Blockchain Technology and Human Rights

Dr. Fait Muedini

In this paper, I discuss the various ways that blockchain technology can be applied to improve upon international human rights. I specifically examine the United Nations and its activities it pertains to the use of blockchain technology. I argue that while this technology is rather new the United Nations has been open to using such technological innovations to better solve human rights challenges that include fighting to end child trafficking, better food aid distribution, along with possibilities of using the blockchain and cryptocurrencies to help reduce carbon emissions. Following an examination of ways that the United Nations and other nongovernmental organizations have approached blockchain technology, I then summarize the main points of the paper. I end the article by discussing future possibilities for additional blockchain technology uses for international human rights.