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Chinese Police Develop Blockchain-Based Evidence Storage

China’s ministry of public security, in charge of all Chinese police forces, has built a blockchain application which stores evidence from police investigations. The technology, which was patented at China’s Intellectual Property Office in November 2017, takes police investigation data that is uploaded to cloud storage and puts it into a blockchain.

This solves a concern of Chinese police about data in cloud storage that can easily be altered and manipulated. Now that the data will be stored in a blockchain, it is virtually tamper-proof, with cryptographic security that has yet to be breached by hackers.

This is important since criminals have a major incentive to hack into the police database and destroy evidence to avoid punishment. With blockchain technology, police, lawyers and judges are likely to see this move as a direct improvement of the justice system in China.

The technology will require multiple signature confirmations when storing data, providing an immutable ledger of when data was stored and who stored it. This will provide clarity and transparency to the police investigation process and help lawyers prepare for court.

The blockchain application also provides a clear supervisory process for storing police evidence, whereas before, there was no standard supervised process when storing data on cloud storage. This standardization of storing police evidence will increase efficiency.

The use of blockchain technology by a Chinese government agency will be taken as a positive sign by observers. In recent years, China has passed harsh regulatory measures to ban cryptocurrency activity, out of concern that cryptocurrency’s decentralized nature takes power away from the government. Even though China’s government has not openly embraced cryptocurrency, clearly some parts of the government see the usefulness of blockchain technology’s immutable and cryptographically secure ledger and storage systems, and are applying it for their benefit.

Another example of a Chinese government agency utilizing blockchain technology is the National Audit Office’s investigation of blockchain solutions to store audit data from provincial and local offices.

 

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Texas Mayoral Candidate Proposes Funding Police With Crypto

One of the candidates running for mayor in the city of Lewisville, Texas has campaigned to finance the local police force with a cryptocurrency he dubs “Blue Coin”.

Blue Coin

The candidate Winston Edmonson is currently campaigning to raise funds for the local police force and offers his plan as an alternative to raising taxes on Lewisville citizens to support the struggling force.

The economic model behind Blue Coin allows citizens to purchase the coins from the city, that can then be spent in participating local businesses. A small percentage of the coins spent in stores would be donated by the businesses to the local police force. Edmonson describes the transaction as a voluntary form of tax.

A divided response

The proposal drew a mixed response from the population of Lewisville.

Hat Tricks owner Jason McDermott spoke to NBCDFW, saying ”[the police] deserve that and more”. He also spoke positively about having a city-regulated currency that works for the benefit of the local community.

However, Jason Tyra, a Certified Public Accountant from Dallas specializing in cryptocurrencies, estimated that it would be difficult for the project to succeed. For it to stand a chance, he felt that a significant percentage of both the city’s residents and businesses would need to participate.

Part of Tyra’s skepticism is founded on his perception that there will not be enough early adopters that want to support the local police case for the project to succeed.

Nonetheless, Tyra still believes that the project has merit, stating that cryptocurrency projects such as this will spearhead the future of fintech development.

Incumbent Mayor Rudy Durham is firmly opposed to the proposal. He announced in a statement: ”The city should not be involved in creating any currency”, although this could be seen as a political move as a response to the proposal gaining traction for his competitor.

The mayoral race of Lewisville takes place on 5 May 2018. If Edmunson is successful in the election and enacts his proposal, this would be a substantial milestone in the mainstreaming of cryptocurrencies.

 

 

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