Chair of UK’s National Committee on Blockchain DLT/1

I would like to share that I’ve been elected Chair of the UK’s national committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology – DLT/1 supported by the BSI, the UK’s standards body.

BSI will form this committee that represents the “UK voice” into what is needed and to feed into international standards in development in the new ISO committee.  Committee should represent all the relevant stakeholders (academia, government, trade associations, SMEs, etc).

It’s been quite a start for 2017, moving back to London in July after 2.5 years in Australia. While in Australia, in April 2016 I authored the following proposal to create an ISO Standard for Blockchain with the help of Standards Australia .

ISO TSP 258 (Blockchain and Electronic Distributed Ledger Technologies)

The vote took place at ISO in October with the following countries endorsing the proposal and Australia being appointed the Secretariat of the technical committed (TC307). Each country will form its own national committee and send representatives to the ISO Technical Committee (TC307).

Participating Countries:

Observing countries:

We had the first meeting in November at TechUK to explain more about standards, stakeholder groupings and get some initial perspectives in what standards are needed.

There will be a second meeting on the 7th February where we will continue the standards discussion and aim to ensure members are representing a particular stakeholder group.

The ISO kick off meeting will be held on the 3-5th April 2017 in Sydney.

There is much work to be done in this space and I look forward to working on this initiative. I will provide updates on progress and the thinking on this blog.

If you have a keen interest to be involved in DLT/1, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Emelie Bratt from the BSI on [email protected].