ARCHANGEL: Securing UK national archives with AI and blockchain | 5/21/2019 | Staff
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The University of Surrey is using its state-of-the-art blockchain and artificial intelligence technologies to secure the digital government records of national archives across the globe—including the UK, Australia and the United States of America.

In a paper to be presented at the CVPR conference in Los Angeles in June, Surrey's Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) explain how they have been working with the Open Data Institute and the National Archives in the UK to develop ARCHANGEL—a highly secure, decentralised computer vision and blockchain based system that will safeguard the long-term future of digital video archives.

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Blockchain is the technology behind crypto-currencies like Bitcoin. The University of Surrey is exploring alternative non-financial uses of blockchain for the public good. ARCHANGEL's blockchain works as a database maintained by multiple archives; everyone can check and add records, but no one can change them. As no data can be modified, the integrity of the historical record remains intact.

ARCHANGEL is specifically built to identify incidences of accidental modifications or tampering with the digital public record, and it is backed up by a proof-of-authority blockchain system. The new system has been trialed in national government archives of the UK, Estonia, Norway, Australia and the US (NARA).

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Professor John Collomosse, who leads the project at the University of Surrey, said, "Archives across the world are amassing vast volumes...
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