The government of Tanzania has been called on to embrace the role of blockchain technology in authenticating citizens’ data. The call was made by the Swiss firm Société Industrielle et Commerciale de Produits Alimentaires (SICPA) at a presentation on the fourth Industrial Revolution in Dar es Salaam.
At the forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which was organised by Sahara Sparks, panelists drove discussions around blockchain technology, including the benefits it brings to critical industries. SICPA’s Marco Aloe and Philippe Thevoz argued that introducing blockchain to government data inspires and enhances trust.
Some of the inherent features of blockchain such as immutability align seamlessly with the fundamentals and principles of data management. The disruptive technology provides a transparent environment that records and validates data, without the threat of being altered or corrupted. As a result, blockchain streamlines the way we manage data whilst reducing operational and maintenance costs.
It is no surprise, then, that governments across Africa, are increasingly joining forces with the private sector to develop blockchain identity management systems tailored for the needs of their citizens. Such a system allows those governments to offer their citizens secure and convenient identity services while giving people control over their personal data.
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A statement by SICPA read in part:
“Blockchain enforces the integrity of government data, processes and systems. It mitigates insider threat. It enables cost savings. It combats fake data. It does not have reliance on trusted third party.”
For more than 90 years, SICPA has been providing security solutions, product marking, authentication and secure traceability to government departments and other industries across the globe. The company asserted that blockchain can be used to fully secure birth certificates so that they cannot be imitated or forged.
A blockchain-based birth certificate would be “trusted for life” in addition to being “universally verifiable”, the company added. As a result, it would be impossible to forge birth certificates or notary documents since the system provides a “server-assisted signature’ that is fully secured on the blockchain.
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