CNN Editorial Suggests Global Blockchain Passports to Combat Terrorism in Future

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CNN Contributor, international relations expert and best-selling author, Parag Khanna recently penned a provocative and controversial piece on global terrorism and emerging need to think about a global passport driven on Blockchain technology. He even goes so far as to mention Bitnation

He noted that anti-immigrant European politicians are using the Paris terrorist attacks as an excuse to restrict the current refugee inflow – while the fact remains – stemming the flow of migrants won’t diminish the pool of home-grown radicals and since many are Caucasian or African, they don’t fit the stereotypes long used by customs and border agents who have focused on screening Arabs and Pakistanis.

“The bottom line is that anyone can be ISIS. We therefore need an approach to securing civilized societies that doesn’t allow individuals to hide behind the cloak of Western passports. The time has come for a “global passport,” a parallel digital certification of a person’s identity, background, criminal record, travel history, and other details.

“The digital record would be regularly updated based on databases from airlines, customs agencies, banks and other sources, and could be managed by an independent international authority such as Interpol, or a network system resembling SWIFT or IATA. This could be the ultimate calling for start-ups such as BitNation, which has already begun issuing virtual IDs – effectively digital passports – using blockchain technology.”

“We have an opportunity to solve an even deeper problem: The prison of nationality on the majority of the world population that does not have the luxury of visa-free travel around the world. By divorcing mobility from nationality, we accord people the right to travel based on their individual merit rather than locked-in biases their countries face for being poor or at war.”

What do you think? Libertarians and anarchists will likely reach for their pitchforks. Ultimately who will issue them and control the information on the passports (or chips) is what really matters. 

 

About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC, Richard Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including DECENT.ch, Inchain, Humaniq, Chronobank, eGaas and others.

He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List. As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and crypto-currency and, consequently, has built a notable network inthe scene.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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