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Japan – Recruit Technologies and Ascribe announce partnership to test blockchain technology for the HR industry

27 April 2016

Recruit Technologies, a subsidiary of Japanese Staffing giant Recruit Holdings, has announced a strategic partnership with German blockchain startup Ascribe to bring blockchain technology to the HR industry to increase transparency and fight fraud in HR credentials.

Blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of transaction records hardened against tampering and revision

Recruit Technologies, which focuses efforts on IT and R&D for new technologies and trends, is leveraging Ascribe’s web service to develop blockchain-backed cryptographic Certificates of Authenticity. To overcome scalability issues with traditional blockchains, Recruit Technologies will also be using BigchainDB, a scalable blockchain database.

The aim of these tests is to investigate the possibilities and practical uses of how blockchain technology can be applied to the human resources sector, they will begin by developing a prototype resumé authentication database for hypothetical job hunters.

 “With a resumé authentication database, the verification of official certificates and contracts, which have until now been typically done on paper, could be carried out using the blockchain database,” Osamu Yonetani, Chief Technology Officer of Recruit Technologies, said. “As a result, the effort of collecting multiple official certificates would be reduced for those searching for jobs. The companies being applied to could also handle confidential official certificates safely and without worry of misrepresentation.”

The result of these efforts will encourage data-sharing among different institutions and allow for data-mining based fraud detection. Record credentials will be stored on the blockchain, and tamper-proof Certificates of Authenticity will be generated via digital signatures. While HR is being used as a pilot use case, the intention is for Recruit Technologies to leverage this technology across the many different industries Recruit Holdings Co. works with.

According to Ascribe, HR is one industry where fraud can manifest in a series of ways, such as forged or altered documentation to completely fabricated documents, like school credentials or previous employment records. Another common example is foreign documents that are mistranslated, improperly representing the original or changing the context altogether.

“This type of fraud is common worldwide. With blockchain technology, an institution can issue a degree to a student in a cryptographically secure, immutable, public fashion,” Bruce Pon, CEO of Ascribe, said. “By leveraging this technology, Recruit Technologies will find a way to address a variety of fraud issues, greatly reducing fraud on a large scale and in turn benefiting their customers.”

Ascribe describes itself as a service for creators to register and track intellectual property. By registering work with Ascribe, a unique, cryptographic ID is generated and then stored on the blockchain, creating a permanent and unbreakable link between the creator and their work. 

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