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Austrian Government Grants Ardor Blockchain-Powered Project Share of $26M COVID-19 Tech Fund

Coinspeaker: The Austrian government has allocated $26 million to support COVID-fighting startups, with one blockchain-related venture in line for a share of the funds. QualiSig was developed by A-Trust GmbH, the Austrian Trust Center responsible for managing the digital identities of domestic citizens. Research institute Donau-Universität Krems and software company Jelurida were also heavily involved in bringing the solution to fruition. The project received a €60,000 grant from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation, and Technology and the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, to be built on Jelurida’s Ardor blockchain.

June 18, 2020

Coindesk Bitcoin News Roundup for June 18, 2020

Coindesk: With an Austrian app that aims to track COVID-19 now including blockchain, CoinDesk’s Markets Daily Bitcoin news roundup is back! Austria’s economic affairs ministry awarded a $67,600 grant to a project called QualiSig, which uses the Ardor blockchain to verify COVID-19 testing.

June 18, 2020

Bitcoin Daily: Austria Backs Pandemic-Related Blockchain Initiative; Ride-Hailing App Ryde Will Enable Bitcoin Payments The government of Austria is backing the creation of a pandemic-related mobile application based on the blockchain, CoinDesk reported. Its Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs provided a grant of $67,600 to the QualiSig program that taps into portions of the country’s digital identity infrastructure to make prototypes involving wellness data, fraud prevention and fake news. One prototype lets people verify coronavirus testers. Another prototype brings together signed coronavirus test results with the digital citizenship of an individual to let them go to a musical performance or travel by plane, while an additional prototype seeks to stop fake news. The prototypes harness the Ardor blockchain. It was reported that they will not be ready to go into a live environment for eight months at a minimum.

June 17, 2020

Austrian Government Funds Development of Blockchain-Based COVID-19 App

Coindesk: The Austrian government is taking a considered approach to COVID-19 tech solutions after an initial rush to get some kind of contact tracing app out the door. The nation’s second wave of projects now includes blockchain. Announced Wednesday, the country’s Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs awarded a €60,000 ($67,600) grant to a project called QualiSig, which uses elements of Austria’s digital identity system to create three COVID-related prototypes around fraud prevention, fake news and health data. The QualiSig prototypes use the Ardor blockchain built by Swiss firm Jelurida and its Ignis tokenizing system.

June 17, 2020

Who’s Afraid of Ethereum? The Top 12 Smart Contract Platforms

Cryptobriefing: One-liner: “Parent-and-child chain” architecture with lightweight smart contract capabilities and no blockchain bloat. Ardor is operated by Jelurida and has its roots in the Nxt blockchain, which was one of the first PoS networks and has been running since 2013. Ardor was created by the same team to overcome the adoption challenges of traditional linear blockchain architecture. These include the use of a single token, a lack of customization capability, and blockchain bloating as a result of processing and storing every single transaction in the same way. Ardor aims to overcome this with an architecture that comprises the main parent chain and child chains. Each child chain is entirely customizable according to user requirements and can use its own token. Ardor also makes use of stateless, lightweight smart contracts programmed in Java.

June 7, 2020

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Wendy O: So I definitely remember #Peercoin was the first PoS, but it was hybrid PoW. I'm also pretty sure #NXT was the first Pure PoS, not $ALGO. Can someone clarify?

June 4, 2020