Can developing nations compete in a digital world?

People want in on e-commerce for simple reasons - choice, ease, speed, cost, convenience. Yet not everyone benefits equally, especially in least developed countries.

Don't Miss These 5 Must-See Bitcoin Documentaries

Adoption is important for the sustained growth and evolution of cryptocurrency. This is why there are so many learning materials available for new and old users to see the true extent of global Bitcoin use and its continued development. Watching Bitcoin documentaries is an easy way to learn all of this, and there are many such documentaries on the internet. These are the top 5 Bitcoin documentaries based on critical reception, awards, and content quality.

6 Best Bitcoin Mining Software

Bitcoin mining is a lucrative venture that involves a series of actions and techniques including confirming the transactions of everyday users. In return, miners receive “block rewards” for their services. The process is capital intensive and consumes resources like processing power and electricity.


The emergence of Bitcoin was a turning point in how financial transactions have been handled for a long time. Vulnerabilities within the banking system such as high transaction fees, relatively slow transactions, and being privy to a central authority were exposed.

Bitcoin ATM Installation Doubled In 2018

With cryptocurrency’s recent upsurge in popularity, it’s safe to say that a Bitcoin revolution is on the horizon. Bitcoin means different things to different people. To some, it’s an overused industry buzzword that’s slowly starting to lose its meaning; to others, Bitcoin is going to revolutionize the way we do business.

200 Financial Institutions now use Ripple XRP

Bitcoin, a decentralized cryptocurrency devoid of a central bank, is currently at the forefront of this revolution. Often credited as the world’s first digital currency, Bitcoin has established itself as one of the most innovative payment networks in history. But others like Ripple are quickly following suit and emerging as key players in an ever-evolving financial market.

Top Bitcoin Faucets

A Bitcoin faucet is a reward system in form of a website or app that aims to give new users the chance to earn small amounts of Bitcoin for the completion of small tasks.

Chinese outbound tourists use mobile payment more than cash for the first time

Several factors encourage Chinese tourists to use mobile payment abroad, with the most important being that they have already become accustomed to this fast and convenient payment method in their home country. To cite an example, the payment process with Inspiry Smart Box, one of the most popular terminals in China, is very simple: shoppers scan the QR-code generated on their mobile phones over the Inspiry Smart Box at the cashier's station to complete the payment quickly and conveniently. With a near instant response, the payment terminal eliminates the time wasted by having to make change as is the case for most cash transactions.

Will Ripple XRP surpass Bitcoin in 2019

Ripple XRP has made significant partnerships to move its platform even further than where it is currently. From JPMorgan to MoneyGram and even Travela, a travel site with over 500,000 properties in over 200 countries, companies are waiting to partner with them. By the end of 2018, Ripple was notably in the headlines for several of such partnerships with major financial institutions.

Online security assessment framework helps businesses cope with increased use of personal devices

Employees increasingly access sensitive company data remotely, often from personal devices where social media networks hold a prominent place. Easy targets for cyber criminals? Members of the DOGONA consortium believe so, and they have devised a risk assessment framework to help businesses alleviate this threat.

7 Blockchain ETFs to invest in

ETFs have been around for a long time and have been used to track benchmark indexes such as the NASDAQ-100, the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500, and the US Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). Stock market investors also use these indexes to monitor their portfolio strength as well as compare it with the overall market.

Best Cryptocurrency to mine in 2019

Cryptocurrency Mining is a decentralized way to issue and distribute new cryptocurrency while protecting a blockchain network from malicious activity. On systems like Bitcoin that use a Proof-of-Work consensus, mining involves confirming user transactions.

Call for applications: Mastercard Start Path Global

Start Path Global is Mastercard’s worldwide program for innovative later stage startups from across the globe. Since 2014, the Start Path Global have been working with an ever growing portfolio of startups with unique solutions across fintech and commerce. Start Path Global is based on what has worked best for our portfolio of startups: more flexibility, more customization, and no distractions from your current business.
Application Deadline in 3 months

What Is a Blockchain Transaction Anyway?

Blockchain transactions bring huge advantages in terms of transactional speed and transfer fees. A normal bank transfer can take a week to complete. The delays are the result of numerous third-parties operating verification systems. A typical international transaction includes over 36 different third-party organizations.

Mobile money holds key to financial inclusion in Africa, experts say

More than 10% of adults in sub-Saharan Africa have a mobile money account, the highest in the world, and it is spreading to West Africa and beyond.

The AFRO: First Pan-African Cryptocurrency dedicated to Growth and Development in Africa

Against the backdrop of numerous national currencies affecting trade and growth on the continent, the AFRO provides a reliable, safe and secure solution suited to Africa’s development challenges.

Intel Is Working on an Energy Efficient Bitcoin Mining System

Intel has obtained a bitcoin mining SHA-256 datapath patent that covers a processor and hardware accelerator. The United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded the patent.

Continental free trade area to boost e-commerce in Africa

High-level session at UNCTAD's Africa eCommerce Week shows that the continent has the potential to scale e-commerce enterprises - but its new free trade area will be key.

Herding in the Most Volatile Market in Decades

Herding Behaviour is a phenomenon that occurs when individuals try to mimic the trades of others and thus traders copy each other. Two of the most important aspects is price and volume, especially the direction of causality between them.

Singapore launched a new S$30 million Cybersecurity Capabilities Grant to strengthen the cyber resilience of the financial sector

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today announced the launch of a new S$30 million Cybersecurity Capabilities Grant to strengthen the cyber resilience of the financial sector in Singapore and help financial institutions develop local talent in cybersecurity.

Buying Bitcoin with Paypal: Harder than it sounds

Currently, attempting to buy cryptocurrency through Paypal is difficult and expensive, mostly due to the potential for users to take advantage of chargebacks. For example, a user could buy some Bitcoins on an exchange, directly from their Paypal account and use its support system to charge it back so that they receive a refund. This can be problematic for exchanges since they can’t request refunds from the Bitcoin wallets they’ve credited.

