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November 2020 newsletter 

Dear Dock community,

Well, winter is very nearly upon us and the change of season not only brings with it a change in temperature, it also reflects a change in focus at Dock as we divide our time between research and development of our offerings and ensuring their adoption. 

With the launch of our mainnet in late September, Dock has started discussions with a number of companies interested to find out how they can leverage our technology to grow their business. As the saying goes, it is better to show people your plans rather than tell them, and with this in mind Dock has created a demo application called Certs that shows prospective issuers the types of apps they can create on Dock.

We also have a huge milestone planned for December, the migration of Dock tokens onto our mainnet. As the article linked below explains, this will make the network self-sufficient and start to provide revenue streams for Dock and partner companies. 

For good measure, we’ve also included some other Dock news and more general information about blockchain-based identity and verifiable credentials.

Certs Demo App
We’re excited to share that Certs, our reference web app, is now available for demo. We have built this open-source app to show developers and issuers how easily Dock’s technology can be leveraged to issue, manage, share, and verify credentials.

Breaking down Blockchain
Redefining recruiting and credentialing with a verifiable, permanent network. Dock COO Elina Cadouri was interviewed for Cornerstone’s HR blog

Token migration
Regular followers of Dock will know that we launched Dock’s mainnet on the 30th of September. Now that we are satisfied with its security and stability, the time has come to add our own token to Dock’s blockchain. This event is called a token migration, it’s due to start on the 8th of December, and you can find out more about the key role that Dock token will play in the network here

Verifiable credentials and blockchain in the news

Specifications for the first digital travel credential (DTC) type have been endorsed by the Technical Advisory Group for the Traveller Identification Programme (TAG/TRIP) at International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), bringing digital identity-based travel one step closer to reality.

How COVID-19 Has Revealed Healthcare’s Blockchain Use Cases
Blockchain technology has somewhat infamously been described as “a solution in search of a problem,” but as the healthcare industry responds to the demands of the pandemic, several valuable use cases have surfaced that could benefit from employing the emerging technology.

From Voting To Social Media: What Does The Future Hold For Digital Identity On The Blockchain
One of the biggest emerging use cases for blockchain is in the realm of decentralized digital identity, wherein governments and enterprises collect, verify and manage citizens’ personal data on-chain. The aim is to replace the legacy of various storage systems and databases governed by unwieldy and often insecure centralized authorities and agencies.

Stay safe,

The Dock team

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Oi ,

Você sabia que somente no Brasil mais de 90 milhões de pessoas sofrem de artrose? Ela causa dores intensas e grandes limitações na vida destas pessoas. Isso realmente derruba a qualidade de vida.

A artrose nada mais é que um desgaste que pode ocorrer em praticamente todas as articulações do nosso corpo.

A tendência natural da artrose é continuar piorando gradativamente e, se você não fizer nada, isso pode deixar as suas articulações completamente inutilizadas.

Eu gravei um vídeo especial para te explicar o protocolo que eu uso com os meus pacientes e alunos para frear a piora da artrose. Para realmente ajudar o nosso corpo a se regenerar. 

Quero compartilhar com você as centenas de resultados que eu já vi com meus próprios olhos. São pessoas que não conseguiam nem mesmo levantar da cama e voltaram a ter uma vida praticamente normal.

Se você não fizer algo hj, pode ser que amanhã seja tarde de mais. Talvez a única saída fique sendo a realização de uma cirurgia grande e complicada.

Se você quer conhecer o melhor caminho para uma vida com menos dor, mais energia e mais prazer, assista o vídeo que eu gravei para você clicando no link abaixo.

 

Forte Abraço!

Dr. Gabriel Azzini 

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capitalized Mogul : an Indian Muslim of or descended from one of several conquering groups of Mongol, Turkish, and Persian origin; especially : Great Mogul 
 
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A central focus of this year’s KubeCon+CloudNativeCon has been on sharing the experience of the end users of Kubernetes. View in browser »
The New Stack Update

ISSUE 243: Kubernetes from the User’s Perspective

Talk Talk Talk

“Failure is going to happen. What’s important is: Can your system mitigate that failure for what’s important to you?”

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Cloud Architects Have a Different View on Requirements for Net-New Infrastructure

Cloud architects overlook some requirements when assessing new infrastructure. Sure, security and cost are table stakes, but according to The New Stack’s Next Generation Infrastructure-as-a-Service study, cloud architects were half as likely to believe that storage, standardized architecture and interoperability are essential when picking new cloud infrastructure as compared to the CTOs and other technology decision-makers surveyed.

Because of their job role, the people designing and integrating cloud platforms understand that there is little black and white in the world of compatibility. If an enterprise plans to permanently employ a cloud architect or cloud platform team, perhaps this level of uncertainty is acceptable. If not, then cloud architects will have to swallow their pride and accept more requirements, even if it creates lock-in to a specific standard or storage type.

