Tim Draper-Backed Startup Launches Blockchain Browser to Avoid Censorship

Per a Feb. 18 announcement, Unstoppable Blockchain Browser is designed to simplify access to the decentralized web, also known as web 3.0. This kind of the Internet enables peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions with no involvement of a middleman, reportedly designed to avoid censorship.

Unstoppable Domains, a tech firm backed by prominent blockchain supporter Tim Draper, is rolling out a blockchain-based browser set to provide users with access to the decentralized web.

As such, the news marks another step in the company’s mission to provide blockchain-powered uncensorable websites, as well as simple payments in major cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and others.

Unstoppable Domain’s another step forward

Unstoppable Domains CEO, Matthew Gould, said:

“We believe that a decentralized web is critical for protecting free speech around the world. The Unstoppable Blockchain Browser is the first browser that makes visiting decentralized websites as easy as a traditional .com website. All browsers should embrace the decentralized web.”

Unstoppable Domains’ websites are stored in a user’s wallet, while the content is stored on the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) or other decentralized storage networks.

Last October, Unstoppable Domains launched a .crypto domain registry on the Ethereum blockchain. The registry allows users to connect any cryptocurrency address to their domain, enabling payments to be made using just the domain name.

Efforts toward web 3.0

The industry has a number of web 3.0 supporters, including Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, investor Fred Wilson, co-founder of Coinbase Brian Armstrong and the founder of Twitter and payments operator Square Jack Dorsey. Back in December 2019, Dorsey announced a new team dubbed Bluesky to work on decentralized social media standards.

Last October, web browser developer Opera Software AS launched added support for in-browser transactions with Bitcoin and Tron (TRX), which came as part of the company’s grander plan to make the “Web 3.0” easier to access for the average consumer. That followed the company’s initial launch of an in-browser Ether wallet in 2018.

In the meantime, Brave was the first to reimagine using browsers as a tool to foster crypto adoption through its privacy-focused blockchain-based Brave browser. The browser gives Internet users power over their data by blocking tracking services and ads.

Top 50 Canadian Co-op Streamlines Supply Chain with Blockchain Tech

Federated Co-operatives Limited, or FCL, one of Canada’s 50-largest companies, has partnered with blockchain-based supply chain middleware platform, Morpheus.Network.

FCL plans to integrate distributed ledger technology, or DLT, based tracking. This will be deployed across its diverse supply chain, encompassing 1,400 businesses across Western Canada and employs over 23,000 workers.

Major Canadian co-operative embraces blockchain

The firms have inked a three-year deal that will see Morpheus.Network provide optical character recognition, machine learning, and blockchain technologies to streamline FCL’s complex supply chain.

FCL is a wholesaling, manufacturing, marketing, and administrative co-operative opened by more than 170 independent retail associations. The entity operates primarily across four sectors; agriculture, food, energy, and home and building solutions – including bars, convenience stores, agricultural centers, and propane plants among other businesses.

The co-operative generated $9.2 billion during 2019.

Compliance processes automated through DLT

Morpheus’ system will provide automated tracking and compliance management solutions that will supplant FCL’s existing manual processes:

“This system replaces a largely manual process where thousands of regulatory certification and documents from more than 150 suppliers are collected and managed by FCL which all need to be scanned, validated, processed and tracked.”

FCL’s Supply Chain Manager, Raymond Gareau, highlighted the increased efficiency “supplier document management and validation processes” resulting from the DLT integration, adding:

“Next up we are looking at the overall visibility of our supply chain from suppliers to FCL warehouses”

BMW to roll out proprietary DLT supply chain platform

At the end of March, BMW announced that it will roll out its blockchain-based supply chain solution among 10 suppliers during 2020.

The platform, PartChain, was piloted during 2019 at two of BMW’s 31 plants and three locations of its supplier, Automotive Lightning.

BMW will also provide the platform to members of its Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative – which was co-founded by car manufacturers BMW, GM, Ford, and Renault, alongside tech firms Bosch, Hyperledger, IBM, and Iota.

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