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Beijing Internet Court Launches a Judicial Blockchain System with Baidu

The Beijing internet court has recently announced a judicial blockchain system called the Scale Chain, or “ Tianping Chain” in Chinese, to store digital evidence, the Beijing News reported on Sunday.


“Tianping Chain” is China’s leading blockchain-based platform for depositing electronic evidence which is jointly built by the Beijing Internet Court, China Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (CICS-CERT), a research academy under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the internet conglomerate Baidu and a leading blockchain start-up, TrustDo. The platform is based on Baidu’s “Super Chain” infrastructure,a blockchain-focused network operating system independently developed by the firm.

In fact, this is the second judicial blockchain system launched in China. Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province and home to the country’s first internet court, has launched its judicial blockchain platform in September which aims to increase credibility across all court procedures of generating, storing, distributing, and using electronic data.

Similar to Hangzhou’s first mover in blockchain-enabled judicial practice,  “Tianping Chain” streamlines the process of gathering and storing evidence, and ensures the authenticity of digital evidence due to blockchain’s tamper-proof nature. Besides, it can help save time and reduce overhead costs for seeking justice for internet related disputes.

Since it was launched 3 months ago, “Tianping Chain” has been used in multiple scenarios, such as the protection of copyright, supply chain finance, e-contracts, third-party data service platforms, banking, insurance and internet finance.

With 17 nodes, the blockchain platform has gained access to data from 24 Internet platforms or third-party data platforms. As of December 22, it has collected more than 1 million piece of data ,  and recorded 18,7623 documents regarding evidence deposition and 316 pieces of validated evidence.

The Beijing Internet Court which was established in September processes cases purely through the web and typically deals with cases including internet copyright infringements, e-commerce disputes and contracts signed over the internet. And China’s Supreme People’s Court ruled in the same month that internet courts across the nation would recognize blockchain data as one form of digital evidence.

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