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  • Guest Contribution : Thoughts on Decentralisation

    Although decentralisation is not a new concept, it is having quite an impact in recent times. That is due to the invention of the Bitcoin technology, which some oversimplify and call Blockchain technology. By calling it this way, they show exactly why decentralisation is still a new idea for most of humanity today. By considering […]

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  • Stellar

    Stellar is a decentralised, multi-purpose financial services platform originally stemming from the Ripple protocol. It is an open-source network whose novel consensus system allows for high scalability and energy-efficiency. Transactions on the Stellar network are validated by decentralised nodes that run independently of each other and can be run by anyone, thus having low barriers […]

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  • Cryptocurrency Wallets

    If a person wants to invest in or use cryptocurrencies, he will need a cryptocurrency wallet. This article will explain what a cryptocurrency wallet is and how it works. It will also list some popular cryptocurrency wallets a user can choose from. What is a cryptocurrency wallet? A cryptocurrency wallet is a piece of software […]

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  • Cryptocurrency Exchanges

    If a person wants to buy cryptocurrency, one option is to buy them at a cryptocurrency exchange. This article will explain what cryptocurrency exchanges are and how they work. It will also list some popular cryptocurrency exchanges.   What is a cryptocurrency exchange? A cryptocurrency exchange is a virtual platform where cryptocurrency holders can exchange […]

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  • Decentralized Applications (Dapps)

    Decentralized applications (Dapps) are poised to revolutionize many industries, including digital photography, pensions, employment, education, social networking and others. But what exactly is a Dapp? And how do Dapps work? What is a Dapp? A Dapp is an application that runs on a blockchain network instead of a central server. With a Dapp, no company […]

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  • Smart Contracts

    Smart contract platforms like Ethereum, Cardano, NEM and EOS have become more popular over the last couple of years. But what exactly is a “smart contract?” And what can it be used for? What is a smart contract? The term ‘smart contract’ was first coined in a paper by the American computer scientist and legal […]

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  • Proof of Stake (PoS) Consensus Algorithm

    Many have claimed that Proof of Stake will make cryptocurrencies more energy-efficient without compromising security. But what exactly is Proof of Stake? And how is it used to provide consensus in some cryptocurrencies? Problems with Proof of Work Bitcoin’s Proof of Work (PoW) protocol, released in 2008-2009, revolutionized digital currencies. For the first time, a […]

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  • Proof of Work (PoW) Consensus Algorithm

    Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies use a ‘proof of work’ (PoW) protocol to build consensus on the network and prevent double-spending. But what does this mean? And what is proof of work? The double-spending problem Before Bitcoin was invented, cryptographers had been working on a cryptographically secure digital currency for several years. Many of these cryptographers […]

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  • History of Cryptocurrencies

    By some estimates, there are almost 2,240 cryptocurrencies and counting in existence. The most popular and well-known cryptocurrency in the world is Bitcoin. Most people, if asked, could probably name Bitcoin and perhaps another cryptocurrency. However, most people may not actually be able to explain exactly what a cryptocurrency is, what the name actually means or the […]

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  • IOTA

    Introduction and History IOTA is a cryptocurrency designed to be tailored to the ‘Internet Of Things’ (IOT).  IOT describes the idea that applications, appliances, houses, vehicles, and other objects can communicate and interact with each other over the internet.  Given the number of devices and the nature of the transactions between such objects, IOTA was […]

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  • Public/Private Key Cryptography

    It is often said that cryptocurrencies use “public and private key cryptography” to prevent hackers from transferring funds without owners’ consent, and popular crypto blogs often throw around terms like “digital signature” as well. But what does all of this mean? And how is it used in cryptocurrencies? This article will explain what public and […]

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  • Hash Functions

    As cryptocurrencies become more popular every day, words and phrases like “hashing” and “hash function” get used more and more often. But what are hash functions? And how are they used in cryptocurrencies? This article will provide brief answers to these questions. What is a hash function? Imagine that Bill wants to send an electronic […]

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  • EOS

    Introduction and History Eos is a platform intended to run decentralised applications (dapps). This Ethereum-like creation is the brainchild of Dan Larrimer – also the creator of Bitshares and Steemit, and is run by the Cayman Islands company block.one.  Its ICO, based not on its own technology but offered as a token on the Ethereum […]

