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According to a report by ZDNet, Australia’s state-owned postal service is now considering several Blockchain applications and is looking at accreditation and e-voting as part of it’s Blockchain strategy. 

In March, Fahour told The Australian Financial Review Business Summit that:

The future is going to be a digital identity, so that when you say who you are, I can tell who you are. A lot of people are thinking about blockchain from a financial services point of view but the reality is it has much wider applications.

Australia Post Accelerator is the incubation arm of Australia Post which verifies about a quarter of the population annually for government agencies and corporations.

Rick Wingfield, a partner for the Australia Post Accelerator unit, told attendees of the Technology in Governance conference last week that he believes the technology could help the government streamline processes that involve ascertaining identity.

Wingfield said:

 

“If we’re going to successfully digitize the economy and the hard parts of the economy that haven’t been digitized yet … the hard things like health, education and government services, those things require trust. If we’re going to digitize some of those things, then we need to know someone is who they say they are.”

Australia Post is a Government Business Enterprise with the Commonwealth Government of Australia as its sole shareholder. It is also Australia’s largest retail network. Hence it has the knowledge that has earned it the convenient edge over the market.

In April, Australia Post completed a so-called digital transformation. It says the change will equip it to compete with online services as customers post fewer letters. It immediately started the push to become the manager of consumers’ online identities as they conduct financial affairs online.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) - Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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