Bitland: putting land on the ledger in Ghana

A new blockchain-based initiative in Africa aims to stamp out corruption and free up trillions of dollars in locked capital for infrastructure development.

Blockchain technology is extremely powerful, offering huge advantages of cost, transparency and reliability thanks to the immutable nature of decentralised ledgers. However, these benefits often fail to resonate due to the markets targeted and the way in which they are communicated. That’s something OpenLedger-based organisation Bitland aims to change.

Bitland puts the human element back into crypto by bringing blockchain technology directly to the people who stand to benefit most. The organisation will provide services to allow individuals and groups to survey land and record title deeds on the Bitland blockchain – providing a permanent and auditable record – as well as acting as liaison with the government to help resolve disputes. The project is being piloted with 28 communities in Kumasi, Ghana, with the intention of expanding across the African continent.

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Bitland’s CSO Chris Bates mentioned in Forbes article


Can BitTeaser’s Blockchain Ads Network Disrupt ‘Pay-Per-Click’ Market?

Advertising is big business and as increasing activity moves online, so too do the marketing dollars. While 2015 saw an estimated $170.5 billion (bn) spent on online advertising globally, this figure is projected to mushroom almost 50% by 2018 to $252bn. But can anyone apart from the big guys snap up a slice of this lucrative business and leveragethe Internet of Things to achieve it?

Until recently only the big players were able to get into it. Software though has made it possible for some webmasters to serve adverts and generate revenues based on their own traffic. Yet profiting from the advertising sector more broadly was a complex undertaking out of reach to the ordinary punter and investor.

Now to solve the problem, a group of future-tech innovators from Denmark and the US have used the power of ‘peer-to-peer’ platforms to throw the doors open to everyone. Effectively they are offering anyone who wants it a piece of a pie that isn’t getting smaller any time soon.

It follows documentation revealed just last week of the so-called ‘Decentralized Conglomerate’ concept using the Blockchain, which Larry C. Bates, Bitland’s Chief Security Officer from Bloomington, Indiana, was involved and instrumental in.


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Bitland CSO Chris Bates featured on podcast for

This interview is with Chris Bates, Chief Security Officer at Bitland, an NGO that uses the blockchain technology to help register the cadastre of land, with a focus on African countries — specifically Ghana — for now. In this stimulating conversation with Chris, we unpack the blockchain and bitcoin technologies, unblock some of the preconceptions and misconceptions, and exchange on the challenges of implementation. We also look at some of the hot issues of cyber security, an ever present concern for any business on the Internet.



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#Netexplo 2016: Bitland redraws the map of Africa through blockchain

Using the tamper-proof technology blockchain, Bitland account register the cadastre of many African countries.

In Africa, 90% of rural areas are not recorded in an official register. A basic problem that affects some cities where people have yet to address. Also unable to receive mail, to state his title and draw benefits, the impact on the economy is considerable: the e-commerce can not function without delivery address.

Bitland , an organization based in Ghana, has given itself the mission to enable institutions and individuals who wish to allow surveying their territories and register their land acts on a blockchain. After a technology first applied to bitcoins, the blockchain is a system for sharing and storing information transparent, public and secure. Since the creation of this virtual currency in 2009, each bitcoin is stored from its creation in a file shared between all users. All financial transfers are listed there, which can identify any creation of false. Renowned impiratable and indelible, the bitcoins traceability chain has been proven and the system is now exported to many areas, including private property.

Anyone wishing to register his land in the cadastre of his city can fill out a form available on the internet. The data is then stored in the blockchain and it is impossible to leave them to prevent piracy of data. In 2015, the Honduran government has appealed to Epigraph , a body similar to Bitland, to list the whole of its territory and prevent the blockchain richest does grant property they do not own.

For now currently developing its pilot project in the city of Kumasi in Ghana, Bitland gives themselves five years to persuade other African countries to adopt its solution. The project was part of the ten innovations selected by the Netexplo Forum 2016 which L’Atelier BNP Paribas was a partner on 10 and 11 February.

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Bitland, the platform that identifies all rural areas in Ghana

In Ghana, the NGO Bitland launched in 2015 an eponymous virtual land registry that allows to identify all the populated areas of the country and carry out land transactions. This highly effective platform to the advantage of reliable GPS coordinates, which ensures high accuracy in the description of these remote areas.

Bitland also helps secure the sales of land and houses. Indeed, it provides users with information on the value of the land or house to buy, and taxes incurred by the purchase.

In addition, when a seller and a buyer performs a transaction directly on the platform, it has a payment system based on blockchain digital technology that allows online transactions; which ensures better traceability in the operation.

Bitland is tamper-proof, reliable and can be accessed by all. It is currently under development and it will take the test period to judge its effectiveness.

Note that in Africa, 90% of rural areas are not listed.


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The Maps in Ghana with the technology Blockchain

Blockchain: revolution for land registration in Ghana

A simple address, a title?

Not so evident in Africa, where 90% of rural areas are not listed.

To solve the problems associated with the lack of registers and land registers, the African NGO Bitland blockchain uses technology designed to use the Bitcoin currency, transaction and information security.

Technology Extension in the rest of Africa?
This digital innovation creates a transparent, tamper-proof property register. Individuals can benefit from state services.

For its part the state meanwhile can for example collect taxes.
Currently, blockchain is a phenomenon at the forefront of innovation; start ups creations multiply on the subject, the oldest articles on the technology have no more than a year, and investors already mobilized huge sums to make sure not to miss the checkmark.

The blockchain is approached as a major innovation, and many predictions even argue that it will change our lifestyles in the same way as the Internet or printing.

This is why it is so important to stay informed on the subject, and especially in France, where public opinion is still poorly informed about it.

