Blockchain research

Studies, white papers and other research exploring how blockchain is perceived, being used, and its impact within various industries.

Blockchain is the next step in democratizing education

Since the time of cave paintings and scrolls, the transformation of educating and learning is one of the greatest measures of societal evolution. Still, the education sector is significantly under-digitized in comparison to other industries, with less than 3 percent of the sector’s global expenditures being contributed to technology. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and […]

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Is there a blockchain delay in healthcare?

According to a 2016 IBV study, “Healthcare Rallies for Blockchain,” healthcare seemed to be “setting the pace on blockchain adoption,” even ahead of the financial services industry. The study surveyed over 200 healthcare executives and found that 16 percent expected to have commercial blockchain solutions in place by 2017. Now three years later, there’s no […]

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The people’s blockchain: Social factors influencing adoption

Every new product that enters a country is pushed and swayed in success levels by factors ranging from market need to purchasing power to social dynamics. The same is true for new technologies, like the internet. In the data visualization below, we see that countries with a high need — defined by the absence of […]

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Is standardization the missing link in automotive blockchain?

Blockchain is driving disruption in the automotive industry. Sixty-two percent of executives say that the secure distributed ledger technology will be a disruptive force in the automotive industry within three years, according to an IBM Institute for Business Value study. The missing link? Standardization — getting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers on the same […]

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Chicago universities lead the charge in blockchain education

Midwest universities have been playing an integral role in technology since the development of the modern internet and the browser wars. This paradigm has not waivered with the emergence of blockchain technology. Despite the downturn in market prices of top cryptocurrencies, the interest continues to grow amongst the academic communities, led in large part by […]

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Trust: The fastest blockchain accelerator

What does riding an Uber and blockchain networks have in common? One word — trust. For business models founded on peer-to-peer exchange like AirBnB and Uber, the idea of relying on strangers in such an intimate way — allowing people you have never met into your home, jumping into a stranger’s car and letting them […]

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The clawback case for blockchain in media and entertainment

The global media and entertainment (M&E) industry, including “new media” FANG titans, is now approaching $2 trillion, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. However, a lot of the value is locked up in inefficient processes that are ripe for re-design using blockchain applications. Blockchain in media and entertainment is giving companies the chance to […]

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Privacy in blockchain collaboration with zero knowledge proofs

Consider a new applicant for a credit card who needs to convince the credit company that they have maintained sufficient average balance in their bank account over the last three months. The traditional way of doing this is for the applicant to share the bank statements over that period. But, this reveals much more personal […]

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From insight to action: How are first movers innovating with blockchain?

We discussed many insights garnered from blockchain first movers as they have progressed towards commercialization in our previous blog, From insight to action: What have we learned from blockchain first movers, including why they are investing in blockchain and what are the barriers they have had to overcome. We shared that, surprisingly, many organizations are […]

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