The United States Advanced Defense Research Agency (DARPA) will host a two-day blockchain workshop in February, according to an official information request (RFI) published on November 19th.
DARPA, the research arm of the US Department of Defense, is trying to investigate the technologies for consensus distributed during a seminar "tentatively scheduled for February 14th and 15th 2019, in Arlington, VA".
As stated in the five-page RFI issued by the Agency's Information Innovation Office (I2O), "so-called distributed consent protocols" without authorization "are of particular interest to DARPA." Systems without authorization are described in the paper as protocols "where each individual can participate in the calculation."
The report also indicates that while there is a "substantial amount" of research in the field, the federal agency is interested in "different, less explored ways of consent protocols distributed without permission".
The I20's information request covers three different topics, each of which is set up to form a session in the agency's seminar, the first of which is to encourage distributed consent protocols without the use of money. The document explains that "distributed protocols without authorization must encourage various aspects of participation in the protocol", noting that Bitcoin mining (BTC) is a sample system.
The first topic therefore focuses on creating distributed consent protocols without large-scale authorization without paying participants.
The second topic discussed in RFI is economy-based security models for distributed computing protocols, which require information on "methods that exploit rigorous economic notions to advance safety theories for distributed and non-distributed computing protocols". license ".
The third and last topic on which the agency requested information concerns the "centrality of distributed consent protocols". The answers for this category are "new analyzes, methods for analyzing and / or addressing the centralization of a distributed consensus protocol", but also "unwanted centralities and / or associated mitigations."
The RFI also recognizes the potential of blockchain data security technology and the "resilience" of archiving for the government department, stating:
"The technologies for distributed consensus protocols have been revolutionized by their pre-eminent role in cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies.These technologies have dramatic implications for the security and resilience of critical data storage and computation activities, including for the Department of Defense ".
The agency's announcement fits a broader trend of ever-increasing interest in the blockchain shown by global government agencies. On November 22nd, a German newspaper reported that the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) plans to use the blockchain to fight tax evasion.
In May 2017, DARPA awarded a grant to the ITAMCO Crypto-Chat message developer to develop a blockchain-based encrypted messaging and transaction platform for the US military.