An Australian group has been selected by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) to spearhead a technical committee developing standards for blockchain tech.
As such, in addition to Australia, the ISO work will draw representatives from standards bodies in Canada, France, the UK and the US, among others.
Bronwyn Evans, CEO of Standards Australia, said in a statement:
The Australian government lauded the move, a stance that echoes its past support for the technology's exploration both domestically and abroad.
"The benefits of this technology could be profound, extending right across our economy," Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison said in a statement. "Standards Australia is positioning Australia as a leading global player in this exciting new area."
To observers, the decision perhaps isn't surprising as Australia has arguably emerged as a potential hotbed for the technology.
The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), for instance, is moving to potentially replace its market infrastructure with a blockchain system. ASX recently unveiled a prototype version of this technology, and this week, yet another Australian exchange vowed to use the same technology to undercut its market position.
The country's state-owned postal service has also been testing potential applications of blockchain for voting and digital identity.
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