As is the case with the lack of integration in public transport systems, shyness when promoting innovation at all levels, and betting on necessary paradigm changes, only generate a bottleneck that delays the solution to problems we carry decades unresolved.
As it happened several years ago with Cloud Computing, Big Data and more recently Bitcoins, Blockchain is changing the rules of the game in many fields that go beyond the economic. However, unlike cryptocurrencies, the Blockchain is experiencing a much faster advance, which is why different countries are betting on developing new solutions from this system.
What is the Blockchain? The reader will be asking. His name in Spanish, Cadena de Bloques, gives great clues about how this technology works, which, according to some experts, represents a change of paradigms as powerful as the arrival of the Internet.
The Blockchain allows to transfer digital data in a codified way and with high level security, but without intermediaries. To give an example, in the case of cryptocurrencies, a bank is not required to carry out a transaction. It is this absence of intermediaries that makes this system so interesting, since it makes it much less vulnerable to hacking compared to traditional transaction systems.
The transfers in the Blockchain are distributed in multiple independent nodes that register and validate it unnecessarily. Nowhere in the process is the identity of the user initiating the transfer or of the recipient of the transfer revealed. Each node validates the transfer, and only when all validated is done. The information is registered and impossible to erase, which also provides greater transparency to operations.
This security, as well as the elimination of intermediaries, makes Blockchain a great alternative for a multitude of services and the development of customized solutions, ranging from the corporate segment to problems as old as public health systems.
One of the countries in Latin America that is taking great steps in this area is Argentina, which recently announced that it was invited to become a member of the Blockchain Research Institute, a product of steps taken by President Mauricio Macro and his cabinet.
The objective of this alliance is to accelerate the adoption of the Blockchain in the Argentine economy, and to create a "Blockchain Research Institute Center of Excellence" in Argentina. In addition, with this agreement, Argentina will be able to access the various investigations of the institute and participate in dialogue programs composed of large corporations, governments, non-profit organizations and members of the startup community.
It should be noted that in the gaucho country the Blockchain is already being implemented in different projects, such as, for example, in the procurement and public procurement platforms, Compr.ar and Contrat.ar, during the bidding process by suppliers, with the advantages in terms of transparency and agility that this represents.
Why is it relevant to mention this? More than a comparison, this step taken by Argentina leaves even more in evidence what lags remain in Peru as a country, and the risks that this implies.
In times of strenuous efforts to combat corruption and money laundering, encouraging the implementation and integration of technologies like this in the public apparatus would represent a necessary chip change that would save decades of policies and laws that, until very recent times, only They were left on paper.
As is the case with the lack of integration in public transport systems, shyness when promoting innovation at all levels, and betting on necessary paradigm changes, only generate a bottleneck that delays the solution to problems we carry decades unresolved
Is this another missed opportunity for our country? What do you think?
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