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Must-Read Research Reports, October 2020

We've picked the best emerging tech reports published in October to keep you busy, especially with nightlife restricted, and a bit more time for reaching.

October has been an exciting month: PayPal announced it will incorporate crypto payments to its services in 2021 and the US elections are getting closer. Crypto users are excited, watching all these events from their homes while eating popcorn, waiting to see how the market will react.


Meanwhile, we selected the tech reports that you shouldn’t miss in the midst of choosing costumes and carving pumpkins for Halloween.


Today’s recap is spiced with some blockchain fundamentals, a touch of remote work, and loads of payments, Central Banks, and potential digital currencies in this new digital era.


1. IBM

Blockchain for dummies, 3rd IBM Limited Edition

This book is perfect for those who really want to understand what blockchain is, how it works, and how it might enhance your business and the industry it operates in. This document talks about the fundamentals of blockchain and how this technology may revolutionise payments and business networks. If you want to know what’s the difference between the concept of blockchain and blockchain for businesses, this is reading for you. Great names from the space are included, such as Hyperledger and Linux Foundation.

2. The Bank for International Settlements

Central Bank Digital Currencies: foundational principles and core features

Central banks have been providing trusted money to the public for hundreds of years. Will the digital age have an impact on this? Many Central Banks have gathered to research the pros and cons of offering a digital currency to the general population. In this report, the collaborators have set out common foundational principles and core features of a CBDC.


3. World Economic Forum

Global Standards Mapping Initiative: an overview of blockchain technical standards

This White Paper catalogues data from over 30 technical standard-setting entities, 185 jurisdictions, and almost 400 industry groups. The Global Standards Mapping Initiative (GSMI) represents an unprecedented effort to map and analyse the current blockchain landscape. 

The work was a joint effort between the World Economic Forum and the Global Blockchain Business Council.

4. dGen

Remote Work in 2030, Europe

Home office and remote work have entered our lexicons and thoughts at an unprecedented rate. But, as most of the conversations focus on how remote working looks today, our latest report explores how a large scale shift to telecommuting might change our lives in Europe by 2030.

5. European Central Bank

Report on a digital Euro

This report examines the issuance of a central bank digital currency from the perspective of the Eurosystem. Such a digital euro can be understood as central bank money offered in digital form for use by citizens and businesses for their retail payments. It would complement the current offering of cash and wholesale central bank deposits. 

The research explores what are the reasons to issue a digital euro, the potential effects of its implementation, the legal considerations and design possibilities, among others.

6. McKinsey & Company 

The 2020 McKinsey Global Payments Report

The Covid-19 crisis is having a significant and widespread effect on global payments across sectors. The most striking and potentially lasting impact is an accelerating pace of change in the industry.

In this report, McKinsey focusses on the state of the payments ecosystem in 2020 and explores the actions payments providers need to take to compete effectively in the “next normal”.

7. World Economic Forum

The Future of Jobs 2020 Report

The Future of Jobs report maps the jobs and skills of the future, tracking the pace of change. It aims to shed light on the pandemic-related disruptions in 2020, contextualised within a longer history of economic cycles and the expected outlook for technology adoption, jobs and skills in the next five years.

We hope you found this report round-up useful and enjoyed a few of these reads. If you think we missed any, or have any feedback, please get in touch with us at hq@dgen.org.


Francisco has a degree in Business and Law, and is currently working for dGen to communicate its vision for blockchain adoption to an audience of thought leaders in tech companies, corporates, and the public sector as a researcher and marketer.