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Fake news, data breaches, goods flows grinding to a halt... Digital systems are increasingly critical systems. These complex systems need to be robust yet agile, secure, verifiable and accessible to all. Software technologies and computing encompass a wide range of applications, tools and systems used to develop, manage and use software. Think programming languages, frameworks for software development, database systems and cloud computing. This includes interfaces with other key technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digital Connectivity Technologies.

Blockchain is perhaps the best-known example of the key technology Software technologies and computing. Simply put, blockchain is a new kind of database, in which transactions are kept decentralised. All information is stored encrypted using cryptography, spread across a computer network with multiple nodes (nodes). The cubes of information are digitally signed by all parties involved - without the intervention of a third party. Because a cube always contains information about the previous cube, it creates a long, unbreakable chain of information. All changes in the database are automatically copied to all computers. Very secure if there are hacks or power cuts. Moreover, no one can save or change information in the database on their own, keeping malicious parties out.

Anyone who masters the open technology can build their own blockchain database for their own application. Technology can make a major contribution both to the economy and to solving societal problems. For example, a decentralised database could contain data on digital currency payments, such as bitcoin, but also patient data and smart contracts in healthcare, or election results. Contracts, diplomas and property deeds can also be shared securely in this way.

Infinite fields of application

Software technologies and computing have a wide scope and offer opportunities for almost every sector. More and more organisations and companies are now exploring the possibilities. The key enabling technology helps, for example, to store data more securely, make transactions more reliable and encourage decentralised collaboration. Processes also become smarter and more efficient, reducing costs.

Blockchain and other software technologies and computing enable a better digital society. Decentralised systems are the foundation for scalable collaboration in complex issues such as energy transition, security or mobility. Read success stories from the following application areas: Mobility, Energy & Sustainability, Safety, Health & Care and Agriculture, Water & Food. In addition, there are use cases on, among others, the Enterprise Passport, Career Wallet, the first completed international blockchain project within the pension domain My Value Transfer and several pilots in the area of Blockchain & Mobility. Get inspired!

Dutch Blockchain Coalition

The Dutch Blockchain Coalition (DBC) is an alliance between the government, knowledge institutions and industry. The aim is to accelerate the decentralised establishment of the digital infrastructure in the Netherlands through knowledge sharing and cooperation in the field of blockchain.

Dutch Blockchain Coalition
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