July 30, 2021 — Elastos, a Web3 and blockchain ecosystem spearheading data ownership and privacy with decentralized identity (DID), and software house Tuum Technologies are partnering with Mission 89, a renowned Geneva-based organization that aims to mitigate child trafficking in sports so as to both protect victims via the use of decentralized identity technology and raise awareness for this facet of human trafficking. The announcement comes on the United Nations’ World Day Against Trafficking Persons.
With much of human trafficking conversations centered on sexual exploitation, the phenomenon of child trafficking in sports often goes unnoticed. Children and teenagers in developing countries desperate to break out of a cycle of poverty are easy prey for unscrupulous “agents” who promise a life of riches and wellbeing playing sports in Europe.
The consequences of trusting the wrong people are varied, ranging from a life of modern-day slavery where players are traded like cattle, to a simple con job that sees a child’s family go into extreme debt to fund a “trip to Europe,” only to see the child unceremoniously left behind with nothing in a remote location.
By working together with Mission 89, Elastos & Tuum Technologies seek to promote decentralized IDs to approach and tackle this issue, enabling tamper-proof verification of the credentials presented by sports agents. In this vision, players, agents and stakeholders would receive self-sovereign digital identities on the Elastos blockchain. These identities, and certifications, will be verifiable by cryptographic means and made available through the application being developed by the Tuum Technologies engineering team.
Education is to be a key aspect of the partnership. Once the technical solution is live, users will gain both primary exposure to the technology and have the opportunity to learn how to use it. Further awareness will be instilled through campaigns with major sports organizations at national, regional, and local levels, while the usership will be spurred by gamification strategies implemented in the app.
The ultimate goal of the partnership is to onboard major sports organizations such as to grow awareness of the initiative, while using Mission 89’s network to promote adoption.
“As a Web3 technology company, Tuum Technologies is on a mission to make self-sovereign digital identities and associated credentials easily accessible for everyone globally. By partnering with Mission89 our team now has the opportunity to bring this essential technology to sport through development of child safeguarding protocols. Our goal is to provide players, agents, and stakeholders self-sovereign IDs created and published on the Elastos blockchain facilitating genuine connections and eliminating child trafficking in sport,” said Donald Bullers, Founder of Tuum Technologies.
“At the founding of Mission 89 we saw the need to set up a globally recognised licensing and accreditation system for athlete recruitment. This partnership with Tuum Technologies sets us on the path to realising this dream. Our multi-stakeholder approach to child safeguarding and Tuum’s expertise as a leader in blockchain technologies makes this a formidable partnership to realise the goal of using digital tools to keep sport safe for all. We aim to make it easy for families to verify the authenticity of recruiters, safeguard the rights of their wards, for genuine recruiters to have a harmonised way of proving their identity and for coaches to be in tune with child safeguarding protocols”, said Lerina Bright, Executive Director, Mission 89.
Founded in 2017, Elastos is a decentralized community building the blockchain industry’s most comprehensive and interoperable open source Web3 platform. Using a hybrid consensus that combines the secure hashpower of Bitcoin and the democratic ideals of Delegated-Proof-of-Stake, the SmartWeb ecosystem of Elastos comprises a suite of software for an entirely decentralized internet. Elastos employs not only blockchain technology, but a peer-to-peer network for communication, decentralized data storage services, a decentralized ID (DID) system for all digital assets and the ability to create smart contracts and unlimited sidechains. Elastos is not only the foundation for securing truly decentralized applications that can scale; it is the foundation for true data ownership.
About Tuum Technologies
Tuum Technologies is a Web3 technology company that enables a global network of entrepreneurs, developers, academics, industry experts, and users to access the decentralized internet. As the software engineering leader of the Open Decentralized Internet space, Tuum Technologies provides a suite of Elastos powered products and services to help developers build decentralized applications and enable individuals to control data on an open web.
About Mission 89
Mission 89’s aim is to mitigate child trafficking in sports through research, education, and the implementation of mandatory regulations to keep sports training academies accountable for the safety and well-being of children in their care.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of children are smuggled across borders and sold as commodities, including promising young footballers who are trafficked by sham agents making false promises of fame, riches, and an escape route from a cycle of poverty.
Mission 89’s research into the issue will provide a detailed examination of the issue as it exists today, develop educational and vocational programs at grassroots level to empower those most vulnerable to exploitation, and establish a licensing and accreditation system to recognize legitimate institutions from sham organizations exploiting young athletes.
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