A multi-million-dollar Toronto-based research initiative, the Blockchain Research Institute ™ (BRI), was launched on Thursday to study the emerging technology.

Blockchain is a peer-to-peer transfer system that eliminates the need for middlemen by trusting the power of the crowd to verify transactions, which enables a decentralized online ledger. It’s “the second era of the Internet,” according to Don Tapscott, co-founder of BRI, who said, “This is 1993 all over again.”

The BRI was founded by Don and Alex Tapscott, co-authors of the book Blockchain Revolution. Alex was recently appointed to the International Monetary Fund’s high-level advisory group on fintech. He was one of two Canadians chosen for the group of 14, along with senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada Carolyn Wilkins.

The institute will “conduct the definitive exploration of blockchain use cases, opportunities and implementation challenges,”

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