Locate the Blockchain

In 2009 has created a digital currency Bitcoin.

This currency was based on a technology that certified that Bitcoins could not be duplicated, and therefore assured that this money would not be falsifiable: this technology is called the blockchain.

The concept ? Each Bitcoin is “traceable” from its inception through files of detainees and updated by each user of the currency. Everyone can tell when such Bitcoin has passed through such account, which means that creating fake Bitcoin is impossible without it sees on the “chain” of transactions.

Where the revolution begins is when the developers had the idea to use this system for other than the currency Bitcoin.

A revolution that can affect all aspects of life

The blockchain is a storage technology and information transmission, transparent, secure, and operating without central control body. By extension, a blockchain is a public database, secure and distributed (that is to say shared by different users, without intermediaries). This blockchain ( “block chain”) contains all of the exchanges between users since its creation, exchange each can verify the validity (that is to say from his computer to check if the system is good or if someone one tried to drag a “false”).

A blockchain can be likened to a large public accounting book, and unfalsifiable anonymous. As written by the mathematician Jean-Paul Delahaye, one must imagine “a great book, everyone can play freely and without charge, on which everyone can write, but that is impossible to erase and indestructible. ”

This technology can be useful in many other areas as currency: patents, votes for election, financial instruments (derivatives, loans, micro-credit …), real estate, certificates of all kinds (eg degrees), health data, games, bookings (hotels, restaurants …), our keys (home, car …) … the operating fields are immense.

Generally, the blockchain can potentially replace all the “trusted third party” centralized (banks, notaries, land registry …) by a decentralized computer system.


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Blockchain : technological revolution or mirage?

This system, which is based on the virtual currency Bitcoin allows to establish secure and tamper-proof records. From finance to education, transportation, culture, applications could be endless. But we are not there yet … “Edurne and Mayel are happy to announce their marriage, the first in the world exclusively recorded on the ‘blockchain’!” No, it’s not a joke: it is the announcement of a stateless matrimonial union of a new type, physically marked on 1 December between two human beings native of the Basque Country, nomads global or “glomades” residing in London, Edurne Lolnaz and Mayel of Borniol are the pioneers of this marriage 2.0. “We do not want our wedding to be linked to a particular nation-state. Neither a government define should look like our relationship or our celebration … So we write our own rules,” explain these young libertarians on their site staff.

And they invite all those who wish to come and celebrate the event with them on June 17, on the Greek island of Santorini. The newlyweds popularize the same time a technological concept that in his advocacy, could become as disruptive as the Internet itself: the blockchain or “block chain”. Bitcoin, the tree that hides the forest Blockchain: you do not know that word. Not yet … but memorize it, because for a growing number of experts, it simply represents the future of the trust! The “chain blocks” is indeed the software technology that is already based virtual currency Bitcoin. But Bitcoin is the tree that hides the forest. For, whatever the fate of this crypto-currency, the infrastructure that underpins it – the blockchain – could have applications in an unsuspected number of areas: finance, trade, security of course … but also transportation, citizenship, education or culture! According to a recent survey by the World Economic Forum in Davos, at least 10% of world GDP could be recorded on blockchain platforms, 2025. “The blockchain is the most disruptive technology I have ever seen” Justice Salim Ismail, an officer of the Singularity University in California.

Christian Faure, the consulting firm Octo Technology, “those are all economic sectors – private and public – all organizations and all centralized institutions that have their foundations shaken” by the blockchain. Starting with all intermediaries – lawyers or notaries – who act as certifiers or escrow … How does it work? Let’s start with the beginning. According to the Bank of England, the blockchain is “a technology that allows people who do not know to put their trust in a shared list of transactions.” This is a large digital register in which all transactions are recorded, unalterable way. This avoids middlemen. Imagine a country that decides to submit any real estate transaction to blockchain: when you sell your property via this system, it keeps the precise recollection of the transaction: location of the property, shape, surface, etc. Gradually, over the transactions, a cadastre is (and notaries, become useless, disappear …). The information is accurate, tamper-proof. The magazine “The Economist” speaks of “machine to create confidence.”



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Aweza and BitLand, 2 African startups in the world Top 10 of 2016 Netexplo

(CIO Mag) – The Netexplo Observatory has unveiled the list of 10 winners who will compete for the Grand Prize award at the ninth edition scheduled from 9 to 10 February.

Among these are two African startups: Aweza South Africa and Ghana BitLand.They were identified in the category Trend “stretching interaction” which means “push the boundaries of our interactions.”

Aweza is mobile translation application that allows dialogue between the official languages ​​spoken in South Africa. This, thanks a gamification technique that records the pronunciation of phrases.

BitLand is a virtual land registry which simplifies and facilitates obtaining a land title.

According to the selection committee, these start-ups were selected from 2,100 young shoots that are distinguished by the innovative nature of their digital application.

The other winners are from Canada (Amino), Colombia (IKO Creative Prosthetic System), Germany (AscTec Firefly), US ( Micro-swimmer Robot), Norway (Self-teaching robots 3D-printed), Japan ( Todai Robot Project) and Israel (Colu).

To participate in selecting the winner of the Grand Prize, the public is invited to vote on the site.

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Forum Netexplo: the “blockchain” revolutionizes Ghana

A young self-taught Ghanaian imagined a reliable cadastre project, a cornerstone of the economic prosperity of his country.

He is not yet 29, but Narigamba Mwinsuubo may be poised to settle the problem addressed in vain Ghana last ten years: the lack of reliable land registry. With a team of thirty people, the NGO that Ghana is about to succeed where the Accra administration has so far failed, despite help from the World Bank spilled millions of dollars. The secret of this initiative identified by the latest edition of Netexplo forum? Use blockchain , a revolutionary technology.


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