Special Issue "Future Prospects and Advancements in Blockchain Technology"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 February 2024 | Viewed by 570

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School of Software, Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang 330022, China
Interests: trusted and trustworthy computing; multimedia communications; next-generation Internet technologies
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Department of Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi 441-8580, Japan
Interests: computer networks; distributed systems; machine learning
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Prof. Dr. Shuiguang Deng
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Computer Science and Technology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
Interests: service computing; edge computing; business process management

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Dear Colleagues,

Blockchain technology has emerged as a disruptive and transformative force, with the potential to revolutionize a large number of industries and to reshape the future of digital transactions. As this technology continues to evolve, it has become imperative to explore its future prospects, advancements, challenges, and potential applications in a variety of domains. This Special Issue aims to provide a comprehensive platform for researchers, academics, and industry practitioners to contribute their insights and research findings on the future of blockchain technology. The main objective of this Special Issue is to highlight the future trends, opportunities and challenges associated with blockchain technology. By bringing together cutting-edge research and innovative ideas, this Special Issue aims to foster a deeper understanding of the potential impact and transformative capabilities of blockchain across different industries. Original research, reviews, case studies and theoretical perspectives are invited. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Improvements in scalability and performance:
    • Novel consensus mechanisms for enhanced scalability;
    • Solutions for transaction throughput and confirmation latency;
    • Optimization of blockchain protocols for large-scale network handling.
  • Interoperability and Integration:
    • Cross-chain interoperability and standardization efforts;
    • Interfacing blockchain with existing systems and technologies;
    • Integrating blockchain with IoT, AI and other emerging technologies.
  • Privacy, security and trust:
    • Techniques for the privacy protection of blockchain systems;
    • Improvement of security against attacks and vulnerabilities;
    • Trust models and mechanisms for decentralized environments.
  • Governance and regulatory considerations:
    • Legal and regulatory challenges for blockchain adoption;
    • Self-governing and consensus-based decentralized ecosystems;
    • Regulatory frameworks for blockchain-based applications and cryptocurrencies.
  • Emerging applications and industry use cases:
    • Blockchain in supply chain management, healthcare, finance, energy, etc.;
    • Decentralized finance (DeFi) and its impact on traditional financial systems;
    • Blockchain-enabled smart contracts and their potential applications.

Prof. Dr. Yuanlong Cao
Dr. Xun Shao
Prof. Dr. Shuiguang Deng
Guest Editors

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Enhancing E-Learning with Blockchain: Characteristics, Projects, and Emerging Trends
Future Internet 2023, 15(9), 293; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi15090293 - 28 Aug 2023
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Blockchain represents a decentralized and distributed ledger technology, ensuring transparent and secure transaction recording across networks. This innovative technology offers several benefits, including increased security, trust, and transparency, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. In the last few years, there [...] Read more.
Blockchain represents a decentralized and distributed ledger technology, ensuring transparent and secure transaction recording across networks. This innovative technology offers several benefits, including increased security, trust, and transparency, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. In the last few years, there has been a growing interest in investigating the potential of Blockchain technology to enhance diverse fields, such as e-learning. In this research, we undertook a systematic literature review to explore the potential of Blockchain technology in enhancing the e-learning domain. Our research focused on four main questions: (1) What potential characteristics of Blockchain can contribute to enhancing e-learning? (2) What are the existing Blockchain projects dedicated to e-learning? (3) What are the limitations of existing projects? (4) What are the future trends in Blockchain-related research that will impact e-learning? The results showed that Blockchain technology has several characteristics that could benefit e-learning. We also discussed immutability, transparency, decentralization, security, and traceability. We also identified several existing Blockchain projects dedicated to e-learning and discussed their potential to revolutionize learning by providing more transparency, security, and effectiveness. However, our research also revealed many limitations and challenges that could be addressed to achieve Blockchain technology’s potential in e-learning. Full article
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