11 July 2024

The Thai Ministry of Justice has been developing a system, using Blockchain technology, to enable informants to report drug dealing activities to the authorities and to receive rewards for their information, without their identities being disclosed, according to Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin.

He said that many people have information about illegal drug activities in their neighbourhoods, but are reluctant to inform the authorities, for fear that their identities will be disclosed and that their lives and those of their family members may be put at risk.

Blockchain technology can address this problem because the data traffic is untraceable, which should help members of the public to feel more confident about coming forward, said Somsak.

Meanwhile, Pol Maj-Gen Banphot Mungchobklang, deputy commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, said that Blockchain technology is used by numerous governments in addressing drug trafficking problem.

He said that the police have commissioned the King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang to develop the Blockchain-based system.