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NSW government opted blockchain technology for digital drivers license

Ajay Narayan



NSW government opted blockchain technology for digital drivers license
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In a recent post, the New South Wales government announced that they will use blockchain technology to support digital drivers licensing for its people. The blockchain based company Secure Logic was devoted to helping the NSW government to ensure security through the new platform.

Secure Logic had formally announced the launch of its “TrustGrid” platform, it is an advanced blockchain solution that delivers a secure, decentralized and immutable ledger of transactions. TrustGrid is one of the key architectural components of the electronic vehicle licensing and is expected to be used by individuals by the end of 2019. This will allow more than 140,000 license holders in the region to stop using plastic identification card, instead, use a smartphone-rendered copy which will be available on the New South Wales Service app.

CEO of SecureLogic stated:

“The era of standing in line to file government paperwork is coming to an end, as is our reliance on physical identification cards to establish your identity or proof of age with law enforcement or at licensed venues. These are mistake prone, time-consuming, expensive, and impractical ways to offer services”

The company further stated that the NSW digital driver’s license pilot staged in Dubbo was successfully launched and around 1400 motorists had opted for the digital driver’s license. This has opened new opportunities for the second pilot which will be staged in the suburbs of eastern Sydney.

Santosh Devaraj further stated:

Rather than a black and white method of opting ‘in or out’, TrustGrid could enable each individual to set the terms of their own digitised contract that governs exactly what personal information is disclosed through fine-grained consent and encryption policies

He further added that driver’s licenses are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the transformation of the public service and he expects new technologies to change the way people would interact with the government. His main agenda was to stop fraudsters who could create fake identities with relative ease. The cryptographic mechanism was one of the best ways to overcome such problems.

It was further stated that the implementation of blockchain in digital driver’s license will prevent forgery and will also help to streamline various government services to the public, it is also expected to address privacy concerns as drivers are only required to show their digital license to the police.

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Ajay Narayan is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. He has majored in Economics, Political Science and Sociology. His interests are inclined towards writing and investing in cryptocurrencies.


Bitcoin SV [BSV] gets hit with another reorg as multiple blocks get orphaned, including a 128 MB block

Akash Anand



Bitcoin SV [BSV] gets hit with another reorg as multiple blocks get orphaned, including a 128 MB block
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Bitcoin SV [BSV] and its proponents have been making headlines over the past couple of weeks, either due to developments or because of comments made by its major proponents, Craig Wright, the chief scientist at nChain, and Calvin Ayre.

The network was also hit with several members of the cryptocurrency community alleging that the cryptocurrency itself is a sham without any use cases, as evidenced by its delisting on several popular cryptocurrency exchanges like Binance, Kraken and Shapeshift.

The latest news added salt to BSV’s wounds after it was revealed that the network went through another blockchain reorganization on a 128 MB block. This fact was pointed out by Nikita Zhavoronkov, the lead developer of Blockchair, who had tweeted:

“Whoops! $BSV has experienced yet another reorg, this time 6 (six!) consecutive blocks were orphaned (#578640–578645), this chain included a 128 MB block #578644 🤦‍♂️ The network was basically stuck for 1.5 hours, and this shows that even 6 confirmations are not enough.”

Orphaned blocks are valid blocks which are not part of the main chain. There are ways that they can occur naturally when two miners produce blocks at similar times or they can be a result of an attacker with enough hashing power using it for nefarious activities like reversing transactions.

A major reason why this reorg event made news was that a major 128 MB block was stuck in transaction, something that was not supposed to occur according to the initial claims made by the SV camp. Supporters of the cryptocurrency, however, have stated that despite being slower than promised, the transactions on the block settled faster than that on a Bitcoin Core block.

One supporter of BSV, mboyd1, tweeted:

“Orphaned blocks are a feature, not a bug”

To this tweet, Zyo, another cryptocurrency enthusiast replied:

“yes, but orphaning 6 blocks in a row is not good, that means that 6 confirmations is not safe. It’s a bug because the 100+ MB take way too long to propagate and validate. There is a reason why BCH doesn’t have [yet] 100+ MB blocks.”

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