Getting to Truth on the Blockchain

By Kate Baucherel | January 27, 2020
Cobweb representing the web of truth on the blockchain

The second phase of the enquiry into the tragic Grenfell Tower fire begins today. As the BBC reports, the first phase found that the cladding work on the tower did not comply with building regulations, and the role of the second phase is to unpick the complex records held by seven different contractors to determine accountability.…

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Is Magic Internet Money going mainstream?

By Kate Baucherel | January 15, 2020
magic internet money

Spoilers: No. We are not all going to be using our cryptocurrency of choice on a daily basis any time soon. Here in our comfortable first world existence, the vast majority do not have a need for an alternative to established national currencies. However, there are emerging patterns and pockets of adoption which merit scrutiny.…

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Happy Birthday Bitcoin. Here’s to all the family!

By Kate Baucherel | January 7, 2020
Happy Birthday Bitcoin

Bitcoin celebrated its eleventh birthday on January 3rd, 2020, the anniversary of the creation of its Genesis Block. The first working peer-to-peer system of electronic cash was born into turbulent times. In that original block lies a hidden message which reads: “The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks”. It is generally…

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Diversity across a decade

By Kate Baucherel | December 20, 2019
Blockchain landscape

With eleven days left of a turbulent ten years, I’m following the fashion of reflection but looking ahead to the promise of the impending Twenties. In January 2010 I was comfortable in a senior financial position with a FTSE 100 subsidiary. Today, I’m in the process of writing my fifth book (fiction) and awaiting publication…

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Whither the future of money?

By Kate Baucherel | March 31, 2019
SXSW Crypto events

As cryptocurrencies gain both ground and notoriety, questions are increasingly asked about the future of money. I confronted this in my 2017 novel Bitcoin Hurricane, imagining a near future where digital and fiat currencies trade side by side in the money markets, and banks still have a role to play in our lives. Austin’s SXSW…

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Nifty Moves: Blockchain news from SXSW

By Kate Baucherel | March 22, 2019
Three Cryptokitties

Is it hype, or is there something in it? The innovation spawned by cryptocurrency and its underlying distributed ledger technology is matched only by the scepticism that surrounds wild claims of future potential, and by the scams which arose in the Wild West of the 2017 bull run and ICO fundraising. The sector is beginning…

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The Innovation Game

By Kate Baucherel | March 19, 2019
Chess

Science fiction, fantasy, computer games, and chess. My children are all over these, playing hard and imagining new worlds. As we start to face adult responsibilities, it’s sometimes hard to hold on to the absolute joy of play, but discussions around the development of artificial intelligence at this year’s South by South West (SXSW) festival…

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Expert Insight: Blockchain Technology

By Kate Baucherel | February 14, 2019
Blockchain landscape

This briefing on the history of blockchain and distributed ledger technology was commissioned by Business Expert Press as part of their now discontinued Expert Insights series. You can view and download the full article here: BEP Expert Insight Blockchain Nov 2017 Abstract: Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology, which has its roots in the development…

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Who can be trusted with our personal data?

By Kate Baucherel | November 30, 2018
Blockchain landscape

There are shivers in Silicon Valley as the data protection winter approaches. Hard on the heels of the May 2018 implementation of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) covering personal data, the California Consumer Privacy Act 2018 (CCPA) passed through the state legislature in August. The long and difficult labor which preceded the birth of…

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Bitcoin? That will do nicely, sir….

By Kate Baucherel | November 12, 2018
What could you buy with Bitcoin?

Oh, how we have waited in vain to hear those words. Since the heady days of the first real-world bitcoin transaction, the legendary pizza purchase of 2010, we have been poised with our wallets in hand, waiting for coffee purveyors to catch on….. Read the full article on Coinverge : Making real-world payments with Bitcoin. Coming…

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