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COVID Health Status Certification on Blockchain, a real use case to solve real problem

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World wants to reopen and reopen desperately.

The US government is busy designing a plan to open up the US for business in phases. There is also another outcry about resurgence of infections if we open too soon or open without a proper plan.

We may not overcome the virus altogether and we need to think about how we can open ‘in spite’ of the virus.

Blockchain might hold the key in helping solve a real problem in a real crisis: Health Status Certification.

Blockchain can verify without disclosing

Creating digital IDs over blockchain and layering that with medical information without compromising the identity or other sensitive information is one great use case right now that should be tapped into.

Apart from identification and verification of health status (that is, COVID-19 status), blockchain tools can also help trace and track the movement of individuals.  

Those who have not contracted the virus or those who have developed the anti-bodies and no longer pass the infection could be categorized in the green category.

Those who are susceptible to the virus without any underlying conditions should be in the orange.

Those who should be in quarantine and those with the risk factors can be monitored as a red category.  

By simplifying the categories to track – the populace can be tracked based on the movement and clusters and ensure that red is not getting mixed up with other categories.

This will require a certain amount of sacrifice of privacy.  

Privacy will be compromised, blockchain can minimize the extent

As we plan to return back to normalcy, certain things will forever change. One of them will be privacy.

You may very well be required to disclose your ‘health’ status at every facility you enter into. Instead of having that data managed by a ‘for profit’ organization who could theoretically exploit the data for other purposes, we should think about leveraging blockchain to protect privacy to the extent we can.

Even if the data is moved – it will leave an audit trail. No one can tamper with it. This immutability is absent in most traditional systems that can be overridden with right permission status.

Solutions are already being built and tested

The blockchain system to trace, track and verify health status has already been tested by TerraHub which initially prepared the tool to help the Oil and Gas industry and later deployed it to healthcare professionals.

“For example, if a cable company worker who previously tested negative receives a positive test, the system has a blockchain record of every house the technician visited to help pinpoint where the infection may have been picked up—and which houses need to be notified of possible exposure,” Elena Dumitrascu, CTO of TerraHub Technologies explains.  

A solution like the one TerraHub developed can help trace and isolate individuals who have been exposed with ease, as long as the individuals in the service industry are on some system.

You could procure the same data using traditional systems but it will take a lot of time that is crucial in pandemic situations.

Blockchain can help verify the PPE, medication and other essentials

Blockchain’s use case doesn’t stop at certifying individual health status, it can also be used to verify the entire supply chain of PPE, medication and other essential shipments.  

IF a product is defective or subpar, it can be traced to the manufacturer and remedial actions can be taken in a matter of hours instead of days or weeks.

It also helps to track the authenticity of medication received. Last thing anyone wants is to get counterfeit medication.

Initiative should come from big corporations and the government

Initiatives to leverage technology like Blockchain and IoT in the time of crisis like this should come from big corporations (Walmart has already initiated a massive blockchain initiative for food last year) and the Government.

Blockchain can help in tracking back while dealing with a complex supply chain. When all the vendors participate in the blockchain supply chain – it will be easy to trace back ‘each unit’ back to its original manufacturer and mend the issue right away without disrupting the entire supply chain or having to recall every unit.

Without such a leverage, companies could end up spending days or weeks tracing back the origin.

Blockchain and crypto are finding purpose during this crisis

The US government introducing digital dollar plans, Chinese government piloting Digital Yuan and the countries around the world working on their own currency plans are all bringing attention back to the crypto space.

The need of the hour in the supply chain and privacy aspects are bringing attention to blockchain technology.

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Crypto News Today #53

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A rather slow week in the crypto space.  

Bitcoin on track to $100,000 by 2025

A Bloomberg report titled “Bitcoin Trend, Adding Zeroes” predicts that $100,000 by 2025 is on track.  “Bitcoin could continue doing what it has for most of its nascent existence, appreciating in price on the back of increasing adoption, but at a slower pace as we see it. The first-born crypto has had a tendency to add zeros to its price from around $10 in 2011. It took about four years to go from $1,000 to $10,000 in 2017, so doubling that time frame for maturation could get the price toward $100,000 in about five more years. Or the new technology could fail, but our demand indicators are positive. With the exception of stable coins, the rest of the crypto market is subject to excess supply and competition,” report read.

Another company joins the $100 Million Bitcoin club

Stone Ridge created a subsidiary called New York Digital Investment Group (NYDIG) to act as the custodian of its own customers bitcoin.  The move was prompted by the growing demand from customers who were willingly investing 1% to 5% of their portfolio in Bitcoin.  Forbes reported that “Stone Ridge Holdings Group revealed NYDIG is acting as custodian of 10,000 of the parent company’s bitcoin, valued at $115 million at today’s price.” “The two largest funds currently managed by NYDIG are the $190 million Institutional Bitcoin Fund LP, disclosed in regulatory documents in June and the $140 million Bitcoin Yield Enhancement Fund LP disclosed in May,” the article revealed.

