Asia Pacific Conservative Union Launches Blockchain Ecosystem to Fight Authoritarianism

Two executives from the Asia Pacific Conservative Union (APCU) have launched the Liberty Ecosystem, a blockchain-based network designed to fight authoritarianism, a press release shared with Cointelegraph reveals on March 2. The co-founders of the project are APCU chairman, Jikido “Jay” Aeba, and CEO and co-founder of the organization, Yasu Kikuta. The press release describes the initiative as a “decentralized federation of local advocacy and economic development organizations seeking to combat the rise of authoritarianism in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world.” Per the announcement, regimes like China invest…

IBM, Pacific International Lines Complete Blockchain Shipping Trial With Oranges

IBM is continuing its foray into blockchain trade management, completing a new trial which shipped 108,000 mandarin oranges to Singapore, a press release confirmed on Jan. 31. IBM, which is focusing on speeding up efficiency in multiple trade environments, used the technology to reduce paperwork handling and costs for the shipment, which originated in China. Singapore is importing a significant quantity of mandarins ahead of the lunar new year. Transit was handled by Pacific International Lines (PIL) using an electronic version of the Bill of Lading (e-BL), an essential trade…

Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) Forum

I’m a long way from my own front door! Or at least my front door in my adopted country! But I must say in some ways I feel right at home. My links with APPA are wide and deep. When I was Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia I held the secretariat for APPA and I have fond memories of hosting APPA meetings in Vancouver. I am a frequent flier. Once a month, I travel to Brussels to sit on the European Data Protection Board with regulators from 27 other EU…