What's Happening

In this episode of The New Stack Makers livestream, five guests each offer a hands-on “lightning demo” of their respective open source cloud native projects, as a teaser for this week’s Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America.

The lightning demo guests feature Michelle Noorali, senior software engineer at Microsoft, on Open Service Mesh (OSM) service mesh; Phil Prasek, principal product manager at Upbound, on the Crossplane control plane; James Roper, cloud architect at Lightbend, on the Cloudstate distributed state management framework; Torin Sandall, Styra vice president of open source and co-creator of the Open Policy Agent (OPA) policy engine; and Ryan McKinley, vice president of applications at Grafana Labs, on the Grafana monitoring software.

Kubernetes from the User’s Perspective

A central focus of this year’s KubeCon+CloudNativeCon has been on sharing the experience of the end users of Kubernetes. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation has a renewed focus on the enterprises and web-scale companies that have found much value in scalable cloud native technologies. Such users can provide valuable insights to their peers and even contribute to the upstream codebases. So, naturally, many of the most fascinating talks at this year’s event were from engineers and developers who are using Kubernetes and associated cloud native tools in full production settings.

Perhaps most surprising, for us, was a keynote talk given by Apple Software Engineer Alena Prokharchyk. We had heard of Apple using the open source orchestration engine, but had no idea to the extent of the planned usage by the consumer hardware giant. In short, Apple will run the majority of its workloads on Kubernetes clusters

The company’s developers, she said, “want to adopt cloud native tools for better debugging, logging, monitoring and tracing of their apps. Our responsibility as platform developers is to provide a scalable orchestration layer with secure resource isolation and reliable scheduling.”

Other CNCF technologies are also being used in highly-scalable environments. Another revelation from the show this week is that Slack is now using CNCF’s Vitess to manage over 99% of the messages and other associated data rolling through its system. Vitess provides a way to spread a MySQL database system across multiple servers, in order to vastly improve the scalability and responsiveness of the database as a whole. In this case, Vitess broke Slack’s gigantic MySQL database into 1,000 shards, each responding to user requests with no downtime.

Making Kubernetes easier to digest by developers is a major focus across these organizations. In another talk, Adobe’s Colin Murphy described how this company used the Kubernetes API to build out developer workflows. This approach allows devs to deploy apps to multiple cloud providers or data centers on Kubernetes at scale. Adobe even developed an open source client — written in Go — to help app devs deploy directly to production without learning Kubernetes at all.

Although KubeCon wraps on Friday, The New Stack will be crawling over the wealth of information we picked up during our time there for weeks to come. So check back often at TheNewStack.io to read more great stories about the growing adoption of Kubernetes and other cloud native tools.  

How an Event-Driven Architecture Drives Business Agility

An event-driven architecture (EDA) allows developers to create dynamic applications that inject speed and responsiveness into business processes, helping companies operate more efficiently. Not surprisingly, EDAs have sparked interest among organizations pursuing the benefits of digitally transforming through the use of modern, cloud-focused application development processes, such as DevOps, and technologies, such as containerized Kubernetes applications.

Red Hat OpenShift Presses Outward to the Edge, Enhances Developer Experience

While Red Hat officially launched OpenShift 4.6 in late October, the company has introduced a number of new features around its managed Kubernetes offering just in time for this week’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America, including updates around serverless, its Quarkus Kubernetes native Java stack, long-term support, and the ability to run remote workloads without requiring Kubernetes.

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Making a bet

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is making a personal investment in Chipper Cash, a fintech that enables cross-border payments in Africa. Bezos joined a $30 million Series B funding round through his personal VC fund, reports Quartz.

Chipper Cash was founded in 2018 in San Francisco and serves Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. It also has operations in the U.K., and has 3 million users that make about 80,000 payments per day. Digital payment firms are a financial inclusion driver in Africa, creating potential upside for Chipper. Stripe, for example, recently agreed to acquirePaystack, a Nigerian digital payments firm, for about $200 million.

Chipper will use the funds to add more countries and expand into cryptocurrencies. It's Bezos' first investment in an African startup, which Quartz notes has become more popular in recent years as Al Gore, Serena Williams and Mark Zuckerberg have all invested in African technology startups. Bezos' other technology investments include Uber, Twitter and Airbnb.
 

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Going virtual

Visa and Conferma Pay are collaborating to launch a range of B2B services aimed at improving liquidity during a time in which many businesses are suffering from a cash crunch.

Called Visa Commercial Pay, the suite includes a Visa-branded mobile app that will host digitally issued virtual commercial cards on employee and contractors' mobile devices. There's additional travel management portal that integrates with reservation and booking systems; and a platform that offers a range of data and reconciliation services.

