The Blockchain is Still Waiting for Its Web. Here is a Blueprint

The Blockchain is Still Waiting for Its Web. Here is a Blueprint

William Mougayar is the author of “The Business Blockchain” and a board advisor to, and investor in, various blockchain projects and startups (see: disclosures). In this opinion piece, Mougayar examines what it would take to introduce technologies and standards that make blockchain as ubiquitous and user-friendly as the Web. The blockchain landscape is still very technical. Aside from the early enthusiasts and pioneers, it is hardly comprehensible to the masses, and it will continue to be that way, unless it breaks out of its technical shell. This isn’t unlike the predicament the Internet was stuck in, prior to the Web. So, what if blockchain technology is more like the Internet, which means that we are still waiting for its Web layers to emerge, in...

FTC to Host Blockchain Panels at March FinTech Event

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting a FinTech gathering on 9th March, dedicated in part to blockchain tech and its impact on consumers. Announced on Friday, the FinTech Forum – the third the US commodities trade regulator has hosted – will feature panels on the subjects of blockchain and artificial intelligence. The agency hosted two events last year in the series, focused on crowdfunding and peer-to-peer payments. According to the FTC, the event will largely center on the implications for consumers stemming from both blockchain and AI – and, perhaps, the confluence of the two. The agency said in a statement: “The half-day event is designed to bring together industry participants, consumer groups, researchers, and government representatives, to...

Why Blockchain Will Trump Populism

Why Blockchain Will Trump Populism

Jens Albers is a humanitarian filmmaker and the co-founder of chain2change, a blockchain startup seeking to reinvent charitable giving. In this CoinDesk opinion piece, Albers examines how he believes the rise of populism in politics could be undone by blockchain technology. At a time when one of the world’s most influential countries is run by an unpredictable billionaire who explores Twitter as an instrument for foreign politics and openly confronts individuals, political leaders and companies, it is a given that there is uncertainty about what will happen next. During the past few weeks, we have seen a great number of odd examples of what this kind of ‘post-truth’ world can bring, one where sentiment all too often overrules facts....

Blockchain's R-Word (And 3 Other Trends for 2017)

Blockchain's R-Word (And 3 Other Trends for 2017)

Simon Taylor is co-founder and director at 11:FS, a FinTech advisory firm, and the former vice president of entrepreneurial partnerships at Barclays. In this CoinDesk 2016 in Review special feature, Taylor discusses what he sees as the challenges (and opportunities) ahead for enterprise applications of distributed ledger tech. 2016 has been a rollercoaster year for those of us following blockchain and distributed ledger tech. Whether it was bitcoin pushing toward $1,000, a consortium of banks open-sourcing software with R3’s Corda, or government and central banks supporting blockchain experimentations, you can’t deny the subject has been everywhere. While some have grown tired of the endless press releases and bickering about ledger designs, in the...

National Science Foundation to Fund Blockchain Security Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking to fund research into how technologies like blockchain can improve the resiliency of cyber-infrastructure. According to a grant proposal solicitation initially released last year and updated at the start of 2017, the NSF is looking to fund research to the tune of $8.5m. The agency is looking to grant between seven and nine awards of up to $1m apiece. While not explicitly focused on blockchain, the grant does invoke the technology as one topics of exploration once funds have been granted. The NSF is a US government agency that funds scientific research in a variety of areas. As the solicitation noted: “With the growing amount of remote instruments and the increasing amount of data being collected from multiple,...