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Blockchain

Blockchain promises to be a disruptive technology for the accountancy and auditing professions. Here the ICAEW's IT Faculty collates useful information and resources on the distributed ledger technology and its applications.

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Features and articles

Blockchain trends

Blockchain technology offers continuous, real-time accounting, makes fraud more difficult and will be a valuable tool for all stakeholders. Alexis Nicolau argues its importance for the audit profession and its future.

Blockchain: count every vote? Yes you can!

9 November 2020: In light of the ongoing US election controversy, fintech academic and chartered accountant Gavin Brown predicts the implementation of new blockchain-style voting methods, giving us incontestable results in hours rather than days or weeks.

Blockchain and its implications for accountancy

Michael Izza, ICAEW CEO, blogs about a discussion event hosted by the IT Faculty in June 2016 on blockchain and its potentially disruptive impact.

Webinars and recordings

Tech essentials - cryptocurrency

Following on from the Tech Faculty’s Tech Essentials guide to cryptocurrency, David Lyford-Smith will cover how to handle cryptocurrencies.

The ABCDs of accountancy and technology

Join ICAEW’s Kirstin Gillon and David Lyford-Smith as they walk you through the essentials of the four major technology trends affecting accountants today: AI, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, and Data.

Blockchain, bitcoin and the future of the accountancy profession

Join Mark Taylor and David Lyford-Smith of ICAEW, and Aynsley Damery of the Clarity Project, for the second in our series of IT Faculty ‘Tech Talks’, this time on the subject of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and how these will affect the future of the accountancy profession.

Blockchain - a game changer in Accounting?

In this webinar, Ben Taylor, Partner, IT Advisory at EY, explains how Blockchain technology has the potential to streamline and accelerate business processes, increase cyber security and reduce or eliminate the roles of trusted intermediaries in industry after industry.

Demystifying blockchain seminar

Watch the presentations from the IT Faculty's seminar Demystifying Blockchain held in London on 28 June. The speakers covered topics, including: an introduction to blockchain; a use case example, from everledger; the auditor's role in a blockchain-enabled world; and the art of the possible in blockchain. The video also includes the audience Q&A with the panel of speakers.

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Finance in a digital world

Finance in a Digital World

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Resume of a future auditor: new times and new tools call for new skills

Article looks at the new skills that auditors now require involving technologies such as blockchain, and data analytics.

Blockchain or EDI?

The authors compare two technologies; blockchain and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) which can both be used to address an organisation's data management needs. An in-depth understanding of these needs and the available options is required.

Supply chain management blockchain

Article looks at how blockchain can enhance trust, efficiency and spend in supply chains through a study of seven large US companies that have invested in blockchain for use in their supply chain management.

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Useful links

Cyrptoassets

FCA information about the regulation of crypto assets (including cryptocurrencies) and the risks of investing and making payments using cryptoassets.

Global cryptoasset benchmarking study 2019

This report reviews the impact of significant changes in the industry since the publication of the 2nd Global Cryptoasset Benchmarking Study in 2018. It provides novel insights into the state of the cryptoasset industry, having gathered data from 280 companies in 59 countries and across four main market segments – exchanges, payments, custody and mining.

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