What’s A Blockchain, Anyway?

“Please explain it like you would to an eight-year-old”

Why It Matters

Blockchain offers a new model, and freedom from traditional structures. However, it’s not without its limitations.

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This week, we spoke with Anne Connelly, blockchain and social impact expert and faculty member at Singularity U. Here are some highlights from the conversation.

Anne Connelly talks blockchain

BLOCKCHAIN BASICS

Blockchain is a technology that enables people to transfer value peer-to-peer without a third party at a scale that was never possible before. For example, today, if we want to digitally send money to a friend, we have to use a third party to make it possible: banks, Western Union, or PayPal. This costs money and adds risk.

WHAT SOCIAL OUTCOMES CHALLENGES COULD BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY HELP ADDRESS?

BLOCKCHAIN BLIND SPOTS

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