There has been a global challenge finding enough qualified programmers , cybersecurity experts , nurses , truck drivers, teachers and more. But that’s also helped create an entire industry of fake experienced staffing companies.
Atlanta has quite a few of these firms who find offshore resources and build fake personas and profiles for these individuals who suddenly go from inexperienced to having 10+ years of experience over a one month “bootcamp.”
That’s not the only challenge though. Fake diplomas and fake work experiences are a bigger problem. And we wonder why all these systems go down , are hacked or trucks flip over.
Besides these “boot camps “ that offer these “services” there is a growing trend where people can just pay some website for a counterfeit degree certificate, from made-up universities. We’ve even watched as wealthy celebrities pay to have their own children be some fake high school sports star just to get into a good university.
Some of these fake degree websites have made over $30 million in one year. That’s a lot of fake degrees and personas and experiences. But while someone messing up JC Penny’s mobile app causes downtime , a fake nurse could mean life or
Death. That’s scary.
And now places like open courseware , udemy, coursera and a boatload Of other e-learning and online educational platforms exist and are booming. It’s expected to be valued at over $300 million dollars by 2025.
Education that’s available to all is good. But a qualification award system that’s more fragmented, insecure, a bit fraudulent at times and difficult to verify isn’t good at all.
How can hiring employers or universities trust people to have actually completed these online courses they claim to? Studies already show most people stop after a a few weeks. We already know plenty of wealthy celebrity children cheated an entire system. And that’s the ones who got caught.
Pagarba has worked on digital identity and verification blockchain and AI projects that allow business professionals , government agencies , college graduates, educational and training institutions to upload and store their professional or academic credentials on a immutable easily verifiable blockchain platform.
They could upload, certify , and verify transcripts, certificates, degrees , diplomas and more. And this system can verify university degrees, employment histories, and other professional credentials. The uploaded information will be time stamped on the blockchain and any changes that are made to a qualification are linked to creating a historical chain of education and certification archive.
These blockchain based Digital identity verification platforms simply offer the Credentialed holders the ability to upload their credentials to the platform, and then through a smart contract and machine learning algorithm they go from an unverified document to a validated credential. And it offers potential employers and universities a peace of mind that they are getting the best and the brightest and not some fake crew star or green AI expert.
The colleges and employers can upload these verified academic or work history Credentials and thus create a trail of a degree , certificate or work experience by verified institutions and organizations. These documents and metadata are cryptographically secured and stored on a distributed blockchain network. Blockchain offers immutability and security , thus preventing any 3rd party to edit, change, or remove this data.
Organizations who need to verify a candidate for a job or graduate college application will get Access to this verified and certified credential, while the original uploaded user has complete control over the distribution of these credentials within the blockchain system.
There is a cost to implement this new technology as well as figuring the tokenization or gas cost angle. But in the long run it’ll be far cheaper for the hiring and background processes for businesses and universities because it saves time and resources finding the right qualified and verified candidates. It also reduces the risk of hiring someone who isn’t fully equipped for the job.
Pagaeba has utilized public blockchain systems like bitcoin , stellar , ethereum and ipfs or storj. We’ve also built a
Digital identity app using Hyperledger Fabric and Sawtooth platforms.