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AALL Spectrum / September/October 2017 / Volume 22, Number 1

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36 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG W elcome to the brave new world of blockchain. Some say it's the future lifeblood of the internet and commerce. It will provide the foundation of the most robust information security system ever created. It will allow access to economic tools currently unavailable to billions. You may have seen many articles on blockchain recently—thirteen, in fact, were included in the American Association of Law Libraries newsletter, KnowItAALL, since its launch on December 6, 2016. Maybe you've never heard of blockchain. Or maybe all you've heard about it is the hype. So, what's a blockchain? e short explanation: It's a network-based tool for storing information securely and permanently. e information in a blockchain can be authenticated by members of the public, but the information can be accessed only by those who have permission. Blockchain: What it is, how it's being used, and what it means for the future of law libraries. BY DEBBIE GINSBERG BLOCKCHAIN 3.0 OR WEB 3.NO? TECHNOLOGY

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