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How Blockchain Technology can Improve Reporting

by Reuben Jackson

Although blockchain technology is still closely associated with Bitcoin, this past summer's surge in initial coin offering (ICO) investment showed the true potential of the blockchain for other forms of cryptocurrency and uses beyond Bitcoin. Beyond Bitcoin At this point, we are beginning to ...

UPS Steers Into Blockchain Trucking Alliance

by Michael Scott

Since the concept of blockchain technology was first released in 2009 as the technology fabric supporting Bitcoin, numerous applications have been continually built on top of the infrastructure. The blockchain’s wide adoption as an alternative application for legacy financial systems has fueled ...

Mastercard Moves Toward Fast Blockchain Payments

by Giulio Prisco

On October 20, 2017, Mastercard announced that developers would be able to access its blockchain technology platform via its Mastercard blockchain API published on Mastercard Developers. The new service was launched during the Money20/20 Hackathon in Las Vegas after testing and validation had ...

IBM Partners with the CDC to Bring Blockchains to Public Health

by Giulio Prisco

In Watson Health’s panel discussion at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York, IBM’s Chief Science Officer Shahram Ebadollahi announced that IBM Watson Health has signed an agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to explore the benefits of blockchain and ...

Deep Dive into the MAD Network Ad Tech Platform

by Christopher Tozzi

The ad tech industry faces serious challenges. MAD Network, a new ad tech platform built by MadHive, is working to solve them using blockchain technology.Built by a team of entrepreneurs with experience, not just in blockchain technology, but also in the SaaS, online gaming and digital media ...

Could the Blockchain Disrupt YouTube?

by Danny Bradbury

The blockchain has transformed money, trade and a number of other sectors. Could it now transform the monetization of online content by altering the way that creators get paid? A new generation of challengers to YouTube hopes so. Delivering a billion hours of video a day, YouTube is the world’s ...

Graduating Blockchains: Managing Education Credentials on Distributed Ledgers

by Christopher Tozzi

Resumé padding. False transcripts. Misplaced academic records. These are just some of the problems created by credential management challenges in the education industry. Blockchain technology offers a solution. Universities and startups are already leveraging the blockchain to help manage ...

Deloitte’s Next Blockchain Steps for Financial Services

by Giulio Prisco

A new Deloitte report titled “Six Control Principles for Financial Services Blockchains” covers six control principles essential for blockchain adoption on a global scale. The report has been produced by the Deloitte EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Blockchain Lab in Dublin, in association ...

Preventing the Next Wikileaks With Blockchain Technology

by Reuben Jackson

People are increasingly embracing digital tools to maximize effectiveness, efficiency and convenience. From the events and information that we detail on social media to the incredibly sensitive personal and financial data stored by banks, people’s lives are becoming more digital and, ...

Streaming Television on the Blockchain

by Christopher Tozzi

Companies like Netflix disrupted cable television by making it cheap and easy to stream TV shows online. Now, streaming TV itself is being disrupted by the blockchain. Startups are leveraging blockchain technology to solve the pitfalls of traditional video streaming. The Challenges of Streaming ...

Hyperledger Goes to School

by Danny Bradbury

Hyperledger, the blockchain reference framework launched by the Linux Foundation, is nearly two years old. It is starting to gain commercial traction, underpinning projects such as Everledger, the blockchain to track the provenance of high-value items like diamonds. Now that Hyperledger is ...

How Blockchain Is Disrupting Programmatic Advertising

by Christopher Tozzi

Advertisements were once purchased and negotiated by humans through an inefficient, unreliable process. Then, the digital revolution enabled programmatic advertising, which automated ad purchasing but still has shortcomings. Now, blockchain technology is upending the world of advertising once ...

Blockchain and IoT: Why They Depend on Each Other

by Pete Harris

The other week, I posted a message on LinkedIn to call out Dell Technologies on its recent, high-profile announcement of an Internet of Things (IoT) initiative. The tech giant plans to invest $1 billion in IoT developments over the next three years, CEO Michael Dell told an audience at a ...

