Blockchain Task Force marks its first year


Exactly one year ago, our Beltug Blockchain Task Force saw the light of day.  Since then, this working group has been going full throttle: meeting every 6 weeks, exchanging ideas and questions.


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The group prepared a Position Paper (in French, Dutch and  English) to inform our future government of the legislative hurdles to blockchain adoption.  For Belgium to ensure its continuing competitivity, the public powers must take an active stand: ensuring the right competencies are available, keeping legislation up to date with modern technologies, and representing the needs of Belgian users (i.e. the industries) for European initiatives and policies.


Subgroup activities: Education & awareness, Barriers to adoption, Legal and Identity

As the group continues to grow (45 members and counting), four sub-groups were created to facilitate a collaborative and efficient approach to specific topics and actions, and to create content that will be made available to our members.


Take a look at what the subgroups have been accomplishing:


  • Education & awareness: the subgroup has built an inventory of experts, listing bios of people who can speak to the government about blockchain-related issues.  This overview will put Beltug forward as a centre of expertise.

    In early 2020, the subgroup will have a curriculum ready for universities and schools, mapping disciplines necessary for blockchain.  This curriculum will list the required building blocks, not only for technical education, but also for non-technical programmes like marketing.

    The subgroup is also working on an attractive video, with testimonials on the value blockchain technology can bring to businesses and to society.


  • Barriers to adoption/business case: this subgroup is working on a survey of Belgian success stories and failures. The answers to the questionnaire will map what companies are doing with blockchain. More info will be communicated soon.


  • Legal/regulatory: this subgroup supports the other three in their efforts, advising them on legal issues or regulatory questions.


  • Identity: this subgroup exchanges experiences and awareness about self-managed identity, to highlight the challenges, opportunities and risks. First deliverables by end-2019.



Alastria’s 'public-permissioned blockchain'

During the last meeting, the task force received an update on Alastria, the Spanish non-profit network/consortium that promotes the digital economy through the development of a national blockchain ecosystem.  With smart buildings, smart factories, smart cars, smart homes and smart grids on the horizon, everything needs to be coordinated, to achieve a ‘Smart Decentralised Cyber-Physical Society’.


Alastria chose to build a 'public-permissioned blockchain' that combines the best of both worlds: the private consortiums on the one hand, and the public (non-permissioned) blockchains on the other.


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