Welcome to the Queen City’s Blockchain for Social Impact Foundry


Curious about Decentralized Identity or Self-Sovereign Identity?

Does Blockchain for Social Impact inspire you?

Feel like “doing” instead of watching others take the decentralization plunge??

Does it bother you that Charlotte is #1 in N.C. and #7 in the U.S. for Human Trafficking?

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Services

Decentralized Identity Management

It is early 2000 again when the identity management space was the Wild West. We had over 60 different identity management vendors fighting for dominance. By the end of 2010 the market had consolidated down to 3 major software vendors.  IBM, Oracle and C.A. with a few remaining niche vendors.  Globally businesses , governments, Nonprofits and NGOs had invested in some  kind of identity management solution.  A centralized identity management system.

Decentralized identity management is in early stages with over 20 startups in this space and growing.  New standards and protocols have been and are being created by organizations like the Decentralized Identity Foundation and the Sovrin organization. (Read more on the Definitions and Resources Pages)

Decentralized identity management systems are the future of managing your identity, how you will transact with the World on the Internet, at work, in your community and commerce across the planet.  You will do this with a decentralized identity, a global ID, but one not controlled by a central governments or massive central enterprise system (like Facebook, Google or Amazaon). This identity will be a self-sovereign identity.

Self-Sovereign Identity

Self-Sovereign IdentityWhat’s a Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI)?

The Decentralized Identity Foundation defines SSI as a digital identity which can be defined as a lifetime portable digital identity that does not depend on any centralized authority.Self-Sovereign Identity

A Self-Sovereign Identity is Decentralized and is a must and the future foundation of the next Internet, Web 3.0 .How important is being in control of your own identity data?  Ask Facebook.  The Facebook scandal and breach of 2 Billion customers identity data is the reason we ALL need a Self-Sovereign Identity!  A DECENTRALIZED identity system controlled by the individual, not the centralized government or enterprise.   Self-Sovereign Identity is the future of identity management.  SSI is the future of how we share information about our self. Is the future of how we will transact with the World.

Every individual, businesses, big and small, nonprofits, NGOs and Governments will need to address how a decentralized identity will affect their lives, business or organization.

Blockchain CLT professionals can help your organization understand where to begin, what the impact will be to your business and help define a strategy to move forward with a plan.

Blockchain for Social Impact

We support Blockchain for Humanity projects such as the one championed by the U.N.,World Identity NetworkWorld Identity Network and now Consensys to put an end to one of the worst crimes against humanity, Human Trafficking.

UN Sustainable Development Goal #16.9, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, aiming to “provide legal identity to all, including birth registration, by 2030.”

Blockchain CLT is focused on making a real tangible impact to fight human trafficking.  Our Social Impact Foundry services supports the development of technology for humanitarian causes. Leveraging innovative, industry disruptive technology, only available in the past 5 years, combined with other technical innovations to stop human trafficking is our initial goal.

Equally important is fostering and promoting collaboration and change in the Charlotte and North Carolina community. Especially in  local and state governments.

Technology is not the silver bullet answer to stop human trafficking. Blockchain technology can and will for the first time, be also used as a preventative measure to protect our children and not only a solution to support the victims of human trafficking after the fact.

To “Change the World” for good.. for the good of our children and their future, requires many organizations and people to come together.  To not only promote change but actually get new legislation passed to promote NEW policies and procedures for many organizations along the “human trafficking SUPPLY CHAIN” to leverage a Blockchain Registry to enforce better protection of our children and victims of human trafficking.

Training and Education

We offer consulting, education, training and services to facilitate the adoption of Distributed Ledger and Blockchain technology in new and established markets.

Blockchain 101 to understanding different Blockchain and DLT protocols, consensus algorithms, permission and permission-less DLT solutions, Crypto Currencies, ICOs, Decentralized Identity systems and what Blockchain 3.0 will bring to the table and much more.

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Social Impact

Blockchain for Humanity

Social Impact? Blockchain for Humanity? Blockchain for Good?

Imagine a world where humanitarian aid can reach people affected by crises exponentially faster, where refugees can store their health, education and identification in an uncorrupted system, and where migrant workers can have safer working conditions through smart contracts. This is the world blockchain technologists and humanitarians envision — one with more sustainable and dignified responses to humanitarian crises. –Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) – Fordham University

Blockchain for Humanity is a global initiative but many social impact project are being launched to leverage this innovative technology for humanitarian causes.

Block Human Trafficking : Start HERE in Charlotte

The Block Human Trafficking (BHT) project is based and focused in Charlotte, NC.

Alone Girl

Why Charlotte?

