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  • HOPR Hosts Global Token Launch Event on Feb 24 After First-Of-Its-Kind DAO Experiment
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    HOPR Hosts Global Token Launch Event on Feb 24 After First-Of-Its-Kind DAO Experiment

    The HOPR Jungfrau release marks the first public release of the HOPR privacy protocol and HOPR token. HOPR’s token release mechanism was decided by a DAO vote, independent of the project itself. Zurich, Switzerland – HOPR, a Swiss Web3 pioneer, is holding a global event on February 24th to mark the launch of its token and privacy protocol. HOPR’s privacy protocol is the first to provide incentivized decentralized metadata privacy, ensuring people and devices can transfer data securely without leaking identifiable metadata. Users who run HOPR nodes can earn HOPR tokens for supporting HOPR’s global privacy network. Over the course […] More

  • Air France pilots blockchain-based COVID-19 travel system
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    Air France pilots blockchain-based COVID-19 travel system

    With travel and tourism being one of the hardest-hit industries by the coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdowns, several stakeholders are increasingly prioritizing digital and contactless solutions. In this vein, Air France has partnered with MedAire, SGS, International SOS, and the International Chamber of Commerce to test a blockchain-based COVID-19 travel system. Beginning from March 11, Air France will begin the pilot test of the ICC AOKpass system developed by MedAire and the International SOS. The ICC AOKpass is an app that travelers can install on their smartphones that contains a secure record of their COVID-19 test results from approved labs. With the […] More

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    Girona will test the health certificate in Ethereum for mass events – Latest News, Breaking News, Top News Headlines

    A pilot test based on a blockchain application with the intention of recovering life as it was before the pandemic, will be carried out in the Catalan city of Girona, Spain, from February 25 to March 26. The goal is to enable people to travel, attend public events, shop, go to restaurants and do other activities that were previously everyday, without compromising the health of others. The Obrir Girona project initiative (Open Girona, in Spanish) is organized by the Blockchain Center of Catalonia (CBCat) and supported by the City Council, the University of Girona, and the Chambers of Commerce of […] More

  • GBTA To Name Suzanne Neufang Executive Director
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    GBTA To Name Suzanne Neufang Executive Director

    “Well said, Mike.” Suzanne Neufang’s short comment was one of a few dozen posted on LinkedIn in June 2020 responding to an explanation by SAP Concur executive Mike Koetting of why the company terminated its relationship with the Global Business Travel Association. Koetting posted a little over a week after The Company Dime published a staff email written by former GBTA executive director Scott Solombrino, which Concur called evidence of a “hostile” work environment. Neufang, a former HRS and Sabre exec who sources said would soon be announced as the new GBTA . . . The full […] More

  • ‘Evil VASP’ Simulation Preps Crypto Exchanges for FATF Travel Rule
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    ‘Evil VASP’ Simulation Preps Crypto Exchanges for FATF Travel Rule

    Getting crypto exchanges across the world to plug into each other and share sensitive customer data is proving to be a complex problem.  Nonetheless, firms have to show real progress on this by June of this year, according to new anti-money laundering (AML) rules from global AML watchdog the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Announced Thursday, the Travel Rule Information Sharing Alliance (TRISA), one of the better-known solutions being proposed, is launching a testnet that includes a directory of virtual asset service providers (VASPs) and scenario testing for inevitable contact with non-compliant firms.  The FATF rules require crypto companies to […] More

  • Will cryptocurrency become accepted for travel payments?
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    Will cryptocurrency become accepted for travel payments?

