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Commons Foundation To Develop Blockchain-Based Platform To Handle Health Epidemics

The Commons Foundation, a South Korean NGO, has revealed its plans to develop a blockchain-based platform to handle health epidemics in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

It has been reported by Digital Today that the NGO will rely on blockchain public services to create an epidemiological research system to suit the coming post-coronavirus era.  

However, Choi Yong-gwan, the Chairman of the Commons Foundation, expressed concerns regarding the ongoing violation of personal information due to the pandemic emergency, as such a situation motivated the NGO to develop a solution.

Choi said that the platform will help to prevent future viruses from having such a strong impact in South Korea.

Likewise, the NGO explained that a public blockchain network, called “MicroBitcoin”, which will be the one that the Common Foundation relies on to develop the platform. They have chosen it for its solidity and security, and state the technology is robust enough to prevent the compromisation of hackers.

A new blockchain platform from South Korea will track confirmed COVID-19 cases — Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) July 2, 2020

It has been analyzed that the platform will encrypt all personal records on a public blockchain network to “increase reliability and make data forgery impossible.”

The Common Foundation explained that the application will issue a personal encryption key through personal authentication of the mobile phone and records the user’s movement in the city on the blockchain.

As per the report, if a person is found to be a COVID-19 confirmed case, they can directly enter the encryption key value and provide data that cannot be forged to an epidemiologist.

However, researchers can schedule a visit with that particular person, and determine the best was to ensure that a quick investigation can be conducted.

Thus, Choi said:

“It is important to quickly overcome the pandemic, but it will become more important in the post-corona era to protect the individual’s freedom and human rights while wisely overcoming the pandemic.”

Source: Cointelegraph | Image: CIO Techie



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