[LINK] itN/NIST: 'Don't bother with blockchain'

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Oct 17 09:24:52 AEDT 2018

On 12/10/18 12:11, Roger Clarke wrote:

> Don't bother with blockchain: databases or even email could be better ...

Land title is one possible application for blockchain. See:

"NSW Land Registry to trial blockchain for conveyancing: The state wants 
to transition completely to eConveyancing by July 1, 2019:", Asha 
McLean, zdnet, October 15, 2018: 

I am on the ACS Blockchain Technical Committee and have attended a few 
meetings with Data 61 who are preparing a report on it for ACS. But I do 
struggle to find many use cases for blockchain. How often do you have 
something which needs to be distributed, immutable and not run by a 
central trusted party?

One application I suggested to the blockchain committee is for 
micro-credentials. Each student may have several hundred 
micro-credentials from dozens of institutions, making paper based 
certificates unworkable. I discussed this in Colombo a few weeks ago at 
the Sri Lanka national IT conference: 

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