After the epidemic trust crisis broke out: the "anti-epidemic" of the blockchain has just begun

Source: Huaxia Times , the original title "Trust in the epidemic is very prominent. About 30 companies want to donate to the blockchain to fight the epidemic."

Reporter Ran Xuedong Trainee reporter An Lingfei


Recently, a nationwide battle against prevention and control of new coronavirus outbreaks has begun. In the face of this big test, the application value of new technologies is getting more and more attention, big data tracking close contacts, strict control of proliferation, artificial intelligence to identify user information for thermometer monitoring, and robots to deliver food to isolated suspects.

The blockchain technology, which has also been placed in high hopes, has also begun to take active action. Especially after the Red Cross broke out again, the trust crisis, the donation information on the chain, the launch of the blockchain epidemic monitoring platform, etc. have appeared one after another, but they are slightly weak . Many insiders told reporters that the blockchain is still in the early stages of development, large-scale scenarios have not yet landed, no basic applications have emerged, and an ecological layout has not yet been formed. In this fight against the epidemic, the blockchain is only late.

Two days to get the system online

Cui Xiaohui is a member of the CCF Blockchain Professional Committee and a professor at the National Cyber ​​Security Institute of Wuhan University. On February 3, he and his team of more than 20 students developed the “National Anti-New Coronary Pneumonia Protective Materials Information Exchange Platform-Ying Ying Shanlian V1.4 Version”, which was developed within 48 hours. The information of donors and recipients was open and transparent. To help the two sides quickly dock and complete the delivery of protective materials.

This system was originally intended to be used in Red Cross and charity. Cui Xiaohui told reporters that after the outbreak, the Hubei Provincial Department of Science and Technology issued an emergency guide, hoping that science and technology workers can provide corresponding technology to help fight the epidemic.

The Cui Xiaohui team quickly submitted a declaration to the Hubei Provincial Department of Science and Technology. The title is to use blockchain technology to reshape charities. It hopes to use blockchain technology to help charitable organizations such as the Red Cross to complete demand matching and rapid publicity donations. Management, to resolve the public's criticism of the transparency of charities.

However, no follow-up progress has been made in the declaration, and the problem of trust in the Hubei Red Cross Society has exploded. The Hubei Red Cross Society, which is responsible for receiving and distributing donated materials, has been involved in public opinion storms because of inefficient distribution of materials and opaque information. On February 1st, the Hubei Red Cross announced that all donors can directly connect with the hospital and donate directly.

"Our team has more than 20 people who have been developing this system online for 48 hours without sleep." Cui Xiaohui said that they immediately decided to develop and launch a demo version of the system first, and the donors and the recipients were directly connected. On the first day of the launch, the overall traffic reached 300,000. The system crashed instantly, the webpage was unavailable, and Alibaba Cloud was urgently contacted. They sent someone to maintain the system's normal operation under high traffic. Within three days, more than 900 hospitals have submitted their needs, and it is understood that more than 100 orders have been completed for large-scale material donations.

Chen Haoming, general manager of the Digital Qin Technology Security Network Division, told reporters that the benefit of combining donation information with blockchain is that one is to solve the problem of fragmentation, the whole process of donation will be from logistics, warehousing, distribution, distribution and other data to the whole The link is used to store certificates; the second is that the data is credible, the whole process can be traced and cannot be tampered with. After the certificate is stored, it will be stored on the alliance chain and then linked with the public chain; the third is that the organization is open and transparent, and after the data is stored, The whole society can make public enquiries.

According to Chen Haoming, after the outbreak, especially after trust issues in charities, many companies that want to make donations want to make the donation information available on the chain to make information disclosure transparent in all aspects. As a result, their market business personnel have also begun to connect with corporate needs through the community. There are currently about 30 connected companies to help them chain the donation process throughout the entire process. At present, the services are free public welfare.

Public information shows that on February 7, Alipay also launched an anti-epidemic material information service platform, which is different from other material information platforms. This platform uses ant blockchain technology to review and upload information on material demand, supply, and transportation. Chain certificate.

On February 5th, Lianfei Technology officially launched the nation's first blockchain epidemic monitoring platform to track the progress of new coronavirus pneumonia in various provinces and cities across the country in real time, and to register the relevant epidemic data on the chain so that the data cannot be tampered with and traceable, A data chain for transparent supervision and event accountability was initially established to ensure open and transparent epidemic information.

The strongest advantage of the blockchain has not yet been exerted.The blockchain is still in its early stages of development.

However, according to Cui Xiaohui's introduction, the entire system has not fully complied with the original idea. Although the basic architecture is a blockchain architecture, because the blockchain requires the cooperation of participants, for example, donors and hospitals must have corresponding terminals. Taking into account that many hospitals and donors do not have time to download the terminal at this time and are familiar with the use of blockchain, they are now in the form of web page publishing.

This also makes subsequent verification of the authenticity of the information the biggest difficulty currently facing Cui Xiaohui and his team. "When it was first launched, it took about a day to finally release it. Now there are nearly 200 volunteers. Basically, it can be launched within an hour or two." Cui Xiaohui said that it only takes a few minutes to verify through the blockchain. It can be completed in seconds. Now, it is necessary to call the volunteers, check the public information for verification, and then go online to the platform.

"But the infrastructure and interfaces have all been implemented, the bottom layer of the blockchain has been implemented, and when the epidemic situation has eased slightly, we will promote the full implementation of the entire blockchain system. It actually requires that donors and hospitals have established blocks. Chain platform, that is, downloading the corresponding terminal on the mobile phone. "Cui Xiaohui said that the next step is to really apply this platform to the Red Cross, so that the donation information can ensure authenticity, transparency and traceability through the blockchain. To promote the development of charity.

Cui Xiaohui said that blockchain is a relatively new technology and has not yet formed a universal or basic application in the whole society. So demand is suddenly emerging, and there is still some difficulty in short-term application. But the difficulty is no longer technical. It is to convince the public that the information on the blockchain is true, and it will take some time.

Blockchain industry veterans told reporters that in this epidemic, the outbreak of trust issues are very prominent, and the main purpose of the blockchain is to build a trust ecosystem, so how can the blockchain serve the needs of charity and emergency response mechanisms It is still relatively obvious. Compared with the blockchain application that only plays LOGO, these real needs will push the blockchain technology to the ground.

"Compared with big data and artificial intelligence, in this battle to fight the epidemic, the blockchain is only late." The above person further pointed out that this is related to the large-scale scenario of the blockchain and the ecological layout has not yet been formed.

The previous reserves were lacking, including technical and landing reserves, and the public recognition was too low. It is really difficult to play a better role immediately. In the next step, how should the blockchain develop its strengths, and which areas may have exclusive applications first, we still need to think deeply.