China’s Baidu joins Hyperledger

Baidu, China’s leading Internet search engine, confirms its interest in blockchain technology by becoming a member of Hyperledger
18 October 2017   1099

China’s relationships with crypto universe have been quite intense lately. Thus, due to the whole China-against-Bitcoin thing, the top cryptocurrency price has fallen. On top of that, according to undisclosed sources, the Chinese government has officially decided to crack down on all Bitcoin and cryptocurrency trading, not just commercial exchanges.

Still, it seems like the prohibitions of cryptocurrency exchanges and token offerings have not dissuaded domestic blockchain development.

Thus, now Baidu joines an open-source collaboration for blockchain technology - Hyperledger. It's noteworthym that, according to alexa.com data, baidu.com is the most popular website in China and ranks fourth globally

For now, it’s unclear whether Baidu will immediately incorporate blockchain technology or not, but the company has a broad product base for experimentation. 

Microsoft & EEA to Create Token Taxonomy Initiative

As reported, EEA intends to act as a platform for the the Token Taxonomy Initiative, which involves the Hyperledger, R3 and Digital Asset Holdings consorti
18 April 2019   175

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) blockchain consortium launched a project with Microsoft to help businesses develop and create tokens to solve specific problems.

The EEA intends to act as a platform for the Token Taxonomy Initiative, which involves the Hyperledger, R3 and Digital Asset Holdings consortia. At the same time, IBM and Intel, JP Morgan financial holding, ConsenSys blockchain start-up and many others will participate in the project.

According to Ron Reznick, Director General of the EEA, various seminars will be available to specialists as well as the GitHub repository as part of the initiative. Already existing tokens on different blockchains will be tested, and then reduced to a single standard.

Microsoft Chief Architect Marley Gray noted that during his work with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and EEA, he often encountered various industry consortia that spent a lot of time trying to understand “how best tokenize, for example, a barrel of oil”.

Thus, as part of the initiative, it is planned to create a token constructor so that any person, even without being a technical specialist, can explain to developers what he wants from an asset.

Last year, EEA and another leading blockchain consortium Hyperledger announced a partnership that provides for the creation of uniform standards for corporate distributed networks developed by the participants of these two organizations.