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Author: Anthony Butler

Ten ways in which the public sector can leverage the blockchain

Much of the dialogue around blockchain has centered on financial services use cases but the potential of the technology is no less profound when considered in a public sector context.  Indeed, much of the discussions I am having today are with government entities exploring how they adopt blockchain technology.  The recent announcements by the Dubai government, for example, demonstrate that regional governments can also find value in the blockchain.  In the case of Dubai, they plan to use a blockchain to optimise the manner in which documents are handled; but there are many use cases or possibilities in which...

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Addressing the counterfeit luxury goods trade with blockchain

In the world of luxury good counterfeiting, there is the concept of “counter quality” replicas.  These are ostensible fake products, such as handbags or watches, that are so close to the original that, if placed on the counter of the boutique or retailer, the shop attendant would not be able to distinguish the fake from the original.  Whilst some people seek out these products as lower cost alternatives to the original and, in the case of watches, there is even a thriving internet subculture focused on these replicas, not all the buyers of such products are aware they are...

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The Revolutionary Potential of the Blockchain

Whilst the internet has revolutionised much of the way in which we conduct business, the mechanics by which we manage asset ownership and transfer between businesses, governments and individuals have been largely unchanged for hundreds of years. We still have business networks made of different participants, each trading tangible or intangible assets, and creating value through the flow of goods and services through the network; each participant managing and controlling their business through the use of ledgers and double-entry accounting. This use of individual ledgers is not without its shortcomings. Firstly, it’s slow as there is time needed to...

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Three ways in which government can benefit from Cognitive Computing

The recent announcement by Dubai government of its first cognitive computing service provides a glimpse into the future: a cognitive agent that is able to interact with residents, citizens and others to provide advice on business licensing in the Emirate of Dubai. Cognitive systems are able to replicate many human faculties, such as the ability to speak, understand unstructured data such as images or voice, and derive insights from large volumes of data.  They are based on artificial intelligence and machine learning; and, through the advent of cloud computing, have now become a capability that is broadly available to...

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