How Genesis Mining Took Over the Cloud Mining Sector

Genesis Mining is one of the largest cloud mining operations in the world. This crypto giant started from meager beginnings and grew into a global powerhouse in less than five years. Genesis Mining’s strategy of providing enterprise-level cloud mining to interested crypto investors has paid off massively and allowed the company to carve out a permanent home in the crypto space.’s Bitcoin Blender Aims to Bring Anonymity Back to Crypto

The development team has introduced their next generation bitcoin blender in an effort aimed at disrupting the quickening pace of blockchain analysis firms such as Chainalysis.

Using Augmented Reality to inform consumer choice and lower carbon footprints

Using an AR smartphone app that combines comparative and detailed product information into personalized data and recommendations, a 23% reduction in carbon footprint was found for bottled water, and non-significant reductions for breakfast cereal.

Qualcomm shared its open-source Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System platform

Qualcomm Technologies' DIRBS server-based software platform can be used to help identify counterfeit, illegal, and stolen mobile devices in a country.

Coin Dance | Community Driven Cryptocurrency Statistics

Coin Dance is a community-driven platform offering statistics and services for Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. Along with other prominent sites like Bitfire, a new wave of sites are challenging models not even strictly in the field of cryptocurrency. It appears that decentralization is sparing no area of business, not even statistics.

Rwanda and Alibaba unveil the first Electronic World Trade Platform hub in Africa

Alibaba Group and the government of Rwanda have agreed to multiple bilateral initiatives to promote the African country’s economy through increased cross-border trade, capacity building and tourism.

Call for Projects: YouTube Learning Fund

Through this program, we will support selected creators around the world in their creation of multi-session learning content.
Applications are closed

CoinBene: Review and Analysis of the Exchange Platform

CoinBene is a cryptocurrency exchange that offers users a simple-to-use platform for crypto-to-crypto trading. In our CoinBene review, we look at this exchange’s advantages and disadvantages by examining a variety of categories that are important for any cryptocurrency trader to consider.

Call for Applications: The Tech Startups Challenge for women inclusion in Africa

To promote entrepreneurial initiatives managed by women and/or men, tackling the challenges of women's inclusion and gender inequalities – whether social, economic, cultural or political – and leveraging digital innovation for their development.
Applications are closed

Tierion: Utilizing the Bitcoin Blockchain to Verify Documents

The Tierion’s development includes contributions from developers across the globe. The platforms code is open-source, and the development team invites programmers to help improve the coding.

Institutional Investors Using OTC Markets to Enter the Bitcoin Market

Institutional investors are getting into the Bitcoin market via OTC trading platforms. Currently, the OTC trading market is said to be over two times the size of regulated exchanges with some desks handling over $100 million a day in transactions.

BITMAIN building a farm for crypto mining in Texas

Bitmain, one of the largest cryptocurrency mining companies has announced plans for the operation of a new mining facility. The blockchain data center, commonly known as a farm, is already under construction in Texas and is worth an estimated $500 million.

Organizations Are Gearing Up for More Ethical and Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence, Finds Study

A new study shows that business leaders are taking steps to ensure responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) within their organizations. Most AI adopters – which now account for 72 percent of organizations globally – conduct ethics training for their technologists (70 percent) and have ethics committees in place to review the use of AI (63 percent).

Top Blockchain Messaging Apps: Crypto Messengers

Blockchain messaging apps are on the rise. Multiple platforms have entered the market this year, with more scheduled for release in the coming months.

Crypto Crimes: ICO Scams, Robbery, and Money Laundering

The rising popularity of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology has brought many benefits to the world; however, this hasn’t come without a few down sides. Along the way, we have also seen a rise in the number of cryptocurrency crimes. From kidnappings to money laundering and many more types of crime, police and governments around the globe are looking to coordinate efforts in order to stop crypto criminals. In this article, we’ll take a look at some example cases and how law enforcement is handling them.
10 months ago

Evaluation of Advertising Campaigns on Social Media Networks

As the virtual environment is constantly changing, not only users’ informational and knowledge needs but also the means and channels of communication with customers applied by organizations change.
10 months ago

Future modern retail solutions and shopper experience

Artificial intelligence and automation will radically change the world, but if we want society to benefit from these changes, we need to properly prepare ourselves through an education tailored to new times.
10 months ago

E-commerce boosts trade and competitiveness, report finds

Cross-border e-commerce increasingly helps micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to become more competitive in international markets. But for companies to realize that potential, they need more and better market intelligence on e-commerce.
a year ago

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cryptocurrency Trading

In this article, we’ll teach you about some of the common mistakes in cryptocurrency trading and how you can avoid them.
a year ago

Alibaba Group and the Government of Thailand Enter into Strategic Partnership in Support of Thailand 4.0

the Government of Thailand and Alibaba entered into a strategic partnership to drive the development of Thailand's digital economy and the Eastern Economic Corridor under the Thailand 4.0 policy. Under this partnership, agencies of the Thai government and business units of Alibaba will work closely together in a number of areas, including e-commerce, digital logistics, tourism and training.
a year ago

Call for Applications: eFounders Fellowship 2018 for Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

The eFounders Fellowship is a two-week course for entrepreneurs in developing countries who are operating open, platform-based businesses in the ecommerce, logistics, big data, and tourism spaces. The program will provide first-hand exposure to and learning about ecommerce innovations from China and around the world that enabled growth and a more inclusive development model for all.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Educational Campaigns on the Possible Risks of Cryptocurrency Transactions

While there have been significant cryptocurrency regulations and bans put in place by national governments around the world, very few regulators have put an emphasis on educational campaigns as a way to teach new investors about the potential risks of investing in crypto.
a year ago

Don’t Let the Markets Fool You: Bulls Run Amok

The cryptocurrency market in 2018 has seen a fairly sharp transition from the end or 2017. Most projects are at a mere fourth of their all-time high value in 2017, with the Bitcoin flagship down around 60% of its value.
a year ago

The Cryptocurrency Ad Ban

The cryptocurrency ad ban comes at a time when cryptocurrencies are starting to come under the purview of the international political arena. Though interest in the digital trend reached a fever pitch at the end of 2017, crypto has been the subject of more formal legislative discussions in the past two months than it has since Bitcoin’s creation in 2009.
a year ago

What is GameCredits (GAME)?

