welcome to digital silk road plus 6 youth Belt Road Maps ... Changing Education - the most exciting times to parent or grow up sustainably. Our old versions: EW , AU ...how can web maximise sme value and job creating education? -help welcomed in compiling top 100 alumni networks of alibabauni.com -UNited fintech & edutech & 17 goals-- notes on china's greatest educators ggv podcast limebike.. sinica -notes who's helping jos number 1 educator? Kenyann, Bangla girls Tsinghua, olympians-for-all, IR4-forhumans - rsvp isabella@unacknowledgedgiant.com

official alibaba (also notable apps - eg missing children )
*taobao university up to 100 million alumni in China - received training on how to taobao; as of 2017 established 1311 taobao e-commerce villages
*Damo Academy 1 2 started with 15 billion dollar investment by jack ma's as intercity top notch research on humanising livelihood advantages of major components of Industrial Rev 4 such as AI, blockchain, internet of things .. related IR4 at world economic forum: san francisco hub; wef summer china summoit
*gateway17 ma's 3000 citizens and leaders one day masterclass in ecommerce
*ma's personal mentoring (aka efounders) of first 100 entrepreneur chorts chosen with unctad and developing nations that have asked jack ma to help
+Aliresearch 1 tsinghua alumni network of Ying Lowrey's SME curriculum aligned to AliBaba model
Podcast Ant Finance

*hong kong 100 million dollar youth entrepreneur fund: AI webs 1 2 : Jumpstarter competition.-see also hk youth entreprenur curricula YFS & MIT -- taiwan ma entrepreneur fund
*alibaba entrepreneur fund
*poverty funds 1 :: blockchain research china poverty association 1 - alibaba 0.3 revenue to green foundation 1
Breaking news 1 from


jack ma- when i first studied (e)commerce in states i was surprised to find that each market was dominated by 2 or 3 manufacturers- i decided to design china ecommerce to maxise small enterprise suppliers and local jobs

.ying lowrey is tsinghua's professor of small enterprises- her book alibaba way is eyeopening:

foreword by nobel economist edmund phelps, columbia....Alibaba uses information technology to enable mass innovation to flourish.and to improve the lives of the people

related tsinghua - innovation events
lowrey beijing coorindtaor of aliresearch whose dean at hq is Hongbing Gao
.partners of ma &
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*jack ma chairs cen 1- 2 = china's 50 most respomnsible businessmen - search curricula funds etc - location close to tsingua beijng

example founder of shanghai conglomerate fosun actively celebrates CEN, and partners in one of Jack Ma's universities at hangzhou and supports new york greatest yoth-led arts movement singforhope.com

co-sponsor: wise@beijing: Zhejiang Zhipu Foundation Founded by the six founding members of Alibaba Group, Zhejiang Zhipu Foundation supports rural education and promotes healthy and sustainable relationship between human and the society, as well as between human and the nature.
Guterres UN Digital Cooperation Panel #DigitalCooperation
The Panel is expected to raise awareness about the transformative impact of digital technologies across society and the economy, and contribute to the broader public debate on how to ensure a safe and inclusive digital future for all, taking into account relevant human rights norms.

