New insights from The Digital Commonwealth

By Kate Baucherel | May 10, 2024

Thursday 2nd May saw the second of The Digital Commonwealth‘s Mansion House Summit series. I’ve known the people behind this since they were delivering high quality journalism and events through CryptoAM, and James Bowater, Darren Parkin and the team have made The Digital Commonwealth a bigger and better version of what came before. It’s well…

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The power of Ask Me Anything

By Kate Baucherel | May 8, 2024

Last Wednesday, May 1st, saw my formal book launch at the headquarters of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, featuring a fabulous Ask Me Anything fireside chat. Having questions fired at me from all angles is something I thrive on. It keeps me on my toes, makes me consider my knowledge critically or present it…

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Think like a futurist to survive

By Kate Baucherel | April 30, 2024
Speaking at Thinking Digital 2022

How do we and our businesses survive and thrive in this rapidly changing world? For generations, humans have had time to stop, think and adapt to change. It took a more than hundred years to move from the first steam engines, Stephenson’s Rocket pulling a passenger train, and the rise of industrial scale manufacturing to…

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A Book and a Halving

By Kate Baucherel | April 17, 2024

It’s a momentous week in the world of crypto. Today, 17th April, my new book for BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is released. The early reviews have been humbling – Getting Started with Cryptocurrency is a must-have book for early explorers and seasoned professionals alike… … a gem in the crypto literature landscape ……

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Are cryptocurrencies money?

By Kate Baucherel | April 10, 2024

As Bitcoin wobbles backwards and forwards in a volatile market, it seems to have very little in common with “money” – pounds, euros and dollars – despite the ‘currency’ moniker we gave it all those years ago. Short term values are frothy for many reasons, largely related to regulation and supply. The halving of the…

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The quest for digital identity

By Kate Baucherel | April 8, 2024
Digital world

Digital identity is one of the most potentially transformative applications of blockchain. Having an official identity is the gateway to everything we take for granted. Without one, we would struggle to access government services and education, jobs and financial services. As the paperwork for all of these moves inexorably online, the quest for reliable digital…

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DAOs, decisions and dangers

By Kate Baucherel | April 4, 2024

DAOs – Distributed (or Decentralised) Autonomous Organisations – feel like a great way of putting power back in the hands of a community. They are recognised as having huge potential for social impact – the World Economic Forum has described them as ‘nascent and aspirational’ – and there are huge sums of money held in…

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Visions of the future

By Kate Baucherel | April 3, 2024

I was delighted to be asked to contribute to the new Cybersalon anthology “All Tomorrow’s Futures – Fictions that Disrupt.” Published this week, this book is bursting with visions of the future from experts in their respective emerging technology fields. The five themes cover justice, energy, finance, health and education, taking new angles on the…

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How to bottle lightning

By Kate Baucherel | April 2, 2024

The world of crypto moves so fast that taking a realistic snapshot of its development is like trying to bottle lightning. But this is exactly what I was asked to do by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for my new book “Getting Started with Cryptocurrency: An introduction to digital assets and blockchain“. And not…

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FTX CEO Sentenced

By Kate Baucherel | March 28, 2024
An exploding planet and FTX logo

Following his conviction for money laundering and fraud in November 2023, the former CEO of the collapsed FTX exchange, Sam Bankman-Fried, was today sentenced to 25 years in jail. The rapid implosion of the exchange has been described as crypto’s ‘Lehman moment’, recalling the collapse that triggered the greatest damage of the 2008 financial crash.…

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