GameCredits (GAME) is a cryptocurrency project that wants to become the single payment solution for the online gaming industry. On the project’s website, the team’s mission “is to become the universal currency for 2.6 billion gamers worldwide, to empower game developers both big and small in order to further grow the 100 billion dollar gaming industry, and to accelerate the wide adoption of decentralized cryptocurrencies as a better alternative to government-issued fiats.”
a year ago

Coinbase Poised to Launch its Own Cryptocurrency Index Fund

Coinbase announced this Tuesday that it is spearheading its own cryptocurrency index fund. The San Francisco-based company has become one of–if not the most–popular site to buy Bitcoin and other top cryptocurrencies for fiat currency.
a year ago

The European Commission unveiled an Action Plan on how to harness the opportunities presented by technology-enabled innovation in FinTech

Today's Action Plan envisages to enable the financial sector to make use of the rapid advances in new technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and cloud services. At the same time, it seeks to make markets safer and easier to access for new players. This will benefit consumers, investors, banks and new market players alike. In addition, the Commission is proposing a pan-European label for platforms, so that a platform licensed in one country can operate across the EU.
a year ago

Technology Lanscape for Digital Identification

This report is a first attempt to develop a comprehensive overview of the current technology landscape for digital identification. It is intended to serve as a framework for understanding the myriad options and considerations of technology in this rapidly advancing agenda and in no way is intended to provide advice on specific technologies, particularly given there are a number of other considerations and country contexts which need to be considered.
a year ago

Customer Centric Tips to Grow Your E-Commerce Revenue, Infiniti Research

E commerce is a rapidly evolving field with unpredictable dynamics. In this stream, for every online business that is growing, comes a phase that demands the application of more active strategies to increase E commerce sales. One of the crucial advantages of functioning online is the easy access to large data on customer trends, preferences and shopping behavior.
a year ago

Accenture: Digital commerce in ASEAN is expected to reach US$32 billion by 2020

Governments across ASEAN are projected to invest US$200 billion between 2015 and 2020 in digital infrastructure, putting pressure on the private sector to step up its game. Between 2014 and 2016, companies in ASEAN invested US$3 billion in digital commerce and in the next four years, this amount is forecasted to increase by more than triple, to US$10 billion.
a year ago

Cambodia May Issue Its Legal Cryptocurrency, Following Venezuela

This summit is believed to be the establishment of an international platform for cooperation and communication on the application of blockchain technology, to boost innovation of blockchain technology and its application in different scenarios and promote the blockchain fin-tech in both Southeast Asia and internationally.
a year ago

Crowdlending : anatomy of a successful strategy

Crowdlending is participation in peer-to-peer financing that allows individuals to directly finance projects or companies by means of interest-bearing loans. Crowdfunding appeared at the start of the 2010s and developed quickly via Internet platforms.
a year ago

Off to the Races: The 4 Coins Competing for Crypto’s Top Spot

To date, there are well over 1000 cryptocurrencies in the market attempting to change every industry from bananas to finance. However, a few coins have consistently been on top in a race to be named the world’s number one cryptocurrency.
a year ago

This Week in Cryptocurrency–February 16th, 2018

Things are looking up, folks–figuratively and literally. Price action has been on a steady upward trend since prices plunged to their lowest since November 2017. On February 6th, crypto’s overall market cap drooped to $276bln, down from $834bln at its all-time high in January.
a year ago

A Model of Socially Connected Web Objects for IoT Applications

Social Internet of Things (SIoT), emerging from the conglomeration of IoT and social networks, has realized an efficient way to facilitate the development of complex future IoT applications.
a year ago

Behind the Scenes of Cryptocurrency Exchanges: Secrets, Strategies, and More

The following article is based on insights from the Blockchain Connect Conference in San Francisco. Included in this exchange panel are exchange CEO’s Chris Lee (OKEX), Jesse Powell (Kraken), Mike Kayamori (Quoine), Chief Strategy Officer Kailong Cai (Huobi), and Head of International Markets Ted Lin (Binance Exchange).
a year ago

Call for Applications: Go Green in the City 2018

Go Green in the City has become a major event for business and engineering students worldwide. In 2017, nearly 20,000 young innovators from 3,000 universities in 180 countries took part, including 58% women. The stakes for Go Green in the City competitors are high, with mentoring, networking, travel, cash prizes and business/job opportunities all on the horizon.
Applications are closed
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Future Hyper-connected Sociality

Analysing and building the foundation of next generation Social Media platforms towards a "Global Social Sphere", based on peer-to-peer/decentralised, community approaches and free/open source principles. This foundation shall enhance the role of prosumers, communities and small businesses, mastering technological barriers, introducing innovative and participatory forms of quality journalism, and using various data in a secure manner.
Applications are closed
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Next Generation Internet - An Open Internet Initiative

This initiative aims at developing a more human-centric Internet supporting values of openness, cooperation across borders, decentralisation, inclusiveness and protection of privacy; giving the control back to the users in order to increase trust in the Internet. It should provide more transparent services, more intelligence, greater involvement and participation, leading towards an Internet that is more open, robust and dependable, more interoperable and more supportive of social innovation.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Dispelling the myths of the cryptocurrency world

The cryptocurrency world is evolving at a speed that leaves many newcomers lost in a haze of uncertainty. The following graphic will help dispell some of the most popular myths and help get you on track to a better and more complete understanding.
a year ago

Asia-Pacific Fintech Market to reach US$72 billion by 2020, finds Frost & Sullivan

The Fintech industry in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow at a CAGR of 72.5% from 2015 to 2020, reaching US$72 billion. The positive outlook is fuelled by growth in digital payments such as increasing adoption of cashless payments by small and medium sized enterprises.
a year ago