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  • Dash

    Introduction and History Dash was created at the beginning of 2014 by developer Evan Duffield, with the goal of offering Bitcoin-like transactions that were both private and rapid. First known as XCoin before being renamed to Darkcoin and then Dash, it is a decentralised peer-to-peer cryptocurrency with open-source software. Technology Bitcoin’s transactions are pseudonymous, since […]

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  • DAO

    Is it possible to run a business, a foundation, an NGO, or any other type of group without the traditional organisational structure? How would that look and function? What would be the benefits and burdens of running an organisation in this new way? What can this new kind of organisation be used for? Structure DAO […]

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  • Ripple

    Ripple is one of the oldest virtual value transfer systems, having its roots in a project called Ripplepay in 2004. The Ripple project has seen several iterations and project leaders. It initially began as an exchange trading system in Vancouver, Canada, created by Ryan Fugger in 2004 and was called Ripplepay. The next version of […]

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  • NEO

    Neo began in 2014 and was started by the Chinese company OnChain. The network of the blockchain is designed to fulfill three main purposes: Digital Identity: the storage and confirmation of identity information of individuals, companies and other subjects. (neo.org, n.d.) Digital assets: the storage and transfer of electronic assets such as cryptocurrency tokens. Smart […]

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  • Bitcoin: The First Decentralised Cryptocurrency

    Bitcoin is the first decentralised cryptocurrency, invented by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, who published a paper defining bitcoin in late 2008 and released the first bitcoin software in January 2009. Containing no central server or central authority, his vision was for a new and entirely digital version of currency on a decentralised peer-to-peer basis and […]

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  • Bitcoin Cash

    Bitcoin Cash is a hard fork from Bitcoin, which took place in August 2017. To understand Bitcoin Cash, it is first essential to know the background of its creation, which is the scalability debate of Bitcoin. Early in the development of Bitcoin in 2010, Satoshi Nakamoto set the block size limit to 1Mb. This restricts […]

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  • Cardano: The Peer-Reviewed Cryptocurrency

    Cardano was released in 2015 with the intention of learning from and improving on bitcoin and the many other cryptocurrencies in existence. In particular, the modularity of the different elements of the protocol and the integration with existing system was important. Charles Hoskinson, a founder of Ethereum, is part of the core group that launched […]

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  • Ethereum and the flexible Smart Contract

    Ethereum was launched in August 2014 as a decentralized platform for smart contracts. The sheer range of possibilities offered by Ethereum has sparked a high level of global interest. That versatility includes the ability to decentralize services such as real estate or other types of asset property title registries, insurance records, voter registration lists, and regulatory […]

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  • What Is An INDEX?

    Definition When examining the specific topic of investments and portfolio management, an INDEX is a carefully selected sample from a larger group of stocks within a portfolio. As the sample stocks within a specific portfolio either increase or decrease in value, there should be a direct correlation to the amount of up or down movement […]

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  • Litecoin: A faster and lighter alternative to bitcoin

    Litecoin was created by Charlie Lee, an MIT graduate and former software engineer at Google and Coinbase, in October 2011 as a modified version of bitcoin. Like bitcoin, it is a decentralised blockchain-based cryptocurrency, with Litecoin being generated by mining as a reward for confirming blocks, which add transactions to the blockchain. He intended it to […]

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  • DQR Launches Its Own Crypto Exchange

    DQR was co-founded by Genesis Mining Malta, 7th September 2018 – DQR, an ambitious blockchain services conglomerate has launched its own cryptocurrency exchange, aiming to become the leading platform in Europe. Based on an award-winning trading infrastructure, DQR-X was created in an effort to rectify a number of issues that plague the nascent crypto industry. These issues include low liquidity, […]

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  • Using Blockchain to Reunite Families

    Innovation arrives in unexpected ways sometimes – and that was certainly the case with the creation of Refugees United — REFUNITE – an organisation designed to help reunite refugee families or individuals that have become separated from their loved ones. REFUNITE was created in 2008 after its Danish co-founders, David and Christopher Mikkelsen, discovered that […]

