americans living on reservations. North Dakota happens to be the state where the Senate election six years ago was decided by less than 3,000 votes, this restrictive voter ID law will likely be a deciding factor in this year’s close race.
Although most states, including Florida and Georgia, have restored voting rights to people convicted of felonies after they’ve completed their sentences, in those two states officials are currently tempering with individual voting rights trying to prevent those individuals from ever voting, even after they have served their time and paid their debt to society.
Regrettably, this voter suppression effort disproportionately impacts African Americans and other minorities. According to the “ Sentencing Project” report, for a research conducted in four states( Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia,) in 2016, more than one in five African Americans and other minorities were disenfranchised.
With the food industry experiencing a decline in customer trust after the recent food contaminations (ie., E. Coli outbreaks and others ) , the industry has now found it rather imperative to reassure customers while also enhancing customer experience.
The industry has found an innovative way to increase trust through the use of blockchain solutions in the food sphere, as they are already being utilized in a similar fashion in parallel industries like beverage, pharma, the financial industry, and beyond.
Blockchain technology and solutions will help build and/or restore consumer confidence in the following ways:
Food Recalls and Life-Saving
With one in ten people around the world becoming ill due to foodborne diseases, and with an astronomical number of approximately 420,000 dying from these illnesses, blockchain solutions will help with quickly isolating and documenting and tracking product recall or contamination issues in the supply chain.
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Blockchain track-and-trace solutions is enabling immediate tracking of affected items and associated serial number(barcode) to their origins(distributor and original supplier), so that the issue can be tackled quickly toward isolating and/or removing the contaminated products from menus, shelves, and supply chains. Likewise, that supplier will be flagged immediately on the blockchain so that other clients who have sourced or bought the vegetables can be made aware of the danger.
IBM is already leading the way by working on a solution that will significantly improve food tracking abilities, which may reduce such process to seconds from weeks.
Blockchain solutions are advantageous for everyone in the industry, including the customers whose lives are going to be saved.
Lastly, this solution will be made more effective by assigning a uniquely identifiable number, the number that is usually assigned by GS1( the global standard body that offers unique codes called GTINs that are applied to products), to every crate, shipment, or individual package of produce. To ensure effectiveness of the track-and-trace strategy, every participant in the supply chain must transfer custody of their products every step of the way.
Trusted Product Labeling
Although there already are companies, like “Where Food Comes From (WFCF) “, that put workers on the ground to test different claims in the marketplace to confirm product label claims(ie., organic), blockchain solutions can also bring the food industry together around regulations and consumer demand, while ensuring the integrity of marketing claims, by enabling existing certifications and facility audit reports to be registered on blockchain to prove authenticity of claims.
That said, once there are enough buy-ins from participants in the supply chain, the good labeling practice of ethical companies will be amplified, thereby, weeding out companies who make false claims or misstate the origins of their products through blockchain’s decentralized tracking systems.
To take advantage of the benefits provided by blockchain solutions, companies like Block Commodities Ltd. have entered into partnerships with commodities exchange groups (ie., Global Markets Exchange Group International LLP ) to create a blockchain-based platform for African commodity markets. The platform aim is to connect farmers in sub-Saharan Africa with worldwide buyers and brokers, that will further democratize the process, produce actionable insights to empower farmers by enabling them to get better prices for their crops as well as financial assistance at reduced-rate(s).
Lastly, blockchain solutions will provide visibility to consumers on what’s inside the products that they are consuming, enable them to make trustworthy food choices, and help establish and secure trust.
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As in the case of ATM machines, each machine is owned by a single entity, but accepts most cards from many different networks. This sharing requires a complicated management apparatus, mostly provided by a centralized administrative entity. Blockchain eliminates the need of an administrative entity to manage the process, as it does all the heavy lifting of uniting the interests and business processes of the member banks.
Rather than having hub-and-spoke methods for organizing the shared resources, just imagine a single global blockchain network that is managing the interoperability of bank cards and providing solutions without any central oversight nor middlemen.
Blockchain allows more efficient processes in inconceivable ways, by eliminating the unnecessary frictions that used to characterize the drag(s) on the global economy that we used to be forced to stick with, when dealing with short supply chains and for deals done by the container load, as it was simply too inefficient to have more links in the supply chain when working with smaller transactions.
The level of decentralization that blockchain provides is having huge positive effects on economies in the developing world. Likewise, these positive transformations are helping small businesses compete with giants while also fostering major positive [ global ] implications.
Blockchain also makes possible the elimination of incidental complexities, typically involved in business operations by a huge factor to a province, where a much more complex, contingent and interwoven business environment is emerging. Likewise, it is fostering radical changes in all industries by making unprecedented technological change possible, as it challenges leaders to stay on course in such rapidly evolving and intricate environment.
Blockchain is a decentralized and distributed public ledger that is stored and distributed across networks and among participants that are expected to come into consensus on the authenticity of the transactions, without the need for a central authority to authenticate the transaction. It is used to record transactions across computer. Transaction records on a blockchain cannot be altered ex post facto without changing all the blocks and the collusion of the network. Databases associated with Blockchains are managed autonomously using peer-to-peer networks and distributed timestamping servers.
Through consensus algorithms, every participant can see the data and either verify or reject it. Approved transactions are entered into the ledger as a collection of blocks and stored in a chronological chain that cannot be altered.
A distributed Ledger is a database of transactions that is shared and synchronized among distributed computers and locations, without centralized authority or control. Each party holds an identical copy of the record, which is automatically updated as soon as any additions are made.
Blockchain speeds up transactions by removing the need for a central authority. Likewise, it can lead to a leaner, more efficient, and more profitable processes. Blockchain minimizes and eliminates the risks involved in the counterparty risks.
Data Storing, including video, audio or text, organization, titles, assets, rights or text that can be represented digitally without being vulnerable to any manipulation. Its strength lies in its security as the blocks are linked by a hash function – a cryptographic that insulates the set up from alteration.
As a barrier-less communication system and the absence of intermediary costs, blockchain is empowering content creators( artists, authors, and beyond ) by establishing a direct relationship between content creators and consumers.
Owners of local businesses spend money at other local shops, keeping your money in your city and your pocket.
Help use public services and space more efficiently, and ensures diversity as well as innovation
Local Businesses consume less land, carry more locally-made (non-imported) products, are closer to their customers, and create less traffic and pollution. These savings all translate into a smaller carbon footprint and lower overall taxes: the greater the percentage of locally-owned businesses in a town, the lower your taxes will be.