Expert Insight: Blockchain Technology

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 […]

Bitcoin? That will do nicely, sir….

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 Converge : Making real-world payments with Bitcoin. Coming […]

Let the Blockchain take the strain | Digital Leaders

How will smart contracts streamline business processes? Digital Leaders North East and Invotra attracted a broad range of businesses to their Blockchain event earlier this year. The audience ranged from those who are already actively exploring blockchain solutions in their business to the majority who are still feeling their way on the potential of the […]

How smart are your contracts?

Smart contracts are the engines of blockchain: the core of the trustless technology that brought us Bitcoin, Cryptokitties, and endless snake-oil ICOs. The quality and the usefulness of a blockchain application stands or falls by the quality of the smart contracts encoded within. How smart are your contracts? Can you be absolutely sure that they […]

Initial Coin Offerings – Snake Oil or Saviour?

2017 was the year that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) hit the technical business press, and cryptocurrency stepped out of the shadows. It’s been a remarkable ride: in June, when finalising details of my novel Bitcoin Hurricane, the publisher asked whether Bitcoin was well enough known for the book to sell. By Christmas, at every signing […]

Who takes ethical responsibility for social media influence? | Center for Digital Ethics & Policy

There’s a storm brewing, and social media is at its eye. For a decade, businesses and politicians have increasingly used both Twitter and Facebook as convenient mouthpieces. Twitter’s values declare: “We believe in free expression and think every voice has the power to impact the world.” Facebook’s mission is to “bring the world closer together.” […]