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Blockchain and Postal Digital Services: Opportunities and Drawbacks

In: The Changing Postal Environment

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  • Blandine Eggrickx

    (In charge of European Affairs, European and International Relations Division – Groupe La Poste)

  • Marine Lefort

    (Economist in the Department “Doctrine et Modélisation”, Direction of Institutional Affairs and Regulation – Groupe La Poste)

  • Alain Roset

    (Blockchain Expert, Digital Division – Groupe La Poste)

Abstract

Blockchain is a technology that allows information or value to be transferred over the Internet on a peer-to-peer network without intermediaries and without the use of a trusted third party. This technology is being used to develop services in various sectors such as finance, logistics, and health care. Regarding digital public services, in particular those provided by postal operators (POs), we consider blockchain to be an opportunity. Because of its unique characteristics (traceability, immutability, transparency, and decentralization), it is a way to efficiently redesign these services.However, the different blockchain applications raise issues related to the legal framework in place, at the French and European level, and even at the internationl level. Thus, several regulatory issues must now be taken into account for an efficient use of blockchain.

Suggested Citation

  • Blandine Eggrickx & Marine Lefort & Alain Roset, 2020. "Blockchain and Postal Digital Services: Opportunities and Drawbacks," Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy, in: Pier Luigi Parcu & Timothy J. Brennan & Victor Glass (ed.), The Changing Postal Environment, pages 151-165, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:topchp:978-3-030-34532-7_12
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-34532-7_12
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