While the TCP/IP made communication easy since it allowed devices to talk to each other, the blockchain technology could help advance it further by making data interoperable in such a way that having to hard code APIs for accessing databases would be a thing of the past.
As someome who deals with data extraction, verification and analysis, I believe that blockchains can help restore trust in the Internet by allowing storing and dealing with data more interoperable, reliable, convenient and efficient. Doing so helps journalists and the public less prone to falling into fake news traps.
There are also challenges and risks to blockchains however. I highlighted some of them in a recent article I co-wrote with Nicolas Seidler.
Walid Al-Saqaf, PhD
Senior Lecturer in Media Technology
Södertörn University, Stockholm