Blockchain research & industry insights

Take an in-depth look at blockchain technology's latest developments, projects and products.

Create your own company on Ethereum in 5 minutes

One of the most cited economics papers of the past 50 years is Jensen and Meckling’s “Theory of the Firm: Managerial Behavior, Agency Costs and Ownership Structure”. They advance the theory of the public corporation as an ownerless entity, made up of only contractual relationships. They build on the ideas of Nobel laureate Ronald Coase who explained how contracts allow firms to act as a cohesive entity making them more efficient than individuals, thereby giving firms their raison d'être.

DeFi will dominate the blockchain space this year

DeFi is moving quickly through the blockchain space and is sure to define it in 2019. ICOs are outright boring compared to the innovation and excitement around Decentralized Finance, already dubbed DeFi. We already know the blockchain does money very well—without a doubt the most successful “application” of the technology. But money is a not a static good; it can be sliced and diced in many different ways. The traditional financial world has created many financial instruments allowing money to be borrowed, lent, collateralized, basketed, hedged, leveraged, optioned, insured, and so on. Now all these instruments are coming to the blockchain. And made better. 

3 Major Consortia and their Distributed Ledger Endeavors

Blockmatics has published a new industry report on three blockchain consortia and their distributed ledger projects.

The Agreements Network: Turning Legal Services into Legal Products

Will automated transactions increase efficiency and allow the legal industry to finally keep up with market demand? Can transactional lawyers turn their services into products? The Agreement’s Network has created a marketplace platform that invites lawyers to create and market legal products in an attempt to disrupt the $600 billion transactional law industry.

Is Data on Blockchains GDPR Compliant?

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was implemented on May 25, 2018. The regulation establishes one set of data protection rules for all companies operating in the EU, attempting to give people more control over their personal data.

GDPR was first proposed in 2012 and adopted in April of 2016, occurring at a time when the development of blockchains all over the world was gaining initial traction - creating both potential legal barriers for the implementation of blockchains and opportunities for blockchain projects to help companies navigate through the GDPR regulations.

Improving ADR with Blockchains

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings are a popular means of resolving conflicts between parties outside of the traditional justice system. Traditional litigation, which is time-consuming and complex, very often is not a practical solution for disputes. ADR proceedings such as mediation and arbitration, offer less procedural overhead, may provide faster resolution to the dispute, and have a higher degree of confidentiality than litigation. They also allow the parties to choose arbitrators that are specialized and better suited to deal with the issues at hand. Moreover, the decision-making process encourages open participation (under the guidance of the arbitrators) by all the parties to achieve a more equitable result. Thus, both arbitration and mediation are widely employed to resolve disputes and negotiate matters.

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