Blockchain adopted in Austin  to support the Homeless

A new blockchain platform is being launched in Austin in order to resolve identity problems relatively to its homeless people
17 April 2018   502

Austin was chosen alongside with the other 35 cities as a participant of the Mayor’s Challenge Program, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The top one from the rest 35 will win $5 million.

Identification is one of the main difficulties that obstacle the homeless to get housing, potential employment, and medical care and the other important services. Austin believes that blockchain may help in solving these challenges. Blockchain technology can found unique online identifiers for homeless people. It let them to reestablish their historical records and assist them overcome poverty.

At a high level, the pilot is trying to figure out how to solve one of the challenges we have in our community related to the homeless population, which is how to keep all the information of that individual with that individual. 
Steve Adler, the Mayor, Austin

The blockchain project`s aim is to reinforce previous identity records and identify each homeless individual safely and confidently when letting seamless pass to data by a service worker. “There are all kinds of confidentiality issues that arise when you try to do that, so the thought was that blockchain would allow us to bridge that need,” claimed Adler.

So, inconvenient paper records can be replaced with digital electronic encrypted information which will be more distinct and secure. The blockchain-based platform could also help service providers authenticate a homeless person’s identity without going through existing paper records or  bringing someone back to the office for processing.

Records on the blockchain, unlike the paper ones, can be shared betwixt various  providers easily, especially new records that need to be added over time. Having a historical record of a personality is very important, especially in healthcare where any new or updated information can be critical for people.

Member of British Parliament Wants to Payl Tax in BTC

MP  comments were made shortly after the Ohio government allowed companies registered in this state to pay bitcoin taxes
11 December 2018   12

Eddie Hughes, a member of the UK Conservative Party, said that the state should make it possible to use Bitcoin when paying taxes and utilities. It is reported by The Daily Express.

Eddie Hughes, who represents North Walsall in parliament, calls himself a "crypto-enthusiast with amateur knowledge." According to him, the blockchain technology attracts a lot of attention, and therefore members of parliament "must understand it."

Eddie Hughes also said that he recently met with representatives of the Royal Society for Water Rescue, which accepts donations in cryptocurrencies, after which he came to the idea of ​​making it possible to use Bitcoin when paying municipal taxes and utilities.

It just feels like it gets talked about a lot, wherever you go in the UK, and as MPs we have a duty to understand it. 
 

Eddie Hughes

MP

Hughes comments were made shortly after the Ohio government allowed companies registered in this state to pay bitcoin taxes, which he also reminded in his interview within the publication.