    The wild ride of Bitcoin has dominated headlines in recent weeks. The cryptocurrency’s value stands around $50,000 for one Bitcoin this week – compared to about $10,000 a year ago and around $400 five years ago. Bitcoin is just one of thousands of cryptocurrencies in existence – and many of those are also surging – but it has by far the highest value. Since Bitcoin first appeared in 2009 as the original decentralized digital currency, i.e., not controlled by banks or a government, a handful of travel companies have come to accept it as a form of payment. One of […] More

  • Making the case for COVID-19 vaccine passports: A shift to data democracy
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    Making the case for COVID-19 vaccine passports: A shift to data democracy

    IBM has outlined how a blockchain-based digital health “passport” could allow society to reopen without the need to expose our private medical data. After a year of lockdowns, millions of cases worldwide, and both social and economic devastation, COVID-19 continues to make its presence known. Thanks to the efforts of scientists, vaccination programs are underway. For many, this has created a glimmer of hope that some form of “normality” will eventually resume.  In the interim, however, a balance has to be made between safety and the risk of reopening economies, permitting travel, and allowing employees to return to their workplaces. […] More

  • Hello Pal Announces User Bitcoin-Mining Initiative
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    Hello Pal Announces User Bitcoin-Mining Initiative

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Hello Pal International Inc. (“Hello Pal” or the “Company”) (CSE:HP Frankfurt:27H OTC:HLLPF), a provider of rapidly growing international live-streaming, social messaging and language learning mobile apps, is pleased to announce that it has expanded its partnership with Shanghai Yitang Data Technology Co. Ltd. (“Yitang“) to launch the Crypto – Mining Initiative. This will give all Hello Pal users the ability to participate in Bitcoin and Ethereum mining in a simple and convenient way. Yitang currently manages 35,000 mining machines spread across the North, North West and South East parts of China and has […] More

  • Air Caraïbes and French Bee First Airlines to Pilot ICC AOKpass on Paris to French Overseas Locations Routes
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    Air Caraïbes and French Bee First Airlines to Pilot ICC AOKpass on Paris to French Overseas Locations Routes

    PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Air Caraïbes and French bee, part of Groupe Dubreuil, have announced the launch of a new pilot of ICC AOKpass, the blockchain based digital health certificate supported by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and global industry leaders in health and certification services, International SOS and SGS Group. Using the app, which is purpose-built to be interoperable with all other systems, travellers on specified routes will be able to verify their COVID-19 test results with the airlines without breaching the privacy of their personal health data. The pilots will include Paris airport (Orly) departures to the French Overseas Territories […] More

  • New ICC AOKPass pilot announced for Air Caraïbes and French bee flights to French Overseas Territories - ICC
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    New ICC AOKPass pilot announced for Air Caraïbes and French bee flights to French Overseas Territories – ICC

    The pilot of the blockchain based digital health certificate, supported by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and global industry leaders in health and certification services, International SOS and SGS Group, will be rolled out to passengers beginning in March. Using the app, which is purpose-built to be interoperable with all other systems, travellers on specified routes will be able to verify their COVID-19 test results with the airlines without breaching the privacy of their personal health data. Muriel Assouline, Managing Director at French bee, and Tamara Primakoff, DGA, for Air Caraïbes, said: “Passengers are looking for a smooth return to […] More

  • Travel Tech Trends for 2021 That you Need to Know
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    Travel Tech Trends for 2021 That you Need to Know

    The year 2020 will certainly go down in the history books as the travel industry’s most turbulent year, with an unprecedented decline in passenger volumes that saw runways look more like airplane graveyards. According to SITA (Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques) data, after showing some positive figures during the northern hemisphere’s summer season, by the end of November 2020, global passenger traffic for airlines slumped back to 48% year-on-year compared to 2019. To weather this continuing economic storm, the travel industry must prioritize passenger confidence. Emerging technologies that were not previously prioritized in recent years have now come to the […] More

  • What the COVID-19 pandemic has taught crypto community about curbing our emissions
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    What the COVID-19 pandemic has taught crypto community about curbing our emissions

    For the first time ever, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report’s top-five global risks were all climate-related. From devastating wildfires in Australia and the Amazon to ravaging locust plagues on the Horn of Africa, 2020 was punctuated not only by the global COVID-19 pandemic but also a number of worrying reminders about the effects of climate change if left unchecked. Over the past year, we witnessed the severe effects of belated action amid impending crises. While the timeframe for climate change is not measured in days or weeks, climate change headlines over the coming decade may not look dissimilar […] More

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