Prof. Mounir Ghogho on CG backstage

Prof. Mounir Ghogho on CoinGeek Backstage: Blockchain is a way of curing societal ills

The Global IEEE 5G-IoT Blockchain Summit was held in Morocco and brought together leaders from the blockchain and tech ecosystem to discuss the future of emerging technology, from IPv6 and blockchain to 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). CoinGeek Backstage caught up with Prof. Mounir Ghogho, one of the people behind the event, who believes that blockchain is a way to cure many of today’s societal ills.

“It’s an immense pleasure to host this high-level event on blockchain here at the International University of Rabat in Morocco. We had an outstanding lineup of speakers, one of them being Dr. Craig Wright, the inventor of Bitcoin,” Ghogho told CoinGeek Backstage host Becky Liggero.

As CoinGeek reported, Dr. Wright delivered a keynote speech on the integration of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and blockchain. Noting that IPv6 was part of the original Bitcoin protocol, Satoshi revealed that he included it to enable seamless direct communications between Bitcoin users “without all the problems that you have on the current IPv4 network. And IP to IP is critical because that’s how you have peer to peer.”

“There are a lot of interactions between the students and the speakers and avenues for collaboration have been identified, particularly with BSV. We look forward to working together on projects with high societal impact,” Ghogho added, reiterating Hakan Yuksel’s comments at the event. Speaking to CoinGeek, Hakan, the nChain CEO, noted that he was pleasantly surprised at how knowledgeable the students were, and many of their questions were insightful and challenging.

An IEEE fellow, Prof. Ghogho is the Dean of Doctoral College and the Director of the TIC Lab (an ICT research lab) at the University of Rabat.

On why he had invited the BSV contingent to the event, Ghogho noted that blockchain is one of the main research themes of the university, and “we’re looking for the major players in blockchain, and we found that BSV one of them.”

Ghogho, whose field of expertise is in electronic and electrical engineering, told CoinGeek Backstage that the students at the University of Rabat are highly interested in blockchain technology.

“They’re really excited about this new technology and some of them are learning about cybersecurity and blockchain as a distributed system,” he noted.

Citing Dr. Wright’s speech, he observed that he wants the students to see blockchain as more than a mere means of speculation, but a way of doing micropayments and curing societal ills.

Watch: Global IEEE 5G-IoT Blockchain Summit Rabat highlights: Envisioning a world with 10 billion TPS

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