What: A brief providing a roadmap to utilize blockchain technology for state government data, “Blockchains: Moving Digital Government Forward in the States” from the National Association of State CIOs
Why: As blockchain uses continue to evolve, state governments can start taking advantage of the technology to improve their services and supply chains through pilot programs. With more test cases, states will learn how blockchain helps with decision making and will create best practices.
Findings: While blockchain technology creates a shared, global ledger of transactions that can be used to secure virtually any data — from birth certificates and academic records to property deeds, criminal records and even transactions in the energy sector — NASCIO suggests that states should focus their early efforts on permissioned networks where only a small, restricted set of users have the rights to validate transactions. Since permissioned blockchains reduce the size of the network to only known participants, scalability also becomes easier over time.