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Driving the Future of Blockchains: A Four-Part Series

by Peter Chawaga

The future of autonomous driving is no longer a theoretical point in the distance. It’s here. The car, which was for so long simply the sum of its parts — a combustion engine, chassis, wheels — has become so much more. It can now be thought of as limitless points of data, collected by the ...

How Blockchain Can Fight Fake News

by Jill Richmond

“Fake news” is a term that’s being thrown out a lot lately. Strictly defined, the concept constitutes blocks of information fabricated either wholly or in part from falsehoods to serve an end, sometimes political. Creating or promoting fake news is principally an act of commission and ...

How Blockchain Technology Will Underpin the Fresh Food Sales Boom

by Ken Cottrill

As the research partner of Distributed: Trade, Chain Business Insights is providing this early access into its exclusive research on blockchains’ role in supply chain management. At Distributed: Trade, we will present highlights from our research and lead a panel of blockchain innovators to ...

Is Africa the Next Hub for Blockchain Development?

by Christopher Tozzi

Compared to Western nations, many areas of Africa lack extensive infrastructure, entrenched financial institutions, a high degree of political stability and/or large pools of capital. In most traditional senses, these challenges constrain opportunities for growth on the continent.Yet in many ...

What Could Blockchain Technology Mean For Photography?

by David Hollerith

Thus far, media industry professionals who understand how the blockchain works have become increasingly certain that the technology is the great new hope for their sector. Bruce Pon, CEO of ascribe.io, a blockchain-based platform for creators to claim attribution and transfer rights, said that ...

Reducing Friction In Healthcare Payment

by David Hollerith

In a NYT article dated May 15, 2017, A Whistle-Blower Tells of Health Insurers Bilking Medicare, journalist Mary Williams Walsh brought attention to the latest instance of insurance companies “gaming” healthcare. According to the article, UnitedHealth had made patients appear sicker than they ...

Latest Additions Move Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Toward Mainstream Disruption

by Bradley Fink

In March, several major companies joined together and formed the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), with a plan to create software standards for Ethereum in business use cases. The 30 founding members included Microsoft, Intel, JP Morgan, Accenture and Thompson Reuters.The goal was to establish ...

Gaming The System With Blockchains

by Christopher Tozzi

The online gaming industry has problems and blockchain technology is poised to solve them. To understand why blockchain can help make online gaming better, you first have to recognize how the gaming industry has evolved over the past several decades and how important digital assets and in-game ...

Despite the Success of Blockchain POCs, Deploying Pilots Won’t be Easy (Part Two)

by Pete Harris

Part one of this article looked at blockchain pilot deployment challenges and suggested that having DevOps skills on the implementation team could help. This article aims to highlight complex data integration issues as another aspect of roll out that will be critical in moving blockchains from ...

A New Frontier for Community Healthcare

by Michael Scott

America’s community health center movement originated as a group of public health and justice advocates who became active during the 1960s. A major catalyst in the movement’s development was a young South Africa-educated doctor named H. Jack Geiger. Geiger committed himself to observing how a ...

Verifying Intellectual Property On The Blockchain

by Jill Richmond

Innovators like Binded, Pixsy, TinEye and Ascribe promise to use decentralized ledger technology to register and protect against copyright infringement. They understand that a public, decentralized ledger like the blockchain is ideal for cataloging and storing original works of art, digital ...

DTCC to Launch Blockchain Credit Default Swaps Reporting in Early 2018

by Alex Lielacher

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) announced that it plans to go live with its blockchain-powered credit default swaps (CDS) reporting platform in the first quarter of 2018.The New York-based DTCC is the post-trade services provider for the U.S. market and provides settlement and ...

Blockchain Comes To Corporate Governance With AST Proxy Voting

by Bradley Fink

An intriguing prospect for blockchain technology is the power to ensure transparency in voting, though the mainstream political system is unlikely to embrace this potential in the near future.It’s more likely that this application will have to be established first in traditional finance, as ...

The Top Four Open-Source Blockchain Projects in Media

by Christopher Tozzi

Blockchain technology has become best known for its role in the worlds of cryptocurrency and financial transactions.But blockchain-based platforms are wielding a growing influence in the media and advertising markets as well. In this space, open-source projects are leveraging blockchain ...

The Intersection of Social Media and the Blockchain

by Linda Rosencrance

Every major social media platform has offered users a way to communicate with others and earn social currency, such as followers, traffic to their content, likes and retweets.Now, a new breed of social media networks has emerged — one that uses blockchain technology to build platforms enabling ...

Move Over Bitcoin, CME Group Will Offer Real Digital Gold

by Bradley Fink

Because of its scarcity, portability, divisibility and current valuation, many people are calling bitcoin the modern “digital gold.” And like gold, bitcoin seems to be establishing itself as a popular store of value.But now CME Group, one of the world’s largest providers of gold futures ...

