IIT Kanpur to design Blockchain architecture for e-Governance

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To tackle the rising cyber security challenges, the National Cyber Security Policy 2013 was released in July 2013 with the purpose of ensuring a secure and resilient cyberspace for citizens, businesses and government. Of late, blockchain technology is seen as an effective cybersecurity tool for securing data.

The office of National Cyber Security Coordinator has commissioned a Rs 334 Million project for developing a blockchain platform to be used in e-Governance. The platform is purposed to integrate various e-governance application. IIT-K professors Manindra Agrawal and Sandeep Shukla of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering are the principal investigators, who would work in collaboration with IIT Madras professor Shweta Agrawal on the project. A company would be incubated at IIT Kanpur to transfer the technology into the product.

Record stored over blockchain is tamper resistant and has an inbuilt mechanism to record events with time stamps, so that data provenance, data integrity and order of creation of data can be recorded.

For transparent e-governance, blockchain is now seen as a great enabler. Many countries viz. Estonia, the UK and the UAE have been leveraging this technology, primarily for digital identity management, government record management and insider-threat proof IT systems. Similarly, state of Andhra Pradesh is trying to map the DNA records of all its residents on blockchain.

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