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West Bengal to tie up with ISI for blockchain unit

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The Bengal government is tying up with the Indian Statistical Institute to set up a centre of excellence on blockchain that will conduct research, identify more areas where the technology can be used to provide better services and safeguard government data.

Considered the safest way to protect data, blockchain is a digital ledger that can be programmed to store any kind of information. “The government has decided to tie up with the Indian Statistical Institute and form a centre of excellence on blockchain,” said Debashis Sen, additional chief secretary of the information technology and electronics and e-governance. He delivered the welcome address at Global Blockchain Congress-Consensus 2018 organised by the IT and electronics department at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre on Tuesday.

Blockchain experts from across the world shared ideas and trends and tried figuring out areas to implement the technology. “Bengal is encouraging all kinds of emerging technologies that require modern scale, knowledge and talent. Blockchain is foremost among them and we will like to say Bengal is for blockchain,” Sen added.

“Blockchain is one of the most talked-about technology but we have to see if there are loopholes,” said Bimal Roy, head of R C Bose Centre for Cryptology and Security, ISI.

Source: Times of India

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