Blockchain explained

The fundamentals of blockchain technology, including use cases that demonstrate how it works, where to use it and key considerations for production.

A legal perspective on blockchain-anchored business networks

Business law, legal considerations and regulatory compliance are important to setting up and running an enterprise business. The blockchain business network enables enterprises to interact among their stakeholders across geography with trust and traceability. Hence, it is important that the blockchain business network comply with a required set of business laws, geography-specific standards, a global […]

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Digital public works certification with blockchain and cloud

Public works projects are typically large and involve mountains of paperwork and certifications around legal, financial and ethical standards. In Italy, companies tendering bids for public works contracts of more than EUR 150,000 must be certified through a process that entails reviewing 10 years’ worth of an applicant’s business records. Much of this is done […]

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Can the future of fintech really be found in blockchain-based smart contracts?

Blockchain is arguably the most significant innovation since the internet with individuals, companies and even governments embracing the technology. An appealing feature of blockchain technology is smart contracts. Smart contracts are gaining widespread use and ease of creation as global processes are becoming increasingly digitised. They serve as an alternative to traditional contracts which are […]

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The financialization of cryptocurrencies

What does it mean to “own a Bitcoin?” It means there is a recorded transaction on the Bitcoin blockchain where someone sent one bitcoin to your public key address and that you (and you alone) know the address’s private key. Even if that terse description explains things, it does not help with the logistic details […]

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Why Digital Health Passes are the smart and responsible way forward

Having two daughters as nurses during the early stages and height of the pandemic made for tough weeks and months for myself and my family. The uncertainty of the virus and the inability to secure PPE for my daughters was a time I hope to never relive. The past year of course has brought unforeseen […]

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Bringing the benefits of blockchain to the enterprise database

Many businesses want to enjoy the benefits of blockchain regarding the visibility and provenance of the data. However, they don’t necessarily want or need the complexity that comes with its decentralization feature. Our research focuses on simplifying the usability and reducing the management overhead for use cases where a trusted cloud provider operates the solution. […]

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Blockchain for managing judicial bonds and deposits

Complex business processes that involve hundreds of external partners, thousands of discrete events to be recorded and tracked, and millions in funds are excellent candidates for digital transformation using blockchain. Managing a portfolio of judicial bonds and deposits, also known as judicial guarantees, is one such process. Some countries, jurisdictions and court systems require companies […]

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The rising NFT tide lifts all tokens: So what is an NFT?

How can businesses absorb disruptive impact and begin to integrate these new business models in existing and new streams of business opportunity? NFTs have taken the world by storm. Rejuvenating the blockchain movement started by Bitcoin, followed by smart contract platform Ethereum, NFTs seem to be a natural progression in the explosion of asset tokenization, […]

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Blockchain and letters of guarantee

Paper-intensive financial instruments, especially those that require back-and-forth negotiations between parties, are ripe for digitization and blockchain. Add in the potential for fraud with paper processes, and the rationale for blockchain is even greater. The bank guarantee, or letter of guarantee, is just such an instrument. Bank guarantees facilitate doing business by adding trust to […]

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