The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking information about investigating and analyzing blockchains, including those used for privacy coins, according to a pre-solicitation notice published Nov. 30.

DHS has released a proposal, which invites interested parties to comment and design applications for blockchain forensic analytics in respect to emerging cryptocurrencies. The proposal also calls for solutions that would enable investigators to conduct relevant analysis on blockchain transactions.

Notably, DHS states that, while previous analysis has been conducted on Bitcoin (BTC) analytics, this only covers a “limited scope in the realm of cryptocurrencies.” The DHS proposal seeks applications of blockchain analytics for privacy-oriented altcoins like Zcash and Monero, which operate on private blockchains.

The document notes that ongoing research within the field facilitates technologies, the key features of which include better capabilities for maintaining anonymity and privacy protection. While DHS notes that these traits are “desirable,” there is “a compelling interest in tracing and understanding transactions and actions on the blockchain of an illegal nature.”

The forensic analysis of blockchain transactions could purportedly be approached in various ways and consider different data situation use cases, while the desired solution should “provide working approaches to treating newer blockchain implementations.” DHS also notes that the solution may be applied in other aspects of administration:

“Because of the significant impact in areas such as governance, data sharing agreement enforcement, and encrypted analytics interchanges, there are a wide variety of applications in government and the commercial marketplace that can benefit from successful product development.”

The current document is a pre-solicitation notice. During the pre-solicitation period, the agency seeks to receive technical questions and consultation, but will not entertain formal applications by experts and businesses with possible solutions. The release of the final solicitation is scheduled for Dec. 19, 2018.

In late November, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced it will host a two-day blockchain workshop in February. DARPA is the research arm of the Department of Defense.

The federal agency is mostly interested in “several, less-explored avenues of permissionless distributed consensus protocols,” including creating large-scale permissionless distributed consensus protocols without paying participants,  economic-driven security models and centralities for such protocols.

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U.S. software company Salesforce has won a patent to detect spam emails using blockchain technology. The patent filing was published on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Salesforce, which offer its customers is a cloud-based mailing platform, patented a solution that allows for the detection of whether an initial email was modified while being sent. In addition, the blockchain-driven program could help improve the existing filters that often fail to distinguish between spam and regular emails, such as promo letters.

As explained in the technical part of the document, to assure the authenticity of the message, the first email message server will record a selected component of the current message into a block to get other nodes’ approval. When the second server receives the message, it checks the blockchain record to find out whether the data has been replaced. If the two messages match, the email is marked as wanted. If the content has been altered,  the mail goes to the spam folder.

Although the patent specifically addresses the mailing platform solution, Salesforce notes that blockchain can also solve issues with the authenticity of medical records, educational transcripts, deeds, property rights, and legal documents.

As Cointelegraph previously wrote, email management platform Credo is also trying to tackle spam using blockchain. A 10 percent share of the project that plans to use tokens to verify letters was acquired by Bitcoin investor Tim Draper back in 2017.

Other U.S. companies have been actively filing patents for various blockchain solutions. International Business Machines Corporation, or IBM, is ranked as one of the biggest providers of blockchain-related patent technologies. IBM has filed a total of 89 blockchain patent by Aug. 31, beaten only by Chinese giant Alibaba with 90 patent applications.

The most recent patent that IBM has filed is set to maintain safe boundaries between augmented reality (AR) objects in video games and real-world physical locations. According to the document, a blockchain-powered location database would allow mobile devices to obtain a signal about whether a certain location on AR is undesirable.

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Gavin Newsom is considered to be “pro-bitcoin.” Certainly, he’s willing to accept BTC for campaign contributions. He also has a record of being pro-technology in general, believing the government should be “performance-based” and that “government information and services at every level should be thoroughly ‘digitized,’ enabling citizens to conduct business with public agencies online.”

California’s New Governor Has Accepted Bitcoin Donations

Most importantly, he’s now the governor of California. This means that one of the most influential people in the most populated state with the largest technology sector in the United States is friendly to the cause of bitcoin. This alone is cause to celebrate, maybe, but it doesn’t mean the Democratic politician is necessarily all in for the various stances that many — though not all — cryptonaughts hold: the right to privacy, low if any taxes, and so forth.

It’s no secret that California, particularly Northern California, is home to some of the largest technological and financial technology innovation companies in the world. Coinbase, based in San Francisco, is probably relieved to have a Bitcoiner in the governor’s mansion. The California BitLicense proposal died in the legislature in January, and with a pro-bitcoin governor now holding sway, it’d be harder to get restrictive bills signed into law.

Freedom to participate and innovate is crucial for the growth of a crypto economy, and while other states may be focused on collecting fees and restricting the activities of crypto exchanges and other types of crypto businesses, California is still free from overly restrictive laws like the BitLicense in New York.

Colorado Also Gets Bitcoiner in the Governor’s Mansion

Jared Polis, newly elected governor of Colorado, has frequently spoken of the benefits of the blockchain. He specifically advocates making Colorado a “safe harbor” for bitcoin companies:

“Similar to Wyoming, I will work alongside the legislature to create a statewide safe harbor designed to exempt cryptocurrencies from state money transmissions laws, and I will work to establish legislation that protects “open blockchain tokens” or cryptocurrencies that are exchangeable for goods and services. These moves could allow our state to attract innovative companies and allow them to engage freely in them – as issuers, exchanges, wallet providers – without the licensing requirements of the multitude of securities and currency laws. Colorado can pave the way into the future and implement safeguards here at home with the hope that the federal government can catch up to our progress. These ideas, while bold, will put Colorado on the map for fostering new technology and experimenting with the best way to implement safeguards here at home and across the nation.”

Polis was the first US representative to ever accept bitcoin as a campaign contribution. He didn’t spend long in Congress before vying for the governor’s seat, and now he’s won, meaning that Bitcoiners in Colorado may find themselves in a specifically friendly environment to begin doing various types of blockchain business – legally, with limited interference at the behest of the government.

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