IBM, SecureKey Technologies upload Canadian citizen identities to the blockchain

IBM and SecureKey Technologies, a Toronto-based startup founded 2008, with approximately 100 employees, and offices in Boston and San Francisco, have partnered with the Canadian Federal Government and the majority of Canadian banks in a bold initiative to solve the ubiquitous problem of personal identity security and authentication. Collectively, they are building and implementing a new national identity blockchain technology for Canadian citizens. IBM and SecureKey are building the identity network using Hyperledger’s blockchain technology, which the Canadian government and major financial institutions are already integrating at the highest levels.

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Oscar’s day out

Oscar the destructive little porcupine
Oscar the destructive little porcupine

After the snow melted off for the first time this “spring” (oh it’s back again now, well played Alberta, well played — “it’s spring time…haha jk gotcha!”) we began noticing a number of trees that had been more or less decimated by a certain little porcupine.

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Canada’s Oil Sands mega-projects, an aerial view: heads in the tar sands

Shell’s Albian Sands project wasteland
Shell’s Albian Sands project wasteland

While working for a mining exploration company in Northern Alberta in the summer of 2012, I had the amazing opportunity of flying over the tar sands projects.

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