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Posted: Jun 8, 2017
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Author: Paul Castner

Google's Loren Hudziak says look at what's possible and then go beyond that.

“To make technological break-throughs, we need to reconstruct the mental model we have about technology. We can’t look at technology based on how it affects what we do, in our daily lives or in the credit union industry. There are concepts people have heard of, understand somewhat, but still view them through today’s lenses, instead of a view to the future.” Google Solutions Architect Loren Hudziak gave a historic example of this concept to the 350+ credit union attendees during the 2017 CSCU annual conference.
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Posted: Oct 12, 2016
Categories: EMV, Bitcoin/Blockchain
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Author: Paul Castner

Recent articles update CU’s on EMV and the future of blockchain

With the future of blockchain of extreme interest to the CU industry, CSCU president, Bob Hackney, took time out to talk to CoinDesk fintech writer, Bailey Reutzel. The article points out that the advent of distributed ledger technology has brought several CUSOs together with more than 50 credit unions on the CULedger initiative. Hackney notes that these steps represent a “first” for CSCU and many of its peers.  Please click on the following link to read about the impact that blockchain will have on the CU industry:

http://www.coindesk.com/credit-unions-blockchain-competition/ 

Also, it is now the one-year anniversary of the EMV Chip Card liability shift which also makes it a good time to step back and take an objective look at what has gone well with EMV implementation and what has not.  CSCU’s Director of Payments Strategy, Lou Grilli, provides his take in recent interviews with CUToday.info editor, Ray Birch.  You will want to take a few minutes to read the following articles:

http://www.cutoday.info/THE-feature/In-EMV-Migration-Who-Gets-An-A

http://www.cutoday.info/THE-boost/Why-Fraud-Is-Increasing-On-This-Payments-Form
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Posted: Sep 8, 2016
Categories: Bitcoin/Blockchain
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Author: Glen Sarvady

TPR Welcomes Payments Industry Veteran Glen Sarvady as a Guest Contributor!

In an earlier two-part article, CSCU’s Tom Davis did an impressive job of both demystifying the fundamentals of blockchain technology and explaining why it is a significant opportunity that credit unions must track closely. I encourage you to revisit Tom’s article for the fundamentals, but let me reinforce a few of his key points:

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Posted: Jul 27, 2016
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Author: Tom Davis

In part 1 of our 2-part article on bitcoin and blockchain, we attempted to shed some light on what bitcoin is and why users around the globe are showing interest in adopting the cryptocurrency and its underlying blockchain network.  It is important for credit unions to know more about blockchain as a global cyber technology so that you are fully prepared to capitalize on its benefits when presented.  As we discussed, blockchain technology is a critical part of the bitcoin network but blockchain does not necessarily need bitcoin to provide utility as a standalone network. How bitcoin fares as a crypto currency in the global economy is anyone’s guess, but it would be tough to argue that the adoption of blockchain is going away anytime soon. The excitement around the use of blockchain as a way of sharing and transmitting data seems to be growing.  This is easily seen by the staggering increase in investment in the technology as industries around the world try to find ways to take advantages of the benefits of the blockchain.  In fact, many believe this technology will transform banking and cyber security as we know it.

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Posted: May 24, 2016
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Author: Tom Davis

Not a day goes by where you don’t read or hear news about bitcoin and/or blockchain.  One expert in the payments world likens bitcoin to the Kardashians, the reality show stars who manage to keep themselves in the headlines even if there is nothing new to report.  Without question, bitcoin and blockchain are the darlings of the financial and business media. What follows in this article is background and insight on bitcoin, the cryptocurrency, its relationship to the blockchain, and reasons why credit unions won't need to spend too much time (if any) worrying about bitcoin.

In our second article, to be published on The Payments Review at a later date, we will take a much deeper look into the intriguing and complex world of the blockchain distributed ledger technology and why credit unions will want to keep an eye on it.

 


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