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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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META 1 Coin Trust Announces Commission to Study Global Persecution of Cryptocurrency Projects

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Boca Raton, Florida, 27th October, 2020, // ChainWire //

Collaborating with Other Cryptocurrencies, META 1 Tackles Injustice and Human Rights 

META 1 Coin Trust has announced plans to identify, research and document instances of governmental overreach in cryptocurrency cases globally, as part of its ongoing efforts to advance human rights and individual freedom. 

According to Robert P. Dunlap, Executive Trustee of META 1 Coin Trust, “The malicious attacks on crypto projects globally by overzealous government agencies must be documented and publicized to protect the individual liberties of META 1 Coin holders, as well as issuers and holders of other cryptocurrencies.” He added, “The decentralized, non-jurisdictional reality of crypto has left government agencies often unable to fully litigate cases and the general public should not have to continue suffering due to excessive overreach as agencies clamor to save face.”

META 1 Coin Trust is led by Robert P. Dunlap and Nicole Bowdler, who are both committed to pushing back against unimpeded global persecution of cryptocurrencies. By calling attention to years of organized efforts by government agencies to specifically target cryptocurrency projects, their hope is that the public will see and demand an end to these unjust violations of individual liberty. 

Specific grievances which motivated this initiative include grave concerns over government agencies’ obstruction of individuals’ livelihoods, defamation of character, and libelous false accusations which could tarnish the names of individuals for years to come, long after legal actions…

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Chainwire Launches Blockchain-Focused Automated Press Release Distribution Service

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TEL AVIV, Israel, 13th October, 2020, // ChainWire //

MarketAcross, a world leader in blockchain public relations and marketing services, is pleased to announce the launch of Chainwire, an automated press release distribution service which provides guaranteed coverage and in-depth reports. Chainwire will be a one-stop-shop for the distribution of press releases in the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector. The launch marks the first time that advertisers can reach leading publications in the crypto media with the click of a button. 

While most industries have some kind of PR newswire service, the cryptocurrency sector has become a victim of its own rapid pace of growth over recent years. Since the ICO boom of 2017, there has been a proliferation of blockchain and crypto-focused projects, exchanges, investment firms, and marketing agencies, along with niche news and informational content sites. 

However, the infrastructure to connect this complex ecosystem has been slow to come up to speed, meaning that existing newswire services don’t reach their target audience. It’s estimated that one in five people own cryptocurrencies, so there is currently a significant missed opportunity to reach a massive global readership. 

As a newswire service dedicated to the crypto and blockchain space, Chainwire aims to address this gap. Press releases are distributed to leading publications, offering guaranteed coverage to reach audiences worldwide. The system is integrated with publishers and blogs, enabling accurate reporting via a user-friendly dashboard. It also…

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

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Better Trace The Trajectory Of The Pandemic

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 hurdles regarding how such vast surveillance systems would be implemented. In…

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