To disseminate data, the Associated Press aims to create a Chainlink node

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The Associated Press announced the establishment of its own Chainlink oracle node to guarantee that any data from its American newspaper and broadcaster members is cryptographically authenticated.

The Associated Press, or AP, claimed smart contract developers would have exposure to the agency’s economic, sports, and race call data when the node was functional in a statement on Oct. 21. In addition, according to the Associated Press, it would publish data on-chain for programmers to access and reference in any relevant apps and give election information and assist artists who work with nonfungible currencies.

“Chainlink technology is the ideal way to provide smart contract developers anywhere in the world with direct, on-demand access to AP’s trusted economic, sports, and race call data” stated AP director of blockchain and data licensing Dwayne Desaulniers. “Working with Chainlink allows this information to be compatible with any blockchain.”

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The Associated Press stated the move to the blockchain was motivated by trust since the on-chain data it offered would be a publicly available, safe, and secure record of verified facts. However, as it maintained a finger on the pulse of the blockchain economy, the media outlet said it would be ready to change its strategy based on developer feedback.

This isn’t the news organization’s first dive into the blockchain. When the Associated Press joined with blockchain-based journalism company Civil in 2018, it was looking into protecting intellectual property rights, fostering ethical journalism, and tracking content use. Furthermore, the Associated Press (AP) uploaded the divisive 2020 US presidential election results to the Ethereum and EOS blockchains.

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