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The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Blockchain Tech and the Integration of Trust

by DJ Qian

In the very beginning, blockchain technology was thought to be the next generation of fintech infrastructure. The characteristics, including its inherent distributed nature, trustless consensus mechanisms and reliability, as well as the fact that it makes data publicly available, have made ...

Blockchain Beyond the Hype

by Greg Adamson

Brace yourself for the hype cycle around blockchain. Instead of indulging in the hype, I suggest we focus on the technology’s characteristics and how it might be applied to specific use cases. Meanwhile, broad-ranging discussion of governance issues and standards development must proceed apace.I ...

What is Hyperledger? Executive Director Brian Behlendorf Explains the Linux Foundation's Blockchain Initiative

by Peter Chawaga

As the executive director of Hyperledger, a distributed ledger initiative from The Linux Foundation, Brian Behlendorf leads a blockchain collaboration between leaders in finance, banking, supply chain, manufacturing and technology. Its membership includes IBM, JPMorgan Chase and American ...

The New Age of Blockchain Entrepreneurship

by Jeremy Gardner

As the new year approaches, many aspiring entrepreneurs may consider taking a leap into the world of Bitcoin, blockchains and distributed ledger technologies. Allow this to serve as a note of caution and advice. Most important: This technology is growing up. (Not-so)-crazy ideas have become ...

How Blockchain Technology Could Impact Government's Relationship with Citizens

by Connor Patterson

Our democratic systems of today were designed hundreds of years ago, in a time when letters were drafted in quill and ink, and then sent hundreds of miles over horseback to be shared between individuals. Governing institutions required closed-door offices in order to handle and organize the ...

How Blockchain-enabled Data Integrity Will Unlock Billions in Enterprise Value

by Micah Winkelspecht

Data is vulnerable, not just to the rampant confidentiality breaches we hear about in the news, but to a much more subtle, potentially more destructive and ominous class of attack, an attack on data integrity.Businesses are increasingly looking for ways to automate using data. Automation ...

Smart Contracts Replace Paperwork with Automatic Execution

by Giulio Prisco

Every human interaction is some kind of transaction. A hug conveys affection; a handshake conveys mutual respect or agreement. A contract conveys an offer, acceptance and consideration--something of value transferred from one party to the other. Execution of a contract involves a sequence of ...

Blockchain Identity Solutions: The Key to Irrefutable Data Integrity

by Micah Winkelspecht

Identity is a universal problem inherent in all technology. Be it banking, healthcare, national security, online retailing or walking into a bar, identity authentication and authorization is a process intricately woven into commerce and culture worldwide.And it is often a very cumbersome, ...

2015: The Year of Blockchain in Review

by Justin O'Connell

Throughout 2015, established financial institutions invested into the FinTech space and some of the world’s largest banks divulged they were studying the blockchain. Here are some of the headlines and highlights showing the blockchain's emergence as one of the year's most important trends.In ...

Blockchain: An Answer to Identity?

by Jacob Donnelly

While finance is one of the most talked about use cases for the blockchain, it is certainly not the only one. There are plenty of other industries that are ripe for disruption for this new technology, including identity.Matthew Roszak, Founding Partner of Tally Capital, said: “Think about the ...

Needham Insights: The Blockchain Report

by Jacob Donnelly

Needham Nasdaq Private Markets is leveraging the technology for trading of private market securities; Chain will be issuing its own pre-IPO shares on the blockchain; and Overstock.com issued a $5 million bond on the blockchain.Smart contracts: Agreements can be reduced to code that ...

What is the Blockchain?

by Giulio Prisco

These days it is impossible to read the financial press without often stumbling upon intriguing hints that something called “the blockchain” is going to disruptively revolutionize banking and financial services. So, in this first of a series of introductory articles, we try to explain clearly ...