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Blockchain Holds Promise Of Strengthening Financial Services Sector

Blockchain is genuinely a different way of doing things

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With digitisation transforming the financial services sector in terms of speeding up transactions and fraud detection, the Blockchain technology holds enormous promise of further strengthening the sector, a top official with The National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) has emphasised.

“The NSE is experimenting with Blockchain technology,a NSE CTO Sankarson Banerjee told IANS on the sidelines of the fifth Cisco India Summit here.

The Blockchain technology is based on distributed storage of data. A Blockchain is a continuously growing list of records — called blocks — which are linked and secured using cryptography.

“Blockchain, we know, is the best way to create immutable record of things. That opens up a lot of use cases for asset verification – who owns the asset, where it comes from, things like that – or tracing the transaction of an asset,” Banerjee noted.

“The second advantage of Blockchain is that it helps avoid double spend. It allows for unique non-repeatable transaction,” he added.

Blockchain can make things highly distributed and resilient in ways that traditional data storage technologies cannot, Banerjee said, adding that in Blockchain, one can distribute a record to thousands of people and yet everybody can be sure that nobody can fake that record.

“Blockchain is genuinely a different way of doing things. Today, the asset is held in physical form and digital records of it are transacted,” he stressed, making the point that Blockchain technology should be credited for creating genuine digital asset for the first time.

“While cryptocurrency is a used case of Blockchain, it should not be confused with the technology itself, just as pornographic content, which can be accessed on the Internet, must not be confused with Internet itself,” Banerjee told IANS.

The NSE CTO, however, cautioned that it would be foolish to expect that technology could altogether wipe out the chances of fraudulent transaction because hackers do not always target the hard technology part.

“They instead often exploit the vulnerability of the common people and trick them into revealing crucial information,” he said.

“Blockhain can be truly transformative for exchanges, paving the way for them to get into very different businesses. We could start selling cars. We are not selling cars but we might,” Banerjee added, in a lighter vein.

While Blockchain still remains at an experimental stage at the NSE, what it has done to increase efficiency includes integration of latest solutions from the global networking giant Cisco for enhanced customer service, process automation, analytics and cybersecurity.

In line with its commitment to digitise the financial services sector in India, Cisco has developed a “Digital Transformation Blueprint” for the banking and financial services sector.

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Blockchain. flickr

The blueprint leverages the power of Cisco’s intent-based networking portfolio to integrate connectivity, security, automation, collaboration, and analytics across the business value chain.

As part of its collaboration with NSE, Cisco has automated NSE’s data centre, helping it reduce app deployment time from weeks to hours.

The exchange is also leveraging Cisco’s “AppDynamics” platform to monitor the performance of core applications and get real-time analytics for business performance to deliver superior end-user experience.

“With ‘AppDynamics’, NSE will have complete visibility spanning from the infrastructure to application to end user, thereby offering a superior end-user experience,” said Sameer Garde, President, Cisco India and Saarc.

“Institutions that are quick to embrace innovation and adopt new technologies will have immense opportunities to improve the way they deliver services,” added Banerjee.

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The NSE, which was the first exchange in India to implement electronic or screen-based trading, emerged as the fourth largest stock exchanges in the world by numbers of trades in equity shares in 2017, according to the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) report. (IANS)

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Social Networking Giant Facebook Interested in Blockchain-based Authentication, Says Mark Zuckerberg

According to The Verge, the risk of further data-sharing scandals is one of the main reasons why Facebook is wary of implementing the change

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Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. VOA

You may soon login to Facebook with Blockchain-based authentication, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has indicated.

In a public interview with Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain late on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said he is “potentially interested” in putting the Facebook login on the Blockchain technology.

“I’m thinking about going back to decentralised or Blockchain authentication. Although I haven’t figured out a way to make this work out but this is around authentication and basically granting access to your information and to different services,” Mark Zuckerberg told Zittrain.

According to him, Blockchain could give users more powers when granting data access to third-party apps.

Facebook last year promoted one of its senior engineers Evan Cheng as the Director of Engineering at its recently launched Blockchain division.

Earlier in May, Facebook set up a group within the company to explore Blockchain technology and its potential use for the platform, headed by Messenger chief David Marcus.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees on Capitol Hill in Washington. VOA

Media reports also said Facebook was exploring to develop its own cryptocurrency.

Facebook has over 2.3 billion users globally and launching cryptocurrency will allow them make payments using a virtual currency like Bitcoin.

In a statement, Facebook said: “Like many other companies, Facebook is exploring ways to leverage the power of Blockchain technology”.

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According to The Verge, the risk of further data-sharing scandals is one of the main reasons why Facebook is wary of implementing the change.

“You basically take your information, you store it on some decentralised system and you have the choice of whether to log in different places and you’re not going through an intermediary. There’s a lot of things that I think would be quite attractive about that,” said Mark Zuckerberg. (IANS)