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Counting U.S. postsecondary and secondary credentials

(Post published by Jeff Selingo in LinkedIn)

It’s one of the most debated topics in hiring today: what credentials are actually needed to do a job? A college degree—and the bachelor’s degree in particular—has long been a recognizable signal to employers of potential and discipline.

But today there seems to be a lot more noise interfering with that signal. I just finished reading this new report out today from Credential Engine, which counts and classifies the different types of credentials in the marketplace.

What I found most fascinating in the report for anyone hiring now is that the United States has at least 738,428 unique credentials, including:

  • 370,020 credentials issued by colleges and universities.
  • 7,132 credentials from MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) providers (think edX and Coursera), the vast majority of them being course completion certificates.
  • 315,067 credentials from non-academic organizations, with the largest categories being digital badges and online course completion certificates.
  • 46,209 credentials from public and private secondary schools.

You can read the full report here.

Goodbye uPort DIDs, hello Ethr-DIDs

(Article published by Eseoghene Mentie with same title in Medium)

We have released a major app update that enables migrating all old uPort identities created before September 2018, to the current DID architecture. Not to worry though, your old Identity data will still be available to use and all verifications issued will be available.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, we announced our updated identity app release that implements the new W3C Verifiable Claims Working Group identity architecture. As a followup to that, we released version 1.0 of our libraries which is the first version of our developer platform, including support for our new identity architecture.

Why do we need to migrate all identities created before September 2018?

First, we’re part of the W3C identity working group. We believe that interoperable standards are essential to successfully deliver the value of decentralized identity for everyone. Second, more tactically, we want to ensure our developers and users can start to take advantage of the benefits of having Ethr-DIDs, which include:

  • Identities anchored on Ethereum’s Mainnet
  • Automated creation of Ethereum Mainnet accounts per App
  • Scalable and more stable identity

We will also be introducing a feature that allows you to store your old uportDID and the accounts associated with it, including all the verifications and claims you have stored over the years. We know they could be valuable some time in the future, so we decided to keep them safe for you.

It also allows you to switch between your EthrDID, which is called your main identity, and your old uportDID, which is called your legacy identity.

So, heads up that support for uPort-DIDs will be deprecated over the coming months in our developer platform, while we’ll be releasing more features based on the new architecture later in the year.

If you do have issues migrating your identity, please reach out to us via our support channel . We are always available to help with any issues you might be facing while using the app.

‘Big 4’ auditor PwC’s Luxembourg office to accept crypto payments

(Article published by Daniel Kuhn with same title in CoinDesk)

“Big Four” auditing firm PwC’s Luxembourg branch will accept cryptocurrency payments from clients starting October. The move is a response to client demand and demonstrates PwC Luxembourg’s belief in blockchain technology’s “medium to long-term” role in the economy, the firm said.

PwC Luxembourg said it partnered with a local exchange to facilitate the payments. It did not identify the exchange or say which coins it will accept.

Taking crypto may help PwC serve its blockchain clients, by providing day-to-day insight into “AML/KYC-enhanced due diligence… public/private keys… and risks of custodial solutions,” said the Luxembourg office’s director of blockchain and crypto-assets, Thomas Campione, in a statement.

PwC has been working with cryptocurrencies since 2014. Four hundred of its 250,000 worldwide employees work on “crypto-topics,” supported by a 100-member technical team devoted to blockchain.

The firm’s Hong Kong office accepted a bitcoin payment in 2017 for work related to cryptocurrency auditing. In June, the firm announced the Halo data auditing suite, which monitors cryptocurrency transactions for a number of institutional clients.

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