Welcome reader to the 2nd annual CoinDesk Year in Review
A deep and comprehensive dive into the state of the blockchain industry at the turn of yet another pivotal year, inside you'll find a range of thought leaders and practitioners across industry sectors (from major banks to regulators to CoinDesk journalists and independent authors and bloggers) offering their thoughts on the biggest takeaways from 2016 and their predictions on the year ahead.
Be sure to keep us bookmarked as we'll be updating daily with new content on subjects as expansive as the aims of our ambitious industry.
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The CFTC's Chris Giancarlo argues that the US needs to rethink its blockchain policy for 2017 and beyond.
William Mougayar reviews what we do and don't know about the real-world uses and likely effectiveness of blockchain technology.
Deutsche Bank experts discuss what they've learned while exploring blockchain over the last year, as well as their outlook for 2017 and beyond.
CoinDesk profiles the most influential members of the blockchain industry, a list informed by more than 2,000 responses in our reader poll.
Global consultancy EY argues that despite enthusiasm for private blockchains in finance, public versions will ultimately prove more powerful.
Don and Alex Tapscott chart a broad overview of blockchain in 2016, with an eye to what is to come in the year ahead.
Jim Harper takes aim at bitcoin's so-called "successes" in 2016, arguing that deficient dialogue is holding back it and other blockchain-based monies.
How blockchain technology is impacting venture capital – and why that brings both cause for excitement and pause heading into 2017.
In this CoinDesk 2016 in Review feature, Bailey Reutzel takes aim at some of the dominant talking points in the bitcoin and blockchain space today.
Chuck Thompson argues that the coming year will see distributed ledger tech arrive more broadly on the regulatory radar than it has before.
The inability of banks and financial institutions to collaborate could restrict growth of new blockchain use cases next year.
Banco Santander's Julio Faura looks back on what he calls a "remarkable" year for blockchain development in the financial industry.
A look at the challenges marketers – and the broader blockchain technology community – face when attempting to win new enthusiasts to the tech.
As Big Finance starts to better understand blockchain, central bank-issued cryptocurrencies will likely follow, says FirstRand Bank's Farzam Ehsani.
NRI's Takeo Nishikata examines some of the discussion around blockchain, seeking to "clarify all the misunderstandings" around the technology.
Close collaboration continues to be the absolute necessity for blockchain success, argues Richard Collin of Thomson Reuters.
Markit's Jeffrey Billingham recaps the successes and tribulations of a year spent working on smart contract applications.
Coinplug CEO Ryan Uhr looks at how blockchain technology has fared in Korea over the last 12 months and makes some predictions for 2017.
Peter Loop of Infosys gives his overview of why blockchain is poised to be more widely tested, deployed and adopted in 2017.
The DAO loomed large over 2016 – now, its developers have their sights on new steps that can be made in the year ahead.
CoinDesk looks back on the big stories that shaped the industry in 2016, and that may cast a shadow on the year ahead.
As bitcoin's price surges, Third Key's Pamela Morgan suggests best practices for users who want to secure their digital cash.
Bitcoin Core developer David Vorick explains why ensuring bitcoin's fungibility remains a top priority for 2017.
Who pays for blockchain? Tierion's CEO pens a measured look at how open-source projects achieve this feat so businesses can make better decisions.
Cryptocurrency companies and holders continued to be a target for hackers in 2016, but Bill Shihara argues it doesn't have to be that way next year.
A developer gives an overview of the ethereum community, suggesting how beginners can best get help and how dialogue could improve for 2017.
CoinDesk examines the developments (or lack thereof) that shaped the year in US blockchain regulation.
2016 may have been a big year for blockchain, but there were failed ideas, too. DeRose lists eight he thinks won't carry over to the new year.
CoinDesk contributor Frederick Reese gives an overview of trends in the digital currency and digital asset markets during 2016.
CoinDesk's Charles Bovaird asks the experts for their predictions of bitcoin's price movements in the year ahead.
The blockchain industry is likely to see growth in 2017, investor Michael Terpin argues, but he cautions we're not ready for the big breakout yet.
Do 2016's political changes foreshadow blockchain's impact? Cryptiv's CEO argues the two might be more intertwined than one might think.
Bitspark's George Harrap lists his takeaways from three years of running a bitcoin-based remittance startup.
A detailed look at the current environment for blockchain standards – as well as past precedents that may inform future steps.
What's in store for Delaware's blockchain work in 2017? The US state's blockchain ombudsperson provides an update.
PwC's Ajit Tripathi gives CoinDesk his predictions for the blockchain industry in the year ahead.
2016 was a quiet one for blockchain regulation – yet compliance expert Juan Llanos argues it could be the calm before a storm.
Despite the hype around enterprise blockchain technologies, achievements in the bitcoin community have been greater, argues Ferdinando Ametrano.
Governance, transparency and audibility could emerge as the three big hurdles for smart contracts this year, according to the founders of Tezos.
CoinDesk's Corin Faife recaps how last year saw one of bitcoin's biggest technology debates, setting the stage for a potentially pivotal 2017.
Researcher Nolan Bauerle looks at Zcash, its privacy-powered blockchain technology and how he believes it could empower economics in the future.
As with the Internet of Things, blockchain adoption will face further hurdles. Yet all hope is not lost, says Peernova's Dave Hudson.
Bitcoin Core developer Eric Lombrozo recaps a fraught year in bitcoin development, one that he believes could give way to a less contentious 2017.
Experts from Smith + Crown recap the year in ICOs – a new form of fundraising that is gaining popularity in the blockchain industry.
Could blockchain be more user friendly? These industry insiders believe that is essential for adoption to increase in 2017.
What's in store for ethereum in 2017? ConsenSys believes the open-source tech will be making inroads into the boardroom.
Deloitte's Eric Piscini argues blockchain needs to prove its worth in the boardroom this year – or else risk 'enterprise fatigue'.
Bitfury's Valery Vavilov argues that blockchain technology will prove key to providing a more secure and inclusive world.
Chris Burniske and Adam White discuss their recently published white paper, setting out what they see as the tech's investment potential.
FinTech expert Simon Taylor discusses what he sees as the challenges (and opportunities) ahead for enterprise applications of distributed ledger tech.
CoinDesk reviews the best of the 50 articles that made up our '2016 in Review' series.