Australian Cybersecurity Commissioner Julie Inman Grant suggested that a blockchain-based identity solution could help combat cyberbullying and phishing by keeping users anonymous.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, NSW News Agency, Grant said that although anonymity has been beneficial for general internet use, the people who hide behind anonymity on the Internet remain a huge problem in society. She said blockchain-based digital identifiers can help balance by hiding user data, unless required to do so by law enforcement.

Inman Grant stated that:

“They can do more in terms of intelligence, access to advanced technology, and huge financial resources, to develop better systems for identifying those on their platforms and violating terms of service.”
Inman Grant worked for Microsoft in the 1990s and helped shape the controversial US Communications Etiquette Division 230, which gives social media companies immunity from liability for user-generated content.

Facebook and Twitter’s decision to oust former US President Donald Trump after riots in the US Capitol highlighted the difficulties social media companies face in balancing the desire to protect the public from harmful content while ensuring freedom of expression and opinion.

Blockchain-based aliases can help users feel comfortable expressing their opinions, while authorities can take action against users who encourage violence or harass others.

The use of blockchain technology to develop digital identity solutions is being tested by companies in many countries around the world, including Japan, Korea, the United States and China.

Japanese company Layer X has partnered with xID to create an electronic voting solution using blockchain technology for digital ID.

Blockchain-based identification has also been used by Ontology as a tool to optimize in-vehicle payment solutions, such as automatic insurance payments in the event of an accident.

In an effort to bring life to normal in the travel and travel industry after COVID-19, tech companies, including ShareRing, have developed blockchain-based tracking systems that also function as a digital passport and health guide.

The adoption of these solutions is growing: Just four months after launch, one million South Koreans have opted for a blockchain-based driver’s license solution. According to Statista, this represents over 3% of the total number of drivers in this country.

Source: CoinTelegraph