Blockchain technology trialled to tackle slavery in the fishing industry | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

English: The model shows institutions and mark...

English: The model shows institutions and market as a possible form of organization to coordinate economic transactions. When the external transaction costs are higher than the internal transaction costs, the company will grow. If the internal transaction costs are higher than the external transaction costs the company will be downsized by outsourcing, for example. Deutsch: Die Darstellung zeigt ausgehend von der Transaktionskostentheorie die Begründung für die Existenz von Unternehmen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Guardian article is a recommended read. It reports that technology could be used to differentiate fish caught sustainably to those caught illegally, or linked to human rights abuses.

Source: Blockchain technology trialled to tackle slavery in the fishing industry | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

It describes blockchain technology which will provide cost effective traceability to the food industry. This will replace costly systems, reduce transaction costs and improve product quality. Bring it on!

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Politics may eclipse anti-terror alliance – Editorial – Global Times

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This is a powerful editorial from China’s leading paper, the Global Times. According to the article, terrorism should foremost be defined by the act of killing innocents, not the reasons that led to their killings or the tools they used.

Source: Politics may eclipse anti-terror alliance – Global Times

The article hints that China’s support for an anti-terror alliance would be difficult whilst the West and China differ as to an effective definition of terrorism.

Judge for yourself with the following citation:

Amnesty International and other Western human rights groups have shown more sympathy to the attackers than to people they killed, regardless of the feelings of the Chinese public. These groups have disgusted Chinese people.

Personally, I think the Global Times editorial has a point. The World needs the UN Security Council behind any war on terrorism. This would be difficult with the West not moving towards China’s viewpoint on terrorism.

I worry that human rights groups, like Amnesty International, have been hijacked by the hard-left and have moved away from their traditional human rights territory. A good example is Amnesty International’s accusing George Bush of war crimes. 

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