A blockchain is an open, distributed database that preserves a continuously growing list of ordered records that by design is difficult to hack or destroy. The technology was originally created for the digital currency, Bitcoin. Now the tech community is finding numerous potential uses for blockchain technology. In a recent contribution to The Institute, How Blockchain Could Give Everyone a Legal ID, Monique Morrow, IEEE Senior Member and Technology Strategist, presents a use case of blockchain technology to create a legal-ID system to address the nearly 1.5 billion people lacking official identification documentation. By proving identity it is easier to protect people’s human rights.
Monique’s article shares just one of many unique applications of blockchain technology that are being considered. Join the IEEE Blockchain Community to help pave the way for other applications. Monique Morrow provided insight on this topic at the annual SXSW Conference and Festival, March 10-19, 2017. The session, Beyond Fintech: Blockchain for Every Industry, was included in the IEEE Tech for Humanity Series at SXSW.