Research

Studies on how blockchain is being used in various industries.

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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From insight to action: Lessons from blockchain first movers

When you go for a swim, do you dive right in or do you test the waters, standing by and letting others jump first? With blockchain, we have witnessed a similar pattern: certain industries and organizations have rapidly embraced the technology, while others have waited on the sideline to watch the results play out before […]

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How Columbia University and IBM are Exploring Data Transparency and Blockchain

In this day and age, data is at the center of many conversations. It only takes one quick glance at the news to see how living in a digitally-enabled era does not automatically mean living in a digitally trusted er. It is also apparent that the economy is going through a major digital transformation with […]

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First Mover advantage: Innovation through blockchain

In my previous post, Blockchain Rx: A cure for healthcare and life sciences? I explained some of the benefits of implementing blockchain and narrowed down which blockchain use cases in these industries are the most viable, and dove into a key blockchain use case in the life sciences industry. In this post, I will explore […]

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Shopping for blockchain: Modernizing consumer retail

At the retail industry’s signature annual event, the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show in New York City, IBM went big by showcasing a demo featuring an end-to-end use case employing blockchain in supply chain. We were joined by hundreds of clients and vendors that were excited to learn more about the technology. Many people […]

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