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Avivah Litan
VP Distinguished Analyst
19 years at Gartner
34 years IT industry

Avivah Litan is a Vice President and Distinguished Analyst in Gartner Research. Ms. Litan's areas of expertise include endpoint security, security analytics for cybersecurity and fraud, user and entity behavioral analytics, and insider threat detection. Read Full Bio

The FOMO of Blockchain – but Bright Spots Emerge

by Avivah Litan  |  May 18, 2020

Fear of Missing Out – or FOMO – is a primary driver for Enterprise (Permissioned) blockchain.  This is what we learned in our recent survey of large Chinese and U.S. firms that work with Blockchain and it validates what we hear in our client inquiries. See “Key Takeaways from Gartner Survey of U.S. and China […]

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Blockchain and Covid 19

by Avivah Litan  |  April 24, 2020

Crises bring out the best and the worst of society. Covid-19 is no exception. The ‘best’ is what will get us out of this mess — innovation. Innovation in health care and vaccines will cure the health care crisis, and technology innovation will help us climb out of economic and business problems. Blockchain, a technology […]

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Smart Contracts are Neither Smart nor are they Contracts

by Avivah Litan  |  March 3, 2020

The founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, aptly noted in an October 2018 Tweet that “ To be clear, at this point I quite regret adopting the term “smart contracts”. I should have called them something more boring and technical, perhaps something like “persistent scripts”. See To be clear, at this point I quite regret adopting […]

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Stop Bullying Apple Around and Do Some Intelligence Homework

by Avivah Litan  |  January 14, 2020

Apple is once again being ordered by the U.S. Department of Justice to unlock terrorist iphones, and once again they are refusing. In the latest case DOJ is trying to unlock two iphones used by an aviation student from Saudi Arabia who killed three people at a Florida Navy base last month.     This […]

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Solving the problem of Fake News and Reality becomes more urgent; Blockchain and AI to the Rescue?

by Avivah Litan  |  January 8, 2020

Facebook announced yesterday its limited policy to ban deepfake videos but stopped short by not attempting to eliminate altered or ‘fake’ content beyond that, e.g. altered photos, videos and news reports. See Facebook’s Deepfake Ban is a Solution to a Distant Problem You may also have read about Twitter’s Jack Dorsey’s project to try and decentralize […]

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Can Web 3.0 and Blockchain Save us from Fake News and Content?

by Avivah Litan  |  December 12, 2019

Blockchain will be used within the next five years to power use cases with tremendous social value including helping to stop the spread of fake news and video content and opening ecommerce and financial markets to the world’s unbanked population. But first, blockchain technology must mature so that it can support these transformational and other […]

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IoT integration is a Sweet Spot for Blockchain Per Gartner Survey

by Avivah Litan  |  December 5, 2019

The integration of IoT and Blockchain networks is a sweet spot for digital transformation and innovation.  It is actually moving ahead at a much faster space than expected, according to a recent Gartner Survey of over 500 U.S. companies.  75% of IoT technology adopters in the U.S. have already adopted blockchain or are planning to […]

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Why Facebook’s Libra feels Liberated after Visa, Mastercard and others Defect

by Avivah Litan  |  October 14, 2019

Facebook’s David Marcus tweeted it was liberating for Visa, MasterCard and others to defect last Friday and politely thanked the organizations for hanging in there as long as they did. See David Marcus October 11 Tweet Marcus wasn’t explicit about why the defections were liberating, but my guess is that having these (old guard) financial firms […]

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Can MPC Rescue us from Blockchain Private Keys?

by Avivah Litan  |  September 26, 2019

Private Key management is the Achilles Heel of blockchain applications. The loss of a private key represents a single point of failure. Indeed, most of us have heard nightmare stories of users losing their private key and consequently all of their crypto assets, never to be recovered. Sound key management practices are critical for maintaining […]

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Will it be Cash or Crypto in the Amazon?

by Avivah Litan  |  September 20, 2019

Just back from a trip to the Ecuador Amazon and the Andes, I was intrigued to hear of Amazon’s Amazon Cash and Paycode expansion announcement this week. See Amazon now offers you more Ways to Pay in Cash. This new payment mechanism should appeal to consumers who transact in cash and who don’t have an active […]

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