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Blockchain Technology: Enabling the Rise of Digital Currencies

Blockchain Technology: Enabling the Rise of Digital Currencies
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Author(s): Shailey Singh (Symbiosis International University, India)
Copyright: 2024
Pages: 9
Source title: Exploring Central Bank Digital Currencies: Concepts, Frameworks, Models, and Challenges
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Guneet Kaur (University of Stirling, UK), Pooja Lekhi (University Canada West, Canada)and Simriti Popli (Kaplan International College, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/979-8-3693-1882-9.ch004


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This chapter unravels the relationship between blockchain technology and the surge of digital currencies, reshaping the foundations of modern finance. Exploring technical nuances, advantages, and challenges, it starts with a breakdown of blockchain's elements—decentralized ledger, consensus mechanisms, cryptographic principles, and smart contracts. Moving through history, it unveils the birth of digital currencies on the blockchain, from Bitcoin to Ethereum, stablecoins, utility tokens, and CBDCs. Delving into advancements, the chapter scrutinizes enhanced security, transparency, reduced transaction costs, financial inclusion, and programmable money via smart contracts. It navigates challenges like scalability, regulations, privacy, and environmental concerns. Concluding, it synthesizes key insights, emphasizing the transformative impact of digital currencies and urging readers to reflect on the evolving landscape. This concise exploration guides researchers, academics, and professionals navigating the dynamic intersection of blockchain and digital currencies.

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