Fortunately there is a new technology that could make a global property-rights registration system feasible. Patrick Byrne, an e-commerce pioneer and the CEO of Overstock.com, has committed a professional staff and significant resources to modernizing the collection and maintenance of property-rights records on a global scale. Blockchain is an especially promising technology because of its record-keeping capacity, its ability to provide access to millions of users, and the fact that it can be constantly updated as property ownership changes hands.
I am not persuaded. Information technology can be used to track property rights, but that is not the problem in underdeveloped countries. The problem is to establish property rights in the first place. You can use data to identify a parcel of land. But data alone does not tell you who owns it. Ownership is a social construct.