Panel Members

Co-chairs

Panel members

  • Mohammed Al Gergawi (UAE), Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, UAE
  • Yuichiro Anzai (Japan), Senior Advisor and Director of Center for Science Information Analysis, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • Nikolai Astrup (Norway), Minister of International Development, Norway
  • Vinton Cerf (USA), Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  • Fadi Chehadé (USA), Partner at ABRY Partners
  • Isabel Guerrero Pulgar (Chile), Director, IMAGO Global Grassroots and Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Marina Kaljurand (Estonia), Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
  • Bogolo Kenewendo (Botswana), Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Botswana
  • Akaliza Keza Ntwari (Rwanda), ICT advocate and entrepreneur
  • Marina Kolesnik (Russian Federation), senior executive, entrepreneur and WEF Young Global Leader
  • Doris Leuthard (Switzerland), Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Switzerland
  • Cathy Mulligan (United Kingdom), Co-Director of Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency
  • Edson Prestes (Brazil), Professor, Institute of Informatics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  • Kira Radinsky (Israel), Director of Data Science, eBay
  • Nanjira Sambuli (Kenya), Digital Equality Advocacy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation
  • Sophie Soowon Eom (Republic of Korea), Founder of Adriel AI and Solidware
  • Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (Australia), Secretary General, CIVICUS
  • Jean Tirole (France), Chairman of the Toulouse School of Economics and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse
The deliberations of the Panel will be supported by a small secretariat, co-led by:
  • Amandeep Singh Gill (India), Executive Director, Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation (ex officio)
  • Jovan Kurbalija, (Serbia), Executive Director, Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation (ex officio)
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  • Patrick Bolton, Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business, Columbia Business School
  • Markus Brunnermeier, Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Economics, Princeton University
  • Bengt Holmstrom, 2016 Nobel Laureate, Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics, MIT
  • Lars Peter Hansen, 2013 Nobel Laureate, David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, Statistics, Booth School of Business & The College, University of Chicago
  • Preston McAfee, Most Recently Served as Chief Economist and Corp VP at Microsoft
  • Christopher Pissarides, 2010 Nobel Laureate, Regius Professor of Economics, LSE
  • Yingyi Qian, Distinguished Professor and Dean of School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University
  • Alvin Roth, 2012 Nobel Laureate, The Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics, Stanford University
  • Thomas Sargent, 2011 Nobel Laureate, W.R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Business, New York University
  • Michael Spence, 2001 Nobel Laureate, William R. Berkley Professor in Economics & Business, NYU Stern
  • Steve Tadelis, Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • Neng Wang, Chong Khoon Lin Professor of Real Estate & Professor of Finance, Columbia Business School
  • Shangjin Wei, Professor of Finance and Economics, Professor of International Affairs, and N.T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy, Columbia University
  • Wei Xiong, Trumbull-Adams Professor of Finance, Princeton University
  • Chenggang Xu, Quoin Professor in Economic Development, University of Hong Kong, Professor of Economics, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
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the wicked problem of missing curricula youth most need- as jack says this is a huge problem; correspondenmce case posted may 2018: moreover we have atended many world bank youth summits where missing curricula have been pitched and everyone cheered the value but getiing each different nation to newly cetrtify suc new learning is a fools erand
-here part of a specific example- do you know a missing peer to peer curricula that needs similar linking in

I am staying at brac in bangaldesh my favorite girls education network in the world as well as largest ngo in wortld and partnership networkwe will see dean of james grant school of public health at brac university tomorrow- do you still have any message you wanted passed to brac about the peer to peer adolescent health program you and lancet have been building? we are mainly working with brac's overall education director as specified directly by sir fazle abed when i met him in qatar 2017 - sir fazle kindly gave a lot of his time to remembrance parties of my dad norman macrae at the japan embassy in dhaka in 2012more generally brac and jack ma started fin tech partnership earlier this month with brac's BkashSMS in bangladesh but for s asia (the whole 2 billion of china's neigbors particularly poorest girls on china south and south westren borders), for sustainabiliuty generation to scale and gain from these 2 superstars we believe partnering relations will broaden into looking at skills education ; we will be trying to form team both on bangladesh and china side to monitor this however fast or slow it goesmostofa has been working on bangladesh side for very long time- he also worked with modjtabia sadria then at aga khan in london while they were in london at time muhammad yunus was at his social business peak ; i believe modjtabia is now back in iran after some years with paul at monash? ( i didnt get to pauls grn summit in jordan 2006; i believe sadria did; i note that jack ma just made donation to queen of jordans education fund)

we are trying to invite any university student to form a club to see where is the nexus between what students most want to study practically and training that sir fazle and jack ma could mooc or otherwise maximally distribute to benefit livelihoods- togther the names of jack ma and sir fazle can be a top 100 web and top 1 web for open action learning- in branding terms this is easy as long as we quickly get all best friends of ma and abed signed up at one launch summit blessed by china and on the road to ma's sponsorship of huge expo at tokyo olympics

after 8 visits to beijing i am reasonably confident that we can get as much additional support as we want from tsinghua university in beijing (over there they know thgere are half a billion undre 30s and that china cant afford any youth left legless by mismatch between jobs and what colleges like examining-- ) additionally tsinghua with aiib is heavily into belt road pitches to india this year so education can be 2 for 1 so to speak
as long as both jack ma and sir fazle have approved a subject area as being one that needs development in this type 2 pee to peer or apprentice mode i believe we can help scale missing curricula

as you think you know i first met pauil komesdroff in 2004- i love everything he was trying to create volunteer expereinces abroad around monash and medics and cultural/arts translators;I hope we can find the right way to linkin monash as this idea gains momentum
coming soon at wechatuni : difficult questions like what happens when ai or robotic intelligence is inside your phone?
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Creating a Safer Working Environment For Freelancers With Blockchain