Call for Applications: 2018 Asia Mobile Awards

Judged by a panel of leading independent industry experts, the AMO Awards celebrate the greatest achievements and innovations across the Asian mobile industry.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Humanity United launches Working Capital, a $23 million venture fund to invest in ethical supply chain innovations

Working Capital, an early-stage venture fund, launched today with the goal of accelerating supply chain innovations to enable corporations to operate more transparently and ethically around the world. It was founded by Humanity United, a foundation that is part of The Omidyar Group, a diverse collection of organizations, each guided by its own approach, but united by a common desire to catalyze social impact.
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Supporting the Emergence of Data Markets and the Data Economy

The lack of ICT and Data skills seriously limits the capacity of Europe to respond to the digitisation challenge of industry. Specific attention needs to be put in involving SMEs and give them access to data and technology. IT standardisation faces new challenges as technologies converge and federated systems arise, creating new gaps in interoperability.
Applications are closed
a year ago

IT Industry Skills Initiative targeting 1 million people for training and resource opportunities in the Digital Economy

The World Economic Forum launched the IT Industry Skills Initiative to meet the global skills gap challenge and address job displacement arising from automation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The initiative is committed to reaching 1 million people with resources and training opportunities on the SkillSET portal by January 2021.
a year ago

Crypto-Currencies See Short-Term Bubble and Likely Long-Term Staying Power

Bitcoin’s price has increase more than 12-fold in the past four years, and the combined market of crypto-assets is now valued at more than $500 billion. Such valuations have caused many to think that the market is overheated.
a year ago

The Rise of the ICO

Cryptocurrency ICOs are now being produced in a conveyor belt fashion, as shown by our ICO countdown, there are many going on at any one time. They are also beginning to spread to countries all over the world, originally in the US, lots of countries have begun to jump on the initial coin offering list.
a year ago

Chinese Commercial Giant Suning Reveals Future of Smart Retail

The Third-time Transformation of Retail' charts retail's evolution from bricks-and-mortar to E-commerce and now Smart Retail. It forecasts how the linear model of make-sell-consume will be superseded by one of experience-buy-make, seeing applied technology innovations including Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and online-to-offline (O2O) omni-channels becoming ubiquitous.
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: A Digital 'plug and produce' Online Equipment Platform for Manufacturing

The platform should facilitate B2B transactions and host associated services in the form of digital product models allowing users to simulate (e.g. digitally test) the capabilities of the equipment on offer and its compliance to standards. This will ultimately boost product quality, transparency and usability based on Return on Experience.
Applications are closed
a year ago

The impact of modern technology on changing marketing actions in organizations. Marketing 4.0

The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the key challenges generated by technological innovations and to identify the opportunities for marketing in light of the new communication and information technologies so that quantifiable benefits can be gained.
a year ago

Gemalto launches the first biometric EMV card for contactless payments

Using fingerprint recognition instead of a PIN code to authenticate the cardholder, the card is compatible with existing payment terminals already installed in the country. When customers place their fingerprint on the sensor, a comparison is performed between the scanned fingerprint and the reference biometric data securely stored in the card.
a year ago

Egypt: new e-commerce strategy aims to double online businesses

Without a fast and reliable connection, businesses and customers will struggle to connect to e-commerce platforms and e-marketplaces, and companies will find it difficult to deliver digital services, such as data analytics and digital marketing.
a year ago

Orange Digital Ventures is investing in FollowAnalytics, a leading Mobile Marketing Automation solutions provider

Orange Digital Ventures announces its participation in the financing of FollowAnalytics, recognized for its innovative next generation Mobile Marketing Automation solutions.
a year ago

Paris the First Financial Center in Europe to legally allow the Transfer of Ownership of Financial Securities by Blockchain

Blockchain technology is likely to allow a faster, safer and cheaper transmission of securities. The development of this technology should thus be an asset for the Paris market. The French authorities will continue to support resolutely the opportunities that arise from this technology for the financing of the economy.
a year ago

ADB to Support Technological Transformation in Indonesia

Indonesia is among the fastest growing internet markets in the world. Indicators such as internet traffic, revenue from cloud services, and connected devices (Internet of Things) are growing rapidly.
a year ago

A Blockchain Ecosystem for Digital Identity: Improving Service Delivery in Canada’s Public and Private Sectors

In this article, drawing on our own experiences with an ecosystem approach to digital identity, we describe the potential value of using blockchain technology to address the present and future challenges of identity verification and authentication within a Canadian context.
a year ago

Top Ten IT Security Predictions For 2018

IoT is a major threat and possibly the biggest threat to businesses in the coming years. Unfortunately, it is not easy, and in some cases impossible, to bolt on security as an afterthought with IoT, and many organisations will find it challenging to deal with the consequences of such breaches.
a year ago

Ads.txt Plus, Open Source Blockchain Decentralized Applications for Digital Advertising

MetaX, a blockchain technology company driving development and adoption of open platforms for digital advertising and the creator of the adChain protocol and adToken (ADT), has brought the existing IAB Tech Lab ads.txt utility to the Ethereum blockchain, resulting in Ads.txt Plus, one of the first open source decentralized applications (DApps) for digital advertising.
a year ago

Here Comes the Hyper-Connected Augmented Consumer

New technologies like wearable devices, smart sensors, consumer IoT devices, smart homes, and, critically, artificial intelligence ecosystems will not only connect, but will substantially and meaningfully augment the consumer in terms of their thoughts and behaviors.
a year ago

The Role of Knowledge Management in Mobile Marketing

In a study involving a group of students, efforts were made to determine the factors which are likely to contribute to finding the answer to the question of how to effectively run mobile marketing campaigns and what should be taken into account when using the tools and knowledge offered by knowledge management and customer relationship management.
a year ago

Alibaba Group, Auchan Retail and Ruentex Form New Retail Strategic Alliance in China’s food retail sector