The Blockchain And Global Health

by Michael Scott

Amid the popularity of worldwide travel, a growing number of people are aligning their trips with healthcare services. The basis of this movement is known as medical tourism.This is a concept in which people travel outside of their home country to obtain medical treatment that is often cheaper ...

How Blockchain Technology Can Transform Royalty Payments

by Jill Richmond

In a sign of the increasing mainstream popularity of distributed ledger technology in the media space, Spotify recently announced its acqui-hire of blockchain technology company Mediachain Labs to help it reward online content owners with royalty payments. Mediachain created an open source, ...

Despite the Success of Blockchain POCs, Deploying Pilots Won’t be Easy (Part One)

by Pete Harris

At a conference in Houston, TX, last month, R3’s Tim Grant presented his version of a “blockchain adoption timeline.” It seemed to reflect a broader industry view that while 2014 was “The Year of Enlightenment” and 2015 “The Year of the Hype,” 2017 will be the year that blockchain projects move ...

DARPA and Advancing Cybersecurity Infrastructure With Blockchain

by Jill Richmond

Cybersecurity infrastructure is taking a leap forward with the support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research unit of the U.S. Department of Defense (that helped create the internet, among other things). In September, DARPA paved the way for government use of ...

IBM Report Highlights Blockchain’s Value in Healthcare

by Michael Scott

As blockchain technology is adopted more widely within healthcare, a recent survey sought to gauge the intersection between the industry and disruptive innovation.In a report titled “Healthcare Rallies for Blockchain: Keeping Patients At The Center,” the IBM Institute for Business Value and The ...

China’s Blockchain Invasion

by Bradley Fink

Word in China is out about blockchain technology, as the government made clear in an Informatization Strategy published in December of 2016. The strategy states, “The internet, cloud computing, large data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain … will drive the evolution of ...

Analysis: Spoilt for Choice, Enterprise Distributed Ledgers (Part One)

by Pete Harris

This year is set to be a big one for companies looking to implement their first live pilots of applications built on blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Drawing on the experience of in-house lab experiments and proof-of-concept (PoC) tests, these early adopters will be looking to ...

Lowering the Cost of Trust in Media and Advertising

by Stacy Huggins

Advertising is big business and as activity increasingly moves online, including the delivery of content and television, so too do the marketing dollars. While 2015 saw an estimated $170.5 billion spent on online advertising globally, this figure is projected to increase almost 50 percent by ...

Analysis: Spoilt For Choice, Enterprise Distributed Ledgers (Part Two)

by Pete Harris

As was noted in part one of this analysis, 2017 will see companies looking to implement their first live pilots of applications built on blockchain and distributed ledger technology.A big difference between a proof-of-concept and a pilot is that in the latter deployment scenario, the blockchain ...

Asset Manager Fidelity to Join Blockchain Group IC3

by Alex Lielacher

U.S. asset management giant Fidelity Investments Inc. is the first financial institution to join The Initiative for CryptoCurrencies & Contracts (IC3), a blockchain technology development group composed of leading academic institutions and tech companies.The IC3 group is based at the Jacobs ...

How Blockchain Is Transforming the Creative Industry

by Jill Richmond

As a public database, the blockchain can store information about individual pieces of content, including who has created it, while sharing it within a network. As such, it has the potential to totally transform the creative industry and rights management for intellectual property (IP) and ...

Deloitte Promotes Brand Loyalty Rewards Through Blockchain Technology

by Giulio Prisco

Customer loyalty and engagement can make or break companies, warns a report from the Deloitte Center for Financial Services on blockchain-based solutions for customer loyalty. That makes rewards programs a strategic investment for all types of organizations.Deloitte, the second-largest ...

EU Data Protection Regulation

by Jill Richmond

New EU legislation will mean tougher, more complex laws and more severe penalties. Blockchain, smart contracts and cryptographic keys could be crucial in abiding by these new privacy rules.Four years in the making, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) obtained its final ...

Advancing Cybersecurity with Blockchain Technology

by Jill Richmond

The blockchain’s alternative approach to storing and sharing information provides a way out of the security messes that can occur with single points of centralized failure, such as the complete shutdown of entire networks and the potential for data tampering, theft or spoofed ...

How Tokenization Is Putting Real-World Assets on Blockchains

by Addison Cameron-Huff

Tokenization is the process of converting rights to an asset into a digital token on a blockchain. There is great interest by financial intermediaries and technologists around the world in figuring out how to move real-world assets onto blockchains to gain the advantages of Bitcoin while keeping ...

