Blockchain and Associations Podcast

As part of our continuing effort to help association executives understand what blockchain is and how it’s going to affect us and our members, Shelly Alcorn and I recently recorded a podcast with Justin Burniske for fusionSPAN.

In it, we addressed questions like:

  • What *is* blockchain? Isn’t it just a database that doesn’t let you delete records?
  • What are some of the most common misperceptions you have heard about blockchain?
  • Blockchain has been around for a while – what was the catalyst that caused you to write about this now?
  • For most applications, it seems that a single centralized blockchain would be most efficient. Do you think that is the direction the technology will ultimately move?
  • When thinking about blockchain, there are different levels. On one part you have the actual blockchain, but then on top of that you have the interface to interact with the blockchain. How do you see that playing out in the long run? Won’t that present similar challenges of having a “middle person” in the process, or is that different somehow with blockchain?
  • While having transparency is important, there is also the question of privacy. How would you speak to skeptics who worry about the loss of privacy with these public blockchains?
  • If people want to learn more, what next steps would you recommend?

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