The Commons Foundation, A South Korean non-governmental organization (NGO), has unveiled plans to build a blockchain-based platform which aims at handling health epidemics amid the COVID-19 crisis. This platform will be used to track COVID-19 cases in South Korea.
According to a report, the foundation will depend on blockchain public services to develop an epidemiological research system to suit the coming post-coronavirus era. The report also noted that Choi Yong-gwan, Chairman of the Commons Foundation, raised concerns about the ongoing violation of personal information due to the pandemic. He added that this problem inspired the foundation to create a solution.
Choi mentioned that the platform will prevent future viruses from having a strong impact in South Korea. The NGO stated that a public blockchain network, “MicroBitcoin” will be responsible for the development of the platform. MicroBitcoin was chosen by the foundation due to its solidity and security. The NGO also said the technology is robust enough to prevent any possible hacks.
Per the announcement, the platform will encrypt all personal records on a public blockchain network to increase reliability and make data forgery impossible. It said that, the application will issue personal encryption key through personal authentication of mobile phone. This will be used to record the user’s movement in the city on the blockchain.
For example, a person with COVID-19 infection can directly enter the encryption key value and provide data that cannot be forged to an epidemiologist. Researchers can then schedule a visit with such person and determine the best way to ensure that a quick investigation can be conducted.
According to the chairman of the NGO, it is important to quickly overcome the pandemic. However, he believes it will become more important in the post-corona era to protect the individual’s freedom and human rights while wisely overcoming the pandemic.
South Korea has recently been actively involved in the application of the blockchain technology in human identification. Busan, the second-largest city in the country, recently launched an identification app that uses a public blockchain to verify citizens’ information.