WEF Says Blockchain Technology And Smart Contracts Can Unlock Hidden Values Of Legacy Digital System
It has been reported that in a 40-page white paper released on December 9 (Wednesday), the Geneva-based organization promotes the importance of interoperability between legacy systems and distributed ledger technologies but only for specific use cases that are suitable for blockchains.
However, it stated:
“Once readers have already established that blockchain is desirable for their specific use case and business processes, this paper aims to spotlight the role of blockchain, smart contracts and oracles in accelerating the automation of such processes.”
Though the paper promotes highly technical and abstract solutions for enhancing interoperability between blockchains and legacy systems, which it calls the “interoperability bridge,” it provides a tangible example in the form of India’s Crop Insurance Scheme, which was devised in 2016 as a way to provide insurance coverage and financial support to farmers affected by natural disasters.
The World Economic Forum gets real about the need for an "interoperability bridge" between blockchain and legacy systems. https://t.co/WImzH3XJGt — Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) December 9, 2020
The report said that issues ranging from transparency and accountability to corruption and information security were all raised by agencies involved in implementing the scheme.
The white paper identifies how blockchain-based smart contracts and oracle systems could overcome these challenges.
The paper reads:
“The crop insurance programme serves as an apt case to highlight the current deficiencies most legacy systems face when dealing with multiparty business processes. If an organization’s objective is to automate business processes in a decentralized and disintermediated manner for various reasons, then a blockchain‑based architecture becomes imperative.”
Likewise, Indian regulators have had mixed feelings about cryptocurrencies, but they have been far more receptive to blockchain technology.
Thus, earlier this year, the National Institution for Transforming India, a government entity, released a report that explores the role of blockchain in improving business, social, and governance outcomes in the country.