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  • The Blockchain Benefit for Charities

    Donations to charities are part of a conscious approach to participate in the global community. How often do we hear someone say something similar to the phrase, “My life is so blessed. It’s the least I can do to share those blessings with others”? Now, blockchain technology has entered the scene to make a positive […]

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  • New Ways To Create Transparency With Charitable Donations

    Month after month, we continue to read informative articles about the potential uses of blockchain in tracking the money and goods sent to charities, NGOs and relief agencies. The oft-stated facts that transparency is increased and administrative costs are lowered are becoming more ingrained in the consciousness of charitably-minded donors. Some of the newest information […]

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  • Medical Solutions Using Emerging Technology

    Each year provides newer, faster, and more reliable ways of providing medical care in emergency or remote locations, and amongst the exciting possibilities that are emerging, the use of drones to deliver urgent medical tools, diagnostic tools, drugs, or blood for transfusions is gaining acceptance as an idea worth pursuing. Medical providers are also increasing […]

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  • International Charities Embrace Blockchain for Disaster Relief

    Devastating natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes require an immediate on-the-ground response to save the lives of those who have survived, but disaster relief is not always straightforward in countries that may be affected by: remote or mountainous locations ocean-bound countries where ports have been destroyed sites that are difficult to […]

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  • Humanitarian Relief Partnered with Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

    Humanitarian relief is foremost in the minds of a large percentage of people around the world in the days immediately following a natural disaster of any kind. The instinct to help, share, and generously offer support to those in need allows agencies that target disaster relief to effectively fulfill their mission, but what about the […]

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  • Blockchain Support for Refugees

    An interesting use of blockchain technology during the past few years has been aimed at improving the lives of refugees. This report will explore the variety of ways that agencies are effectively using blockchain. Over 10,000 Syrian refugees have been able to benefit from the $1.4 million in food vouchers from the World Food Programme […]

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  • DQR in the Spotlight at Malta’s Top Blockchain Events

    DQR will be exhibiting and speaking at DELTA Summit and Malta Blockchain Summit We’re going all in! It gives us great pleasure to announce that DQR will be taking part in two of Malta’s biggest blockchain industry events this year: DELTA Summit and Malta Blockchain Summit. To start off: Malta’s official blockchain and digital innovation event […]

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  • DQR Group to establish headquarters in Malta, to employ 200

    DQR Group officially announced its decision to establish its headquarters in Malta, in the presence of Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri who welcomed DQR Group to the fast-growing blockchain family in Malta, the government said in a statement. “DQR’s contribution to the Maltese Government masterplan is essential as DQR Group is a strong, strategic ally when […]

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  • Creating Digital Identity for Stateless Rohingya

    Deborah Harmes, Ph.D. The UNHCR – the United Nations Refugee Agency – has announced that a six-month project has commenced that is designed to create digital identity cards for the displaced Rohingya population currently residing in Bangladesh. Having begun at the end of June 2018, the United Nations-led initiative is designed to create a digital identity for […]

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  • Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) Buzz

    Deborah Harmes, Ph.D. Blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) has become increasingly viable. Aimed at users who aren’t as tech-minded, the service offers solutions to complex records management issues while improving on the level of security offered by previous technologies. Since 2017, BaaS has become an increasingly popular search term, and this ‘disruption’ technology has much potential in several areas: the […]

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  • Humanitarian Relief Issues in Rohingya Refugee Populations

    Deborah Harmes, Ph.D. Slowly but surely, blockchain implementation is appearing in various relief agencies, including those sponsored by the United Nations. The UNHCR, United Nations Refugee Agency, was interviewed at the end of 2017 about this topic and expressed a commitment to move forward with caution — but work towards an increased use of blockchain technology. This […]

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  • Beneath The Skin – Keeping Your Bitcoin Close and Safe

    Deborah Harmes, Ph.D. A recent article in Fortune magazine noted a rather astonishing fact. Whether through theft, mismanagement, or simply misplacing the storage method or key for cryptocurrency purchases, close to 4 million bitcoins have been permanently lost – up to 23% of all existing bitcoin. In the five months since the publication of that article, […]

