“All digital assets provide value, but not all digital assets are valued equally” [1].


Digital Assets

  • From Simplicable: A digital asset is something that has value and can be owned but has no physical presence [2].

  • From The Digital Beyond: A digital asset is content that is stored in digital form or an online account, owned by an individual. The associated digital data are classified as intangible, personal property, as long as they stay digital, otherwise they quickly become tangible personal property [3].

  • From Wikipedia: A digital asset, in essence, is anything that exists in a binary format and comes with the right to use. Data that do not possess that right are not considered assets. Digital assets come in many forms and may be stored on many types of digital appliances which are, or will be in existence once technology progresses to accommodate for the conception of new modalities which would be able to carry digital assets; notwithstanding the proprietorship of the physical device onto which the digital asset is located [4].

Non-fungible Tokens

  • From Wikipedia: A non-fungible token (NFT) is a special type of cryptographic token which represents something unique; non-fungible tokens are thus not interchangeable. This is in contrast to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, and many network or utility tokens that are fungible in nature. NFTs are used to create verifiable digital scarcity, for example in several specific applications that require unique digital items like crypto-collectibles and crypto-gaming [5].

  • From BTC Manager: Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are blockchain tokens that are designed to be distinguishable from each other. Using unique metadata, avatars, individual token IDs, and custody chains, NFTs are created to ensure that no two NFT tokens are identical. This is because they exist to store information rather than value, unlike their fungible counterparts [6].


[1] “What Exactly is a Digital Asset & How to Get the Most Value from Them?” [Online.] Available: https://merlinone.com/what-is-a-digital-asset/. Date accessed: 2019‑06‑10.

“What Exactly is a Digital Asset & How to Get the Most Value from Them?”

[2] “11 Examples of Digital Assets” [online]. Available: https://simplicable.com/new/digital-asset. Date accessed: 2019‑06‑10.

“11 Examples of Digital Assets”

[3] J. Romano, “A Working Definition of Digital Assets” [online]. The Digital Beyond. Available: http://www.thedigitalbeyond.com/2011/09/a-working-definition-of-digital-assets/. Date accessed: 2019‑06‑10.

[4] Wikipedia: “Digital Asset” [online]. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_asset. Date accessed: 2019‑06‑10.

[5] Wikipedia: “Non-fungible Token” [online]. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-fungible_token. Date accessed: 2019‑06‑10.

[6] BTC Manager: “Non-fungible Tokens: What Are They?” [Online.] Available: https://btcmanager.com/non-fungible-tokens/. Date accessed: 2019‑06‑10.

“Non-fungible Tokens: What Are They?”