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International Journal of Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies

International Journal of Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies (IJBC)

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International Journal of Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies (2 papers in press)

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  • Blockchain in IoT: security, applications, technologies, and challenges   Order a copy of this article
    by Mahd Alzoubi 
    Abstract: This paper explores the potential of blockchain technology to enhance the security and trust of the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. It identifies key challenges faced by IoT applications, such as data privacy, security, and interoperability. The paper then analyzes how blockchain's characteristics, including decentralization, immutability, and transparency, offer solutions to these challenges. It highlights how blockchain can secure data transactions, automate device authentication, and ensure data integrity, addressing critical IoT vulnerabilities. However, the paper acknowledges the complexities of integrating blockchain and IoT, including scalability limitations, energy consumption concerns, and the need for interoperability across diverse platforms. Additionally, regulatory considerations surrounding blockchain's decentralized nature are discussed. The paper concludes by emphasizing the contribution of this research in providing a comprehensive analysis of blockchain's potential to secure, streamline, and manage IoT applications, paving the way for their secure and efficient integration.
    Keywords: blockchain; IoT; security; smart contracts; consensus algorithms privacy; trust.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJBC.2024.10063367
  • Exploring the potential impact of blockchain technologies in Health Canada’s cannabis supply chain   Order a copy of this article
    by Stephen Johnson 
    Abstract: This case study explores Health Canada's ability to detect and prevent illegal cannabis infiltration into its supply chain and investigates how blockchain might help address identified weaknesses. The Canadian Government's regulatory framework reveals a need for stricter oversight of the cannabis supply chain to enhance security. Current monitoring has a critical weakness, making it susceptible to black market infiltration. This deficiency has led to negative customer perceptions of cannabis production and distribution. Maintaining the status quo risks customers switching to cheaper, higher-quality black-market cannabis. Introducing blockchain technology could shift Health Canada's regulatory approach from human-dependent to a shared responsibility model involving all cannabis ecosystem stakeholders. Blockchain could effectively track cannabis production and distribution, enhance state monitoring of quality standards, detect contaminants, and reduce consumer risks. The study highlights blockchain's potential benefits but also acknowledges potential high costs.
    Keywords: blockchain; cannabis; government regulations; supply chains; cyber security; cannabis reform; digital transformation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJBC.2024.10063680