Using blockchain to improve public safety

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Graham is an officer in his country’s counter terrorism police force. Since the rise of social networks, he can draw on many information sources in his investigations and exploit the recent advances in big data technologies.

Graham investigates counter terrorism cases where sharing information on threats with intelligence agencies around the globe would be beneficial.  He has to rely on the services of Trusted Third Parties (e.g. Computer Emergency Response Teams or Information Sharing Analysis Centers) and use his personal network.  However, Graham can see a better solution based on the trust offered by a blockchain infrastructure.

Blockchain for public safety

He has read about HyperLedger Fabric channels as a way to segment information exchanges, even in a common Blockchain infrastructure, and wants to know more.

Graham also sees Blockchain as a way to hinder the spread of fake news, or at least to easily track back to the original source. He is willing to support the creation of an open ecosystem of certified news contributors, and because he is clearly a Blockchain technology fan, he is contributing his ideas to a few draft legislations.

Why IBM?

IBM is one of the founders of the HyperLedger consortium in the Linux Foundation, a collaborative effort created to advance cross industry blockchain technologies for business, and one of the main contributors to HyperLedger Fabric

  • We developed the IBM Blockchain Platform based on HyperLedger Fabric, adding powerful development, operations and governance capabilities
  • IBM is creating many solutions for Blockchain ecosystem in different industries (e.g.:, Food Trust, TradeLens, World Wire)
  • IBM has the knowledge and experience to deliver Blockchain projects from first prototypes to operating ecosystems, after the design of the right business model

Ask yourself

  • How can you establish trust among partner agencies?
  • How can you achieve interoperability and automation among different organization’s systems?
  • How can you safeguard sensitive information and protect classified information?
  • How can you enable information sharing among partners and control who has access to the shared information, without revealing the source of the information?
  • How can you control the quality of the anonymous information consumed, without knowing which organization contributed the information?

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts on the ways in which Blockchain can help Governments deliver better services for citizens.  The previous post can be found here.

Executive IT Architect, Federal CTO Office, IBM Global Markets

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