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DLT, which is short for ”distributed ledger technology”, and blockchain are two similar terms. Their similarities make them confusing to separate, and in some cases, some are using them as synonyms. Although they are similar in a lot of ways and share features, they are still not exactly the same.
In essence, blockchain is a kind of distributed ledger technology, or DLT, which might explain why people are confusing the two terms with one another. This means that DLT is the umbrella expression that blockchain falls under. This means that the term blockchain was coined after distributed ledger technology. Nonetheless, the more familiar word is that of blockchain. This is one of those instances when the name of a “product”, much like rollerblades, yo-yo or aspirin, takes over and becomes the word for a whole phenomenon. In this case, blockchain is always one kind of DLT, but all DLTs are not always blockchains.
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The blockchain is often known as a “DLT” system. Specifically, DLT stands for distributed ledger technology, and is a digital decentralized system for verifying and recording asset transactions. This means that the system becomes more resilient, as it exists in various places at the same time.
Anyone familiar with blockchain technology will likely recognize this definition of DLT. A previous Ivan on Tech Academy article, in which we answer “what is the blockchain”, demonstrates the advantages of distributed ledger technology in various industries. Moreover, this is primarily due to the unique and far-reaching application opportunities of DLTs.
Put simply, a distributed ledger consists of nodes that process and verify items. In doing so, DLTs generate records of various items and reach “consensus”, an agreement, on the items’ validity, or “veracity”.
This means that a DLT ledger is...