As part of a pilot project, the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has used Blockchain technology to deliver digital diplomas to more than 100 graduate students. This was stated in a recent statement, which also announced that the certificates were issued in an application called Blockcerts Wallets, which allows students to securely share a verifiable digital version and approve tampering with their diplomas.
The pilot project is the result of a partnership between the MIT Media Lab, Cambridge and the software company Learning Machine, which developed Blockcerts’ open standard in 2016. Mary Callahan, dean of the prestigious institution, commented:
“One of our main motivations has been to enable students to be the healers of their own credentials.This program allows them to have absolute ownership of their records and share them securely … in the end, the student chooses to”.
According to Chris Jagers, co-founder and CEO of Learning Machine, MIT is among the first universities to have issued official records in a format that can exist even if the institution closes its doors. Jagers added that the fact that students can own and use their official records is a fundamental change, and that Blockcerts uses Bitcoin’s block chain because it gives priority to security over other attributes such as speed, cost or ease of use.
It should be noted that the diploma information is not what is stored in the Blockchain, but the system takes advantage of a transaction with temporary mark that indicates that the MIT has created the digital registry for the certificate, which allows the user to demonstrate the ownership of the diploma … It should be mentioned that in recent weeks both the Ministry of Education and Employment of Malta and the University of Melbourne have also started testing with Blockcerts to track academic certifications.
In the case of Malta, the Minister of Education and Employment, Evarist Bartolo, stated in a press release: “This association means a win / win for the country, whose skilled workforce is among the main responsible for its economic success” . “We are also committed to the traditional recognition offered by the University, but we are also interested in building a more diverse credential ecosystem,” said Gregor Kennedy, .
Eduardo Gómez is a Venezuelan freelance writer and Information’s Technology Professional. He discovered Bitcoin in 2012 and has been drawn to it ever since. He also works as a Customer Support Agent at the San Francisco-based Bitcoin startup Purse.io