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Harvard: SHINE Awarded Grant to Tackle Worker Well-being Using Blockchain Technology

The Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has been awarded a grant from the U.S. State Department to develop a blockchain-based platform that will enable a holistic and secure approach to tracking workers’ health and well-being.  This is the first-ever opportunity via a State Department grant to leverage this state-of-the-art technology to address the challenge of insufficient protection for workers’ well-being and poor audit procedures.

Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology that empowers anyone with an internet connection to transfer anything of value (currency, documents, survey answers) — anywhere, anytime, with unmatched security and integrity. Trust is embedded into a blockchain’s architecture — a decentralized, cryptographically secured database that can be seen and downloaded by everyone on the network.

Implementing this solution as part of SHINE’s Well-being Survey will make it possible to verify that employee data is secure and free from external manipulation.  Employees will be able to maintain their privacy while providing data that would help employers serve their needs better.

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