Meat processor Thomas Foods International and independent grocer retailer Drakes Supermarket are the first Australian companies to pilot the IBM Food Trust, a blockchain-based food ecosystem solution. According to IBM, the distributed ledger system can trace the entire lifecycle of a food product, from region to plate, updating in real

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has flagged “gaps” in blockchain technology, advising government agencies to weigh any investment in the technology against its ability to meet users’ needs. The two case studies of blockchain use in government services published so far show only limited benefits and several challenges in development.

Capgemini and Swinburne University of Technology have announced a new global Blockchain Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Melbourne. The CoE will undertake blockchain research, innovation and education, focused on advancing blockchain technologies, platforms, assets and systems to allow further uptake of the technology by industry and society. “Blockchain is at

Writing and emerging technology were the fastest growing freelance jobs last year, according to leading freelance marketplace Data from the platform’s two million job postings also suggests the outsourcing of software and app development has begun to slide. According to the company, online content was king in 2018 with

Blockchain technology could create a paradigm shift in the power industry, helping companies move away from traditional business models with complex operating structures. That’s the opinion from GlobalData, whose analysts argue blockchain has the potential to address the key challenges facing electric utilities: high operating costs, aging grids, security, regulatory

Blockchain solutions are on the rise, with the number of patents filed for the technology more than doubling each year since 2013, according to a new report from the Australian Computer Society (ACS).  Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter  Since 2013 blockchain patent filings have grown by at least

Amazon Web Services has unveiled two new distributed ledger services one blockchain-based and the other a fully-managed ledger database. The blockchain service, Amazon Managed Blockchain is a fully managed service. AWS claims its blockchain makes it easy and cost-effective to create, manage, and scale blockchain networks for multiple parties to

The University of Sydney will establish a dedicated blockchain group after forming a partnership with smart contract and cyrptocurrency payments platform, Fantom. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter Led by Associate Professor of Computer Science, Bernhard Scholz, the initial funding will support a specialised research group which will build


Microsoft has taken the top spot as the leading blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) from the ABI Research competitive assessment. The technology giant has been involved in blockchain projects since at least 2015, and offers a host of services on its Azure cloud computing platform, the most notable is the Azure Blockchain Workbench.

The attraction of public blockchain ecosystems lies in the promise of decentralisation and disintermediation — a sort of utopia where we can all conduct digital interactions without the involvement of corporations or government agencies. This vision has driven a spectacular amount of investment in this space, with initiatives including cryptocurrencies,