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How Secure is Your Blockchain?

Date: 15 July 2016

Ethereum, a network designed to extend blockchain technology to uses beyond crypto-currencies, has been gaining traction around the world.  Billed as “a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts…without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference,” Ethereum has been enthusiastically embraced by organisations like Microsoft, IBM and Azure. 

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The Brexit is One of a Multitude of Issues Facing Philip Hammond

Date: 14 July 2016

Philip Hammond, the UK’s new Chancellor of the Exchequer, has a lot on his plate. He faces a slowing economy urgently in need of stimulus. He confronts tough choices over public spending and will be under pressure to reverse the austerity policies of his predecessor. The question for Hammond is not whether to stimulate the economy, it is when and how.

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'Power to the People' through Online Petitions

Date: 14 July 2016

If you have recently signed an online petition - and then observed a result from it - you are far from alone. Once niche, websites such as Change.orgipetitions.com and Avaaz.org have moved into the mainstream, shifting influence from organisations into the hands of individuals and fundamentally changing the way business and government respond to “people power”.

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Australia's Coalition Government has a Plan to Deal with Tax Avoidance

Date: 14 July 2016

Although the Coalition government has been reinstated, it is still faced with the problem of dealing with multinational tax avoidance. The issue escaped a lot of scrutiny during the election campaign and the current measures designed to address the issue fail to deal with the most common form of avoidance - interest deductions on intra-group debt.

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Just in Case You were Wondering about Blockchain

Date: 13 July 2016

Most people agree we do not need to know how a television works to enjoy using one. This is true of many existing and emerging technologies. Most of us happily drive cars, use mobile phones and send emails without knowing how they work. With this in mind, here is a tech-free user guide to the blockchain - the technology infrastructure behind bitcoin, and many other emerging platforms.

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The EU Crisis Prevention Rules Probably Need a Rethink

Date: 12 July 2016

The European Union, still nursing wounds from its crisis over the euro and “Grexit,” is facing a much more severe threat that strikes at the very heart of the EU’s legitimacy. In addition, the problem concerns the very measures put in place to resolve the earlier crisis, which nearly led to a Greece exit from the Eurozone.

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Keep Pedaling, it's not Getting any Cooler

Date: 7 July 2016

The Tour de France is winding its way from the flat, windswept coast of northern France down through the Loire valley and the lumpy terrain of the Massif Central. So far, it has been a time for the bulky sprinters and the puncheurs who specialise in short, maximum efforts. However, as with every Tour, the race will be won on the long, winding slopes of the mountain stages when the summer heat and relentless gradient can sap both strength and morale.

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