Balaji Anbil, head of Digital Architecture and Cyber Security at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) under the Ministry of Justice has announced that the UK government has started the pilot project for storing digital evidence by using blockchain.
The initiative includes a major court reform, where this technology can be used to order the court processes for managing the digital evidence. HMCTS and the UK Cabinet Office Open Innovation team had a meeting to discuss this matter, how blockchains and digital ledgers can support court reforms. At the meeting, Dr. Sadek Ferdous, Technology Policy Fellow and Research Associate at Imperial College London, contributed technical expertise. Dr. Ferdous informed the audience that the decentralized nature of distributed ledgers gives them precision and allows innovative data clarifications.
He also explained how blockchain could be very helpful and useful in digital evidence control by creating a reliable audit trail that tracks surveillance as well as avoiding the complexity. This inspection trail basically sets that basis for the court system’s record of the creation, correction, and entrance to digital evidence by what entity. With using blockchain technology for the evidence, it is possible to build specific and consecutive reconstructions of cases to review progress and detect how the current state of digital evidence came to be. The blockchain guarantees the completeness of the chain evidence and with that, it strongly has the power to implement a critical protection framework for digital evidence.
The UK government’s other Blockchain Projects
Anbil, in his blog, stated that researchers at the University of Surrey are working on a DLT project for much safer archive storage. Also, according to Anbil, there is a blockchain based project to test an inter-agency evidence sharing platform, which will be launch later in 2018.
Uttering his excitement about the government’s attention to blockchain technology Anbil stated:
“We are very excited to work with the Open Innovation team at the Cabinet Office, and to host thought leadership events on emerging technologies with our colleagues within the government digital communities.”
According to CCN in July, the UK government is examining into codifying the usage of smart contracts into British law in order to help the UK to keep up with evolving technology.
Author: Berna Bayindir