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    Africa,  Technology

    From the Congo to the open ocean, blockchain is helping companies ethically source natural resources

    IBM Blockchain is being used to ensure the batteries in your car and laptop do not use cobalt mined by children

    Auto manufacturer Ford Motor Company and battery maker LG Chem announced on Jan. 16 that they are joining forces with a major Chinese mining firm on a pilot project to use IBM Blockchain technology to trace the origin of the mineral cobalt used in batteries. More than half of the world supply of cobalt is mined in the war torn Democratic Republic of Congo, where illegally mined minerals and diamonds often fund brutal militias, and child labor and hazardous working conditions are common.