According to a press release published on Oct. 2, “UNLs are the lists of transaction validators a given participant believes will not conspire to defraud them.”

Cryptocurrency exchange CoinField has launched an XRP validator which is already included in Ripple’s Unique Node List (UNL).
The exchange’s team has also reportedly been working on a new project based on XRP’s ledger (XRPL) for half a year. CoinField promises to release the details of it on Oct. 15. The platform’s CEO Bob Ras added:

“This new ecosystem is the most sophisticated project ever built on top of XRPL, and it is the best use case for that. We believe this will be a big step forward for the whole industry and the mass adoption of XRP blockchain.”

A project shrouded in mystery

Reportedly CoinField will also officially present the details of the new ecosystem at the Malta A.I. and Blockchain Summit on Nov. 8. Previously, Ras teased the project in a cryptic tweet:

“We have a great team of advisors in our upcoming #XRPL project. All well-known figures in #cryptocurrency space. I’ll be thrilled to announce the names & the details of the project very soon. This will be a game-changer! Ƨ + #XRPL = ?”

As Cointelegraph reported on Oct. 6, Samsung Pay, the mobile payments service of South Korean tech giant Samsung, has partnered with payments platform Finablr, Ripple’s RippleNet member, to offer cross-border payments feature Money Transfer to its app’s users.

Crypto Industry Direly Needs Specialized Education, Says Ripple Exec

Cryptocurrency firm Ripple’s head of social impact Ken Weber is confident that universities around the world must expand their education programs to offer blockchain and digital assets training courses that directly relate to actual roles in the industry.

Blockchain workforce demand exceeds the supply

Weber addressed the lack of qualified blockchain workforce and relevant education resources in an interview with OpenAccessGovernment published on Aug. 20. He also cited a report which suggests that “there’s been a 517% increase in demand for software engineers with blockchain development skills in the past year”, but “demand is far outweighing supply.” Weber clarified:

“A large part of the issue is that companies need two types of blockchain professionals. Firstly, they need engineers who possess a deep understanding of the technologies and can implement changes immediately. Secondly, they need to fill non-technical roles with senior employees who can make decisions involving the application of blockchain to business objectives. To do this, however, these employees need a working knowledge of the technology. The industry has a well-documented, yet growing skills gap that must be fixed.”

Blockchain courses should be more specific

Weber stated that while over 40% of the world’s top 50 universities offer at least one blockchain or crypto class, they are tied to different disciplines such as law, engineering, mathematics and business administration. To solve this problem, Weber notes, universities have to offer courses that relate to actual roles in the industry.

Weber also thinks that companies in the industry should engage with their academic counterparts to help workforce formation, noting that only 38% of businesses are currently doing it.

As Cointelegraph reported earlier this week, blockchain accelerator MouseBelt launched a blockchain education initiative at three University of California campuses.

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