One of the primary issues that is hindering a widespread global adoption of crypto is the trust deficit. Prof. Paolo Tasca, founder of Distributed Ledger Technology Science Foundation (DLT Science Foundation) and the University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT), sheds light on global efforts to re-instate the trust and discovery in blockchain and crypto in the recent interview for Dinis Guarda YouTube Podcast.
Blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies have transformed the financial landscape, offering the promise of decentralization, security, and financial inclusivity. However, despite the potential benefits, the crypto space has faced challenges related to trust and discovery. Following the incidents like FTX collapse and many other fraudulent activities and scams, reports suggest and indicate a growing commitment to address these issues and create a more transparent, accessible, and trustworthy ecosystem.
In an interview with Dinis Guarda, Prof. Paolo Tasca highlighted some of the efforts that DLT Science Foundation is making towards an overall digital secured ecosystem that is regulated and collaborative in nature. He also explained that the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technology aligns along three verticals: economic, technology, and legal, with a vision to create a secured decentralised space.
Regulations: Re-instilling trust in blockchain and crypto
Governments worldwide are increasingly recognizing the need to regulate the crypto space. While regulation can seem counter to the ethos of decentralization, it can provide a framework for legitimacy and consumer protection. Platforms that voluntarily adhere to regulatory guidelines demonstrate their commitment to transparency and user security.
"The blurring of tech like blockchain and AI is creating a level of technocracy, where only a few who master the tech can find solutions and the tools to meet their socio-economic aspects of the business. It is, therefore, important that these techs are well governed, besides being well mastered", said Dr. Tasca.
Security Audits and DeFi insurance protocols protect users in case of smart contract failures or exploits. These protocols offer compensation to affected users, adding an extra layer of trust in the blockchain and crypto space.
"Regulation simply tries to provide some directions to a dynamic blockchain landscape. There's not much we can do about the rapid evolution in technology. All we should aim to do is simply deal with the dual nature of technology", he said.
Making room for discovery: Making blockchain and crypto accessible for all
While trust is a critical issue, discovery and accessibility are equally important challenges in the crypto ecosystem. Navigating the vast landscape of cryptocurrencies, tokens, and blockchain projects can be overwhelming for newcomers. Enhancing discovery and accessibility can empower more people to participate in this transformative technology.
User-Friendly Interfaces: Crypto wallets and exchanges are working on more user-friendly interfaces, making it easier for newcomers to buy, sell, and store digital assets. This reduces the barriers to entry for those unfamiliar with the intricacies of blockchain technology.
Education and Awareness: Initiatives to educate the public about blockchain and cryptocurrencies are on the rise. These educational efforts help individuals make informed decisions and demystify the technology.
NFT Marketplaces: Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have brought art, music, and collectibles onto the blockchain. NFT marketplaces are making it easier for artists and creators to showcase their work and for collectors to discover and own digital assets.
"With the increase in sophistication of tech and the growing understanding from all the market players, we are rapidly progressing towards a tokenized economy. This has the potential to change the very concept of money. With tokenisation, we are going to escape the monetary constraints, because then everything can become cash, and increases liquidity", Dr. Tasca told Dinis.
The advent of Web 3.0: Trust with data ownership and secured digital identity
One of the transformative aspects of Web 3.0, the next generation of the internet, is its focus on data ownership and privacy. In Web 3.0, individuals have greater control over their personal data, deciding when and how it is shared.
This shift toward decentralized data management not only enhances privacy but also reduces the power of centralized entities that traditionally controlled user information.
"Web 3.0 enables the control of data back into the hands of the users. That's a good vision. Although the blurring of tech like blockchain, AI, and other emergent tech would create a complicated space, DLT Science Foundation is working to make this into a decentralised system" highlighted Dr. Tasca.
As blockchain technology plays a pivotal role in Web 3.0, it offers transparent and secure data management, further reinforcing trust in digital interactions. This newfound emphasis on data ownership and privacy is a crucial aspect of the evolving blockchain and crypto landscape, fostering greater confidence among users and encouraging broader adoption.