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Blockchain integration with biometrics could bolster travel security, says US Custom and Border Protection official

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In a recent summit, Sikina Hasham, the program manager at US Customs and Border Protection, said that blockchain technology can be used for biometric tracking.

According to Skift, the recent JetBlue Technology Ventures Blockchain in Travel Summit in New York City witnessed the tech industry opening up to the still nascent Blockchain technology. Speaking to David Post, the Managing Director of IBM Blockchain Ventures, who was the moderator for the evening, Hasham reportedly said that blockchain can be leveraged for biometric data, which can revolutionize the travel security sector.

Talking about Blockchain’s use case, the federal law enforcement official said,

“One area we’ve seen a significant amount of success in is the facial comparison and biometric data. There is a service we’ve created to verify who an individual boarding an aircraft who is as they’re seeking admission into the United States. If we could have more data for the verification from another government party, that would be really great for us.”

Tackling the problem of security remains the primary goal, yet facilitating trade and travel across the border is important, Hashem noted. The project manager also said that many use cases leveraging the technology have been tested in the trade space and that this will be the first-ever use case in the travel space.

Talking about the technology’s core being decentralized, Hashem admitted that there is still a lot to figure out. She noted that the government deploying Blockchain technology in place of the traditional database for security aspects would be critical. She said,



“We are still working on figuring out how industry stakeholders in the technology space will help us get a better sense of [the blockchain] privacy and decentralized information are some of the challenges we as a government organization have a legal obligation to protect.”

According to Hashim, the major concern was the skepticism surrounding the need for blockchain technology when the legacy system already works. Even though the Government is “hungry” for new technology, the lack of a “value proposition” is what deters the adoption of the technology, she cited.

While critics believe legacy systems work, blockchain technology offers vastly improved efficiency and security when adopted properly. Decentralized technology is fast becoming a fairly ubiquitous part of governance, social life, and of course, the business scene. Some companies have even begun to issue asset ownership via the blockchain, giving rise to the emergence of tokenized securities.





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Chayanika holds a Journalism degree and is currently working with AMBCrypto. She is inquisitive about everything that the Blockchain Technology has to offer.

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Bitcoin’s [BTC] biggest threat is its users, not governments, says Bitcoin.org’s Cobra

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Bitcoin’s [BTC] biggest threat is its users, not governments, says Bitcoin.org’s Cobra
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Bitcoin [BTC], the world’s largest cryptocurrency, saw a significant surge earlier this month, helping the coin break strong resistance at $5,000 and $5,200. Following the great fall of the king coin in early 2018, the Bitcoin ecosystem was struggling with scalability and technological issues, eventually leading to the hard fork.

Bitcoin.org’s Cobra, who is also the co-owner of Bitcointalk.org, has always maintained that Bitcoin was the cryptocurrency to look out for through his various Twitter bouts with prominent personalities in the cryptoverse. Due to his strong, unbridled support for Bitcoin, he has often trashed altcoins for their low market dominance.

In a new Twitter thread, Cobra spoke about the “biggest threat” to the Bitcoin ecosystem. Even though many crypto-enthusiasts believe that governments and technological issues were the biggest threats to the king coin, Cobra had a completely different opinion.

According to the Bitcoin maximalist, users have the potential to signal Bitcoin’s doom. His tweet read,

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Though most Bitcoin supporters usually support his opinions, this tweet was met with a lot of resistance. Twitterati swarmed the thread in an attempt to prove him wrong. A user named @MrHodl alleged that this could not be true as Bitcoin had “no community.” He added that this, in turn, prevented toxicity in the ecosystem.

Cobra replied to the tweet stating,



“I think there is a community, it’s just not fully representative of everyone with a stake in Bitcoin. Most holders are quiet and not too familiar with what’s going on. There’s people with 1000+ BTC and they don’t engage at all with discussion platforms, just lurk.”

Some Twitter users took it as an attack on Bitcoin investors and opposed Cobra’s stance. A user @CarstenBKK commented,

“Maybe I am lost in translation. What do you wanna tell us? That you are part of Bitcoin network of people owning/using it, but you are just disgusted by the idea, that the network is called community in the sense of direct human collaboration and affection to the groups ideals?”

Previously, Cobra had accused Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Square Crypto of pandering to Bitcoin users, while also suggesting that the crypto project was merely a way to bring in more users for Dorsey’s CashApp. His tweet read,

“Gotta respect how hard @sqcrypto is pandering to Bitcoiners. Very clever how @Jack has embedded himself in the community; in return the community promotes @CashApp, which gives that service a small but dedicated and activist group of early users.”





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