Special Report: Blockchain

 Blockchain technology, best known for supporting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, is designed to be secure, transparent, and decentralized. These same characteristics make it attractive to businesses.

Blockchain technology can track and verify each step along the life cycle of products, including the origin of their raw materials, the steps in the manufacturing process, and delivery dates to warehouses and consumers’ homes. The system also can be invaluable in ensuring products meet regulations and preventing counterfeit versions from being sold.

To help advance the technology, IEEE launched its Blockchain Initiative earlier this year. In this issue you’ll learn about the activities underway.

We also look at other ways blockchain is being used including hiring and retaining employees, monitoring fish supply, protecting copyright, and providing a legal ID.

You’ll also learn about the offerings the organization provides such as educational materials, publications, and conferences. In addition, the IEEE Standards Association is working on projects related to the supply chain operations for food and pharmaceuticals.  

Feature Articles


IEEE Blockchain Initiative Helps to Advance the Decentralized Ledger

Members are developing standards and e-learning courses, and forming local groups

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Five Surprising Applications of Blockchain Technology

Uses include verifying information about job candidates and tracking gun ownership


Boning Up on Blockchain Technology

E-learning courses, publications, and conferences are some IEEE resources that can bring you up to speed


How Blockchain Technology Could Combat the Global Counterfeit Drug Market

IEEE survey of the pharmaceutical industry identifies benefits and challenges


Confused About Blockchain? IEEE Webinar Is Here to Explain

Learn how the system that enables Bitcoin transactions could be used to better secure the Internet


How Blockchain Could Give Everyone a Legal ID

Digital identification can replace birth certificates and other legal documents


How Blockchain Technology Could Track and Trace Food From Farm to Fork

IEEE standards working group is using the distributed ledger to improve and secure the supply chain