New Delhi: The effectiveness of telecom regulator’s deployment of blockchain solution for curbing spam SMSes can set an example for the government to build a transparent and trustworthy framework for critical use cases such as Aadhar authentication, property and vehicle ownership records and direct tax collection etc, legal experts and tech executives say.

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has released a draft policy on blockchain to regulate the technology and its deployment in public and private use cases. Whereas the telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) has already deployed the distributor-ledger technology (DLT), which is one the largest use-cases of blockchain to control spam SMS traffic.

“What TRAI has done with blockchain is to remove duplication of SMSes coming from unregistered telemarketers or unsolicited senders. This simple structure when implemented by various sectors can flag problems such as fake consents and identities. TRAI’s blockchain framework can also be extended for eKYC on Blockchain if all telcos agree and TRAI permits” said Rajesh Dhuddu, Practice Leader, Blockchain & Cybersecurity, Tech Mahindra.

Tech Mahindra is one among the implementing partners of TRAI’s regulation.

As opposed to industry criticism against MeitY’s policy which may hamper innovation, Dhuddu believes the national framework will actually aid innovation.

“The approach of MeitY is something like TRAI. What MeitY is doing currently is trying to understand the user experience and bring in proof of existence in addition to plain access of information or documents.”

“Because they first identified what is the problem, what is the end user experience they need to deliver, and then identified the appropriate technology. So, I think it does not hamper innovation, it only aids innovation,” he added.

Advocate Arjun Natarajan, who practices regulatory law said that as followed by TRAI, DLT and not blockchain must be the thrust of national policy to achieve its goals.

He said that the terms DLT and blockchain are often used interchangeably, but blockchain can be considered as a subset of DLT.

Blockchain, a linearly connected chain of blocks, is a specific type of DLT, whereas DLT is a decentralised ledger, which may not be a linear chain, among various participants who agree on a common ledger, validate the new information and update the ledger.

“Such an approach shall be in line with Draft National Strategy, which covers aspects like value addition for blockchain in E-Governance, technology adoption roadmap, integration of important services and multi-institutional Centre of Excellence for National Level Framework,” Natarajan said.

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