Consensus as a Service: a brief report on the emergence of permissioned, distributed ledger systems

Distributed ledgers and cryptocurrency systems are fundamentally different. The key difference involves how transactions are validated: Bitcoin uses pseudonyous and anonymous nodes to validate transactions whereas distributed ledgers require legal identities – permissioned nodes to validate transactions. Consequently, distributed ledgers are able to legally host off-chain assets due to their authenticated, permissioned approach to validation. […]