Is blockchain living up to the hype?

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As we approach Bitcoin’s 10th anniversary at the end of this month, we ask whether blockchain – the technology underpinning the cryptocurrency – is fulfilling its promise, or a tech still looking for a better reason to exist. There have been some very grandiose claims made about blockchain. Source: BBC Business Technology Date: November 30th, 2018 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45919700… Read more »

‘Child porn links could make Bitcoin blockchain illegal’

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Researchers in Germany have found hundreds of links to child sexual abuse imagery on Bitcoin’s blockchain. This could make using the blockchain, a digital ledger of crypto-currency transactions, illegal.  The study, from RWTH Aachen University, also said other files on the blockchain may violate copyright and privacy laws.  Researchers said they had found eight files with sexual content…. Read more »

Startup Codex Brings Blockchain to Art With Backing From Pantera

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Verifying authenticity or provenance is one of the art industry’s biggest challenges. Blockchain can help. Blockchain is a potentially revolutionary technology for all sorts of industries, from finance to food safety, social media and retail. A startup plans to use it in the notoriously opaque world of fine art to verify authenticity.  Codex has developed a decentralized database… Read more »

What Do Cryptocurrencies Have to Do with Trust?

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Bitcoin and other “cryptocurrencies” have been much in the news lately, in part because of their wild gyrations in value. Michael Lee and Antoine Martin, economists in the New York Fed’s Money and Payment Studies function, have been following cryptocurrencies and agreed to answer some questions about digital money. Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York… Read more »

IBM, Maersk Form New Blockchain Company for International Cargo

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IBM and A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S have started a company that will use new technologies such as blockchain, a digital ledger best known for underpinning bitcoin, to track cargo movements and automate paperwork for shipping across international borders. Source: BusinessWeek Date: January 16th, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-16/ibm-maersk-form-new-blockchain-company-for-international-cargo Discussion 1) It is becoming more and more apparent that blockchain technology is going to… Read more »

What is blockchain and how does it work?

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Blockchain is one of the buzzwords in modern-day financial transactions. But what exactly does it mean and how does it work? Source: BBC Asia Date: January 11th, 2018 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/business-38932854/what-is-blockchain-and-how-does-it-work Discussion There are perhaps hundreds of thousands of videos “explaining” how Blockchain works.  I picked this one in particular because it talks about what I think is going… Read more »