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Read this book, see the future
May16

Read this book, see the future

Joan Warner of Oxford Economics has published an article reviewing Blockchain Revolution. She writes: What if you could get a loan without a credit score? What if your apartment knew when you’d be traveling for a while, and automatically sublet itself to a solvent, clean-living tenant? What if a single, unhackable digital ID let you vote, pay your taxes, or sign up for government benefits from wherever you happened to be, without reams of tedious paperwork? Behold blockchain, the technology poised to enable all this and more. In Blockchain Revolution, published this week by Penguin, authors Don and Alex Tapscott (père et fils) take us through scores of potential uses for what’s called a distributed ledger — a shared database whose “blocks” of data are linked into a “chain” by cryptographic software. A blockchain creates a permanent record of transactions that’s transparent to all its users; no transaction can be completed or altered without validation from a majority of those users. Blockchain first made headlines as the technology behind virtual currencies like Bitcoin. But as this book shows, Bitcoin is a mere prologue to the blockchain story. Read the full review on Oxford...

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Trent Voices: Don Tapscott and Blockchain Revolution
May16

Trent Voices: Don Tapscott and Blockchain Revolution

Don Tapscott, coauthor of Blockchain Revolution and Trent University Chancellor, talks with Trent Voices about blockchain, the Rotman School of Management, and more. Listen to the interview below: or listen to the podcast on Trent...

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Opinion: 4 blockchain companies that could change everything from accounting to money transfers
May12

Opinion: 4 blockchain companies that could change everything from accounting to money transfers

Don Tapscott and his son Alex Tapscott have published an article on MarketWatch. The article begins: The first generation of the digital revolution brought us the Internet of information. The second generation — powered by blockchain technology — is bringing us the Internet of value: a new platform to reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better. Blockchain is a vast, global distributed ledger or database running on millions of devices and open to anyone, where not just information but anything of value — money, but also titles, deeds, identities, even votes — can be moved, stored and managed securely and privately. Trust is established through mass collaboration and clever code rather than by powerful intermediaries like governments and banks. Read the article on...

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Commentary: Five myths about the Blockchain revolution
May12

Commentary: Five myths about the Blockchain revolution

Don and Alex Tapscott have published an article on Reuters about a few blockchain myths. They write: Blockchain technology is the most important invention in computing in a generation because, for the first time in human history, we have at our disposal a truly native digital medium for peer-to-peer value exchange. Blockchain, a vast global platform based on a distributed ledger, establishes the rules — in the form of computations and heavy duty encryption — that enable two or more parties to transact or do business without needing a third party to establish trust. Rather than relying on a bank, government or other intermediary to create trust, the blockchain ensures it through mass collaboration and clever code. Trust is built into the system, which is why we call blockchain the Trust Protocol. Read the article on Reuters Photo: Reuters/Benoit...

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The Impact of the Blockchain Goes Beyond Financial Services
May11

The Impact of the Blockchain Goes Beyond Financial Services

The technology most likely to change the next decade of business is not the social web, big data, the cloud, robotics, or even artificial intelligence. It’s the blockchain, the technology behind digital currencies like Bitcoin. Blockchain technology is complex, but the idea is simple. At its most basic, blockchain is a vast, global distributed ledger or database running on millions of devices and open to anyone, where not just information but anything of value – money, titles, deeds, music, art, scientific discoveries, intellectual property, and even votes – can be moved and stored securely and privately. On the blockchain, trust is established, not by powerful intermediaries like banks, governments and technology companies, but through mass collaboration and clever code. Blockchains ensure integrity and trust between strangers. They make it difficult to cheat. Read the full article by Don and Alex Tapscott on...

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Blockchain Looks To Change How To Do Business Online
May11

Blockchain Looks To Change How To Do Business Online

Don Tapscott talks with NPR’s Robert Siegel about blockchain and how it will transform business online. Robert starts: Now we’re going to hear a little more about blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin. Don Tapscott is a management professor at the University of Toronto and co-author of a new book on blockchain. He says it is the greatest innovation in computer science in years, a vast digital ledger that can be shared by everyone. Listen to the audio and read the full transcript on...

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