A Viral Warning for Change. COVID-19 Versus the Red Cross: Better Solutions Via Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence

5 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2020 Last revised: 20 Mar 2020

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Syren Johnstone

Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong; Asian Institute of International Financial Law

Date Written: February 3, 2020

Abstract

Among the many issues being raised in the course of the recent COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is the ability of charities to respond to crises and to fulfil their fiduciary and moral duty to apply donations effectively and for the purposes intended. This article notes the problems encountered by charities, in China and elsewhere, and argues that the present crisis should be seen as a call to arms for the tech industry, which has the relevant know-how and resources to radically change the landscape of crisis response and the management of donations through the implementation of blockchain and artificial intelligence tools that are already in common commercial use. Fundamental changes are needed to the structure and method of how such crises are handled. The time for global technologists to develop, on a collaborative basis, borderless solutions to issues of common humanitarian concern is now.

Keywords: COVID-19, coronavirus, Blockchain, Blockchain+, Artificial intelligence, charities

Suggested Citation

Johnstone, Syren, A Viral Warning for Change. COVID-19 Versus the Red Cross: Better Solutions Via Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (February 3, 2020). University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2020/005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3530756 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3530756

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Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong ( email )

Faculty of Law, Pokfulam Road
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Hong Kong
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Asian Institute of International Financial Law ( email )

Faculty of Law, Pokfulam Road
Pokfulam
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.hku.hk/academic_staff/syren-johnstone/

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