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  • International Humanitarian Aid Distributed Through Blockchain

    Deborah Harmes, Ph.D. Prior to the emergence of blockchain technology, mismanagement or third-party theft spirited away at least 30% of the funds that were donated each year to relief efforts. As such, some have turned to this new technology for the handling of humanitarian aid distribution. In February of 2018, Dorcas – a humanitarian relief agency based in the […]

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  • UBER Founder Enters Cryptocurrency Arena

    Deborah Harmes, Ph.D. UBER chairman and co-founder, Garrett Camp‘s first-time trip to Africa opened his eyes to the issues facing cultures other than his own. He soon understood that solutions which could routinely be applied to infrastructure problems in developed countries were not necessarily an option in places like Africa. It also awakened his growing desire […]

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  • Tracking Relief Supplies With Blockchain

    Donations from private individuals and companies to charities, NGOs, and relief agencies are given in good faith that the necessary supplies will arrive as planned, but is that always the case? For years, the media has reported on entire shipments of food and supplies, meant for refugees or the survivors of drought, natural disaster or […]

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  • Emergency Medical Care and Blockchain Apps

    Medical care in emergency situations is stressful enough. However, not being able to access your medical history or share that essential information, or dealing with a language barrier can make seeking medical care unbearable. Programs and apps that have been designed for use in ‘normal’ emergency settings as they unfold in a day-to-day life – […]

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  • DAO Acceptance

    This is an exciting time for those who are planning to include DAO in their business structure, but we are also witnessing a fair level of caution. It is important to be aware that things do not always unfold as smoothly as envisioned by the creators of tech solutions. This report will examine some of the […]

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  • Connecting Blockchain and Humanitarian Aid

    Humanitarian aid has a specific goal in most cases – ongoing support and an improvement in the quality of life of those in need. Blockchain use has proven to be increasingly successful in the last few years among charities and Non-Government Organisations who provide ongoing humanitarian aid. By employing a strategy that is ‘disruptive’ or which […]

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  • Blockchain and Mobile Phones in Emergency Relief

    As the number of humanitarian, emergency, or natural disaster crises continues to rise each year, a great strain has been placed on the aid agencies who are both first-responders and follow-up assistance. The ability to connect with aid agencies, emergency services, medical help, and reconnect with family members is essential, and having an early-warning system […]

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  • Growing The Links Between Humanitarian Relief and Blockchain

    Deborah Harmes, Ph.D. NOREPS – the Norwegian Emergency Preparedness System – has been a strong cheerleader for the use of blockchain technology in humanitarian relief. As an early adopter with a proven history of this use, NOREPS held a 36-hour-long hackathon, jointly hosted in Oslo and Trondheim, that focused on providing a secure digital identity for […]

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  • Facial Recognition From Multiple Sources

    Deborah Harmes, Ph.D. Whether it is on new cameras or incorporated into software built atop the blockchain platform, new solutions – or potential intrusions – with facial recognition continue to arrive with increasing regularity. The newest ‘smart camera’ technology has created cameras with an accuracy of 99.7% in their ability to correctly identify people’s faces. Cloud-based […]

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  • Making A Difference With DASH

    Deborah Harmes, Ph.D. One of the more popular cryptocurrencies — and one which seems to consistently and comfortably sit within the top 12 value-wise – is DASH. Noting that the transaction times for Bitcoin continued to be slower and slower, a flaw that disallowed its use as a means of paying for purchases in real time, […]

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  • General Data Protection Regulations and Blockchain

    Deborah Harmes, Ph.D. Recent revelations about data harvesting that companies such as Facebook have engaged in – data that is then sold on to other parties for billions of dollars each year – has prompted the European Union (EU) to make efforts in creating a more secure digital environment for consumers. General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) was […]

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High-level Engagement

Clients are assisted by our dedicated DQR client executives throughout the entire process. Our client executives take your goals and translate them into a plan that will result in a smooth transaction process. At the same time, they will be doing their best to keep confidentiality and protect the privacy of information when possible. In addition to our client executives, our 24/7 global asset services team will be able to take your questions and address your concerns at any time.