06 Jan 2022

What is Web 3.0? (Part 1 of 3)

What is Web 3.0?  This question is not rhetorical.  We are trying to sort it out for research purposes – and thought it would be a good idea to open source the process to the OODA Loop readership. Also, for research purposes, we will continue to capture OSINT resources for the OODA Loop membership which bears the moniker “Web 3.0” in the headline if we determine that it is worthwhile information.  For better or for worse, Web 3.0 is already a thing in the tech press.  But what is it, really? First, some background.

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03 Jan 2022

The evolution of blockchain, smart contracts & its role in data distribution

As we reflect on 2021 and how early adopters of enterprise blockchain technology have benefited from the efficiencies generated by novel technologies, we feel optimistic about the future of the blockchain industry, particularly within capital markets and financial services. It’s becoming increasingly clear that blockchain can significantly reduce risk in a

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31 Dec 2021

Can DeFi break out of the partisan trap in 2022?

As the public becomes more aware of decentralized finance in the coming year, we may witness the continuation of an unfortunate, parallel trend: criticism and support of DeFi from national politicians becoming increasingly partisan. This is a lamentable (but perhaps expected) outcome, given that so many of our country’s most important

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07 Dec 2021

SETL demonstrates 1m transactions a second on blockchain

Blockchain settlement and payment infrastructure provider SETL is claiming a “breakthrough moment” after its Regulated Liability Network (RLN) demonstrated that it can process one million transactions per second (tps). The RLN is a distributed ledger approach first mooted by Citi’s Tony McLaughlin in his paper, The Regulated Internet of Value. In the

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21 Oct 2021

Blockchain explained: Breaking down the technology that’s transforming the world of finance

When you think about blockchains, probably the first thing that comes to mind is Bitcoin or cryptos. But actually, the technology is extremely versatile and has potential far beyond cryptocurrencies. Blockchains have become popular over the past few years because they allow us to secure and verify all kinds of data in

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29 Jan 2021

Camila Russo on Ethereum and the Future of Decentralized Finance (DeFi)

This week’s OODAcast features an interview with Camila Russo, the author of the book “The Infinite Machine: How an Army of Crypto-hackers Is Building the Next Internet with Ethereum”. Camila is also the founder of the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) site The Defiant, which tracks developments, emerging trends, and news in the fast moving DeFi space.

In this interview, Camila shares how her experience covering fiat currency issues as a reporter for Bloomberg sparked her interest in Bitcoin and how she focused her attention on the Ethereum project early in its development. We discuss Camila’s book and the emergence of Ethereum as well as the most interesting applications of Ethereum, future disruptions, and the general trends driving the DeFi space.

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