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Welcome 2019!
As we look forward to a new year, we're excited to share that 2018 came to an extraordinary close for Learning Machine. New institutions around the world, like King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the Bahamas Ministry of Labor, and the Caribbean Examinations Council are making the transition to recipient-owned blockchain credentials. Learning Machine is continuing to drive the development of open standards for digital identity by joining the Steering Committee of the Decentralized Identity Foundation. We are also providing resources for education and workforce credentialing providers about the digital credentialing landscape and optimal use cases for different types of credentials. 2019 is going to be a landmark year for verifiable digital records.


KAUST: First in Middle East 
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is the first university in Middle East to issue blockchain-secured digital diplomas using the Blockcerts open standard. Blockcerts facilitate more secure and easier means of records verification for future graduates. Press Release.


Joining the DIF Steering Committee

Kim Hamilton Duffy, Learning Machine CTO and co-chair of the W3C Credentials Community Group, has joined the steering committee of the Decentralized Identity Foundation to work closely with Microsoft and others on developing the open data standards supporting decentralized identity.
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Badges and Blockcerts
January 1, 2019

In education and workforce development, various types of digital records can be used for different kinds of credentialing initiatives. It’s important to understand the differences between digital records formats and how to combine them for greatest impact.
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The Inter-American Development Bank hosted a workshop to educate internal stakeholders about the potential for blockchain technology to create significant efficiencies in public services. Chris Jagers, Learning Machine CEO, presented with IDB Labor Markets Specialist Fernando Pavón about two initiatives currently employing the blockchain in the Caribbean region: the Bahamas National Apprenticeship Programme and the Caribbean Examinations Council, both of which are using Blockcerts for secure, recipient-owned credentialing. This kicked off a panel discussion about different ways countries throughout Latin America could benefit from blockchain-based verification, pitched by leaders from across the IDB.


FEBRUARY 4 - 7, 2019
IMS Digital Credentials Summit 2019

The Federation of State Medical Boards and Learning Machine Research will be presenting their report surveying the similarities, differences, and potential convergence between various types of digital records (Open Badges, Digital Signatures, Blockcerts, and W3C Verifiable Claims), particularly in regard to security and use cases.
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FEBRUARY 5, 2019
Good ID: What's Policy Got To Do With It?

This all-day workshop on identity systems is part of the GoodID Dialogues, an Omidyar Network initiative for discussion and development of new ID systems and standards that work better for everyone. Natalie Smolenski, VP of Business Development at Learning Machine, will join a group of leaders from government, private sector, academia, and civil society who will share their first-hand experiences from various political contexts.
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