Social welfare innovators use block chains to solve major social problems


nnnBut when the bottom of the technology sector chain to the community can make the only contribution is as an unreliable fast to get rich tools, then the number of some short-sighted. This ignores the great potential of the chain chain and digital assets for social welfare, namely, ensuring the integrity of valuable data. The focus of the third annual regional chain summit, held recently in Neck Island, is this socially significant block-chain project, whether or not block-chain solutions will work, and the technology’s impact on these social goals Contribution will remain extremely significant.n
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nWith the bitcoin in no way affected by the “civil war”, in 12 months time soared nearly 400%, while at the same time the encrypted money of the public almost every day in the staged a rich rush of drama, which can not help Will make people think that the only contribution of block chain technology to society may be as an unreliable tool for quick getting rich.n
nBut this ignores the block chain and digital assets on the social welfare brought great potential. There is no fear that human history can not solve some of the thorny problems in history, and many block chains and encrypted money items (some of which are dominated by large international organizations, while others are initiated by small start-ups) want to solve problems such as poverty and environmental degradation Problem and spread democracy.n
nThere is no doubt that these projects are surrounded by a lot of utopianism. And that the technology is far from sufficient development and can not operate on a global scale – it may never be possible. But those who foresee a better way of doing things will always have endless creative ideas. It is also important that these projects build on the basis of considerable realities: the ability of block-chain technology to enhance transparency and address the ever-changing problem of social distrust.n
nThe great potential of this technology is that it can ensure valuable data integrity, even if the information comes from multiple sources of potential conflicts of interest. But the result will be a real central to the common record, highly safe and able to prevent tampering – this is the basis of the establishment of civil society, that is, all the important functions of the record for hundreds of years made a major breakthrough.n
nThe block chain indicates the new possibilities of collecting, documenting and using information, and helping the community to achieve common goals for currency and valuable tokens in an automated way.n
nNearly 10,000 refugees in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, participated in the World Food Program’s plan to use retinal scans and block-based transaction logs to track the distribution of food in multiple areas, thereby improving efficiency, preventing fraud and ensuring Everyone can get food. This is just one of a series of projects organized by the ad hoc inter-agency organization of the United Nations block-chain enthusiasts in New York, which have attracted dozens of like-minded people in the United Nations system. One result is that UN-Women is working with the Norwegian government to study the block-chain project to transfer digital assets to women in developing countries such as Rwanda without relying on those who are abusive. The World Bank is not to be outdone, trying to get involved, and in June launched its new block chain laboratory.n
nOne of the benefits that people expect is that the governments of developing countries will take on more responsibility, which will help them to get more investment and foreign aid on better terms. NeoCapita, an e-government startup, is using the chain of chains in Afghanistan, Armenia and Papua New Guinea to track donations to prove that these funds have not been misappropriated.n
nHowever, the broader prospect of this technology may be outside the government sphere, in a solution that gives civil society more power. A team led by my colleague Mark Weber in the Massachusetts Media Media Labs is developing a technical foundation for the Open Source Public Assets Registry, which will record the different forms of asset rights in the spot chain The claim and transfer. In providing a more advanced record-keeping function to the centrally managed registry, the team wanted to give the lender confidence that in the event of a breach of contract, they would be able to obtain a clean collateral without fear of an unknown competitive claim. The first application of the project is intended to provide an immutable receipt for the poor farmers in developing countries to store cereals in warehouses, but the goal is to release more of their affordable funds for small businesses and individuals.n
nThis socially effective project was also the focus of the third annual block chain summit hosted by BlockFury at Richard Branson’s Neck Island last week by a chain-chain service provider. I am fortunate to attend the summit with Peruvian economists and anti-poverty activities, Hernando de Soto, European Parliamentary Member Eva Kaili, and groundbreaking Afghan entrepreneur and women’s rights advocate Roya Mahboob. It is understandable that dozens of privileged persons discussing the plan to save the world on a comfortable tropical island naturally attracts the attention of the people. But influential and determined elites from governments, nonprofit organizations, venture capital firms, academia, and block chain start-ups will ensure that a serious agenda of action is taken as in the past two years.n
nAmong the many projects presented in this event, Mahboob proposed a proposal to center the e-market so that Afghan women can avoid male-dominated institutions, trade goods and services that impede their business activities.n
nVenture capitalists and co-sponsors Bill Tai also announced a block-chain project aimed at motivating strong and reliable data on coral reefs to help scientists understand how to protect them. Mariana Dahan, who had previously worked in the World Bank, launched a World Identity Network to explore the use of block-chain technology in providing a secure identity form for a population of 2 billion people lacking identity documents. This is a tricky problem, partly because of the potential for personal identity and possible privacy challenges in public databases, and partly because “identity” can have many different meanings in different contexts. But Dahan, starting from his personal experience, talks about the harm done by those who can not prove their existence and is determined to find the best talent in the technical field to solve the dilemma.n
nThere are still many challenges to achieving these innovative visions. This requires more development work to ensure that the block chain can be extended to the global level and deployed in an open, “no approval” and interoperable architecture that conforms to the Internet spirit. Whether the ideal solution for these important issues is to develop a chain-chain network that consumes a lot of computing power and power resources is still unclear.n
nBut even if the block chain eventually gives way to other solutions, and even centrality of the solution, the contribution of this technology to these social goals will remain extremely significant. It forces people to jump out of mind, creatively think about the problem, in a new way of thinking to solve the deep-seated problems in life. Which in itself creates a prospect for a groundbreaking change.n

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