Charlotte ranks #1 North Carolina and #7 in the U.S. for Human Trafficking. What’s worse is this crime is GROWING here in North Carolina. >40% YoY (2016 vs 2017)

The term “human trafficking” encompasses both sex and labor trafficking, and in North Carolina numbers of reported cases are growing. The most recent data shows 258 reported cases in 2017, which is a dramatic increase from the 182 reported cases in 2016.   –LAURYN HIGGINS, SALON YOUNG AMERICANS 03.07.2018

It is estimated 1,700 girls fall victims to human trafficking every year in North Carolina. Six thousand homeless people live in Charlotte. Within 48 hours of being homeless, girls become victims to sex traffickers.Help Stop Human Trafficking

The Polaris Project : a Federal Human Trafficking Organization

STATISTICS

• 26% of the world’s trafficking victims are children. (source: International Labour Organization)

• 1 in 6 U.S. runaways in 2014 were likely victims of child sex trafficking. (source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

• 978 allegations of human trafficking were made in Florida’s child welfare system in 2014. (source: Florida Dept. of  Children and Families)

Mission

Seriously Disrupt the $150B “Human” Trafficking Supply Chain

Blockchain CLT’s Blockchain for Social Impact project is an attempt to make a tangible impact to help stop human trafficking. The BHT venture will do this by leveraging state-of-the-art Blockchain technology, partners and the Charlotte community to transform how we protect our children.

By partnering with technology vendors and service providers, local governments, NGO’s and nonprofit organizations, we hope this ecosystem of organizations and people that fight for basic human rights such as Freedom, will help begin to eradicate this threat to our community, to our children and our future.

The “Block Human Trafficking” project has three primary objectives:

Drive Awareness

Educate, campaign and promote how and why Blockchain, A.I. and other technology can make an impact to “block” and stop human trafficking.

Make Something Happen

Collaborate, push for change, design, develop and drive innovation with technology to make something happen today, tomorrow and in the future.

Change the World

One child, one victim, one person and one digital identity at a time to force change and crush one of the worst crimes against humanity that exist in the World today.

Being hungry, alone, cold and in need of shelter, should lead to open arms willing to help and support people in need.. Not end up a victim of sex trafficking?!

This needs to end but can not without the community in and around Charlotte supporting this Blockchain for Humanity initiative.

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Definitions

Bitcoinhttps://bitcoin.org/en/how-it-works

Blockchain

“The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”

Don & Alex Tapscott, authors Blockchain Revolution (2016)

For a deeper understanding of “What is a Blockchain?”

Blockgeeks.com has a solid introduction definition in their Blockchain Guide. How does a blockchain transaction work?Don Tapscott’s (“author of The Blockchain Revolution”)TED Talk is an excellent resource as well at a business level.

The Blockchain Revolution (Amazon Link)

Is a book for everyone interested in Blockchain should have on their shelfThe Blockchain Revolution

Michael Casey, another pioneer and leader in the Blockchain space, delivers a similar yet deeper perspective of Blockchain in his “The Truth Machine” speech at MIT in late 2017, is a must watch.

The Truth Machine (Amazon Link)

Michael is the co-author of The Truth Machine & is another highly recommended book.The Truth Machine

A Blockchain has four key elements that makes is different than a typical database. Four key points of value.

  1. Consensus. Before a transaction is accepted into the blockchain, all parties to the transaction must agree to it. This ensures that only authorized transactions are recorded.
  2. Provenance. Because the transaction ledger maintains a complete history of all events associated with the asset, the history of the asset is easily viewed and the ownership of the asset is easily proven.
  3. Immutability. Once a transaction is recorded in the distributed ledger, no party can change it because the transaction is encrypted. If a transaction is recorded in error, a new transaction must be entered to reverse the error.
  4. Finality. The distributed ledger becomes the single point-of-reference for determining the ownership of the asset or the history of the transactions related to the asset.

Decentralized Identity – https://medium.com/decentralized-identity/the-rising-tide-of-decentralized-identity

Decentralized Identifier (DIDs)and Decentralized Identity Management (DIDM) – Github Web of Trust ID2020 DID Whitepaper

DID Design GoalsSelf-Sovereign Identity

What is Self-Sovereign Identity?

DID Foundation definition: self-sovereign identity, which can be defined as a lifetime portable digital identity that does not depend on any centralized authority

“Self-sovereign identity puts people in charge their own digital identities. It means that individuals have choice and sovereignty over their digital selves to the same degree we have control over our physical selves. This aligns with the fact that we all have inherent dignity that does not come from being born in a certain place or with certain attributes other than being human.” – @IdentityWoman – Kaliya Young

Kaliya Young is one of the authorities and Self-Sovereign Identity Management experts Her blog is highly recommended. Kaliya’ SSR definition can be found here: https://identitywoman.net/self-sovereign-identity/

The Sovrin Solution is open source organization building a self sovereign identity standard

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Blogs

Crypto Unicorns and Blockchains?

Understanding the crypto asset market is not for the faint of heart. The rise of Bitcoin and its underlying technology, The Blockchain, launching to meteoric heights at the end of 2017 has taken the World by storm. This crypto asset market of thousands of Bitcoin like crypto currencies and tokens has given birth to new economic heavy weights, the Crypto Unicorns. What are they? Who are they? Why has their value skyrocketed so high in such a short time?