The alliance reflects Alibaba’s “New Retail” vision to leverage its internet-based approach and new technology, while working closely with retailer partners to provide a seamless online and offline experience to consumers in China.
a year ago

Secure, Trusted Internet Critical to Advancing African Economy

The report outlines what needs to be done for Africa to take full advantage of the digital opportunity offered by the Internet. It highlights local successes as well as broader challenges, offering recommendations for policymakers in Africa to adopt.
a year ago

All countries should benefit from Fast-Moving ICT revolution, urges UN agency

Revolutionary advances in technology have the potential to “fundamentally transform” billions of lives, but the threat that many people, especially in the world’s poorer countries, could be left out continues to loom large, a new United Nations report warns.
a year ago

Alibaba Group Generated US$25.3 Billion of GMV During the 2017 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

Alibaba announced that US$25.3 billion (RMB168.2 billion) of gross merchandise volume (GMV) was settled through Alipay on November 11, 2017, an increase of 39% compared to 2016. Mobile GMV settled through Alipay accounted for 90% of total GMV.
a year ago

AfDB approves €72 million loan for Radical upgrade of Tunisia’s Digital Capability

The project will strengthen public services through the use of digital platforms, on a grand scale and includes, notably, the implementation of online administrative services, sectoral information services, a digital ID system, and a data exchange platform.
a year ago

Singapore IMDA revealed its approach to Helping the Logistics sector Digitalise through the Logistics Industry Digital Plan for SMEs and through Innovation Initiatives

As part of the SMEs Go Digital Programme to help SMEs build digital capabilities, IMDA has developed the Logistics IDP for SMEs, with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and SPRING Singapore. The IDP provides step-by-step advice to logistics SMEs on the digital solutions required at each stage of their business growth in the Digital Economy.
a year ago

The E-Sports Economy could reach €10.5 billion in 2030

The world of e-sports is an emerging market and its current value does not reflect the large revenue it is likely to generate in 10 years' time. It is a segment of the video game market. Publishers that are embracing changing consumption patterns and innovative user experiences are already seriously exploring it (EA, Activision Blizzard, Valve Software) to the extent that they are permanently refocusing their publishing strategies.
a year ago

Moontec17: Estonia Aims to Become the Global Hub of Blockchain

Estonia is more than comfortable to welcome entrepreneurs to set up their blockchain business in Estonia, even without crossing its borders. In October 2014, the Estonian government launched its e-Residency program, which offers anyone on our planet a digital identity issued by the government with the opportunity to start and operate a business online under Estonian regulations.
a year ago

20 Top African Start-Ups Enter World Bank Group Digital Acceleration Program

Selected from a pool of over 900 applicants, these start-ups specialize in digital solutions for the African market, including fin-tech, transportation, health care, education, human resources, and B2B. All companies provide a digital product or service currently available in one or more African markets and show potential to scale across the region.
a year ago

New Venture to Create a Blockchain-based Digital Platform that Intends to Modernise and Transform Energy Commodities Trading

The platform is expected to be operational by the end of 2018 and follows the ING-led blockchain initiative, Easy Trading Connect aimed at the larger commodity trade finance area. In addition, ING is a member of the R3 consortium, a group of banks exploring viable blockchain use cases in other areas.
a year ago

Investment Opportunities in the Digital Industry and Startups in Thailand

Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) recently introduced Thailand Investment Review presents BOI Net Application, Thailand 4.0 story displays an economic model aimed at attracting and supporting innovative, high-tech companies.
a year ago

1 Million Arab Coders Initiative to Empower Young Arabs in Software, Smart Phone Applications and Web Development

The initiative will empower young Arabs with knowledge so they can get jobs, current stats reveal that, globally, approximately 80 million jobs will be available in 2020 in software, smart phone applications and web development. Participants will enjoy the advantage of being part of a community that plays a key role in various key economic sectors, particularly e-commerce, IT and software engineering.
a year ago

European startup iAdvize, specialized in Conversational Marketing and Artificial Intelligence raises 32 millions euros

iAdvize, the European leader in conversational marketing, today announces 32 millions euros of series C funding with participation from Idinvest Partners, Bpifrance via Large Venture, the fund dedicated to innovating and hyper-growth companies, and Quadrille Capital.
a year ago

Understanding Consumer Behaviour and Impact of Integrated Marketing Communication on Decision Making

One of the main objectives of IMC is to develop effective ways by which consumers’ needs could be satisfied. Identifying the communication pathways which influence consumer purchase decisions is an indispensable marketing communications activity, with the ultimate goal of being able to create marketing messages to reach target audiences through the most suitable channels.
a year ago

Dubai launched Internet of Things Strategy and the Data Wealth initiative

The Dubai IoT Strategy seeks to build the world’s most advanced Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem in the world’s smartest city to improve people’s lives. The strategy aims to protect Dubai’s digital wealth, encourage government departments to join the emirate’s smart transformation, and achieve the objectives of the Smart Dubai Plan 2021 to transition to a 100% paperless government.
a year ago

Creative Industries: Development Processes Under Contemporary Conditions of Globalization

The paper presents a comparative analysis of theories and theoretical approaches intended for the sector of creative industries and its development as well as defines regularities and specificities characteristic of the development of creative industries.
a year ago

Maldives Introduces Most Innovative ID Card

The Maldives are known for their nice beaches and wonderful holiday resorts on many islands. Now the Maldiveshave also become a place of innovation. Maldives Immigration has just introduced a new, very innovative type of ID card: It can be used for payments, but also serves as a national ID card, as a driver´s license as well as a health card and insurance card. Last but not least it is also used like a passport for easy travelling.
a year ago

IBM Announces Major Blockchain Solution to Speed Global Payments

IBM announced a new blockchain banking solution that will help financial institutions address the processes of universal cross-border payments, designed to reduce the settlement time and lower the cost of completing global payments for businesses and consumers.
a year ago

Lufthansa Group partners up with Winding Tree to bring Blockchain Technology to the Travel Industry

