How Blockchains Digitize Trust

In a world where everything goes digital, why hasn’t trust itself been digitized yet?

By Ankush Tiwari

We all have seen the positive impact of digitization across many parts of our lives and industry verticals. It has significantly improved efficiency and delivered great results for humanity across all sectors like fintech, transportation and education. With rapid digitization coming our way, we are destined to see an exponential increase in productivity. With AI, we will see a new way in which our day-to-day behavior will change. In this new world, trust is becoming more important yet more scarce at the same time. Surprisingly, with everything else going digital, the one fundamental aspect that remains un-digitized is “multi-party trust”.


What is "multi-party trust"?

Today, when we are doing a transaction between multiple parties, it is backed by either legal documentation or some form of commitment between multiple parties. The way it is achieved today is non-digital, time-consuming, and expensive to establish and execute. Let us take a look at some examples where the trust establishment between multiple parties needs digitization:

There are many more examples like the above where trust issues arise. If we can digitize, establish and enforce trust, we will solve many challenges that indirectly come up with massive digitization.

What is the impact

Revenue loss due to non-digitization of multi-party trust

Let us take a look at the revenue lost in today’s world because of trust issues:

Solution Approach

How can we digitize trust?

Digitization of trust between multiple parties has some essential requirements:
The above requirements look similar to what blockchain technology offers. Blockchain by design guarantees the following:
Blockchain technology therefore seems to be the right choice to solve multi-party trust problems.


Blockchain technology addressing multi-party trust issues

How blockchain addresses multi-party trust issues can be made clear by taking an example. Let us take the example of background checks for employees. Today’s process is very time-consuming. Using Blockchain, we can change this process to the following steps:

Blockchain makes data immutable and establishes multi-party trust quickly. Transparency and immutability of data on the Blockchain allow for real-time auditing by all involved parties. This digitization of trust delivers massive cost and time benefits.

I am not saying we need to slow down digitization, or digitization at an exponential pace is not good. If we want to reap the exponential benefits of digitization, then TRUST MUST GET DIGITIZED. In fact, digitization of trust will become an imperative in the near future. Blockchain and Web3 offer the solution to make this happen.  

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