Remembering Lu Guanqiu, Chinese Blockchain Proponent

by Chris Zhou

The founder of Wanxiang Group Corporation, Lu Guanqiu, passed away on October 25, 2017. The whole commercial community in China mourned his death. The entire blockchain industry, especially those individuals and groups based in China, has every reason to remember Lu and his work through the ...

Blockchain Technology and The Changing Global Economy at the Ethereal Summit

by Erik Kuebler

Blockchain technology is predicted to add 2.5 billion people to a new, decentralized global economy. This remarkable growth presents unprecedented opportunities and challenges for business, governments and consumers. At the San Francisco Ethereal Summit, Sheila Warren, the head of blockchain and ...

How Blockchain Technology Is Disintermediating Ad Tech

by Christopher Tozzi

The ad tech dollar is disappearing. For each dollar that advertisers spend on digital advertising, only a fraction of that ends up in the hands of publishers. Why? Because the ad supply chain is extremely “verticalized” and convoluted. So many intermediaries separate advertisers from content ...

The Ethereal Summit Brings Blockchain to a Broader Audience

by Erik Kuebler

San Francisco Ethereal Summit 2017: Robot panelists, blockchain bohemians and the promise of a “decentralized” world. As the Terra Gallery’s employees waived Ethereal Summit participants into their trendy, downtown San Francisco art gallery, the atmosphere was electric. They weren’t just ...

The Distributed Ledger 100: The State of Blockchain Technology Today

by Giulio Prisco

The Distributed Ledger newsletter is almost two years old and this edition marks issue number 100. In issue one, published on November 20, 2015, I offered simple, high-level, introductory answers to the question “What is the blockchain?” Nearly two years later, I’ll highlight some recent news ...

Two Blockchain-Based Marketing Tools of Tomorrow

by Jeremy Epstein

Blockchain technology has already enabled a dynamic marketing technology landscape, but it appears that some of its greatest innovations for the industry are still on the horizon. Here are two blockchain marketing tools that a marketer of the future is going to need and that will hopefully be in ...

The Future of Community Health In Smart Cities

by Michael Scott

A smart city is a concept in which information and communication technology integrate with “Internet of Things” (IoT) technology to connect machine components across an urban landscape. A smart city plan has the potential to improve city infrastructures by minimizing costs, foster innovation and ...

Hyperledger’s Latest Effort to “Quilt” Together Blockchain Networks

by Michael Scott

Blockchain-based networks are rapidly emerging as an element of digital life as advancements in cross-industry innovation continue to take shape. This new generation of transactional applications, which embody trust, accountability and transparency, is ushering in a new normal of streamlined ...

Analysis: Oracle’s Blockchain Move Is Critical

by Pete Harris

The recent news regarding Oracle and blockchain technology is really important. In some ways, Oracle’s embrace of the blockchain is more significant than IBM’s big bet on the technology and Microsoft’s support for it. While Oracle’s blockchain ambitions were socialized over the summer via blog ...

International Technology Player Joins Healthcare Consortium

by Michael Scott

Blockchain technology in healthcare is real. It has the potential to help healthcare providers and payers bridge traditional data silos, dramatically increase efficiencies, keep healthcare data secure and streamline patients’ access to medical data. However, professionals in healthcare seem to ...

What Does Blockchain Tech Mean in the Big Data-Fueled Digital Economy?

by Nikki Brown

The current online economy is largely driven by advertising. Nearly every company with an online presence, from small businesses to digital giants, collects data about consumer behaviors in order to target those consumers with advertisements. Some may see this as a breach of privacy; but for ...

What Does Decentralization Actually Mean?

by Joss Everton

Decentralization is a key selling point of most public blockchain platforms. But what does decentralization mean, specifically? And how does a blockchain, or distributed ledger technology (DLT) as it is also known, provide decentralization to its users without compromising the privacy, security ...