Winding Tree is building the first public blockchain-based marketplace for travel content aiming to make travel cheaper for travelers and more profitable for providers.
a year ago

E-Commerce and Marketing Management

The utilization of EC in assembling, retailing and administration operations is inspected, and a system for portraying EC parts and their part in various regions of an association is proposed.
a year ago

Artificial Intelligence is Fuelling the Customer Experience Strategies of the World's Top Brands Today

A global survey of more than 550 senior executives across 30 countries and territories reports that 91 percent of "iconic" companies, those that maintain both the highest levels of customer experience (CX) satisfaction and have world-leading brand recognition, deploy Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions to increase customer satisfaction, compared to 42 percent of companies in their fields overall.
a year ago

Customer Perception towards Online Shopping Website (in India)

Online shopping is defined as the process a customer takes to purchase a service or product over the internet. In other words, a consumer may at his or her leisure buy from the comfort of their own home products from an online store. The main objective is to study the consumer’s expectation towards online shopping and to study about the customer’s opinion towards the problems in online shopping.
a year ago

Designing the Digital Organization

We can design for self-organization rather than using hierarchical mechanisms for control and coordination. Such designs require the strategic and cultural alignment of digital technologies within the organization and externally with stakeholders. We propose that “actor-oriented” principles are at the heart of designing digital organizations and that, if properly applied, can result in a workplace where organization members are highly engaged and productive.
a year ago

UNCTAD: New Digital Era must Ensure Prosperity for All

Productivity gains from digitalization, however, may accrue mainly to a few, already wealthy and skilled individuals. Winner-takes-all dynamics are typical in Internet platform-based economies, where network effects benefit first movers and standard setters. The world’s top four companies by market capitalization are all closely linked to the digital economy: Apple, Alphabet (Google), Microsoft and Amazon.
a year ago

The Preservation of Digital Signatures on the Blockchain

This paper explores whether blockchain technology is a suitable platform for the preservation of digital signatures and key pairs (public and private keys). Conventional infrastructures use digital certificates, issued by certification authorities, to declare the authentication of key pairs and digital signatures.
a year ago

How Smart Contracts can implement "Report Once"

This paper explains the main features of and motivation for the “report once” demonstrator1 shown at the 2017 Data For Policy conference. It shows how Ethereum smart contracts, based on the semantics and algorithmic representations defined in ACTUS can implement “digital doppelgängers” of financial contracts.
2 years ago

BitVault®, the World's First Crypto Communicator and Blockchain Smart Phone

When a user sends a document created on a laptop or a PC via the BitVault® as an attachment, these documents are transferred over a private blockchain separate from the BitVault® communication environment. Both the sender and receiver will need to download an application on their respective computers to send or receive documents. Keys to open these documents will be securely transmitted from BitVault® to BitVault®. In this way, outside documents can never enter the BitVault® communication environment keeping it safe from malware.
2 years ago

Nextech Using Blockchain Technology to Create a Better Way to Collect and View Public Opinion

Nextech, an Australian Company, has created a project called ClearPoll. It is a system that allows users from all over the globe to browse for opinion polls on topics they care about most, vote on the polls and then view detailed results. The difference? Blockchain technology is used to securely store the votes and results, so no individual or corporation can tamper with or censor them.
2 years ago

Does Social Media Use Influence Entrepreneurial Opportunity? A Review of its Moderating Role

This study focuses on the investigation of the moderating role of social media use on entrepreneurial opportunities. The findings have important practical and academic implications for how social media impacts entrepreneurship and can be used to increase the ability of entrepreneurs to find new opportunities.
2 years ago

WISeKey and the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India announce collaboration to bring Security to BlockChain and Fintech Projects

The WISeKey Platform can be used to enhance the security of Citizens’ Identity, position citizens at the center of gravity of Government services using the WISeKey PKI based Blockchain technology as the solution to secure government-recorded data.
2 years ago

Importance of Strategic Social Media Marketing

The purpose of this paper is to examine the strategic opportunities of social media marketing for organizations. By providing a comprehensive conceptualization and definition of social media marketing, this research outlines its role in advertising, Customer Relationship Management, and e-Word-of-Mouth.
2 years ago

Ubisoft to invest $780 million in Quebec's videogame industry

In order to support its growth and that of the industry, Ubisoft plans on investing $13M, in addition to its current commitments, in education, applied university research, and the ecosystem of techno-creative start-ups. These new investments in Quebec will be deployed across additional regions to attract and train an increasing number of young people in disciplines related to videogame technology.
2 years ago

The Influence of Social Media Platforms for Startups

This study will give an understanding on how social media can benefit the startup company and entrepreneurs who can face the tough living concept in the business world. Every year there are thousands of new startup companies emerges and hope to be the next great success; there are some who are experiencing a great success within limited time.
2 years ago

Silicon Valley’s Billionaires Are Excited About EdTech. Here’s Why

Some organizations predict that by 2020, as much as $252 billion will be invested in education technology, shorthanded as “EdTech.”
2 years ago

The Application of Big Data Analytics in Business World (Marketing, Fraud Detection, Customer Relationship Management, Social Network Analysis)

Current computer techniques have made it possible to store, process and analyze the big data. Business firms and other organizations are interested in discovering new business insight through Big Data Analytics (BDA) to increase business performance. This paper will discuss the application of BDA in various business situations and possible challenges.
2 years ago

Contribution Of Information Technology In Growth Of Indian Economy

The industry has contributed considerably to the economy in terms of GDP, employments and foreign exchange earnings. IT industry is also responsible for increasing the competence and productivity of almost all sectors of the economy like services at banks, post offices, railways, airports etc. e-governance has increased the efficiency of government offices. In this paper we have analyzed different ways in which IT industry has contributed to India’s growth.
2 years ago

The Importance Of Digital Marketing In The Tourism Industry

Today digital marketing plays a critical role in the success of each business which exists in the tourism industry. This paper examines the basic determinants of digital marketing and the importance of the same in the tourism industry.
2 years ago