Free Markets and Consumer Healthcare: Hashing Out a Solution

by Michael Scott

It’s a well-known fact that U.S. health systems function in a very disjointed way. Consumers get little or no information enabling them to make informed decisions about their care. Moreover, they are often enmeshed in health delivery networks that give them no self-directed choice. Cost and ...

Reshaping U.K.’s National Health Service With the Blockchain

by Michael Scott

The National Health Service (NHS) is a British legacy institution tasked with caring for 65 million people. Despite existing as a model for universal healthcare, the system is rife with challenges: a bloated bureaucracy, outdated systems, clinical failure, internal political squabbles and ...

Building A New VA Healthcare System, Block by Block

by Michael Scott

There continues to be a flurry of media attention about persistent problems facing the V.A. health system. As the largest integrated health system in the U.S., the system serves 8.76 million veterans annually at over 1,700 care sites. It is also the nation’s largest provider of graduate medical ...

Are Patient Payment and Records Solutions Just Around the Block?

by Michael Scott

In the U.S., the complex nature of health payment and records systems has been well documented. This is widely viewed as a key bottleneck in a healthcare industry saddled with soaring costs, spotty care and barriers to patient access.For a broader perspective on what can be done to address these ...

Walled Gardens and Bad Neighbors: MadHive’s Blockchain-Based Ad Tech Solution

by Michael Scott

The sea of first-party data aggregated every second of the day by advertising publishers brings with it a wave of targeting specificity that could only be dreamed about years ago. Programmatic advertising, where online ads are sold through digital exchanges, will undoubtedly be the preeminent ...

Coin Center and the Future of Digital Currency

by Neeraj Agrawal

Open, permissionless, distributed blockchain systems such as the digital currency platforms Bitcoin and Ethereum are paradigm-shifting technologies that often raise more questions than they answer. This is especially true in cases where use of the technology intersects with the law, which by its ...

Intel's Dan Middleton Explains the Vision for Hyperledger’s Sawtooth Lake Distributed Ledger

by Peter Chawaga

Dan Middleton is the head of technology for Intel’s blockchain and distributed ledger program, a position that gives him firsthand knowledge of how the technology can change the business world on nearly every level.“Intel believes strongly in the advancement of open source projects,” he said. ...

Analysis: Ethereum Heads to The Enterprise

by Pete Harris

With this week’s launch of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), companies looking to implement blockchain technology for production business applications got another open-source option to explore, as an alternative to the Fabric and Corda platforms in development under the stewardship of the ...

Op-ed: The Venture Capital Perspective on Blockchain Technology

by Bart Stephens

Technologies that change the world often have humble and obscure beginnings. When the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense created Darpanet, the goal of the project was to create a decentralized and redundant communication network that would allow for ...

Digital Asset's Blythe Masters Discusses Hyperledger and Blockchain Collaboration

by Peter Chawaga

Blythe Masters solidified her Wall Street reputation as a top-level executive at J.P.Morgan, which she left in 2014 after a career spanning 27 years. Since then, she has bridged the gap from financial institutions to fintech startups by becoming CEO of Digital Asset, a leader in the use of ...

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 ...

Insurance Giants Generali and RGA Join Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative B3i

by Giulio Prisco

Two major players in the global insurance industry, Generali Group and Reinsurance Group of America (RGA), have announced that they are joining the Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative B3i to further explore the potential use of distributed ledger technology for the insurance and health ...

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 ...

American Express Bets Big on the Blockchain, Joins Hyperledger Project

by Giulio Prisco

The Hyperledger Project, a collaborative cross-industry effort led by The Linux Foundation to create an enterprise-grade, open-source distributed ledger technology, announced that American Express has joined the project as a Premier Member. The global financial services giant joins more than 100 ...

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 ...

Energizing the Blockchain — A Canadian Perspective

by Iliana Oris Valiente and Sam Pajot-Phipps

Canada’s energy sector is facing a challenging economic environment. As in past commodity price cycles, innovation holds the promise of renewal.Sharply lower energy commodity prices have dramatically compressed levels of upstream activity, employment and capital investment. Fundamental changes ...

Analysis: DTCC Adopts Cautious Deployment Model for Ambitious Distributed Ledger Credit Derivatives Pilot

by Pete Harris

The recent news that the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) is planning to rebuild a key element of its trade processing infrastructure using distributed ledger technology supports the notion that proof-of-concept (PoC) projects are now transforming into real-life pilots. It also ...

Major Wall Street Clearinghouse DTCC to Develop Operational Blockchain Network for Derivatives

by Giulio Prisco

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) announced that it has selected IBM, in partnership with Axoni and R3, to provide a distributed ledger technology framework for post-trade derivatives processing, including credit default swaps. The final goal of the project is to develop a ...