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January-March 2018

Gitex 2017: How can blockchain make you a happier person?

Blockchain is one of the buzzwords of 2017, but it remains a technology that is still poorly understood by most people, who equate it – if they equate it with anything at all – with the financial services industry and little else. But this is now starting to change, and among some of the innovators trying to push adoption of blockchain in new areas is unified communications supplier Avaya. At Gitex 2017, the Middle East’s largest digital trade fair, the unified comms supplier-turned-software business is proposing to build a vast blockchain ledger that will support the Dubai government in an attempt to make its citizens happy. Across Dubai, and the wider federal United Arab Emirates (UAE), happiness is no laughing matter. With 90% of its population foreign-born, the UAE is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse states in the world, and as oil revenues begin to dwindle, the government is keen to foster the idea of national happiness to continue to entice people to live and work in one of the most stable, and booming, ...

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