The Blockchain: Overview of “Past” and “Future”

  • Arif Sari Girne American University, Kyrenia, Cyprus;
Keywords: Blockchain, Blocks, Bitcoin, Distributed networks, Smart contracts.

Abstract

Variety of network technologies deployed for ease of use and emerging technologies developed for better communication, enhanced security and faster delivery. The global financial crash of 2007-2008 created a lot of distrust between financial institutions and other stakeholders in societies across the globe. The general dissatisfaction caused members of the computing world to begin to ponder if there were electronic ways to ensure that disintermediation could be achieved. This would essentially get rid of the banks as middlemen or the very worst reduce their overall power and boost anonymity regarding transactions. The Blockchain is the end result of these deliberations and efforts. It is an unstoppable, trust-based, immutable, peer-to-peer distributed database that has found success in todays world. Its most prominent application is in the crypto-currency field. However, it is slowly but surely being applied to other fields as well. This research paper highlights the previous trends in security and network field and exposing the importance of Blockchain technology interims of specific pros and cons.

Author Biography

Arif Sari, Girne American University, Kyrenia, Cyprus;
Department of Management Information Systems, School of Applied Sciences, Girne American University

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Published
2017-12-31
How to Cite
Sari, A. (2017). Transactions on Networks and Communications, 5(6), 39. https://doi.org/10.14738/tnc.56.4061