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Blockchain by Karim R. Lakhani, Marco Iansiti, Don Tapscott, Catherine Tucker, Harvard Business Review

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Introduction

BLOCKCHAIN AND THE DATA INTEGRITY REVOLUTION

by Catherine Tucker

While the dizzying evolution of the internet has transformed how we access data and communicate, advances in data integrity and storage have limped along. We can use the internet to instantaneously pinpoint an obscure eatery in Borneo, watch cat videos, or share our views worldwide. But even with the advent of cloud storage technologies, data still gets lost, corrupted, censored, accidentally deleted, hacked, stolen, and destroyed.

Blockchain could eliminate all of these problems. Pioneered in 2008 as a method of verifying cryptocurrency transactions, blockchain consists of a time-stamped, append-only series of blocks of immutable data that is not owned by any ...

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