Ethereal SF to Broaden the Blockchain Conversation on October 27

by Michael Scott

ConsenSys a venture studio focused on decentralized applications and various developer and end-user tools for blockchain technology, has announced the Ethereal San Francisco summit to be held on October 27. It will occur at Terra, one of the city’s premier art galleries and event locales. ...

Distributed: Health Signals Industry Embrace of Blockchains

by The Distributed Ledger

During the Distributed: Health conference, September 25 to 26, over 725 healthcare and blockchain leaders from around the world converged in Nashville, Tennessee, to explore how blockchain technology is transforming the healthcare industry. This year’s conference included a 24-hour hackathon, a ...

The Future of STEM Research Could Lie on the Blockchain

by Giulio Prisco

In academic and scientific research, current authorship and crediting systems are widely considered insufficient and even nonsensical. “We have the tools and volition to broadly collaborate and share information, but the formation in collaboration is hindered because the credit system does not ...

Can Blockchains Clean Up Advertising Quality?

by Danny Bradbury

Blockchain technology is great at transforming entrenched, inefficient business models. It isn’t every day that you see it disrupting a disruptor, though. But that is already happening in some aspects of the advertising industry, particularly in quality assurance (QA). Creative QA QA is an ...

Building a Framework for Privacy DApps

by Frank Etto

Particl has become known in the cryptocurrency world for building a blockchain-based ecommerce platform. Yet Particl’s vision is not limited to enabling users to buy and sell products using BTC, PART or other cryptocurrencies. Particl is also creating an all-purpose privacy platform that anyone ...

Goldman Sachs Considering Bitcoin Trading Operation, Bullish on Distributed Ledger Technology

by Giulio Prisco

Last month, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told an investor conference in New York that Bitcoin “won’t end well,” because “it’s a fraud” and “worse than tulip bulbs,” Bloomberg reported. Dimon said he would fire any employee trading bitcoin for being “stupid.” JPMorgan being one of the world’s ...

R3 and TradeIX Develop Blockchain Solution for Open Account Trade Finance

by Giulio Prisco

R3 and TradeIX are developing an end-to-end open account trade finance business network, with the collaboration of twelve high-profile financial institutions: Bangkok Bank, Barclays, BBVA, Bladex, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, CTBC Bank, ING, Intesa Sanpaolo, Shinhan Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and ...

University of Surrey Picks Distributed Ledger Technology To Manage Biometric Data

by Giulio Prisco

For the last several years a major topic in technology has been about how to harness the exponentially greater amount of data we have access to thanks to the internet. One consistently discussed concept linking health, business, and technology is finding a way to capture biometric data and ...

How Blockchain Technology can Challenge the Google/Facebook/Amazon Triopoly

by Adam Helfgott, Co-Founder and CEO of MadHive

The biggest players in the current digital economy, Google, Facebook and Amazon, form a “triopoly” with a firm stranglehold over audience reach and targeting capabilities. According to a recent story in the New Yorker, Google controls about 90 percent of search advertising and Facebook controls ...

Estonia Partners With Change Bank for Blockchain e-Residency Program

by Giulio Prisco

Change Bank is a global cryptobank offering a wide range of financial services including investment opportunities on a global marketplace, support for cryptocurrencies, insurance and more.Change Bank is headquartered in Singapore, a global financial and innovation hub, and its partner companies ...

How Blockchains Will Increase Transaction Speeds for Media and Ad Buying

by Ana Grasic

The internet and the age of digitalization have already revolutionized advertising: as of 2017, online advertising now accounts for more than 40 percent of marketing spending around the world. While undoubtedly marking progress, this change has also brought up various concerns around the privacy ...

Know Your Coins: Public vs. Private Cryptocurrencies

by Frank Etto

Once upon a time, Bitcoin was the beginning and the end of the cryptocurrency market. Today, while still the largest, Bitcoin is merely one of dozens of important coins and tokens. From Ethereum to Bitcoin Cash to Particl to SALT, the market is flooded with other blockchain-based projects. ...

