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Blockchain for Government and Public Services

Blockchain for Government and Public Services

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SUMMARY

This report takes a look at what's being done at present in blockchain in Europe and globally, and notes that government agencies are using blockchain to make government services more efficient and transparent while reducing costs. 

The paper adds that many agencies are also exploring how blockchain could enable to increase trust in government processes and public institutions. The European Union is doing so and has adopted blockchain as a key tool in promoting innovation and supporting the single market. 

Government agencies have traditionally used digital tools. E-government is known as the digital tools that aim to increase efficiency and lower down the cost of government administration. Digital tools can also help with the business of governing. This is defined as e-governance, the document explains.

This research points out that blockchain technology is useful at creating trust in information and processes whenever there is a diverse and numerous set of stakeholders. Blockchain is also useful at designing trusted audit trails of information, making it pretty easy to monitor data. Blockchains are decentralized systems with solid automation potential, therefore, this technology can be used to create efficient platforms, that can lead to important cost savings in the data processing.

The report offers an overview of several use cases that show the different ways in which blockchain could be applied in government services. One of these use cases is for title or asset registrations. Another significant use case for blockchain is in healthcare. E-Voting is another example.

The paper points out that there is still a lot to do to be able to put into practice some ideas, due to technological and regulatory challenges. In some use cases, the document notes, it could also be possible to achieve results without the use of blockchains. Therefore, experimentation is necessary, including proofs of concept that measure the technological feasibility of the solutions as well as their economic and social impact.

OUTLINE

Introduction and Executive Summary

Blockchain and government services

Use cases and key infrastructure

Recommendations

Appendix

DETAILS

Overview

Researchfinder Rating
4 out of 5 stars
Title
Blockchain for Government and Public Services
Region
Global
Published
Aug. 7, 2018
Publisher
EUBlockchain
Author(s)
Tom Lyons, Ludovic Courcelas, Ken Timsit
Price
FREE
Language
ENGLISH

Content

Number of Pages
33
Number of Tables
0
Number of Exhibits
0
Topics
blockchain
Tags
blockchain, case studies, digital identification, e-governance, e-government, EUBlockchain, European Union, global, privacy, regulation, smart contracts
Author(s)
Tom Lyons, Ludovic Courcelas, Ken Timsit
Methodology
The input of several stakeholders and sources is considered for this document.
EVALUATION

This interesting research examines how blockchain can help to offer government services and to better take care of the business of governing. 

Positives:

  • Great case studies
  • Well-structured information
  • Nice layout
  • Understandable language

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