What lies ahead for crypto and blockchain in 2021? Experts answer By Cointelegraph

What lies ahead for crypto and blockchain in 2021? Experts answer

It would be fair to admit that after 2020 and all it has put us through, making any predictions for the upcoming year is most likely to be a game of blindfold. Meanwhile, I am certain that humanity has much to learn from its past transgressions, and will move forward by correcting our mistakes and weaknesses. That’s what we always do. Undoubtedly, the major driver of our development this year was the COVID-19 outbreak. The effects of the ongoing global pandemic on every aspect of our lives will form our future, and there are some tendencies we started last year that will most likely continue in 2021.

COVID-19 has revealed the dire need for solutions in economic efficiency and transparency, and most urgently within the healthcare sector. Further deployments of blockchain solutions will strengthen healthcare systems, if not revolutionize them, by helping both medical practitioners and patients globally. Despite promises to preserve citizens’ private data during the global pandemic in the name of public health, the blockchain-based solutions storing COVID-19 data have raised serious concerns, as they don’t seem to be private at all. While the potential of such emerging technologies is promising, to balance privacy with the appropriate solutions should be a priority for those engaged in this industry.

Brian Behlendorf, executive director at Hyperledger:

Brian Brooks, Acting Comptroller of the Currency of the United States Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency:

Charles Hoskinson, founder and CEO of IOHK:

Da Hongfei, founder of Neo, founder and CEO of Onchain:

Denelle Dixon, CEO and executive director of the Stellar Development Foundation:

Elissa Shevinsky, former head of product at Brave, former editor of Lean Out:

Emin Gün Sirer, CEO of AvaLabs, professor at Cornell University, co-director of IC3:

Heath Tarbert, Chairman and chief executive of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission:

Irene Gao, Antminer sales director of the NCSA region at Bitmain:

Jean-Marie Mognetti, CEO at CoinShares:

Jimmy Song, instructor at Programming Blockchain:

Joseph Lubin, co-founder of , founder of ConsenSys:

Mance Harmon, co-founder and CEO of Hedera Hashgraph and Swirlds Inc.:

Mathew Yarger, head of mobility and automotive at the Iota Foundation:

Mike Belshe, CEO at BitGo:

Paul Brody, principal and global innovation leader of blockchain technology at Ernst & Young:

Roger Ver, executive chairman at .com:

Samson Mow, chief strategy officer at Blockstream:

Scott Freeman, co-founder and partner at JST Capital:

Vinny Lingham, CEO at Civic: