Recap on 2019 Blockchain Use Cases: Who Got Off the Ground?By Jan 02, 2020 4 Min Read
R3 Corda Closes 2019 with a Bang
Corda is an open-source blockchain platform that enables businesses to transact directly and in strict privacy using smart contracts, reducing transaction and record-keeping costs and streamlining business operations.
In a world of permissionless blockchain platforms, in which all data is shared with all parties, Corda’s strict privacy model allows businesses to transact securely and seamlessly.
According to Yahoo Finance, R3 has closed what it’s calling the largest open-account trade finance trial ever conducted on its Corda platform.
This trial included more than 70 organizations from more than 25 countries. Upwards of 340 participants from those organizations were involved and came out from sectors like financial services, information technology, telecommunications, logistics, the maritime industry, real estate, hospitality, and the automotive industry.
Banks and financial institutions have gotten further involved in the blockchain space and JP Morgan became the first US bank to create and successfully test a digital coin representing a fiat currency. The JPM coin is based on blockchain-based technology enabling the instantaneous transfer of payments between institutional clients.
JPM Coin’s primary purpose is similar to a "stablecoin" but used on a business-to-business (B2B) basis rather than a peer-to-peer basis. Corporations deposit fiat currency at JP Morgan in exchange for JPM tokens, which can then be exchanged within a permissioned blockchain. At any time, the tokens can be redeemed for cash via JP Morgan should a client wish to transact outside of the blockchain.
To some extent, this is a massively positive step for crypto-adoption. Bitcoin and the cryptocurrencies that have followed in its wake have already revolutionized how we look at money today, and they are continuing to grow in popularity, usage, and value. There is no denying the ideology behind the tech is inspiring, and the surge in adoption is indicative that the idea is catching on.
Facebook’s Lost Libra
Facebook’s Libra project has dominated blockchain headlines this year ever since the social media giant announced the cryptocurrency’s development. The project has faced intense scrutiny for US and European Lawmakers ever since Libra was unveiled to be a stablecoin backed by a select number of national currencies, leading to CEO Mark Zuckerberg being summoned to Capitol Hill for questioning in October.
Libra’s white paper claims that it will use “a new decentralized blockchain, a low volatility cryptocurrency, and a smart contract platform” to empower about 1.7 billion unbanked people. This will be achieved through the use of Facebook’s WhatsApp messenger, and Calibra, which is a digital wallet designed for Libra users.
Congress has asked Zuckerberg to pause the further development of Libra to which he has assured his compliance. The scrutiny has led to many of Libra’s original major back to leave the project including Visa, eBay, MasterCard, and PayPal. Things do not look likely to improve any time soon as just last month
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