Public Research Hub

Welcome to the Public Research Hub

Our research is proprietary to our member community for six months. After that period, we publish our research under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license. We have set this page for you to access this research. Here you’ll find two types of projects.

Lighthouse Case Studies

Our case studies spotlight specific blockchain use cases, digital assets, decentralized applications, and distributed platforms in particular enterprise, industry, or country settings. Each case looks at a problem to be solved, the technology used, and the key takeaways.

Big Idea White Papers

Our white papers explore topics in depth, in the context of specific enterprise functions, business sectors, complementary technologies, or industries. Each paper presents a set of challenges, blockchain-based innovations, and recommendations.

Featured Research Projects

New Directions for Government: Strategy, Policy, and Action

Don Tapscott, Anthony Williams, and Kirsten Sandberg

This research report what federal governments can do to exploit blockchain technology across their operations, within their economies and society, and with their allies and global partners. It recommends that leaders in democratic nations take the following measures: (1) secure digital systems, citizen identities, and personal data; (2) embrace cryptocurrencies and launch a digital dollar; (3) transform government services and culture; (4) engage citizens in democratic processes and hold officials accountable; and (5) retool the economy as an engine of innovation. Read the report here.

Blockchain Solutions in Pandemics

Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott

This research report explores the challenges and opportunities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, exploring how global leaders can adapt to the crisis and lead digital transformation, paving the way for economic recovery. Read the report.

Going Cashless: The Digital Dollar in the Face of COVID-19

J. Christopher Giancarlo, Alex Tapscott, and Don Tapscott

This research features Chris Giancarlo, former chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and co-director of the Digital Dollar Project. He distinguishes among three types of cryptocurrencies—distributed (Bitcoin), corporate (Facebook’s Diem), and central bank (US digital dollar). Giancarlo also explains how digital currencies differ from other financial assets. He argues for modernization of our financial infrastructure and regulation, with a US digital dollar as the global reserve currency. Watch the webinar or read the report.

White Papers

Blockchain and the CMO:
The Next Era of Marketing

Jeremy Epstein, September 2017

The Token Economy:
When Money Becomes Programmable

Michael J. Casey, September 2017

Blockchain Takes Off:
How DLT Will Transform Airlines

Chami Akmeemana, October 2017

Building a Framework for Blockchain Adoption:
What CEOs Should Know

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, October 2017

Managing Blockchain Transparency:
Strategies for a Private/Open World

Andreas Park, November 2017

How Blockchain is Transforming Creative Industries:
Copyright and Rights Management on Blockchain

Marcus O’Dair, November 2017

The Ledger of Every Thing:
What Blockchain Can Do for the IoT

Dominique Guinard, November 2017

Quantum-Proofing the Blockchain

Vlad Gheorghui, Sergey Gorbunov, Michele Mosca, and Bill Munson, November 2017

Introducing Asset Chains:
The Blockchain Enabled Future of Supply Chains

Tom Serres and Bettina Warburg, November 2017

Winning Strategies for Smart Contracts:


Nick Szabo, December 2017

The Convergence of Big Data and Blockchain:
Disrupting the Business of Data Analytics

Mark van Rijmenam, December 2017

Distributed Connectivity:
The Blockchain Enabled Future of Telecom

Christian Keil, December 2017

Reinventing Healthcare on the Blockchain:
Toward a New Era in Precision Medicine

Axel Schumacher, January 2018

The Networked Hotbeds of Blockchain:
Global Hubs for the Internet’s Second Era

Don Tapscott, Hilary Carter, and Jill Rundle, January 2018

The Nine Disruptions:
A New Social Contract for the Digital Economy

Don Tapscott, January 2018

Reinventing International Clearing and Settlement:
How DLT Could Transform Global Payments


Bob Tapscott, January 2018

Distributed and Collaborative Marketplaces:
Blockchain Serving the Unbanked

Rachel W. Robinson, January 2018

Blockchain and the Global CIO:
How DLT Will Transform Enterprise Architecture

Oliver Bussmann, January 2018

Patents and blockchain Innovation:
Strategic Approaches to Intellectual Property

Thomas M. Isaacson, January 2018

Blockchain and the CHRO:
Transforming the HR Function and Talent Market

Andy Spence, January 2018

Blockchain, The Emerging Platform for Manufacturing 4.0:
Major Use Cases and Challenges

Dr. Stefan Hopf, January 2018

Blockchain For Planetary Stewardship:
Using DLT to Fight Climate Disruption

Tom Baumann, January 2018

Standardized and Decentralized:
Rethinking the Blockchain Technology Stack

Christian Keil, February 2018

Financing Open Blockchain Ecosystems:
Toward Compliance and Innovation in ICOs


COALA, March 2018

Regulatory Framework for Token Sales:
Laws and Regulations Across Jurisdictions

COALA, April 2018

The Lion, the Unicorn and the Crown:
Balancing Regulation and Blockchain Innovation

Joel Telpner, May 2018

Blockchain Revolution in Higher Education:
Preparing for Disruption, Leading the Transformation

Don Tapscott, May 2018

Governance of Blockchain Systems:
Governance of and by Distributed Infrastructure


COALA, June 2018

Distributed Power:
How Blockchain Will Transform Energy Markets

Lawrence Orsini, October 2018

Saving the Web:
How Blockchain Can Secure the Future of the Digital Age

Don Tapscott and Christian Keil, November 2018

Blockchain and the Chief Strategy Officer:
How DLT Will Transform Strategy Design and Delivery

Brightline Initiative and the BRI, July 2019

Blockchain In Global Trade:
Revitalizing International Commerce in the Digital Era

Deloitte Inc., April 2019

Distributed Artificial Intelligence:
Blockchain as an Operating Platform for AI

Anjan Vinod and Don Tapscott, March 2019

Blockchain Revolution in Higher Education and Lifelong Learning:
Preparing for Disruption, Leading the Transformation

Don Tapscott, Alex Kaplan and IBM, April 2019

Blockchain and the Project Management Office:
A Distributed Platform for Strategy Delivery

Anthony Williams and Brightline Initiative, April 2019

Blockchain, Exchanges and Regulation:
Exploring the Impact of Decentralized Asset Management

Chase Smith, May 2019

Blockchain Identity Services:
Technical Benchmark of Existing Blockchain-Based Identity Systems

COALA, July 2019

Non-Fungible Tokens:
Transforming the Worlds of Assets, Gaming, and Collectibles

Alan Majer, August 2019

Journey to Blockchain:
A Non-Technologist’s Guide to the Internet of Value

Hilary Carter, September 2019

Issued Patents on Blockchain Innovation:
Strategic Approaches to Intellectual Property Claims

Thomas M. Isaacson, August 2019

Autonomous Vehicles and Blockchain:
How a DLT System Could Fund the Next Generation of Transportation Infrastructure

David Mirynech, August 2019



Don Tapscott, February 2020

Cryptoeconomics: Designing Effective Incentives and Governance Models for Blockchain Networks Using Insights from Economics

Dr. Cathy Barrera and Dr. Stephanie Hurder, January 2020