Learning Resources

Introductory articles and podcasts to blockchain technology.

Getting Oriented

The introduction of a fundamental new technology into your business processes can seem like a daunting proposition, but with the right partner, it’s actually much simpler than it seems. It does, however, call for foresight and care. The resources on this page will help familiarize you with blockchain technology and know what questions to ask when considering new vendors, products, and services. What is the blockchain? Why does it matter? What questions should I be asking? Where can I learn more?

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How To Explain Cryptocurrencies And Blockchains To The Average Person

This episode of Unchained, a podcast by Forbes‘s senior editor for blockchain technology Laura Shin, interviews two women at the forefront of bringing blockchain tech to the average person: Jamie Smith (CCO at Bitfury) and Amanda Gutterman (CMO at Consensys). The article summary of the podcast is here.

What Is Digital Self-Sovereignty?

Learning Machine’s Natalie Smolenski (Cultural Anthropologist and VP Business Development) speaks with The Economist‘s senior editor, Kenn Cukier, about why blockchains are an essential part of giving individuals back control of their data. (Begins at the 11:00 minute mark.)

Blockchain Certificates for Maltese Students

A short video made by the Maltese Ministry for Education and Employment to explain how owning their official academic records helps Maltese learners more easily find the best jobs. This video was produced to announce Malta’s pilot with Learning Machine, which kicked off in 2017.

Digital Identity and the Blockchain

There are lots of vendors out there offering blockchain-based records solutions. How should they be compared? We introduce a quadrant chart with four categories: Proof of Existence, Know Your Customer, Vendor as Notary, and Digital Self-Sovereignty. We argue that solving for digital self-sovereignty for records holders realizes the greatest long-run potential of blockchain technologies.

Blockchain-Based Records and Usability

Learning Machine has built a blockchain records solution in which learners–not vendors–own and hold their official records. We refer to this as “digital self-sovereignty.” This means that even if issuing institutions and vendors go away, individuals still have their records and can verify them anywhere in the world. How does this work from a usability standpoint? This article explains.

The EU Data Protection Regulation and the Blockchain

The GDPR is a piece of sweeping privacy legislation which was drafted by the European Union to protect user data, and it goes into effect in 2018 with massive penalties for noncompliance. Blockchains solve many of the problems addressed by the GDPR, but not all applications that use blockchains do. This distinction between blockchains themselves and blockchain applications is key to understanding the best way to approach implementing blockchain-based records management in light of GDPR.