Blockchain experts invited to highlight use cases to benefit from standards



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December 10, 2018

Blockchain experts invited to highlight use cases to benefit from standards

Use cases of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) are emerging in sectors such as telecom, finance, supply chain and government, leading organizations across the United Nations system to examine how applications of blockchain technology could increase the efficiency and transparency of UN operations.

ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies, is soliciting input on promising DLT-based use cases, the benefits realized by DLT in these specific use cases, and their associated standardization needs.

All interested parties are invited to submit their input to the ITU Focus Group on DLT applications.

Use cases will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Completeness of the information provided
  • Value added by DLT to the use case submitted
  • Description of standardization requirements specific to the use cases

Submissions will assist ITU in highlighting the value of blockchain applications to the pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Join the Focus Group

Use cases received before 4 January 2019 will be considered by the group’s next face-to-face meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14-17 January 2019, hosted by the Brazilian Development Bank

(BNDES). The meeting will include a workshop on 14 January emphasizing the ability of DLT to support transparency and integrity.

The Focus Group is expected to complete its work by September 2019. One of the group’s priorities is to deliver an ‘assessment framework’ to support efforts to understand the strengths and weaknesses of DLT platforms in different use cases. The group is also developing a high-level DLT architecture – a reference framework – detailing the key elements of a DLT platform.

The Focus Group’s findings are expected to inform ITU technical standardization activities on DLT and blockchain technology.

For more information, contact Suzana Maranhão (BNDES, and Martin Adolph (ITU,

17-19 October, Geneva: First Meeting of New ITU Focus Group To Analyze Standardization Demands of Distributed Ledger Technologies

16 June 2017  ITU Newslog

ITU has created a new Focus Group to analyze the standardization demands of applications and services built on distributed ledger technologies such as blockchain. The group is titled the ‘ITU-T Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology’ and is open to participation by any interested party.

Distributed ledger technologies enable trusted transactions free of a middleman. These distributed or shared ledgers record events by replicating the relevant data across multiple computer systems, offering a transparent means of managing data and verifying its accuracy.

Distributed ledger technologies are proving applicable to a wide range of records-management activities. The Focus Group’s establishment comes in response to growing recognition of the value of distributed ledger technologies in recording financial transactions and enabling efficient Identity Management in the context of the Internet of Things.

The Focus Group will be chaired by David Watrin, Head of Security and Intelligence at Swisscom. It will investigate new services and applications built on distributed ledger technologies to determine where international standardization could amplify the benefits of these technologies.

The Focus Group will bring together service and platform providers, network operators, regulators, international organizations and standards bodies to share their perspectives on the potential of distributed ledger technologies and the challenges facing their broader adoption.

The terms of reference of the Focus Group were agreed by the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG). TSAG will act as the Focus Group’s parent group, responsible for defining ITU’s response to the Focus Group’s findings.

Contributions are invited to the first meeting of the Focus Group in Geneva, 17-19 October 2017

The Focus Group is inviting contributions detailing the state of the art in distributed ledger technology, highlighting relevant terms and definitions and elaborating the conceptual foundations of distributed ledger technologies and their applications.

Contributors are encouraged to identify established as well as potential use cases of distributed ledger technologies and related questions to be addressed by international standardization.

The meeting’s review of contributions and initial discussion of the standardization demands of distributed ledger technologies will inform the Focus Group’s definition of its structure, the responsibilities of its working groups and its targeted output documents and their development timeline.

Contributions should be submitted to the Focus Group’s secretariat ( in electronic format using the templates found on the Focus Group’s homepage before 10 October 2017.

Learn more about IBM’s investigation of enterprise applications of blockchain technology in an ITU interview with IBM Encryption Researcher, Christian Cachin.

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