Precise Positioning of Marketing and Behavior Intentions of Location-Based Mobile Commerce in the Internet of Things

The application of IoT technology to mobile commerce allows users to receive integrated information according to time, location, and context using location-based service, and provides them with a more effective shopping experience.
2 years ago

Nowcasting Commodity Prices using Social Media

This study explores the feasibility of utilizing social media as a new data source for predicting food security landscape in developing countries. Through a case study of Indonesia, we developed a nowcast model that monitors mentions of food prices on Twitter and forecasts daily price fluctuations of four major food commodities: beef, chicken, onion, and chilli.
2 years ago

Groupe Média TFO launches the development of a Blockchain prototype to transform the Management of Digital Cultural Products

The "Blockchain TFO" project targets the entirety of players from the digital cultural products industry, especially those working on movies, TV shows and digital content. The decentralized technology to be developed will be the solution to various needs that Groupe Média TFO has identified internally and in the industry as a whole.
2 years ago

Nigeria adopts 3 word addresses in preparation for the take-off of E-Commerce

NIPOST has set itself the ambitious target of increasing home delivery to 70% within the next 2 years and 90% by 2020 through the Mail for Every House Initiative (MEHI), and has adopted what3words to help it achieve these goals. The innovative global addressing system has divided the world into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, each with a unique 3 word address.
2 years ago

Thailand aims within 10 years to be the Digital Hub of Southeast Asia

In a population of 68 million, 48 million Thais use smartphones, 46 million use the Internet (a remarkable penetration rate of 67 per cent), and 46 million use social media. The country’s digital-market landscape is fully geared to the fast adoption of new technologies, and places Thailand well along the road to becoming a digital economy.
2 years ago

EY Challenges open to Startups specialized in Digital Transformation

Startup that is capable of delivering for a budget that is relatively limited (possibly in the range of some thousands of euros) a digital model of production lines and/or factories.
2 years ago

Scaling Blockchain for the Energy Sector

This thesis points to the importance of considering the trilemma, stating that blockchain can be two of three things; scalable, decentralised, secure. Further, Greenspan’s criteria are applied in order to recognise the value of blockchain. These criteria together with the trilemma and understanding blockchain’s placement in the hype cycle, are of value when implementing blockchain.
2 years ago

Women outperform men in seed crowdfunding, according to analysis by PwC and The Crowdfunding Centre

Men continue to use seed crowdfunding substantially more than women and raise substantially more finance than female-led campaigns; 89% of campaigns raising over $1 million were male-led campaigns compared with 11% of female-led.
2 years ago

UN Uses Blockchain-based IrisGuard EyePay Platform to Aid Vulnerable Refugees

IrisGuard is revolutionizing the refugee experience by incorporating a biometrics payment system into UN camps, through it’s latest version of the EyePay® system for trusted payments for both banks and blockchain channels, transforming how cash and food humanitarian assistance are delivered to vulnerable refugees.
2 years ago

Thailand KBank introduces the world's first Blockchain-based Letters of Guarantee

KASIKORNBANK (KBank) has developed its Letter of Guarantee service in the LG market worth THB 1.35 trillion (40.37 billion USD) with introduction of the world's first blockchain-based Letters of Guarantee. Time- and cost-cutting features, plus ultimate security, of this new service will assist the business sector to advance more swiftly. Four state enterprises and private businesses have participated in the development of this innovation, which is aimed at an increase in L/G issuance via electronic channel to 35 percent at the end of next year.
2 years ago

Alibaba founder Jack Ma announced the creation of a US$10 million African Young Entrepreneurs

UNCTAD is working with Mr. Ma to explore opportunities with African businesses to participate in global trade, as well as to raise awareness of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the international community in 2015.
2 years ago

WISeKey Unveils its New Citizen Digital Identity Platform to Bring Innovation and Security to Smart Cities across the Globe

WISeKey’s identity management and innovative cybersecurity solution for IOT will provide smart cities with a scalable, easily manageable object identity management and security solution when connecting to Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft-based platforms. The Managed WISeKey Root of Trust (RoT) serves as a common trust anchor, which is recognized by operating systems (OS) and applications to ensure the authenticity, confidentiality and integrity of on-line transactions.
2 years ago

Artificial Intelligence and Analytics Accelerate the Pace of Digital Workplace Transformation

Enterprises are turning to new workplace technologies to drive increased customer service, with 45% of respondents saying they’ve improved customer satisfaction as a result of their use of digital workplace technology.
2 years ago

Leading AI Cyber Security Firm, Darktrace, Raises $75 Million in Funding to Meet Company’s Growing Demand

Darktrace is recognized as the de facto leader in disruptive AI technology for cyber security, tackling the challenge of defending against ever more sophisticated cyber-attacks. Powered by machine learning and AI algorithms, Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System technology is capable of detecting and responding to cyber-threats that evade legacy security controls, containing incidents before damage is done.
2 years ago

Investment in Infrastructure projects in Thailand to reach $43 billion in the next five years

Thailand’s emerging Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is expected to see investment in infrastructure projects reach $43 billion in the next five years, for airport expansion, new railways and cities, port development and spurring modern industry.
2 years ago

Sub-Saharan Africa to Surpass Half a Billion Mobile Subscribers by End of Decade, Finds New GSMA Study

Mobile technologies and services generated $110 billion of economic value in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016, equivalent to 7.7 per cent of regional GDP3 – a figure expected to grow to $142 billion (8.6 per cent of GDP) by 2020. The mobile ecosystem also directly and indirectly supported approximately 3.5 million jobs in the region last year, and made a $13 billion contribution to the public sector in the form of taxation.
2 years ago

Supporting #DigitalAfrica brings rewards for European and African business alike, says major conference ahead of G20 designed to spur investment and create jobs in Africa

The aim is to support development by fostering innovation, tech entrepreneurship and the expansion of the digital economy in Africa through well targeted investment and practical support on the ground. Investors, start ups, small businesses and major companies in Europe and Africa will join the discussion to help pinpoint ways, projects and initiatives to encourage future investment.
2 years ago

