The new Digital Affairs Ministry in Taiwan employs Web 3.0 to enhance cybersecurity.
Taiwan has established a new ministry to combat its increasing cyber-attacks. The Ministry of Digital Affairs (MODA) is in charge of coming up with and carrying out policies about information, telecommunications, communications, information security, and the internet.
The ministry was officially started on August 27. One of Taiwan’s top 10 software personalities, Minister Without Portfolio Audrey Tang, was chosen to lead the new government agency.
This new motor will contribute to the country’s continued rapid digital development. Tang said, “The ministry will help the public build digital resilience, improve business cybersecurity, introduce new technologies, and realise the vision of a smart nation.”
According to the release, the ministry also seeks to recruit top talent from the private sector through a more flexible hiring mechanism administered by the National Institute of Cyber Security. By the end of the year, this organization will be established under the direction of the ministry.
MODA seeks to fulfil its mission in part by emphasizing fulfilling the adoption of Web 3.0 technologies. Tang told the local newspaper Liberty Times that the ministry has added technology called Inter Planetary File System (IPFS) to improve its security.
IPFS is a decentralized peer-to-peer file sharing system based on Ethereum that enables users to host their files and websites on blockchain nodes. According to proponents, this eliminates the vulnerabilities of a centralized approach susceptible to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
The website of the ministry is the first application of Web 3.0 technology. The website is built on the IPFS protocol and contains Web 2 and Web 3 elements.
Taiwan, political tension, and blockchain technology.
Taiwan launched MODA at a crucial moment. As a result of rising political tensions, the island nation is now in an information war with China.
Reuters reported earlier this month that DDoS attacks brought the websites of Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense and Office of the President to a temporary standstill. The government says that the cyberattacks came from China and Russia, and they have been aimed at other government agencies and businesses.
In the meantime, Taiwan has been working on other areas of blockchain technology adoption and attempting to regulate the market for digital assets. Last month, the central bank gave an update on the digital currency backed by the government that it is making.