- The Deputy Chairman for Digital Economy and Creative Products in Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Muhammad Neil El Himam, has partnered with Quantum Temple, a technology company using NFTs for preservation, to help maintain Indonesia’s cultural heritage through the use of blockchain technology and NFTs.
- Linda Adami, the CEO of Quantum Temple, explained that her firm has developed a multichain NFT marketplace to bring cultural heritage and tourism to the Ethereum and Algorand blockchain networks, working closely with Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to tokenize tangible and intangible cultural heritage as unique digital assets.
- While regulatory and technical challenges may hamper adoption, Indonesia is showing clear interest in cryptocurrency adoption, and NFTs could offer a new funding model for the cultural and creative sector, while also protecting the intellectual property rights of artists.
The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is partnering with technology firm Quantum Temple to use nonfungible tokens (NFTs) to preserve the country’s cultural heritage. The platform is working to tokenize tangible and intangible cultural heritage as unique digital assets, including traditional ceremonies, craftsmanship, knowledge of nature, and our universe.
FT artwork displaying a Galungan celebration at Penglipuran Village in Bali, Indonesia. Source: Quantum Temple
By tokenizing cultural heritage, three critical areas of value are created: immutable archives of culture, transparent alternative income streams through royalties, verified provenance, and recognition for cultural creators. The NFTs could ensure that heritage is preserved and created without limits, contributing to virtual tourism and possibly bringing more users into the crypto space, according to Muhammad Neil El Himam, the Deputy Chairman for Digital Economy and Creative Products in Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. Blockchain technology is becoming critical to documenting cultural artifacts and preventing manipulation, according to Harry Halpin, CEO and co-founder of the decentralized privacy platform Nym.
However, regulatory and technical challenges could hamper adoption of tokenized digital assets, with Indonesia’s Commodity Futures Trading Regulatory Agency controlling how blockchain technology is applied domestically. Indonesia’s technical infrastructure could also create challenges for projects using decentralized networks, with blockchain-based technologies requiring specialized infrastructure, such as digital wallets, that may not be widely available in certain areas in Indonesia.
Despite these challenges, Quantum Temple’s CEO Linda Adami believes that Asian institutions may be the furthest along in understanding blockchain-based use cases. The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy leadership understands how NFTs could offer a new funding model for the cultural and creative sector, while also protecting the intellectual property rights of artists.
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