Australian eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant has suggested that a blockchain-powered ID solution could help tackle cyber abuse and trolling while allowing users to maintain a level of anonymity.
Speak to the New South Whales media outlet The Sydney Morning HeraldGrant said that while anonymity was beneficial for common online usage, people who hid behind anonymity online to harm others remained a major problem in society. She said blockchain-based digital IDs can help strike a balance by hiding the user’s data unless requested by the police.
Inman Grant stated that:
“There is more they can do in terms of their intellectual capabilities, their access to advanced technology, their massive financial resources, to come up with better systems to identify who is on their platforms and who is violating their terms of service.”
Ms. Inman Grant worked at Microsoft in the 1990s and was involved in shaping the controversial Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in the US, which gives social media companies immunity from liability for user content.
Facebook and Twitter’s decision to remove former US President Donald Trump after the Capitol riots highlighted the difficulties social media companies face in balancing the desire to protect the public from harmful content while ensuring freedom of speech and allow opinion.
Blockchain-based pseudonymity can play a role in helping users feel comfortable expressing their views, while enabling authorities to take action against users who incite violence or harass others.
The use of blockchain technology to develop digital ID solutions is being tested by companies in many countries around the world, including Japan, Korea, the US and China.
The Japanese company Layer X is building an electronic one voice resolution using blockchain technology for digital ID in collaboration with xID.
Blockchain-based ID has also been explored by Ontology as a tool to improve it payment solutions in the car, such as automatic insurance claims in the event of an accident.
In an effort to bring back some degree of normalcy to the tourism and travel industry after COVID-19, technology companies, including ShareRing, have evolved blockchain-based tracking systems that doubles as a traveler’s digital passport and health certificate.
Adoption of these solutions is increasing with a million South Koreans opting for one blockchain based driver’s license solution just four months after it launched. According to Statistathis represented more than 3% of the total car population for that country.