Hierarchies of Competence within Distributed Ledger Technologies

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  1. But if decentralized technology, like blockchain s public ledgers, can continue to spread a sense of security and transparency throughout society, perhaps we can begin to quiet that paranoia and hyper-vigilance our brains evolved to cope with living as apes in dangerous jungles. By decentralizing our power structures, we take away the channels our outdated biological behaviors might use to enact social dominance and manipulation. The peace of mind this creates helps to reestablish trust in our communities and in our governments. And with trust in the government increased, it’s likely we’ll see our next issue corrected.

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  2. Public blockchains and permissioned distributed ledgers could be applied successfully in many ways to education and learning. They offer several advantages over the traditional distributed database management systems (DDBMSs) that have been the backbone of earlier educational technology infrastructures. The main difference between a distributed ledger and a DDBMS is the immutability of a permissioned ledger’s records. This factor ensures that any credential that a ledger says a student obtained from an issuer was in fact awarded by it. This feature is significant: It means that no intermediary is needed to assure a credential’s authenticity once it is issued. Ledgers and blockchains can also transform education more broadly by giving small badge providers an opportunity to publish their digital resources easily and thus compete with established educational institutions.

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