World’s First Blockchain Identity Laboratory Launches In Scotish Capital
The Merchiston Campus of the Edinburgh Napier University has created the world’s first advanced blockchain identity laboratory which has been launched in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.
According to The Scottman, the laboratory is part of a £600,000 partnership with the Hong Kong-based blockchain-based identity application firm, Blockpass IDN, and the Scottish university.
Described as the Blockpass Identity Lab, the first of its kind blockxhain research facility is to explore ways to improve persona data security online using blockchain technology.
Blockpass made the announcement via its twitter handle.
— Blockpass (@BlockpassOrg) September 26, 2018
Funding for the partnership supports research staff, 5 PhD students and a virtualized blockchain environment. The facility will focus on the key challenges revolving around identity towards building new data infrastructures that respect the privacy, rights and consent of netizens.
Kate Forbes, the Scottish Minister for the Digital Economy, said this exciting work to explore how blockchain technology can protect personal data from online scammers and hackers carries on the tradition of innovation and excellence exemplified by John Napier [the Scottish mathematician that the Edinburgh Napier University is named after].
Various activities are billed to mark the launch of the research facility such as a conference on advanced cryptography, blockchain and digital identity. Also, there will be a hackathon where participants will be required to develop prototype applications that focus on blockchain, digital identity or other decentralized and distributed ledger technologies.
chief marketing officer of Blockpass, Hans Lombardo, had said they continue to see identity management at the forefront of blockchain and cryptography discussions as the price of consumer data abuses becomes clearer and more pertinent.
According to him the creation of this lab in conjunction with Edinburgh Napier University will provide a space where further research and innovation can lead that discussion to newer and more advanced grounds.