Blockchain research

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

Making permissioned blockchains interoperable with Weaver

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) has gone beyond its experimental phase and is now actively managing several enterprise workflows around the world in areas like trade logistics, export finance, inter-bank payments, and regulatory compliance. But this has not led to convergence, either to a default technology stack or to a single global network that everyone runs […]

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Making fungible tokens and NFTs safer to use for enterprises

Before cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology was unknown to most people. It was blockchain’s unique ability to manage the ownership of (virtual) currency in a decentralized and reduced-risk manner that made all the difference. The introduction of permissioned blockchains made the same functionality even more appealing to the enterprise world in the context of decentralized business asset […]

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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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A groundbreaking vaccine will need a groundbreaking supply chain

News of the first successfully completed vaccine trial has the potential to bring relief to billions of people around the world. But as encouraging as trials may be, it is extremely important to note that a vaccine cannot be as effective if it is not effectively distributed and trusted by the public. To their credit, […]

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Launching nine new projects on blockchain and data transparency

The Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency brings together cross-disciplinary teams to advance innovation in blockchain and data transparency and closely associated topics for the good of society that will drive new science and technology, develop thought leadership and influence policy. Our aim is support not just cutting-edge research in the underlying technologies that […]

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Blockchain gives power back to musicians

Imagine this: a single platform where you can search for a song and uncover a record of every single player that has touched that song from inception to delivery. Every songwriter, producer, sound engineer, and everyone in between. Imagine a transparent revenue-sharing model that pays artists their fair share of royalties right away. Imagine a […]

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From lettuce to luxury goods, blockchain helps industries thrive

What do you think of when you hear blockchain? The term cryptocurrency leaps to mind for many people, but that definition fails to represent the breadth and depth of blockchain today. Over the past several years, practical blockchain use cases have emerged as organizations worldwide recognized blockchain as a tool to help solve real-world problems […]

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Blockchain — but make it fashion

Perhaps the most widely referenced use case for blockchain is track and trace, the benefits of which have been expounded upon countlessly. Still, how often are these benefits applied to industries outside of banking and manufacturing? Blockchain as a service continues to prove itself across industries, having graduated from successful pilots such as those in […]

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Powering trust on the grid with blockchain

Around the globe, the energy transition — or the transformation of the energy sector away from fossil fuels and towards zero-carbon energy — is rapidly gathering pace. The current power grid, however, is struggling to keep up. As detailed in the recent report by the IBM Institute for Business Value, Revive aging power grids with […]

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