The technological landscape is shifting rapidly, straddling the cusp of a ‘digital sovereignty’ revolution powered by Web3. Premised on the principle of decentralization, which harks back to the early days of the internet, combined with modern functionality, this new web generation is poised to disrupt traditional infrastructure.
At the heart of this monumental shift is blockchain technology, and Paxos, a leading blockchain firm in a recent blog post, enshrined the role of Web3 in facilitating a new era for the financial sector. By distributing critical infrastructure components across various nodes, blockchain could potentially restore trust in traditional institutions, which counters dwindling credibility of authoritative figures and and creates more secure landscape against growing cybersecurity threats.
In the realm of data privacy, Web3 engenders a shift in power dynamics. Instead of data being harvested and monetised at will by centralized platforms, consumers can maintain control over their personal information, altering the current imbalance and creating an equitably digital ecosystem.
Aligning these benefits to the financial sector, Paxos points to industries leveraging this technology to meet the evolving demands of consumers in an interconnected world.
Cryptocurrency, a popular product of blockchain, emerges as an important facilitator in the adoption of Web3 by enterprises. Apart from streamlining peer-to-peer payments and reducing transaction costs, ‘tokenization’ has the potential to remodel our digital interactions and transactions.
One of the simplest applications of tokenization is stablecoins – crypto tokens whose value remains pegged to the dollar or other national currencies. Stablecoins act as digital currency, using benefits of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum without their price volatility.
Despite the winding down of their stablecoin, BUSD, introduced in partnership with the crypto exchange Binance due to regulatory pressures, Paxos continues to show faith in this section of tokenization. Other companies like PayPal have also taken to issuing stablecoins, such as PYUSD.
The tokenization trajectory is moving towards other financial instruments as well, including stocks. Blockchain users can now hold company shares in crypto wallets instead of trading them on centralized exchanges. Reports from Dune Analytics show that tokenized stocks from Backed Finance and Franklin Templeton have amassed over $327 million in market cap.
This paints an incredible picture of the world moving towards an era of individual control and autonomy in the digital realm. However, there still exists considerable regulatory inputs and cyber security aspects that need to be addressed before this technology can be fully embraced.