Blockchain Resources

You can tell the Blockchain space is maturing, when you find that there are so many research papers, books, reports, and slide decks published by big consultancy companies, financial institutes, research firms and of course, geeks.

Here is a list of the resources that I think you may find useful.

History and Whitepapers

  1. Brief History of Bitcoin
  2. Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System
  3. Ethereum: A Next-Generation Smart Contract and Decentralized Application Platform
  4. Libra: White Paper
  5. 33 Cryptocurrencies described in four words or less

Books (via Kindle)

  1. Blockchain: Down The Rabbit Hole: (Discover The Power Of The Blockchain)
  2. Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain
  3. Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World
  4. Blockchain for Dummies (IBM Limited Edition)
  5. Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust

Research Reports

  1. Capturing the Value of Blockchain (BCG)
  2. Blockchain and the General Data Protection Regulation (European Parliamentary Research Service)
  3. Inclusive Deployment of Blockchain for Supply Chains: Part 3 – Public or Private Blockchains (World Economic Forum)
  4. Building Value with Blockchain Technology: How to Evaluate Blockchain’s Benefits (World Economic Forum)
  5. Building Block(chain)s for a Better Planet (World Economic Forum)
  6. Realizing Blockchain’s Potential (KPMG)
  7. Business Blockchains (Deloitte)
  8. 2019 Global Blockchain Survey (Deloitte)
  9. Blockchain, a catalyst for new approaches in insurance – Part 1 (PwC)
  10. Blockchain, a catalyst for new approaches in insurance – Part 2 (PwC)
  11. Security Token Offering : What, where and how (PwC)
  12. Establishing Blockchain Policy (PwC)
  13. Guidance on Cryptoassets (FCA)
  14. What’s next in Blockchain 2019 (CBInsight)
  15. Where’s Blockchain headed next (CBInsight)
  16. Blockchain and the GDPR (EU Blockchain)
  17. Blockchain Technology Overview (NIST)
  18. Blockchain – Opportunities for Private Enterprises in Emerging Markets (IFC)
  19. Can JPM Coin Disrupt the Existing Stablecoin Market? (Binance)
  20. China Central Bank Digital Currency (Binance)
  21. Accessing Blockchain’s Business Value (Accenture)
  22. Blockchain in Action (EY)
  23. Life of a Coin (EY)
  24. Rise of Digital Money (IMF)
  25. Comparative analysis of the regulation of crypto-assets within EU and EEA countries (Blockchain Advisory)
  26. Bitcoin 2019 Investor Study (Grayscale and Q8 Research)
  27. Blockchain Now and Tomorrow (European Commission)
  28. Blockchain for Digital Government (European Commission)
  29. Libra : Understanding Facebook’s CryptoCurrency (Consensys)
  30. Global Enterprise Blockchain Benchmarking Study (University of Cambridge)
  31. Blockchain Innovation Landscape Brief (IRENA)
  32. Legal context and implications for financial crime, money laundering and tax evasion (European Parliament)
  33. Blockchain Potentials and Limitations for Selected Climate Policy Instruments
  34. Crypto-Assets and Blockchain Technology (FireEye, Circle)

Blockchain Use Cases

  1. Blockchain Building Blocks: Creating a world of opportunity for insurance from an evolving area of technology (The Institutes – Risk and Insurance Knowledge Group)
  2. Making Blockchain Real – LVMH and the future of authentic luxury (Certilogo)
  3. Blockchain meets Energy (FSR Energy)
  4. Real World Applications of Blockchain Technology (Zage)
  5. Blockchain for Development (GSMA)
  6. Blockchain Revolution in Education and Lifelong Learning (Blockchain Research Institute)
  7. Tokenized Securities & Commercial Real Estate (MIT Digital Currency Initiative)
  8. Industry Report : Blockchain in Real Estate (Fibree)
  9. Blockchain for Agriculture (FAO)
  10. Blockchain and Digital Identity (EU Blockchain)
  11. Blockchain in Travel (Amadeus)
  12. DLT in the Supply Chain (UCL CBT)
  13. Blockchain for Good (Accenture)
  14. Opportunities for Blockchain in Loyalty (Collinson)
  15. Decentralized Identity (Microsoft)
  16. Gateway for Sustainability Linked Bonds (HSBC)
  17. Tokenization of Accounts Receivable on Blockchain
  18. Blockchain in Commercial Real Estate (Deloitte)
  19. Blockchain for Social Impact (Stanford Business)
  20. Digital Voting using Blockchain (Tokend)
  21. Blockchain Explained (Blockchain Australia)
  22. Blockchain meets the Stock Market (EDC)

From Notepad to Wix …

… and Blogger, Plog / Lifetype, PostNuke, DocuWiki, WordPress in between.

It’s been 24 years since I hosted my own website (you can find the history here), and one lesson I learnt is there are always better tools out there to develop your own website. Even though professionally I use other enterprise software to build websites and applications, I reckon you can always learn more by using other tools or platforms to build your own website.

While I use WordPress to build / host my personal website (yes, you’re reading this – michaelyung.com), I moved my photo website, 80days.com, from WordPress to Wix. I don’t exactly know why I made the move as WordPress served me pretty well to host my photos. However, the idea of trying something new pushed me to evaluate other options and eventually I settled with Wix.

The first thing I learnt from Wix was the tool is beautifully implemented, and the next was there were too many options, settings that it would take anyone a long time to complete a site. You will also need to understand a whole different set of vocabulary, before you know what you’re doing. You can control the locations of the elements on the page, pixel by pixel … and therefore you will likely spend many long hours to make your website looks perfect, pixel by pixel.

In summary, Wix is great for design focus websites, but shall you do it to move websites to the Wix ? Not likely, if the WordPress site is already serving you well.