Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) To Use Blockchain Tech For Tracking Charity Donations

The Chinese government has announced plans to implement blockchain technology in the charity tracking system of the country.


The Chinese government has announced plans to implement blockchain technology in the charity tracking system of the country.

China to use blockchain for tracking charity donations

The Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) of China, the ministry in charge of social services, announced on Monday that the country plans to implement blockchain technology as part of a move to overhaul the charity tracking system of China.

The MCA of China is planning to adopt blockchain technology to upgrade its current charity tracking system with the aim of bringing greater transparency to public donations.

The move to upgrade the charity tracking system of the country comes at a time when China’s charity activities have been mired in controversy after online scandals in recent years have led to public distrust of the system.

The MCA announced a four-year project, promising to

“Explore the use of blockchain technology in charitable donations, charity tracking, transparent management.”

It announced that implementing blockchain for upgrading the nation’s charity tracking system would commence by the end of 2018, with the completion of the project scheduled for 2022.

MCA’s use of blockchain

According to the MCA, the blockchain technology is a priority within its plan of overhauling the country’s charity tracking system.

The plan also confirms that the blockchain technology was chosen to “complete the new round of the ‘Charity China’ platform’s upgrade.

As part of its adoption of the blockchain technology, the MCA notifies provincial and municipal agencies that the blockchain network will integrate existing government charity databases.

The blockchain network will also span across all levels with online donation services operated by the private sector.

The government agency believes that by doing this, the data on charitable donations made through a variety of services will become available to the public faster using a distributed network. According to the report, its officials will also:

“build a tamper-proof charity organization information query system and enhance the authority, transparency and public trust of information publishing and search services.”

Similarly, internet giants such as Alibaba and Tencent have also launched their own donation services (a mobile application) to bring transparency to donor histories, charity disclosures, and other data.

Yes, to blockchain, no to cryptos

The Chinese government has been viciously cracking down on cryptocurrencies, despite this, various plans from the Chinese government to use the blockchain technology have emerged this year.

China’s Supreme People’s Court recently ruled that blockchain records pertaining to court processes are considered admissible evidence in court.

The new ruling is particularly relevant for internet-based legal cases that can present difficulties regarding the accuracy of evidence and information presented to the court.

Meanwhile, as we reported, the popular Chinese social network WeChat blocked the sales channel of Bitcoin (BTC) mining giant Bitmain this week.

This follows the latest in a series of crackdowns by the Chinese government on cryptocurrencies. In August, regulatory authorities set new demands on how crypto can be promoted from Beijing.

The mix decisions of the Chinese government support what many call a “pro-blockchain, anti-crypto” stance by the Chinese government.

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