BitNation, which is a collaborative platform for do-it-yourself governance, just launched an emergency response program using blockchain tech to aid refugees. Currently, thousands of refugees are fleeing Syria and nearby countries due to the ongoing turmoil.
Several governments, including that of Britain and Australia, have pledged to accept and resettle several refugees. Roughly 400,000 refugees have arrived in Europe so far this year and many more are expected to come within the next months.
BitNation Refugee Emergency Response (BRER)
According to its website, the BRER is a humanitarian aid project of BitNation to facilitate and provide emergency services and humanitarian aid to refugees during the European Refugee Crisis of September 2015. But while some bitcoin companies have made use mostly of the cryptocurrency to funnel donations, BitNation is focusing on the applications of the distributed public ledger.
Their goal is to use blockchain tech to authenticate and validate identification through a Blockchain Emergency ID (BE-ID) and provide dispute resolution as needed. The Blockchain Emergency ID is a rudimentary emergency ID, based on blockchain tech, for individuals who cannot obtain other documents of identification.
In addition, BitNation will also provide and locate needed services to refugees, including