Can blockchain link the future?

Liang Qiao, Shuping Dang, Basem Shihada, Mohamed Slim Alouini, Robert Nowak, Zhihan Lv*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recently, decentralization has been extensively explored by researchers. Blockchain, as a representation of decentralized technology, has attracted attention with its unique characteristics, such as irrevocability and security. Consequently, herein, we introduce cutting-edge blockchain technologies from four directions: blockchain system, consensus algorithms, smart contract, and scalability. Subsequently, we analyze the current lack of consensus mechanism, fault tolerance, and block capacity of the blockchain, and the integration of blockchain into 5G/6G mobile communication. Furthermore, we discuss the possible applications of blockchain in intellectual property protection, the Internet of Things, digital twins, standardization, and epidemic prevention and control. Finally, explore the impacts and solutions of blockchain on human society beyond technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-694
Number of pages8
JournalDigital Communications and Networks
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under Grant No. 61902203 , Key Research and Development Plan - Major Scientific and Technological Innovation Projects of ShanDong Province ( 2019JZZY020101 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications


  • Blockchain
  • Consensus algorithm
  • Digital twins
  • Internet of things
  • Scalability
  • Smart contract

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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