Ocean Protocol, the world’s first data sharing platform powered by blockchain technology connecting individuals, industries, startups, governments and data and AI experts, announces today the launch of its beta network. Ocean Protocol is a substrate that allows anyone to build data services and marketplaces on top and is launching with a mission to provide safe, privacy-preserving and borderless data sharing, to unlock the Data Economy.
Ocean’s beta network paves the ground for a series of private and public partnerships from the research, insurance, retail and healthcare sectors to deploy their Proof of Concept solutions on the blockchain-enabled data-sharing platform. Existing collaborators include AI Singapore, Aviva, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Roche, all aiming at using Ocean Protocol to set standards and demonstrate how to share data safely and securely without compromising privacy or ownership.
“Today’s beta release is a big milestone for our project and society as a whole. It marks the beginning of a new and open global Data Economy. With the beta network going live, data scientists and developers can start building and experimenting with new services and applications using Ocean Protocol,” said Bruce Pon, co-founder of Ocean Protocol.
Though the world has been generating massive volumes of data, until now there has not been a safe, privacy-preserving and borderless solution to unlock the new Data Economy. Every day, the world creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data and thanks to digitization and advances in IoT technologies, data continues to be generated in an unprecedented rate. However, only 1% of this glut of data is ever analyzed.[2,3] Data supply and demand are currently disjointed. Data remains inaccessible — locked in silos and hardly shared. This is because data owners fear of losing control and violating privacy laws with data sharing.
According to the recent Digital Reality Data Economy Report, many countries are only achieving about half of their current data economy potential. In the UK and Germany alone, research shows that there were approximately EUR140 billion of data-driven economic value not realized in 2016.
Ocean Protocol uses blockchain technology, smart contracts, and tokens to enable safe and secure sharing of data, guaranteeing control and auditability while protecting privacy. The technology allows organizations and individuals to set pricing and trade data without losing control of their data assets. Smart contracts allow data owners to program the conditions of access, which are then executed with precision. This gives data owners and buyers transparency, security and guarantees of payment and use.
Ocean also enables algorithms and models to travel to the data, get trained and then leave without exposing the data or taking a copy, thereby retaining privacy, ensuring regulatory compliance, and freeing up data to advance AI and solve problems for the economy and society.
“Ocean allows people to unlock the value of data without necessarily unlocking the data itself. It is a substrate to finally realize the potential of an open permission-less data economy while still preserving privacy,” said Trent McConaghy, co-founder of Ocean Protocol. “We welcome early collaborators already deploying their solutions on our network today, and we look forward to seeing tens, hundreds, even thousands of other marketplaces and applications to be built on top of Ocean, so that data can be freed from their existing silos to deliver world-changing solutions for many verticals including automotive, energy, healthcare and so on.”
Ocean Protocol is an open source project. Developers from around the world can run Ocean’s full stack and connect to the Ocean beta network. Data Scientists and engineers can leverage the underlying Ocean API to search, publish, and consume data assets in the Ocean Protocol network. They can initiate personal JupyterLab instances running in local browsers, with Ocean Protocol pre-configured. Coupled with the launch is a reference marketplace for free and public data, to serve as a meeting point for public health, sustainability and environmental use cases.
“Data and AI related service providers can use Ocean as a launchpad offering relevant services to data providers and consumers. In addition, Ocean gives data and AI professionals a means to monetize their findings and models,” McConaghy added.
The Ocean network will continue to deliver software and network updates over the next two years, with five phases planned, each providing more sophisticated features, incentives and enhanced performance.
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Labuan IBFC’s Financial Services Community Band Together to Contribute to the Relief Efforts in Combating COVID-19
Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, Labuan IBFC’s financial services and intermediation community have come together to assist local authorities in relief efforts via the pooling of resources.
Labuan IBFC’s Cross-Industry Group comprising of all the industry associations representing licensed entities in the jurisdiction has led the formation of a pool fund, focused on providing relief to frontliners and those less fortunate in Labuan.
This Cross-Industry Group consists of Labuan Financial Services Authority, Labuan International Insurance Association, Association of Labuan Banks, Association of Labuan Trust Companies, Labuan Investment Banking Group and the Labuan Fintech Association.
The Labuan IBFC Community is deeply concerned about the growing scale of the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic impact, particularly on Labuan island. Specifically, this resource pool will fund towards the purchase and distribution of personal protective equipment for hospital staff, healthcare providers, and other frontline service personnel on the island.
Relief, in the form of household necessities, will also be provided to those in the B40 income group and to daily wage earners who are impacted by the situation, as well as schools and small businesses.
The above effort is testament of the commitment and empathy of the Labuan IBFC community towards the people of Labuan island, by providing whatever assistance it can to relieve hardships under the current situation.
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Demand Wealth Launches the Nation’s First Investment Platform Designed to Align Financial Goals and Personal Values
Demand Wealth received an undisclosed seven figure investment from FinTech Private Equity firm Niche Investment Partners LLC. providing investors with an alternative to broad or often misleading investment portfolios*, the Demand Wealth platform promotes transparency and respect for every American’s voice; allowing clients to invest according to their political, religious, and ethical convictions along with specialized portfolios designed for specific life stages (e.g. newlyweds, divorce or family death).
Demand Wealth is a first-of-its-kind platform created to provide investors frictionless access to ultra -niche investment portfolios and a free or paid set of full-service financial planning tools; providing ethical and situational peace-of-mind.
Investing in companies with shared values is one of the most underutilized tools for change held by the public. Demand Wealth reminds clients that powerful corporations are built on the investments of average Americans. Investing money in places you believe deserve your support reflects the backbone that America has at her core.
“Our goal is to help everyday Americans put the power of their wallet to use by investing according to their conscience” says Brandon Mink, President at Demand Wealth. “We know how important it is to put each individual’s hard-earned money onto the balance sheets of companies they believe in, to not only see significant portfolio returns, but know that those returns will come from companies they can be proud of.”
The company was created with several goals in mind, including:
- To manage money as effectively as any traditional investment firm, while helping clients keep more of their portfolio return. Demand Wealth keeps costs at a fraction of their competitors’, while providing comprehensive personal services expected anywhere else; by embracing the digital, paperless world and utilizing the most up to date security and privacy protocol.
- To provide personalized portfolios that allow our clients to align their capital with their values for varying risk profiles and stages of life.
- Most importantly, to inform Americans that the money in their retirement plan (e.g. 401k) seldomly aligns with their beliefs, even when invested with a like-minded advisor*. Demand Wealth remains transparent with where your money is going and provides a more impactful and personalized portfolio than what is currently available at any other investment firm today.
“Clients are demanding more from their wealth managers. They want greater customization of their portfolio without compromising the service they have become accustomed to at larger traditional firms”, says Wade Ellison, Chief Operating Officer at Demand Wealth.
SOURCE Demand Wealth
Carver Edison Announces Expansion of Leadership Team, Gregory Barton Joins as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel
Carver Edison, a New York City-based financial technology company that helps provide financial opportunity to public company employees through its patented technology, has announced the addition of Gregory Barton to the company’s executive leadership team. Barton most recently served as Chief Legal Officer, and before that as Chief Operating Officer, of Wisdom Tree Investments, Inc. a leading ETF sponsor with $50 billion of assets under management.
With more than two decades of experience in executive positions for founder-led public companies in the technology, asset management and digital media industries, Barton will serve in a key leadership capacity as Carver Edison expands to meet growing client demand.
“Greg is joining our leadership team at an important moment for our company,” said Aaron Shapiro, founder of Carver Edison. “As we continue to grow, his deep operational, legal and public company board expertise will help us serve our clients and expand our reach. We’re excited to have Greg join the team.”
“Cashless Participation™ solves for major shortfalls in Employee Stock Purchase Plans and I am thrilled to bring my experience in multiple C-suite roles to the team,” said Barton. “The company has received significant backing from notable financial technology entrepreneurs and investors, which is a testament to the executive team’s vision and focus. I look forward to helping Carver Edison continue to execute on its mission.”
Among his roles prior to joining Wisdom Tree Investments in 2012, Barton served as Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary of TheStreet, Inc., co-founded by Jim Cramer. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) and the Claremont McKenna College (summa cum laude).
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