Blockchain

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Blockchains
Blockchain technology
NARROWER TERMS

Blockchain is an open-sourced, decentralised, public and digital computer protocol stored on many different computers at once which allows for users to transact, peer-to-peer. The blocks are a growing list of records linked together using cryptography, forming a publicly distributed ledger.



Report

Report on the production of digital commons and on the conditions of the organisation and action of the Digital Commons Policy Council

The Digital Commons Policy Council was created to build connections between the worlds of policy-making and of community-based digital innovation. This report documents their activities and outlines some future plans.
Report

The digital CBD roadmap: a vision for Melbourne as a leading digital city

Other authors
Annette Markham, Max Parasol, Alexia Maddox, Tharuka Rupasinghe, Ahmad Salehi Shahrak, Banya Barua, Son Tran, Laki Kondylas, Michael Fairbairn, Tulley Kearney, Sally Piper, Darcy Allen, Indigo Holcombe-James, Jacinthe Flore, Julian Waters-Lynch, Konrad Peszynski, Nataliya Ilyushina, Trent MacDonald, Todd Denham, Amarens Breteler, Kelsie Nabben
This report outlines a vision for Melbourne to start moving towards a globally influential digital city by as soon as 2023 - if funding is prioritised. This would allow for a more efficient and effective economy, while creating a city that is secure, connected and...
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Digital assets in Australia: final report

This report recommends the development of a principles-based regulatory framework for digital assets, such as private stablecoins, central bank digital currencies (CBDC), tokens and cryptocurrencies.
Report

Mapping the blockchain ecosystem in India and Australia

This report presents the results and findings from the first stage of a collaborative research project, providing a baseline understanding of the non-financial blockchain ecosystem in India and Australia.
Report

Developments in Web3 for the creative industries

Web3 is an online ecosystem based on blockchain technologies, involving peer-to-peer transactions and coordination tools. This report examines the what, why, who and where of Web3 for the cultural and creative industries, using examples from visual art, music and games.
Strategy

The OECD Going digital measurement roadmap

Measuring digital transformation is a key component of designing and implementing evidence-based policies today. This strategy document includes ten actions that, if prioritised and implemented, would substantially advance the capacity of countries to monitor digital transformation and its impacts.
Policy report

Policy brief on access to finance for inclusive and social entrepreneurship: what role can fintech and financial literacy play?

This policy brief presents evidence on the access to finance challenges faced by entrepreneurs from under-represented and disadvantaged groups and social entrepreneurs, and discusses how public policy and better regulation could harness the potential of fintech to address these challenges.
Policy report

Blockchain at the frontier: impacts and issues in cross-border co-operation and global governance

Blockchain is an emerging technology which poses a number of novel questions and challenges to existing policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks. This report considers current and emerging uses of blockchain to strengthen beneficial economic ties between countries, including in trade and supply chain transparency, portable...
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The promise of TradeTech: policy approaches to harness trade digitalization

The interplay of technologies and trade is not new. This publication explores how trade agreements could be a viable channel to advance the adoption of digital technologies and applications and to prevent a fragmented technological environment by encouraging international regulatory cooperation and by promoting regulatory...
Briefing paper

Crypto, Web3 and the metaverse

This policy brief offers a clear explanation of the core concepts of cryptocurrencies, blockchain, web3, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the metaverse, and the policy implications.
Report

The human rights risks and opportunities in blockchain

This report considers the opportunities, risks and challenges associated with the adoption of blockchain solutions in four use cases to understand the human rights impact of blockchain on supply chain transparency, voting, digital identity and land rights management.
Report

Canada and the digitalization of money

This report shares key takeaways from a workshop held in August with international and Canadian experts to develop advice for policy makers, regulators and market participants on how to advance the digitalization of money with a view to serving the interests of the users of...
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Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre: final report

The committee's final report makes 12 recommendations in relation to the regulation of digital assets in Australia, 'de-banking' practices affecting Australian FinTechs and other businesses, and several other issues relating to Australia's position as a technology and financial centre, to drive opportunities for innovative businesses...
Policy report

Australia’s digital future: a nation of users or leaders?

Australia risks dropping behind the world’s top technologically-driven nations without a stronger investment in digital technology-based research, innovation and workers, according to this summary for policy-makers.
Strategy

The national blockchain roadmap: progressing towards a blockchain-empowered future

Australia is home to a number of world-first blockchain applications. Combining blockchain technology with other technologies can add economic value to a range of business sectors. This document outlines a strategy for governments, industry and researchers to capitalise on opportunities and address challenges. It also...
Report

Blockchain and the creative industries: provocation paper

Over the past decade, technology companies have become powerful players in the creative economy. This report explores how the creative industries might benefit from investment in improved administrative infrastructure that can be furnished through new digital ledger technology (blockchains).
Working paper

The potential for blockchain technology in corporate governance

This paper explores the recent applications of blockchain technology in financial services and outlines regulatory responses, to set the scene for future work in this area on corporate governance.
Report

The costs and benefits of blockchain based peer-to-peer energy trading: an evaluation from the perspective of carbon emission and economic value

Australia has over 2 million PV installations given a combined capacity of over 11.1 gigawatts as of January 2019. This area experienced extremely rapid growth between 2010 and 2013 and has continued to grow. As Australia’s high capacity of PV installations, distributed energy markets have...
Journal article

The potential of blockchain in building construction

Construction customers want more complex facilities delivered faster and at a lower cost. Transaction costs account for a significant proportion of each new or refurbished facility (a 2017 report from the Infrastructure Client Group in the UK suggests as high as 50%), yet they contribute...
Report

Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in the humanitarian sector

This report examines current distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) uses by the humanitarian sector to outline lessons for the project, policy and system levels. It offers recommendations to address the challenges that must be overcome before DLTs can be ethically, safely, appropriately and effectively scaled in...
Video

High-level panel: blockchain for better policies

Blockchain is a tool to standardise the regulatory process that serves the policy purposes better. A blockchain provides guidelines to help policymakers to respond to rapid changes in technologies, etc. The forum is about a strategic discussion on the potential benefits and risks of blockchain...
Briefing paper

Blockchain technology

This paper discusses the new technology known as the 'blockchain'. It aims to demystify the blockchain by explaining how it works, outlining current and potential uses, as well as noting the potential risks and challenges this technology may pose to policymakers.
Briefing paper

Revolutionising health: predicting patient health using blockchain and wearable technology

Wearable technology has taken the world by storm over the past number of years. Members of the public have been liberated, finally able to take control over their health, wellbeing and lifestyle. More so now than ever, lifestyle has become a major factor in the...
Report

Cryptocurrency and blockchain explained

This paper provides a brief introduction to cryptocurrency and blockchain.
Video

CIFR Seminar - Blockchains and the Future of Finance

Professor Yermack said that the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is presently studying whether to convert the exchange to blockchain technology. The aim is to reach a decision in 2017, with the hope of implementation by 2018. If the ASX adopts a blockchain mechanism for the...