US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Take Shine to Blockchain for Nukes

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From the American organisation founded to counter Sputnik in the 1950’s which has invested millions in weird (trying to identify and recruit telepaths who could conduct remote espionage), creepy (Total Information Awareness) and wonderful (the Internet of course)  – the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) , the US Department of Defence’s research unit, is conducting research into Blockchain technology to test its viability in sending sensitive military information and looking into its application on everything from military satellites to nuclear weapons.

According to an article in Quartz, DARPA’s program manager behind the Blockchain effort, Timothy Booher, cryptically compared Blockchain stating:

“Instead of trying to make the walls of a castle as tall as possible to prevent an intruder from getting in, it’s more important to know if anyone has been inside the castle, and what they’re doing there.”

“Whenever weapons are employed … it tends to be a place where data integrity in general is incredibly important,” Booher told QZ. “So nuclear command and control, satellite command and control, command and control in general, [information integrity] is very important.”

In September 2016 DARPA awarded a $1.8 million contract to a computer security firm called Galois to help fund a project to verify—a sort of computer-code audit, using mathematics—a particular type of Blockchain tech supplied by Blockchain startup Guardtime.

 

 

 

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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