Coinbase lost 5% of its workforce, got over 1000 requests from FBI

coinbase best exchangeAbout 5% of the workforce left Coinbase due to its ‘no politics at work’ stance. At the same time, it has allegedly received more than 1000 requests from agencies, mainly FBI, regarding crypto transactions. While these news are unrelated – Reddit and other social media channels are flaring up with anarchists rhetoric calling crypto users to move away from the capitalists Coinbase. We are indifferent on the matter.

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Crypto News Today #52

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On ramps are being built to pave the world’s businesses to the blockchain. Latest in this trajectory is EY, one of the world’s big 4 accounting firms, who has built a solution to onboard businesses onto blockchain.

EY launches Ethereum Solution ONP

OpsChain Network Procurement (ONP) which is expected to help convert the procurement contracts into digital smart contracts and automate volume discounts/rebates has been launched by Ernst & Young (EY) on Ethereum Blockchain. EY is one of the Big 4 accounting firms in the world that has been eyeing to be at the forefront of blockchain technology and this ONP is a great addition to its forte. “EY OpsChain Network Procurement supports network-level business processes by moving those business processes outside of any single ERP system and into a shared blockchain-based smart contract. It builds upon EY experience with other procurement activities, such as software royalty calculations, where shifting to blockchain-based contracts has compressed cycle times by more than 90% and cut costs by 40%,” according to the press release.

KuCoin hack hauls $130 Million, creates a stir re: decentralization

KuCoin got hacked during the week for 100s of millions of dollars.  However, according to the KuCoin CEO Johnny Lyu substantial part of those stolen funds have been recovered. Over $200 Million in stolen funds have been recovered. While many crypto maximalists were furious at the fact that KuCoin and the projects supporting KuCoin were able to freeze the funds in the suspected accounts, some argued that the key tenet of blockchain and cryptocurrencies is the ability to be not shut down by an external force. Say what may – this recovery of funds has been welcomed by those who use KuCoin. In a clear twist of the plot, KuCoin was able to turn these things around and instill confidence in the exchange. The latest in this hack thriller is that KuCoin claims to have located the hackers and are now working with the authorities to take the legal action.

The man who called banking system a scam buys his first Bitcoin

The UK politician whose speech against the banking scam has been referred to by crypto communities, Godfrey Bloom,  has tweeted that he made his first purchase of Bitcoin. 

 

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This week people are reminded why Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are needed.  An expose by Buzzfeed reviewed the FinCEN files to show that major financial institutions have been assisting and facilitating illicit affairs to earn their fees.

$2 Trillion scandal shows why we need blockchain now

Standard Chartered, HSBC, Bank of America and many of the world’s biggest financial institutions have been secretly mining money in the form of fees for the world’s most dangerous individuals and entities.  “A huge trove of secret government documents reveals for the first time how the giants of Western banking move trillions of dollars in suspicious transactions, enriching themselves and their shareholders while facilitating the work of terrorists, kleptocrats, and drug kingpins,” reports Buzzfeed which ran an expose on the whole matter.  This reminds us one more time that the number one choice of criminals is not bitcoin or cryptocurrency which remain quite traceable.  Criminals use cash and also major bank accounts in broad daylight for their illicit affairs.

OCC issues clarification for banks regarding stablecoins

Office of Comptroller of the Currency issued clarification about banks holding cryptocurrencies, specifically, stablecoins.  Essentially, OCC gave greenlight for banks to hold stablecoins as long as they have 1:1 reserve.  “A bank providing services in support of a stablecoin project must comply with all applicable laws and regulations and ensure that it has instituted appropriate controls and conducted sufficient due diligence commensurate with the risks associated with maintaining a relationship with a stablecoin issuer. The due diligence process should facilitate an understanding of the risks of cryptocurrency and include a review for compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including those related to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering,” OCC letter clarified.

Cryptos are part of Visa’s future strategy

Digital assets and blockchain technology are going to be important parts of Visa’s future,” was the conclusion of an exclusive Forbes interview with Terry Angelos, SVP global head of fintech at Visa and Cuy Sheffield, senior director, head of crypto at Visa. “We are seeing significant interest in demand from crypto companies that want to work with Visa and connect their clients to our network of 60-plus million merchants,” Terry mentioned during the interview. Visa expects to be part of broader cryptocurrency adoption and also work closely with the world’s major banks in the CBDC adoption.

EU announces plan to regulate cryptocurrencies

European Commission is working on introducing a framework to regulate cryptocurrencies.  It could potentially take a year or more for these regulations to come out.  Investor protection and enabling innovation will be cornerstones of these proposed plans.  The new plan will mean that crypto-asset companies authorized by one of the 27 EU countries will be able to provide its services across all the other member states, according to the CNBC.

Gemini is expanding into United Kingdom

Winklevoss brothers brainchild, Gemini, is expanding into the UK as it received the electronic money license from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).  This move will allow residents of the UK to buy bitcoin using a debit card on the Gemini platform.  According to the article in Bloomberg, Gemini is looking to expand into Singapore next.  

Fun Fact: Norway, Blackrock and Vanguard hold Bitcoin, indirectly

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund, which owns 1.5% of MicroStrategy, effectively owns roughly 577 bitcoins. Blackrock and Vanguard also own shares in Microstrategy which in turn makes them indirect holders of Bitcoin. Source: Forbes.

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