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IOTA cooperates with University of Oslo to advance core research

  • The IOTA Foundation has entered into a partnership with the Department of Informatics e at the University of Oslo to further research the IOTA DLT and to support research and innovation projects in Norway and internationally.
  • The research will initially focus on decentralized digital identity and the conformity of the IOTA stack with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe.

The IOTA Foundation continues to focus on expanding its cooperation with research institutes and universities. As announced yesterday, the IOTA Foundation has entered into a partnership with the University of Oslo (UiO), specifically the Department of Informatics, to research the Tangle and the issue of digital trust. The University of Oslo is one of the 100 best universities in the world and is a leading European university and the largest in Norway.

According to the announcement, the cooperation will ensure “access to research capacity and transparency towards public authorities and a growing business ecosystem”, thus strengthening the acceptance of IOTA. In addition, Norway strives to be a leading digital and sustainable nation, as demonstrated by various research and innovation initiatives in which the IOTA Foundation has been and is involved.

Among others, the IOTA Foundation has led initiatives in the fields of smart cities and industrial IoT, such as Positive City Exchange, Dig_IT, Future Farm Demo, Sustainable Energy Traceability Showcase. The cooperation between the IOTA Foundation and the University of Oslo will initially focus on the decentralized digital identity and data protection regulation (GDPR) compliance of the IOTA stack.

Specifically, research will focus on the development of a technical solution to facilitate GDPR compliance for IOTA technologies in the context of a decentralized digital identity platform. For this purpose an IOTA DLT/Blockchain laboratory will be established in the Department of Informatics at the university. Over time, core research initiatives in connection with the IOTA Tangle, as well as joint research and innovation projects in connection with public-private partnerships in Norway and internationally will be implemented.

As the IOTA Foundation also stated, the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo will join the Tangle Enterprise Edition Working Group and contribute to one of the first projects of the Tangle EE, “Unified Identity”. The project will develop a protocol and other tools to research, jointly develop and ensure marketability of a distributed identity based on IOTA’s Unified Identity protocol.

Wilfried Pimenta de Miranda, Business Development Director of the IOTA Foundation for the Nordic Countries commented on the cooperation:

A new Data economy is in the making. Decentralized Digital Identity lies at the heart of many new opportunities within smart cities, eHealth and many human-centered and cross-silo innovations. We are delighted to welcome UiO in our research and innovation ecosystem and accelerate together the development and adoption of DLT for real-world applications.

Roman Vitenberg, Blockchain Lead at the University of Oslo added:

We are living in exciting times that allow us to witness how the DLT technology is transforming the conventional methods of storing and sharing data central to the functioning of the society, in areas such as decentralized digital identity and certificates, eHealth, smart cities, trading, and more.

From the data safety, authenticity, and nonrepudiation point of view, DLT is considered a perfect fit for dependable data storage since it provides an easily accessible, immutable, and transparent history of all related data, adequate for building applications with trust, accountability, and transparency. We are eagerly looking forward to a successful collaboration with IOTA and to leveraging on our joint expertise towards the design of real-world applications.

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