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Blockchain adoption is on the rise in Latin America as citizens in the region are increasingly inclined towards transacting using cryptocurrencies. The trend has been gaining traction since El Salvador became the first nation in the world to adopt Bitcoin as an official form of currency in 2021.

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[–] [email protected] 2 points 9 months ago (1 children)

I hate when an article about a possible good use of blockchain like in a national id shoves in mention of bitcoin one of the worst usese of blockchain.

[–] [email protected] 5 points 9 months ago (1 children)

Can you explain why a national ID is a good possible use of blockchain from your point of view?

A national ID is inherently bound to a central authority, the nations government. What are the advantages of a blockchain in this scenario compared to a traditional central database?

[–] [email protected] 1 points 9 months ago (1 children)

The only aspect of blockchain I can think of where National IDs would benefit is forgery resistance.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 9 months ago (1 children)

It is not necessarily the best way but keep in mind that blockchain does not mean peer to peer. The government systems can retain the ability to be authoritative.

[–] [email protected] 0 points 9 months ago (1 children)

That does not answer the original question: What are the advantages of a blockchain in this scenario compared to a traditional central database?

[–] [email protected] 2 points 9 months ago (1 children)

Yeah I don't have an answer. I could look it up but my comment was not blockchain is the best thing to use for this scenario but that this was a better use of blockchain than crypto (the real but is I dont' feel like it atm).

[–] [email protected] 0 points 9 months ago

Although I think that ID verification is a goid use case for blockchain, I'm reluctant to agree here as the article leaves a lot of questions about its implementation unanswered.

@HubertManne, you appear to say that crypto -and thus payment networks- are not a good use case for blockchain. If I got that right, why do you think that if I may ask?