This interview is part of our new Blockchain In The Legal Industry series, where we interview the world's leading thought leaders on the front lines of the intersections between blockchain and the legal industry.
In this interview we speak with Kamea Aloha Lafontaine, CEO and founder of Intelli Network, to understand how his company is using blockchain and what the future of the industry holds.
1. What’s the story behind Intelli Network? Why and how did you begin?
KL: The idea for Intelli Network began after the Parkland Shooting in Florida. In the aftermath, reports showed that the FBI had many reports leading up to the event. The community had such little information and awareness that they could not prevent problems within their own community. We decided to solve this information gap while keeping people safe.
After contemplating our decision, and realizing we couldn’t protect our children from all risks and dangers in the world, we knew there were other parents out there that wanted access to the same kind of information. We decided to create a platform that allowed like-minded individuals to share valuable information, while incentivizing them to participate.
Intelli Network evolved from that point to become a “crowdsourced crime weather map”. Individuals can report criminal activity they witness or are aware of, and they receive micro-payments in crypto currency every time others view the information they share. People don’t realize how valuable their information can be until they share it on our Network.
2. Please describe your use case and how Intelli Network uses blockchain:
KL: Crowd sourced reporting of criminal activity witnessed and reported on the Intelli Network may lead to important breakthroughs in both criminal and civil legal matters. Although reporting will remain anonymous, the information shared may lead investigators to new evidence, targeted locations and previously unknown, but relevant parties. Stakeholders, including civil lawyers, criminal defence lawyers and criminal prosecutors, will be able to obtain targeted information that could lead to anything from new information exonerating someone from an assault charge, unknown evidence that confirms money laundering, or the participation of new plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit. The crowd sourcing of information involving activities of a legal nature allow parties interested in information shared, to incentivize individuals to focus on helping them move their matter forward more effectively. In addition, there can be follow up directly with anonymous users which will allow for more investigative help to investigate cases.
3. Could you share a specific customer/user that benefits from what you offer? What has your service done for them?
KL: Intelli Network provides three main benefits to its stakeholders: First, the sharing of real-time, location based relevant information, which allows users to make more informed day-to-day decisions, second, the ability to report criminal, dangerous, or threatening activities anonymously and receive micropayments in crypto currency when people view their report; and third, a place where individuals and corporate citizens can meaningfully participate in efforts to make their community safer, share information about local threats, and engage Intelli Network users through micropayment incentives. The customer benefits also include sourcing intelligence from informants, whistleblowers, and witnesses efficiently which saves time and money.
4. What other blockchain use cases in the legal industry are you excited about?
KL: We are looking forward to engaging and assisting First Nation communities in the anonymous reporting and sharing of criminal activities in remote locations, specifically regarding missing and murdered Aboriginal women. First Nation communities have historically been the most vulnerable communities, but have a strong desire to participate more effectively in making their communities safer. The Intelli Network would like to assist First Nation communities to bring more public attention and participation to this issue.
5. Where will Intelli Network be in 5 years?
KL: The Intelli Network will be the most robust, credible and engaging public safety and criminal reporting platforms around the world. We will be a major stakeholder that informs and influences how Intelli Network users support community safety, reduce criminal activity, increase family safety consciousness, and ensure users are aware of emergent threats around them.