ALFM Action Line C5: Blockchain as an enabler of security and trust


Session 291

14:30–16:15, Thursday, 22 March 2018 Room C1, ITU Tower Interactive Action Line Facilitation Meeting Speakers/Panellists  Link to WSIS Action Lines  Link to SDGs  Summary Document 

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Building and ensuring trust in cyberspace has gradually evolved as a critical issue within the past decade, mobilizing the global community to seek closer collaboration for the development of innovative solutions.

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) refers to the processes and related technologies that enable nodes in a network to securely propose, validate and record state changes (or updates) to a synchronised ledger that is distributed across the network’s nodes. ​​

Blockchain, as a type of DLT, is one of the latest developments in the area of cryptography that aspires to bring disruptive change to today’s economy, culture and society. Due to the generic use of Blockchain, the two terms are often used interchangeably.

In view of its particular features, Blockchain technology is further referenced as “secure by design”, making it potentially suitable for activities such as record management, identity management, transaction processing, supply chain management, voting etc.

Given the importance of the issue and its potential global implications, the session will bring together representatives of different expert groups to:

  • Provide a better understanding of Blockchain technology and its relevance to security;
  • Analyze and evaluate the current status of Blockchain technology and its maturity;
  • Expand on the various uses of Blockchain and the potential policy and regulatory implications;
  • Reflect on the future of the technology and discuss further steps at the international level.


Mr. Kemal Huseinovic, Chief ​of the Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications Department, ITU


Mr. David Manset, CEO, Be-Studys
Ms. Kyeong Hee Oh,
Rapporteur, ITU-T Study Group 17, Q14/17 “Security aspects for Distributed Ledger Technologies”
Mr. David Wen,
Chairman, ITU-T Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency (FG-DFC)
Ms. Ke Wang,
Project Manager of Study Project on Blockchain, China Mobile Research Institute
Mr. Ghassan Karame,
Manager of Security Group & Chief Security Researcher, NEC Laboratories Europe

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C2 logo C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • AL C5 logo C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • AL C6 logo C6. Enabling environment
  • AL C7 e-Gov logo C7. ICT Applications: E-government
  • AL C7 e-Bus logo C7. ICT Applications: E-business
  • AL C7 e-Lea logo C7. ICT Applications: E-learning
  • AL C7 e-Hea logo C7. ICT Applications: E-health
  • AL C7 e-Emp logo C7. ICT Applications: E-employment
  • AL C7 e-Env logo C7. ICT Applications: E-environment
  • AL C7 e-Agr logo C7. ICT Applications: E-agriculture
  • AL C7 e-Sci logo C7. ICT Applications: E-science
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 1: No poverty logo Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 4: Quality education logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Gender equality logo Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy logo Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities logo Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions logo Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


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