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Blockchain Could Re-balance the Freelancer-Employer Dynamic

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The freelancer model has always been around, though depending on the era and job to be done, it’s assumed various creative labels. Regardless if it’s referred to as independent work, consulting, or outsourced labor, freelancing is a popular way for individuals to earn a living without the constraints of a boss, yet also for employers to scrape together the talent that their salaried workforces lack. Freelancing received a notable boost when it was introduced to the World Wide Web, but has since idled after first going through a period of staggering innovation. Where people once had to post fliers, call their entire Rolodex and rely on word of mouth, the internet helped these self-sufficient workers find a regular paycheck from employers across the globe.

In the years since the internet’s debut, freelancing has stagnated once more and is in dire need of an upgrade. The naturally imbalanced dynamic between freelancers and those who contract them for work means that the former is often at the mercy of the latter, with little chance for restitution should the relationship go awry. Central to the issue is one’s inability to enforce how or when (and sometimes if) they’re paid for their work, and this is a puzzle that blockchain is well-suited to solve with its decentralized ledger.

From Asymmetry to Equilibrium

Unfortunately, freelancers often are faced with no pay for work delivered, delays in the execution of contracts, and burdensome fees just for processing funds through the platforms on which they work. Though some might doubt this fact given the purported low overheads of an online business, popular services like Upwork and Freelancer.com often take over 20% of a freelancer’s contract pay, without making it known why their cut is so exorbitant.

Administrative costs and payment processing might justify some small fees, but through their efforts to prioritize shareholders over those using their platforms, the internet’s entrenched jobs platforms are surprisingly shortsighted. However, centralized internet channels drive traffic almost exclusively to these giants, meaning that their dominance remains unchallenged and therefore unmotivated to change. Freelancers, the world over pay exorbitant costs to use these “client aggregators” and must comply no matter the price.

It’s obvious by now that if given a more equitable alternative, that most freelancers would immediately make the switch. However, there hasn’t been a solution to comprehensively address this opportunity until blockchain appeared.

P2P and Blockchain—The Great Equalizers

Clearly, the internet’s openness cannot prevent a service connecting employers and freelancers from extracting value from both. Decentralized ledgers can host platforms with identical capabilities, without the obfuscation, however, and even manage to add extra beneficial functions as well. Most of the headwinds in freelancers’ way are a result of low transparency in the systems they engage with, namely because an authority given the power to enforce trust will abuse their role as gatekeeper.

Such a problem can be easily paved over by using smart contracts, which use irrefutable ledger data to explicitly describe the conditions upon which it will be triggered, thereby removing trust from the equation. This is what’s meant when people say ‘trustless’ solution. A decentralized network also commonly uses cryptocurrency for transactions on the chain which requires no significant processing power or effort all while reducing the impact of associated fees and overheads. Finally, with no middlemen or headhunters looking to place themselves in the center of the web, employers on the blockchain enjoy direct access to the workers with the most relevant skills and proven track records.

Creating the Right Platforms

Blockchain can host platforms and applications that rival the internet’s, doing so in a way that reduces the opacity preventing a free market from proliferating. Companies like Coinlancer and Tokenza are using blockchain to offer a better deal for employers and employees alike, and it’s only a matter of time before the business world catches on. Coinlancer, for example, offers a decentralized jobs marketplace using CL (Coinlancer tokens) for faster and cheaper payment, and smart contracts that ensure every project concludes fairly for both parties.

Before a ‘coinlancer’ agrees to any project, he or she will witness their new employer deposit the full amount of CL into escrow, only to be released when the agreed-upon conditions set forth in the contract are triggered. Fewer fees and more control over the conditions for delivery mean that workers can generate greater returns while employers will appreciate that it requires less oversight and discrimination to uncover the best talent.

Tokenza is another take on the blockchain freelancer model, but instead of focusing purely on the contractual relationship, it also helps entrepreneurs crowdfund for their innovative ideas. Investors holding TKZ tokens will be able to vote and fund the projects deemed most valuable, offering a new spin on what is otherwise a very cut and dry concept. Instead of relying on smart contracts to automate the arbitration of disputes, however, Tokenza users do the work and are paid in TKZ.

