We live in a world surrounded by fake news, fraud, scammers, identity theft and certification forgery. In day-to-day interactions between people and/or industry, we find it increasingly difficult to substantiate claims that are made.
Daily, we are exposed to a barrage of information about individuals and organisations without any way of being totally confident about its integrity.
What if blockchain technology could be applied to provide permanent evidence of personal or enterprise qualifications, certifications, experience or endorsements?
Even at the highest level of executive appointments and democratically-elected representation, there has been a litany of high-profile resume-enhancing offenders over the years. You can be sure that millions of other smaller-scale deceptions are perpetrated daily further down the pecking order.
Deception is widespread. One survey uncovered 26 per cent of people under 40 admit to lying on their resume. Another found 58 per cent of hiring managers said they’ve caught a lie on a resume.
Tertiary education institutions do their best to protect the integrity of qualifications they issue but it is a time-consuming exercise. They need a better way to protect their own integrity.
Meanwhile, it’s not just an issue in the realm of personal credentials. Organisations of all shapes and sizes are bound by laws and regulations defining compliance to minimum standards, certifications, accreditations or documentations. Fraud and misrepresentation is also rampant in this space.
Technology offered some prospect of respite, but digital certificates presented their own challenges and, in some cases, have been compromised so providing authenticating claims of industry certification or academic achievement is still problematic.
There is currently no simple, bullet-proof way for any person or organisation to instantly provide a rock-solid guarantee that their back-story reads truly.
Providing a mechanism by which a permanent link is created between truthful recipients and badge/certificate issue will eliminate costly maintenance issues and counterfeiting that occurs in the education, training and certification sector.
Everyone benefits if we meet this problem head-on.
Universities and registered certifications bodies are looking for a solution to reduce the cost of issuing and administering distribution of qualifications. They want peace-of-mind that any system they use can permanently safeguard data for past, present and future certificates.
Graduates of all ages want an instrument which allows them to securely store all educational and industry certificates they accumulate during their life. An integral tool that is immediately accessible and verifiable when they apply for jobs, further studies or for industry professional status.
Similarly, to protect their own reputations and to provide the best services to their customers, recruiters need to stamp out counterfeiting and misuse of Qualification Certificates by applicants. To confidently short-list the most suitable applicants, they need a trusted method for checking authenticity of claims made by candidates about past accomplishments.
Companies too are looking for a better way to store all their industry certifications (such as ISO 9000, ISO 20000, ISO 27001) so that they can be easily verified when bidding on contracts or to stand out from the opposition and build trust with clients.
Imagine if all of this could be achieved with just the click of a button. A centralised verification portal, that allows you to present proof of your claims from an unchangeable, decentralised distributed ledger.
QKIP is coming. You can download the white paper here.
*The objective of the QKIP project is to be the ultimate certificate keeper. We will provide a platform, using Blockchain technology, that will keep and certify the authenticity of each Certification or Digital Badge while verifying the identities of both the recipient and the certification body that issues them.