Recently, the Blockchain Government Association (GBA) – an organization dedicated to launching a public dialogue on Blockchain tools, which would be used by US government institutions – unveiled its role in a co-creation forum which was held last September 8, in which numerous agencies participated. Named “Emerging technology and open data for a more responsible government,” the event focused on the development and implementation of solutions based on the chain of blocks, aimed at the fourth national action plan that will deploy the high command of the States United. The most outstanding proposals were the following:
- National identification system based on Blockchain technology: this tool would use the chain of blocks and the biometric data to provide transparency and reliability to the people since those interested would see how and when the government accesses their personal data. It is a platform with the potential to offer several agencies an effective basis for interoperability.
- Open Government Program: The initiative would allow several US institutions to submit projects that translate into a greater efficiency index for their internal operations, taking advantage, of course, of the blockchain. The broader proposals would move from round A to round B, where scalability alternatives would be explored to deliver concrete, transparent and efficient results.
- An open Blockchain: in this platform, not all member nodes need to see every aspect that occurs, which would allow an interaction between both directions by the network members (nodes and pairs); the metrics used to measure software success would be compliance with service level agreements, access, and control of data and transparency.
It should be noted that the workshop was attended by officials from the General Service Administration, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the President’s Executive Office, and 36 other US government agencies as well as contractors in the area of technology and some industrial organizations. These institutions have reflected significant government support for the development of Blockchain technology and its promise to make its activities more efficient. In fact, WBO’s Margie Graves said she is very committed to the blockchain and will not regret it.
Eduardo Gómez is a Venezuelan freelance writer and Information’s Technology Professional. He discovered Bitcoin in 2012 and has been drawn to it ever since. He also works as a Customer Support Agent at the San Francisco-based Bitcoin startup Purse.io