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   935

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. 

Ontology to Open Research Institute

Dean of the institute is senior blockchain and cryptography expert Dr. Mao Xianping 
08 November 2018   274

Popular cryptocurrency project Ontology announced the launch of a new research initiative called the Ontology Research Institute.

The purpose of the research institute is to work with the basic elements of the blockchain technology and to find opportunities for the discovery and application of developing technologies, as well as to have a positive impact on the development of the entire industry.

Currently, the staff of the Ontology Institute are more than 10 people. The initiative was headed by Mao Xianping, who holds a doctorate in cryptography from the University of Shanghai Jao Tong.

Dr. Mao holds a PhD in Cryptography from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is committed to innovation and application research of blockchain underlying technology and cryptography, and has a deep understanding of blockchain consensus mechanisms, blockchain privacy protection, and data security. Mao has been in well-known international journals in the field of cryptography and has published more than ten related academic papers for conferences.
 

Ontology Press Release

Ontology notes that the new research institute will become a link with the technical community that has emerged in its ecosystem and scientific institutions, and will also play an important role in enhancing the technological value of the company's product.

In the future, Ontology Research Institute will focus on the following areas:

  • Exploring the next generation of the blockchain architecture to build more secure and scalable systems, including sharding and multi-chain support;
  • Exploration of the platform for the practical use of the blockchain, which will be characterized by ease of use, privacy and controllability, and support technologies such as zero-disclosure evidence, secure multilateral computing, and a trusted runtime environment;
  • Providing reliable technical support for building distributed trust ecosystems, including multidimensional identification systems, data exchange systems and credit rating systems.

Currently, Ontology is the 28th largest cryptocurrency with a capitalization of $ 344 million. Over the last month, the ONT has shown a moderate decline and is trading at $ 1.67 at the time of publication.