“With a new economic environment, the controls to decentralize payments have to be put in place and with employees working from home, the ability to monitor, reconcile and approve spend becomes far more difficult,” said Simon Barker, CEO at Conferma Pay, in a release.

Small biz POS credit

While firms like Affirm and Klarna have drawn major interest from investors, funds are starting to flow to the B2B version of the buy now, pay later market.

Greycroft, Bonfire Ventures, Loeb.nyc and others have invested $34 million in Credit Key, a Los Angeles firm that offers financing for business payments, reports TechCrunch.

Credit Key takes on the risk and servicing for the B2B financing, allowing buyers in a supply chain to access a low-rate installment payment plan.

Digital footprint

China's national digital currency will make up 15% of all payments in China within ten years, helping the country's commercial banks counter the influence of fintechs by providing a government-backed alternative to cash.

The digital yuan, which is still under development but is expected to launch sooner than other central bank digital currencies, will have an addressable market of 1 billion users and $2.7 trillion in total payment value, reports CoinDesk, citing data from Goldman Sachs.

China's central bank digital currency has already signed up dozens of retailers, including McDonald's and Starbucks.

Contactless bus

Transit technology company Masabi has launched EZHub, a cashless ticketing and fare system in San Joaquin County, which covers several cities in California.

Bus and rail systems in Stockton, Lodi, Ripon and others will be able to access mobile ticketing via Kyitti, a mobile technology firm that also serves transportation systems. The service includes trip planning and real-time information on the transportation systems along with ticketing.

Transit ridership has fallen during the pandemic, though many systems are maintaining their ticketing upgrades, hoping easier contactless boarding will bring riders back.

 
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{Vaunted - plus, How to Read a Dictionary Entry}



 
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Definition
 
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{Return of the contentious housing algorithm}



Your round-up of the latest, greatest data stories
Hello Iuri,


This week, we were given an in-depth look at the impact of the pandemic on society. In a global survey of over 800 16–30 year olds, the Financial Times found concerning trends that include a lack of job security, an increase in mental health concerns, a greater level of distrust in government and a growing resentment towards older generations. The importance of collecting data around the wellbeing of young people is an issue close to our own hearts: last week, we released our own report showing how data can help us to understand the impact the pandemic on children’s lives, as well as on those of parents and teachers.

There has been fresh controversy this week around the algorithms that are used to guide policy decisions. In England, the government is set to revise its controversial plans for updating the algorithm used to inform where new housing should be built. The update was intended to better account for housing needs across the country based on affordability and demand. However, it was quickly dubbed a â€˜mutant algorithm’, with claims that it will leave the North underdeveloped and the South overdeveloped. 

With algorithms seeming to generate unintended, or biased ‘advice’ in high-profile cases like the house building example, and the exams fiasco this summer , the tech company Synthesized has released a free tool that aims to detect and remove algorithmic bias. According to Synthesized, the tool highlights areas where bias is detected in uploaded datasets, and can even automatically ‘rebalance’ the biased data. We can’t vouch for its efficacy but its likely we’ll see more similar technologies emerging onto the market.

And finally, the World Bank has released the Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2020 â€“ an interactive data visualisation venture that illustrates the world’s progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Not only is it important work, but it’s easy on the eyes too! And it goes without saying that using data to create a better future is something that we can get behind – in fact, today at 1pm we’re hosting a lunchtime lecture with DNV GL about how data can help us achieve a ‘net zero’ economy. Sign up, and we’ll see you there!

Until next time

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From the outside world

‘Generation Covid’ struggling in pandemic fall-out

Financial Times

A global survey conducted by the Financial Times suggests that 16–30 year olds are feeling the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic

UK government revisit housing algorithm plans
BBC

The UK government is set to revise its plans to update its new housing algorithm after a backlash 

Synthesized release bias detection tool

Synthesized

Tech company Synthesized have released a free tool designed to detect and remove bias from datasets

Data visualisation to track Sustainable Development Goals

World Bank

The World Bank has released its Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2020, visualising the world’s progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Transport for London use data to enable social distancing

BBC

The BBC reports on the potential for transport data to transform journeys as Transport for London uses Oyster and contactless card data to enable social distancing

From the ODI

The UK National Data Strategy 2020: doing data ethically

The choices made about what data is collected and how it is used should not be unjust, discriminatory or deceptive – how can this be reflected in a national data strategy?

Data for climate action: From Covid to the climate

We explore how the lessons learned from Covid-19 can be applied to the climate crisis

Introduction to data ethics and the Data Ethics Canvas – course

This online course gives an introduction to data ethics, how ethics is addressed in other domains, and how data ethics can be applied to help...

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