Microsoft will use blockchain technology to help refugees

Microsoft and Accenture develope blockchain-based digital platform to help refugees prove their identity from anywhere
28 June 2017   779

Distributed database that is used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called blocks

Microsoft and Accenture Plc joined forces in a project that is designed to provide legal IDs to 1.1 billion people using a blockchain based digital network. The target of this project is to assist refugees who don't have their paper documents by the hand. It will give them access to education and healthcare. Project is supported by the United nations

This service will store digital identifications of refugee and will allow access their record at any location, even without any paper documents. The program will work with multiple organizations databases to prove a person's identity. It is much better than rely only on one database. At the moment, there is one prototype, created using existing Accenture platform used by the UN High Commissioner of Refugees.

Developers from both teams invite other companies to join their project.

Ethereum Scaling Solution Raiden to Launch Last Testnet

As noted by the developers, after implementing the new solution, the Ethereum network will be able to provide more than a million transactions per second
20 July 2018   132

On Thursday, July 19, at the Dappcon developer conference in Berlin, the last test network of Raiden for the Ethereum blockchain was launched, CoinDesk reports.

The release includes a minimal implementation of the scaling solution, which will allow the transfer of Ethereum tokens outside of the main blockchain. This is the last test phase before the introduction of technology into the core network of Ethereum.

It's the first step towards going to the mainnet. We really want people to really test this so we have a user interface, we have an API and we've created an open Github for everything they could find, so if we go hopefully bug-free on the mainnet.

Lefteris Karapetsas

Core Developer, Raiden

According to him, the new release represents an early implementation for the core network and contains a new rewritten code of smart contracts and payment channels that can be restored in case of unintended closure.

Also, Karapetsas urged developers to join the test network to help detect possible bugs, adding that a bounty program will be launched to encourage this activity.

The release date for the main network has not yet been assigned, but the developers intend to follow this earlier promise and launch Raiden this summer.

Karapetsas also promised to publish regular updates and code optimizations after the full release, adding that Raiden will complement other Ethereum scaling solutions that are currently being developed.

Raiden is essentially the payment channel network for ethereum, it's supposed to help us scale token transfers. The long term goal would be to have people use Raiden from a mobile device and be able to make off-chain token transfers just from their phone. That would be the long term vision, it would probably work in combination with various scaling solutions, sharding, plasma, a sort of hybrid.

Lefteris Karapetsas

Core Developer, Raiden

Raiden is developing from the 2015 and is written mostly on Python. The project is much like the Lightning Network. As noted by the developers, after implementing the new solution, the Ethereum network will be able to provide more than a million transactions per second.