As it has been proven in other industries, blockchain’s clever compromise between finance and technology can help restore balance to unjust business dynamics. The key reason why it’s so important, however, is that it can do so without drawing the ire of embedded industry stakeholders, who recognize that an improved relationship with customers will also mean a healthier bottom line. As the best startups begin releasing their projects to the world, the wind in blockchain’s sails gets stronger by the day.

Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.

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Blockchain Platform MedsLOCK Set to Have Impact on Tracking COVID-19 

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Governments and private firms are scrambling to test the public and identify, localize, and trace COVID-19 cases in their countries. Blockchain can help.

Real-time tracking of cases has widely been cited as the pivotal factor necessary to re-open economies as it would allow active cases to be isolated from the rest of the population. However, governments around the world continue to grapple with precisely how to approach the problem with a standardized model. 

In the US, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the CDC provide tracking metrics, but they lack granular details. They also don’t account for the supply chain modeling of medical supplies, potential blood donors, or the efforts of non-profits clambering to help. A more efficient and transparent allocation of information is necessary amid all of the current uncertainty. 

In particular, all of that information would be better served if it was funneled into a single interface. That’s precisely where blockchain platforms are striving to make an impact, and it’s quickly grabbing the attention of some governments. 

A Unified Monitoring & Communication Application 

Combining multiple sets of data into a single interface would enable governments to better trace the trajectory of the pandemic and make swift decisions about resuming economic activity. 

However, there remain some notable…

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Cryptocurrency Fraud is Evolving; Bitcoin ATMs Mitigate Risk 

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In one of the more overlooked aspects of the crypto ecosystem, it appears that the bulk of illicit activities are shifting from hacks and thefts to cryptocurrency fraud and scams.

CipherTrace, the crypto-surveillance, and analysis firm released a report at the end of Q4 2019 that revealed hacks and thefts had decreased by 66 percent in 2019 while fraud and misappropriation of funds surged by 533 percent. And beneath the COVID-19 hysteria of 2020, hacks in the crypto sector have been eerily isolated. 

Outside of a few exploited flaws in P2P exchanges and DeFi flash loan vulnerabilities, the headline-grabbing hacks of exchanges for hundreds of millions of dollars have been absent so far this year. Is the industry due for another massive hack, or are stringent KYC/AML processes, regulatory crackdowns, better security practices, and blockchain surveillance working? 

KYC/AML Improvements Are Reducing the Appeal of Crypto Exchange Laundering 

2020 is far removed from the no-KYC wild west days of the early-mid 2010s where anonymous altcoin casinos preponderated and the Dark Underbelly of Cryptocurrency Markets thrived. 

Today, bitcoin and the crypto ecosystem is becoming institutionalized with a surfeit of derivatives (e.g., options, futures, perp swaps, etc.) available on…

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Top 7 AI and Software Development Companies For Startups and SMEs

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Top software development companies are tasked with proffering digital solutions to practical problems by producing innovative software programs, apps, and websites. The industry has grown into a huge force and with a revenue of over $481 billion. While some companies focus on certain software solutions such as web development, mobile app development, artificial intelligence, etc., others are all-purpose. 

This is a digital age, as you already know. Therefore, the success of your company would depend a lot on digitizing your services and providing your customers with high-quality software and websites. 

Today, it is much easier in that you can simply outsource your software needs to a custom software development company. You have a lot of options to choose from, but the best firms are reputable and experienced, have a highly skilled workforce, and uses the best processes and tools to ensure maximum satisfaction. 

This list contains some of the best software development companies you can find around, especially those focused on artificial development needs for startups and SMEs.

TopDevz 

TopDevz is a multi-award winning software development company that has rightly earned its place as one of the fastest-growing companies in the US. Its unique model is flexible, cost-saving, on-demand and easily scalable and the company has a 96% retention rate. With…

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