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By Peter Dendis
The internet has completely changed the nature of freelance work. Nowadays, freelance workers in all fields from web design to search engine optimization are capable of traveling the world, checking in to job boards and gig websites like Fiverr and Pro Blogger to find opportunities that suit their strengths. And, this can all be done by using their laptops.
The sheer influx of coworking spaces is testament to the number of people increasingly moving into freelance work, choosing to live in cheaper cities worldwide while staying connected to their employers. However, the physical distance between contractor and employer often results in scammed contracts and payment refusals after the freelancer has completed a project.
No one wants to work hard on a project only to be ghosted or denied payment afterward. Some types of scams include the partial payment scam, unique work sample scam, and the revenue sharing scam. Through the blockchain, freelancers are able to create smart contracts, solidify their reputation, and use micropayments and smart transactions to create a fairer working environment. Let’s take a look at how the blockchain facilitates these solutions.
Creating Smart Contracts
smart contract is a piece of software that holds all of the terms of agreement between two parties. It automatically verifies the contract, and then carries out the terms of agreement. Instead of placing trust in one centralized system which gives power to one party, all sides involved can feel safe knowing that they are making transactions on the blockchain’s decentralized system, which provides fairness and equality.
In the case of a freelancer using the blockchain, the contract would be paid in a designated cryptocurrency upon completion of the project. This also means that both sides will be able to access the smart contract, as it will be stored on the blockchain. Just like traditional centralized systems, the smart contract can issue payments automatically when authorized. This can be done when milestones are reached or when the project is completed.
What’s more, the blockchain can store the events in each contract in chronological order, meaning that past contracts can be accessed and reviewed as well as provide proof that the contract was completed. Furthermore, the system continues to function properly if one party drops out of the contract (in the case of multiple parties involved).
Solidifying Freelancer Reputation
Any freelancer will testify to the importance of building a good reputation in their field. In fact, as a freelancer, reaching the point where his or her reputation is known in the industry could take years. That’s why it comes as a major blow when freelancers realize that their reputation can be hacked and manipulated in the form of identity theft.
The beauty of the blockchain stems from it storing information on multiple systems in various locations, instead of having everything in one centralized location. With the addition of Public and Private Keys, information stored on the blockchain is virtually unhackable.
Through the blockchain, an app could be developed which aggregates the reputation of a business, or of the freelancer. If either party has a negative score based on timely project delivery, or how they treat their employees, this could be a significant factor in whether or not the freelancer decides to work with the company, or vice versa.
Glassdoor, for example, provides information on the working environment in specific companies, from salary to management. If such an app were developed, where the reputation were aggregated on both the employer and the employee, this would provide a much more transparent hiring process for all. A similar website to Upwork, for example, with the ability to review freelancers and employers, but on the blockchain. Freelancers wouldn’t have to worry about the ‘work sample scam’, where candidates are asked to submit a sample article in their application and subsequently rejected — giving the company a free piece that the freelancer worked hard on. Companies would also be aware of the many scams that they are subject to by freelancers.
Micropayment Systems and Smart Transactions
The standard model for monetary transactions made online requires payments to go through an extra set of hands between the employer and the employee. The blockchain aims to change this with smart transactions and micropayments.
With third party involvement, there are almost always commission fees attributed to any transaction. This is why, when dealing with small amounts, making online transactions becomes costly. Meanwhile, cryptocurrencies such as the Bitcoin have the potential to be used in immediate micropayments. For example, if the employer is based in the United States, and the freelancer is working out of Australia, the transaction could take days to come through. However, paying through the blockchain allows for the transaction to be completed in seconds.
In 2016, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Wells Fargo used the blockchain to ship cotton from Texas to China. This was considered the first ever global transaction on the blockchain, and established its worldwide potential. The blockchain is able to record any exchange, whether it’s money, property ownership, or a domain name, and much more. Monetary transactions are recorded safely, which is why major organizations have already started using the blockchain for these purposes.
Since its invention in 2008, the blockchain has been steadily introduced as a solution to many issues in our modern world, such as applications in healthcare, transportation, and smart cities. If adequately implemented, it could be of help to the freelancing industry as well, providing a safer environment for all parties involved. One thing is certain, businesses and freelancers alike are realizing that the blockchain could solve many of the existing disadvantages of long distance business agreements.

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