New Applications of Blockchain

A special issue of Blockchains (ISSN 2813-5288).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2024) | Viewed by 1389

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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Aside from its association with cryptocurrencies, blockchain has swiftly evolved and been applied in many industries. This collection examines, among other topics, how blockchain is altering business, government, finance, healthcare, and supply chain management. The Special Issue covers various topics, starting with the impact of blockchain technology on financial systems, where it enables faster, more secure, and transparent transactions, disrupting traditional banking and promoting financial inclusion. It explores the use of blockchain in supply chains in greater depth, thereby altering provenance verification, transparency, and sustainability. Decentralized finance (DeFi) and the disruptive effects of blockchain-based smart contracts, decentralized applications (DApps), and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on traditional financial services are also examined. In addition, this Special Issue explores the potential applications of blockchain in the healthcare industry, where it could facilitate secure data exchange, interoperability, and patient-centric care. It addresses the challenges and opportunities of deploying decentralized systems in the public sector and sheds light on the emergence of blockchain-powered governance models. Internet of Things, alternative energy, and digital identity management are examined as potential future applications.

The Special Issue covers a variety of blockchain technology developments and breakthroughs. It includes, but is not limited to, the areas listed below:

  • education and certification;
  • finance and banking;
  • supply chain management;
  • energy and sustainability;
  • artificial intelligence and data management;
  • healthcare and pharmaceutical;
  • Internet of Things (IoT);
  • security and cybersecurity;
  • government and public services.

Dr. Hamed Taherdoost
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • blockchain in education and certification
  • blockchain in finance and banking
  • blockchain in supply chain management
  • blockchain in energy and sustainability
  • artificial intelligence and data management
  • blockchain in healthcare and pharmaceutical
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • security and cybersecurity

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Toward a Blockchain-Based, Reputation-Aware Secure Transactive Energy Market
by Peng Zhang, Peilin Wu, Yuhong Liu, Ye Chen, Yuanliang Li, Jun Yan and Mohsen Ghafouri
Blockchains 2024, 2(1), 61-78; https://doi.org/10.3390/blockchains2010004 - 8 Mar 2024
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The rapid expansion of transactive energy has transformed traditional electricity consumers into producers, engaging in local energy trading. In the context of distributed energy transactions, blockchain technology has been increasingly applied to facilitate transaction transparency and reliability. However, due to the challenges in [...] Read more.
The rapid expansion of transactive energy has transformed traditional electricity consumers into producers, engaging in local energy trading. In the context of distributed energy transactions, blockchain technology has been increasingly applied to facilitate transaction transparency and reliability. However, due to the challenges in collecting accurate energy transmission data from power lines, most existing studies on the blockchain-based transactive energy market are still vulnerable to security attacks, such as malicious users misreporting energy prices, refusing to pay or refusing to transmit energy. Therefore, based on the co-simulation platform PEMT-CoSim and a blockchain, we establish a blockchain-based, reputation-aware secure transactive energy market (STEM) by introducing a reputation scheme to evaluate the trustworthiness of all prosumers and designing reputation-aware, multi-round double auction and energy transmission algorithms to detect and penalize malicious attacks. Furthermore, we run comprehensive experiments for different use cases. The results show that even with malicious participants, the proposed system can guarantee the interests of the honest participants and improve the robustness and effectiveness of the energy market. Full article
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