IBM has become a founding member of the HACERA Unbounded Registry – a decentralised ‘Yellow Pages’ for blockchain projects.
The registry will function as a catalogue of blockchain networks, projects and applications, with other members including Intel, Huawei, Batavia, Hitachi and the Australian Blockchain Association.
Jerry Cuomo, IBM’s VP of blockchain technologies, wrote in a blog post announcing the news: “In the 1930s the first Yellow pages emerged as an organised directory of businesses. This had a profound effect on commerce and is an often-overlooked key contribution to the Industrial Revolution. Simply put, the Yellow Pages put businesses on the map and made them known to the world.
“As the number of blockchain consortiums, networks and applications continues to grow we need a means to list them and make them known to the world, in order to unleash the power of blockchain.”
IBM has long been behind blockchain technology and crypto, with a partnership between the tech giant and fintech start-up Stronghold resulting in the Stronghold USD stablecoin back in July. It also joined with Columbia University to open a dedicated Centre for Blockchain and Transparency.
I has also emerged that IBM would be one of the partners for Data61 – part of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation – and help create the Australian National Blockchain.
“Blockchain will be to transactions what the internet was to communication – what starts as a tool for sharing information becomes transformational once adoption is widespread,” said IBM Global Business Services head Paul Hutchison.