What is a Blockchain, and Why is it Growing in Popularity?

By Timothy Sohn Nov 7, 2016 8:19 PM EST

(ars technica) – Given that the first and most famous cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, was launched back in 2009, it has taken the wider industry a relatively long time to warm to it. But now suddenly everyone is talking about Bitcoin’s underlying blockchain technology as a disruptor of potentially massive proportions: Sweden is trialling a new land registry that uses a blockchain, dozens of startups spanning numerous sectors are poking around at possible uses, and importantly policy makers such as the European Parliament have voted in favor of a more hands-off approach toward blockchain tech regulation.

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