Smart Contracts and the Future of Banking

by Giulio Prisco

One of distributed ledger technology’s most promising attributes, the power to enable smart contracts, has applications that reach far and wide. As blockchain technology becomes more widely adopted, many of these applications are coming to fruition.A 2016 Forbes story titled “Smart Contracts May ...

How Blockchains Can Help the Ad Industry Comply With the GDPR

by Christopher Tozzi

The privacy and data protection requirements incumbent upon advertisers are about to grow stricter as a result of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But the regulation also introduces a new opportunity. This challenge is a chance for the growth of blockchains in the advertising ...

The Digital Economy’s Need for Interoperability

by Dustin Byington

This year media has brought extensive attention to the rise of cryptocurrencies. At the time of this writing there are more than 900 cryptocurrencies available online with a market cap up nearly 800 percent this year alone. On August 11, the value of all cryptocurrencies reached an all-time high ...

Blockchain Regulation in Finance: Recent Developments and Prospects

by Martin Bartlam and Mark Radcliffe, DLA Piper

Blockchain technology is a nascent innovation that is providing evolving applications in finance every day. Several regulators have already signaled their intention to examine the use of blockchains. While potentially attractive to regulators due to increased transaction security and reduced ...

The Promise and Challenges of a Blockchain-Based Encyclopedia

by Danny Bradbury

Blockchain technology is disrupting everything from banking to the supply chain. Could online encyclopedias be its next frontier? For years, encyclopedias were monolithic, with strict hierarchies of production and control. Then, Wikipedia democratized them by enabling anyone to write and edit ...

Cryptocurrency Agnosticism and a Vision for Privacy

by Joss Everton

Which cryptocurrency is the best? That’s a heated question to ask and an impossible one to answer. Particl, an ecommerce blockchain startup, wants to free users from having to answer that question. The project is building a cryptocurrency-agnostic ecommerce platform, where users can buy and sell ...

Analysis: IT Heavyweights Are Waking Up to Blockchain

by Pete Harris

Since launching the Hyperledger Project, IBM has elevated its blockchain focus to align it with its cloud business and its activities in artificial intelligence and IoT architectures. IBM’s blockchain business is still in its early days. Numbers have not been published but its investment has ...

A Platform To Bypass Healthcare’s Legacy Technology

by Michael Scott

In 2006 the Harvard Business School Press published a book — Redefining Health Care: Creating Value Based Competition on Results, by Michael Porter and Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg — that offered a compelling critique of our healthcare system. However, the book also introduced a breakthrough ...

How a Distributed Network Can Combat Ad Fraud

by Danny Bradbury

A lack of transparency is what contributes the most to fraud in the ad tech industry. Currently, there’s no way to police such a large industry. That’s why advertisers pay intermediaries to verify transactions, sometimes verifying a single transaction 10 times, which is incredibly inefficient ...

Estonia Planning Blockchain-Based Residency Program

by Giulio Prisco

Distributed focuses on how legacy industries and sectors can, or should, adopt blockchain technology. Government is most certainly a legacy sector, and one that is not often considered as an early adopter of disruptive technologies. Yet, governments all over the planet have expressed interest in ...

Can Blockchains Save Journalism?

by Ana Grasic

Amid dwindling newsrooms and attacks on “fake news,” journalism appears to be at a low point. But a savior is in sight. The rapid emergence of blockchain technology has the potential to rid the profession of the curse of the “post-truth” era, and to purge the notion of fake news from the media ...

Promising True Privacy for Online Purchases

by Joss Everton

Fairly or not, the Bitcoin economy has earned a reputation as a world of secrecy. Particl aims to change this perception by building a Bitcoin-based digital marketplace that delivers the networks emphasis on privacy without the murky secrecy that taints Bitcoin’s image in some consumers’ eyes. ...