SCB, SBI and Ripple launch first Blockchain-powered Payment Service between Japan and Thailand

Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), in collaboration with Japan’s SBI Remit, is using Ripple’s blockchain enterprise solution to power real-time remittance payments between Japan and Thailand. A first for the corridor, Ripple’s cross-border payments network solution is helping remittances from Japan reach SCB retail customers easily and faster than ever before.
2 years ago

First Real Blockchain Transaction completed in Fund Distribution

The platform is being developed to enable asset managers to sell funds through a new distribution channel, while significantly reducing administration costs and the time to process transactions for both asset managers and other asset servicers. FundsDLT will streamline a range of fund administration and order-routing tasks by using blockchain to automate several processes in a secure manner. The model is applicable to a wide range of funds and does not depend on the jurisdiction.
2 years ago

A new approach could help Detect Forged Parts of Photographs faster and more accurately than current methods

The team developed an algorithm that then translates each black pixel in the image into a position on a histogram. Copied parts of an image will have the same 'profile' in the histogram as an original object in the image. This appears in the shape of a repeated 'valley' in the histogram. Other objects in the image will also appear as valleys, but they will not match the other valleys.
2 years ago

Toward a Trust Evaluation Mechanism in the Social Internet of Things

In this research, we augment the trust concept, the trust definition and provide a general conceptual model in the context of the Social IoT (SIoT) environment by breaking down all attributes influencing trust. Then, we propose a trust evaluation model called REK, comprised of the triad of trust indicators (TIs) Reputation, Experience and Knowledge. The REK model covers multi-dimensional aspects of trust by incorporating heterogeneous information from direct observation (as Knowledge TI), personal experiences (as Experience TI) to global opinions (as Reputation TI).
2 years ago

The Technology sector has overtaken the Financial sector in PwC’s Global Top 100

Apple retains pole position for the 6th year in a row, and this year again clearly pulled ahead of the second ranked Alphabet, managing to double the valuation gap to $175bn from $86bn last year. Alphabet briefly dethroned Apple in February 2016. It is particularly remarkable as Apple also returned more cash to shareholders, with another $29bn handed back to investors in dividends and share repurchases in calendar year 2016 ($42bn was distributed in calendar 2015). Alphabet only returned $4bn in 2016.
2 years ago

Daimler and LBBW successfully utilize Blockchain Technology to execute a Financial Transaction

Daimler as well as LBBW want to thoroughly test the potential of blockchain early on and gather know-how for the creation of new business models. Moreover, Daimler implements an open-source culture, actively shapes the future of the »Internet of Values«, and gains access to talented individuals and innovations as an active partner in the global technology and startup environment.
2 years ago

Seven Major European Banks Select IBM to Bring Blockchain-Based Trade Finance to Small and Medium Enterprises

The Digital Trade Chain solution will run in the IBM Cloud and is designed to connect the parties involved in a trade transaction, both online and via mobile devices. It is designed to simplify trade finance processes by addressing the challenge of managing, tracking and securing domestic and international trade transactions.
2 years ago

Crowdfunding: Financing Ventures in the Digital Era

Crowdfunding platforms like Lendingclub or Kickstarter have gained widespread visibility and acceptance in recent years. Crowdfunding was virtually nonexistent until 2010 but has been growing exponentially since 2010. In 2015, the volume rose to US$34.4 billion, slightly surpassing the venture capitalist industry and is expected to continue growing quickly.
2 years ago

Usage of Mobile Banking and Digital Payment Grows Dramatically in India Post Demonetisation, New FIS Survey Shows

Use of mobile and digital banking channels increases dramatically across all Indian consumer segments. Drive to digital banking and payments is being led by younger consumers, who are far less satisfied with their banking providers than older generations.
2 years ago

New Blockchain Insights Platform aimed at improving the Efficiency of Premium Video Advertising

One application of the Blockchain Insights Platform would be that advertisers and programmers could match data sets more effectively to build and execute media plans based on custom audience segments and more precisely and efficiently target across a nationwide footprint of pay-TV customers and streaming device users. Concurrently, programmers would be able to offer improved targeting precision across screens, increasing the value and quantity of monetized inventory.
2 years ago

India to Develop a Roadmap for USD 1 Trillion Digital Economy

The industry leaders welcome the present initiative of the government and asserted that an effective partnership between government and the private sector is the key for creating One Trillion $ Digital Economy in India. Better dispute resolution mechanisms for PPP projects, promoting emerging technologies like cloud, big data, GIS, AI etc through industry collaboration, strengthening the legal framework for data security were some of the key areas where government need to take reform measures for implementing the roadmap.
2 years ago

Exploring the forms of Sociality mediated by Innovative Technologies in Retail Settings

The aim of this paper is to explore the forms of sociality mediated by innovative technologies in retail settings. To achieve this goal, we use a qualitative approach involving 20 young consumers in the London-based market, where technology use by this group of consumers is growing. Findings show that digitally-mediated in-store activity mainly responds to a need for advice and trust, and the forms of sociality deployed around it are essentially ephemeral, low-intensity and publicity-oriented modes of interaction that echo the principles of “network sociality” described by critical media theory.
2 years ago

Accenture, Microsoft and Avanade developed an Identity prototype based on Blockchain technology

It is a sophisticated decentralized, or “distributed,” database architecture, maintained by multiple, trusted parties on the blockchain, eliminating the need for a central authority. The prototype does not store any personally identifiable information, instead tapping into existing “off-chain” systems when the individual user grants access.
2 years ago

Social Media as a Source of Market Information

Nowadays information plays an important role in the development of companies. Information constitutes the main source of building competitive advantage allowing to make a good business decision, which leads to a company’s success on the market. Conducting marketing research makes it possible to obtain valuable information, but unfortunately this method is usually associated with the necessity of bearing high costs and in many cases research itself is conducted in an incorrect way and delivers incorrect information.
2 years ago